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Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey: A Parody of Downton Abbey

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by Camaren Subhiyah, Kyle Hilton
     
 

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This hilarious send-up of Downton Abbey places the Crawleys and their staff directly in history's glare!

While the Granville family dutifully entertain their guests at Devonton Abbey, an ace team of Secret Service agents camp out as unsuspecting household staff, protecting the Royal Crown and her citizens from impending world war.

 

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Overview

This hilarious send-up of Downton Abbey places the Crawleys and their staff directly in history's glare!

While the Granville family dutifully entertain their guests at Devonton Abbey, an ace team of Secret Service agents camp out as unsuspecting household staff, protecting the Royal Crown and her citizens from impending world war.

 

Who is aware of the international intrigue concealed below stairs? Will Agent Gates save Britain from her enemies while ensuring Devonton Abbey’s reputation is upheld? Will Lady Margaret secure a proposal from Martin Crawhill, the heir to the estate? Will Thompson and O’Malley ever get lung cancer?

 

“Preposterous.”

 

--The Dowager Countess

 

 

“Wicked and daring. An uproarious adventure suited for anyone who must bear the tedium of reality.”

 

--Lady Margaret

 

 

“The pictures are awfully nice.”

 

--Lady Flora

 

 

“Slanderous…Utter rot.”

 

--Lord Granville

 

 

“A graphic expose that triumphs in its ability to question elitist society and esoteric class systems.”

 

--Lady Cynthia

 

 

“Can I be on the cover?”

 

--Lady Ethel

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Something is amiss at Devonton Abbey—something even more troubling than the hedge maze’s too-easy reputation. Gates, the valet to Lord Granville and secret agent for the Crown, has uncovered a plot to plunge the world into war. Aided by his own steam-powered leg and his fellow agents at Devonton—including the dowager countess, Devonton’s leader of secret operations—Gates must stop the villains while maintaining his cover and keeping things running smoothly in the upstairs/downstairs world. Subhiyah creates a credible, paranormal spy story that stands on its own—with an added layer of humor as a parody of the popular Downton Abbey. Familiar characters are taken to their extremes, and the story’s over-the-top conceit highlights even more clearly the absurdities of their normal lives. Hilton’s illustrations are spot on, accurately portraying the actors from the television show while also capturing the atmosphere of steampunk spy action with the deadpan execution of popular web comics such as Wondermark. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Television's popular period drama Downton Abbey follows the aristocratic Crawley family and its servants under King George V. This puckish spoof reenvisions the Dowager Countess plus some of the "Crawhill" servants as undercover agents serving the British Secret Intelligence Service. All have unusual powers connected with the Philosopher's Stone, which is kept at SIS headquarters in London. Agent Gates (based on Downton Abbey valet John Bates) sports a distinctly steampunk leg of biofusable titanium. For her part, the Dowager Countess boasts powers of vision rivaling those of Medusa. Unfortunately, the team must constantly maneuver around the clueless and witless Earl, who is more prone to ordering his incoming correspondence to be ironed for neatness than sussing out the impending threat posed by a German visitor. The rest of the Crawhills are similarly out to lunch except the eldest daughter, whom the Dowager Countess takes into her confidence about the SIS. VERDICT This dryly straight-faced spin-off in spare, realistic black-and-white art makes entertaining reading as tongue-in-cheek espionage that can be enjoyed even by those unfamiliar with the TV show. Recommended for adult spy-saga fans and for teens.—M.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449434342
Publisher:
Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date:
01/01/2013
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Camaren Subhiyah is a Brooklyn-based writer and editor at Random House. A die-hard Downton Abbey fan and unabashed Anglophile, she would happily swap penicillin for a world filled with tweedy three-piece suits and Poiret evening dresses.
 
Kyle Hilton is an established illustrator from Jackson, Mississippi whose work has been featured in The New York Times, TIME, The Huffington Post, and New York Magazine. He'll keep his penicillin.

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Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey: A Parody of Downton Abbey 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Manirul More than 1 year ago
Lovely...! beautiful.....!.... Just enjoy it.....!
KKetch More than 1 year ago
I love Downton Abbey! I&rsquo;m a big, die-hard fan. I also love a good laugh, which is good, because Agent Gates and the Secret adventures of Devonton Abbey is a well done combination of the two. Now, honestly, not all the humor in this parody was exactly my cup of tea. The things that occur and personalities reflected in the characters upstairs is a bit too slap stick for my taste. And in some cases I think they are a little unfair to the actual characters on the TV series. However, some of the reflections hidden in the humor were actually insightful. Things I never considered about the characters or their role in the family. The events and humor of downstairs, though, were much more to my liking. It was more quick witted and subtle jokes. I also loved the concept of Mr. Bates&rsquo; character being Agent Gates in the parody. It was fun to read, though I&rsquo;ll admit, the whole world of supernatural secret agents confused me &ndash; especially the supernatural part. But it was slowly explained along the way, and I liked how Thompson and O&rsquo;Malley played their roles as the antagonists of the plot. All in all, this graphic novel was refreshing, and definitely an intriguing twist to one of my favorite TV series. I&rsquo;m not really sure if I could recommend it, considering each fan of Downton Abbey would probably have different reactions to the humor, but if there is a sequel, I would definitely be interested in continuing the adventure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a professor of a literature survey course, I have noticed in the last 2 editions of our literary anthology the inclusion of short graphic novels. I confess I've avoided them -- until Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey caught my attention. Downton Abbey fans will adore seeing their favorite characters lampooned in such exquisite detail, both through Subhiyah's writing and Hilton's illustrations. It truly engages through hilarious, clever plot twists -- even if you've never watched an episode of Downton Abbey -- which you most certainly will after this graphic novel whets your appetite for more. I'm going to recommend this to my students, colleagues, and our college library. It's also a great pick for your book club. I look forward to more from Camaren Subhiyah in the future, and hope to see Subhiyah and Hilton team up for more parodies!