The Immorality Engine: Newbury and Hobbes

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The Immorality Engine (Newbury & Hobbes Inverstigation #3)

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  • ISBN-13: 9781906727185
  • Publisher: Snowbooks
  • Publication date: 6/28/2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2011

    Interesting, but...

    I thought this book was generally interesting, and certainly had some most unbelievable medcical as well as scientific experiments in it that bordered on the insane. Not as exciting as the Affinity Bridge, however. Had it's low and slow points, as well as high drama now and then. Some expectations not quite fulfilled insofar as the planned attack on the Queen's residence. Also, the vision of Amila's near the end, which sort of leaves one hanging and wondering. Maybe the answer will yet be forthcoming in another novel. Overall, not a bad read, and certainly well worth the price of admission.

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  • Posted September 25, 2011

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    The third Victorian Newbury-Hobbes mystery is an exciting alternate historical thriller

    Although special agent Sir Maurice Newbury and his assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes have solved some complex cases (see The Osiris Ritual), he has turned to opium. Part of his rationalization is the drug gives him psychic powers. However, deep down he knows the cause is his belief that his sidekick is an informer to Queen Victoria. In fact Veronica remains clueless that she is a prime cause for her partner's addiction as her focus is on her frail sister Amelia who suffers from seizures that include prophecies. At the Grayling Institute, Dr. Lucien Fabian provides Amelia with special experimental care to induce her visions.

    Scotland Yard Chief Investigator Sir Charles Bainbridge drags Newbury from an opium den to identify a murder victim; the CH believes the corpse is that master thief Edwin Sykes. Newbury confirms the deceased is Sykes, but something seems off kilter though he is unsure what. When a robbery that only Sykes could have done with the technology deployed leaves the three sleuths stunned.

    The third Victorian Newbury-Hobbes mystery is an exciting alternate historical thriller. The lead protagonists have personal issues as he has become an opium eater and she is paralyzed by fears for her failing sister. The Sykes enigma is deftly handled as The Immortality Engine is a wonderful steampunk who and how investigation; vastly different yet as much fun as the occult themed The Osiris Ritual.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted March 2, 2012

    Steampunk Thriller ¿ Newbury & Hobbes investigation ¿ Very Well Presented

    Newbury & Hobbes are into another mystery in this popular Steampunk series from George Mann. This is the third book in the “A Newbury & Hobbes Investigation” series with the other two books being “The Affinity Bridge” and “The Osiris Ritual” BOTH RECOMMENDED In this book we run into Newbury & Hobbes’s favourite crook Edwin Sykes. Edwin is so smart that even though Newbury believes he is a master criminal he has never been able to prove it. Now Sykes has pulled off the impossible in that while his body was lying in the morgue he has committed another jewellery theft. All that was found on Sykes body was a card for Packworth House where the Bastion Society meets. All the signs point to Sykes having done the theft, however he was dead at the time ?? Just a minor problem to Newbury who, with his capable assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes, is on the case. Miss Hobbes sister Amelia is under the care of Doctor Fabian, at the Grayling Institute, who is developing some type of machine for the queen. When a second Edwin Sykes is found murdered at the site of a jewellery heist things Newbury is thrown for a loop until he finds that the first Sykes body is in fact a copy of the original. Where would Sykes get the money or expertise to copy himself, and to what end ? In the meantime Inspector Bainbridge of Scotland Yard has been helping them on the case until he is called away to meet with the Queen after an unsuccessful assassination attempt on her life. This then becomes Inspector Bainbridge’s top priority. This leaves Newbury & Hobbes to determine how two Edwin Sykes came to be. After following some leads to the Bastion Society of which at one time Doctor Fabian was a member of they determine they must get inside to determine what is really going on there.. In an attempt to find out what is happening at Grayling Institute and check in on Amelia, who can see the future, Newbury and Hobbes arrange a meeting. Newbury ,directly with Doctor Fabian, and Miss Hobbes to sneak into the institute, to talk to her sister Amelia. When Miss Hobbes does sneak in she gets turned around and opens the door to a room that has 20 copies of her sister. All are in a stupor and mumbling about future events. What is Doctor Fabian doing with these copies ? What is his master plan ? And what can Newbury and Hobbes do to stop it . At the same time Inspector Bainbridge is attacked after leaving the Palace however is able to fend off his assailants. In the meantime Newbury and Hobbes are sure that there are answers at Packworth House and specifically from the Bastion Society. After breaking in they find over 100 dead bodies in a room upstairs in Packworth House and some of the bodies they recognize as copies of members of the Bastion Society. They are completely at a loss as to what this all means and are soon captured and locked into a dungeon in the basement. Newbury has since found out from the head of the Bastion Society that in fact the society is making plans to eliminate the Queen as it goes against their ideology for her to still be alive being assisted through mechanical means. Newbury and Hobbes do escape and find out what the Societies true plans are and do their best to rescue Amelia and deal with the Bastion society and Doctor Fabian Mann fills his world with as many Steampunk attributes as he can including the Queen hooked up to an artificial life support system and steam powered everything. Another gre

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    a good third installment

    interesting play between title characters...good plotline...will buy the fourth if/when available

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