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Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreauby Guy Adams
Moreau, through vivisection and crude genetic engineering is creating animal hybrids, determined to prove the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin. In his laboratory, hidden among the opium dens of Rotherhithe, Moreau is
Following the trail of several corpses seemingly killed by wild animals, Holmes and Watson stumble upon the experiments of Doctor Moreau.
Moreau, through vivisection and crude genetic engineering is creating animal hybrids, determined to prove the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin. In his laboratory, hidden among the opium dens of Rotherhithe, Moreau is building an army of 'beast men'. Tired of having his work ignored or reviled by the British scientific community, Moreau is willing to make the world pay attention using his creatures as a force to gain control of the government.
A brand-new adventure for Conan Doyle's intrepid sleuth!
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"Adams' inventive mash-up of H.G. Wells and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (his second pastiche, following 2011's Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God) offers more action than deduction. Holmes' brother, Mycroft, takes the unusual step of travelling to Baker Street to enlist his sibling's help. Under Mycroft's guidance, the British government's efforts to safeguard the nation resulted in investigations into how humans might be modified to fight in harsh environments and climates. That initiative led Mycroft to the experiments of Dr. Charles Moreau, who fled England after details of his gruesome vivisections were exposed. Subsequently, reports emerged that the scientist had started anew on a remote island, where he created "absurd combinations of man and beast." Mycroft fears that the resultant creatures may be connected with a series of savage deaths near Rotherhithe, which appear to be the work of mysterious animals. Despite an over-the-top ending, Adams' obvious affection for the characters will leaving more traditional Sherlockians hoping he'll uses his gifts at recreating them in a less-fantastic narrative. Even so, Adam's decision to let the long-suffering and snarky Watson vent some frustration will delight fans of the series." – Publishers Weekly
"The mystery is engaging and the characters are enigmatic enough that I didn’t want to put the story down." – DNM Magazine
"well written and pays great homage to the characters borrowed from literature’s past. Guy Adams clearly shows his respect and appreciation of those characters and the writers that inspire his work." – Three If By Space
“If you’re looking for a pulpy romp, you’ll find much to enjoy here.” – San Francisco Book Review
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Guy Adams trained and worked as an actor for twelve years before becoming a full-time writer. He is the co-author of The Case Notes of Sherlock Holmes and has written several tie-ins to the TV series Life on Mars. Restoration, the follow-up to the much-praised horror novel, The World House was published in 2011, as well as his first Sherlock Holmes novel - The Breath of God.
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Guy Adams in his book, “Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau” a Book in the Encounters of Sherlock Holmes series published by Titan Books brings us a new adventure featuring Sherlock Holmes. From the Back Cover: Wild beasts abroad Dead bodies are found on the streets of London with wounds that can only be explained as the work of ferocious creatures not native to the city. Sherlock Holmes is visited by his brother, Mycroft, who is only too aware that the bodies are the calling card of Dr. Moreau, a vivisectionist who was working for the British Government, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, before his experiments attracted negative attention and the work was halted. Mycroft believes that Moreau’s experiments continue and he charges his brother with tracking the rogue scientist down before matters escalate any further. If you are anything like me then you grew up with Sherlock Holmes as well. When I was a kid I read everything that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about the master sleuth and, of course, watched all the movies with Basil Rathbone. However Mr. Doyle only wrote so many Holmes stories before he died. Hooray for Guy Adams! He has written brand new adventures in a very clever format. Dr. Moreau is a vivisectionist which means he performs surgery conducted for experimental purposes on a living organism. What he really is doing is trying to make the animal kingdom human. What happens is Moreau is building an army of ‘beast men’. Tired of having his work ignored — or reviled — by the British scientific community, Moreau is willing to make the world pay attention using his creatures as a force to gain control of the government. The novelist H. G. Wells wrote “The Island Of Dr. Moreau” in 1896. As Wells And Doyle were writing around the same time period it seems odd that their characters did not meet sooner. Dr. Moreau is a worthy adversary for Holmes and this book is a page turning thriller. ”Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau” is great fun. Let me assure you if you like Sherlock Holmes then you are going to really enjoy this. I recommend it highly! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Titan Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
This is the second novel by Mr. Adams featuring Sherlock Holmes. His earlier effort was “Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God,” in which Aleister Crowley and several “supernatural investigators” join Holmes in fending off evil. This new book also takes its inspiration from the popular fiction of the late Nineteenth Century, this time from Jules Verne’s “The Island of Dr. Moreau.” It seems that someone is carrying on with the animal experiments of Dr. Moreau into the beginning of the Twentieth Century. At Mycroft’s request, Sherlock turns to a team of 19th Century fictional scientists to uncover this evil. Scientists and adventurers of all sorts pop up at the oddest moments and places. My main problem with the book stemmed from the 19th Century science at the bottom of it. Verne’s works, while not being exactly prophetic, have usually been based on solid advances in science of one sort or another. His “Doctor Moreau,” unfortunately, did not point to a glorious or even a practical future. Serums and extracts generally have no effect at the level of detail required for effective multi-generic crosses and mixes. The nature of the DNA control of growth and aging still remain beyond our science more than a hundred years later even though glimmers are appearing. On that basis, I found the required “willing suspension of disbelief” to be very hard-sought. Once the science details are out of the way, the mystery becomes a good deal more interesting. Some unknown person is duplicating Dr. Moreau’s work somewhere in London’s sewers. Corpses are turning up in various states of dismemberment (mostly ‘fine’) and no-one seems exempt. Shopkeepers, gentlemen, ladies of the evening and beggars all show up in parts at odd locations. The wear on the bodies is especially upsetting as it all seems to result from claws and fangs, not the usual knives and blunt objects. Holmes enlists Professor Challenger to join him on a hunt for one of the perpetrators and they succeed. What (or who) they capture leads only to more questions and confusion. The only sure result is that they know that more is happening than night terrors. The reasons and the criminal remain hidden, so an all-out attack on his ‘laboratory’ must be conducted. In the meantime, the perpetrator leads an expedition, in disguise, to parliament and captures the Prime Minister. At this point the Government become perturbed and Mycroft receives orders to “DO SOMETHING!” The Government raid proceeds, with the long-foreseen double and triple-crosses and Watson and Shinwell Johnson are wounded, Holmes is captured and the Prime Minister slaughtered, but, otherwise, all turns out well(?) The questions left over provide a good deal of food for thought, while the actual slaughter and horrors are but a pale reflection of the coming “War to end all Wars.” It all just goes to show that humans can be more beastly than ANY animals when they apply themselves. The overall quality of the book is good. If it were not for my personal issues with the main subject, I would have enjoyed it much more, but that is simply a matter of personal taste and does not reflect on the skill or invention of the author. It presents a fine adventure with Holmes being even more typically himself than in most other Sherlockian fiction. At one point, he is quoted as saying about Society Notes, “I listen, I just do not always care!” Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, January, 2013
Well written and a fun read.
Review brought to you by OBS reviewer Angie I have not read any of the original Sherlock Holmes books, and was really excited to read something that was an ‘homage’ to this classic series. I was not disappointed in the least. I have to admit that having seen the recent Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr., I did imagine him in this role as I was reading. It made it quite exciting and really helped to bring it to life in my imagination. What I enjoyed about this story was the crossover in another well-known story, The Island of Dr. Moreau by HG Wells. It was fascinating to see how the author was able to intertwine the stories in such a way that they felt natural. The interaction between the characters was seamless and felt truly accurate to both original works and the period of the story. I don’t often read books a second time, but this one will definitely make it on that short list! This review and more at openbooksociety dot com
Wow, this looks good