The Osiris Ritual

The Osiris Ritual

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by George Mann
     
 

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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

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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 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.

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429937757
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
08/03/2010
Series:
Newbury & Hobbes , #2
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
241,990
File size:
331 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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The Osiris Ritual 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good plot and characters...always interesting to see how the threads come together in the end
Madame_Lovey-Dovey More than 1 year ago
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!
Tamera Frahm More than 1 year ago
Sherlockian-Steampunk. Waiting eagerly for the third book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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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