The Osiris Ritual (Newbury & Hobbes Inverstigation #2) [NOOK Book]

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A steampunk mystery adventure featuring immortality, artifacts, and intrepid sleuths Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes

Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, imagines life will be a little quieter after his dual successes solving The Affinity Bridge affair. But he hasn’t banked on his villainous predecessor, Knox, who is hell-bent on achieving...
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The Osiris Ritual (Newbury & Hobbes Inverstigation #2)

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Overview


A steampunk mystery adventure featuring immortality, artifacts, and intrepid sleuths Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes

Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, imagines life will be a little quieter after his dual successes solving The Affinity Bridge affair. But he hasn’t banked on his villainous predecessor, Knox, who is hell-bent on achieving immortality, not to mention a secret agent who isn’t quite what he seems....

So continues an adventure quite unlike any other, a thrilling steampunk mystery and the second in the series of Newbury & Hobbes investigations.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
A steampunk mystery that includes Ottoman automatons, ancient Egyptian artifacts, a malevolent stage magician, and a quest for immortality should prove entertaining, but unfortunately, The Osiris Ritual falls short of its promise. Set in the usual Victorian London, the story feels clichéd and mechanical. The main character is a third-rate Sherlock Holmes and Regency hero mash-up, and nothing particularly new or interesting happens. A romantic subplot is evoked but left unresolved, and the author uses the excuse of a series to avoid tying up loose ends or construct a narrative arc that delivers on the promised story.
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A wonderful penny-dreadful. It’s an unashamed galloping romp through the ins and outs of the Victorian metropolis and the lurid generic conventions of adventure fiction. All the way through I felt like George Mann was having a whale of a time with this.”

—Paul Magrs, author of several Doctor Who novels and a Carnegie Medal finalist, on The Osiris Ritual

 

“ Newbury and Hobbes make a charming pair, and their investigative adventures are a great deal of fun. Mann’s reimagined Victorian era is a fabulous place, and the mix of pea-soup fog, zombies, and clockwork automata makes for an excellent detective story. Let us hope to see more of Hobbes and Newbury.”

—Booklist on The Affinity Bridge

 

“ [An] intriguingly bizarre version of 1901 L ondon…a strong addition to the ‘steampunk’ subgenre and one that creates a lively alternative world.”
—Library Journal on The Affinity Bridge

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781429937757
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Series: Newbury & Hobbes Series , #2
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 104,384
  • File size: 323 KB

Meet the Author


GEORGE MANN is the head of publishing at the UK-based Games Workshop. He edited The Solaris Book of New Science Fiction anthology series and is the author of a number of fiction and nonfiction books, including The Mammoth Encyclopedia of Science Fiction. The first of the Newbury and Hobbes investigations, The Affinity Bridge, was his first novel.
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  • Posted August 4, 2010

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    The second Newbury-Hobbes late Victorian investigative urban fantasy is an exciting action-packed tale

    In 1902 there is plenty of excitement in the air of London as an odd mummy is arriving from Egypt. The sarcophagus containing the mummy is marked with dynamic colors and strange enigmatic symbols. Like many others British Museum curator Sir Maurice Newbury watches in wonder as the mummy is delicately unwrapped. He muses as rags are dropped to the floor that this is more fun than the battle with the automons last year (see The Affinity Bridge). When the final bandage drops to the floor, the skeleton begins screaming in rage for the horror of being buried alive.

    Soon afterward, someone murders the expedition's leader and an agent coming in from the cold of Russia vanishes. Putting on his other hat as a secret crown investigator Maurice and his assistant Veronica Hobbes seek clues to the homicide, the disappearances and more while wondering if his dangerous predecessor Dr. Knox is the link between all. As Newbury researches the arcane symbols, Hobbs works the case of disappearing women.

    The second Newbury-Hobbes late Victorian investigative urban fantasy is an exciting action-packed tale with a load of corpses seemingly everywhere in London. The prime subplots are fast-paced as the Queen's detecting duet work together and separately on the cases. Although at time over the top of Big Ben, fans will appreciate this rousing thriller.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2011

    Good sequel

    good plot and characters...always interesting to see how the threads come together in the end

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

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    Once you go steampunk you never go back!

    I found The Osiris Ritual to be a facinating read. There was not one moment were I did not want to know what Newbury or Hobbes was up to. No, this book fed my interests until the very end. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good steampunk mystery with action, grotesqe criminal minds, curious inventions, bad habits and a touch of sentiment.
    I am definatly anxious for the next book (The Imortality Engine) to come out!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2011

    Great Series!!

    Sherlockian-Steampunk. Waiting eagerly for the third book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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