Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau

Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau

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by Guy Adams
     
 

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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

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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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Publishers Weekly
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.
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“Adams tells a great story, period.” “This is a thriller, both of crime and horror. Trying to limit yourself to “just one more chapter” is as much a challenge as Holmes trying to survive his trial with this mad scientist.” “Though the concept of twisting up classic literature is hardly novel anymore, Adams’ story is one of the more inventive of the pack.” “I would quickly put SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ARMY OF DR. MOREAU amongst the top non-canonical continuations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work.” – Aint It Cool News

"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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857689337
Publisher:
Titan
Publication date:
08/07/2012
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
220,259
Product dimensions:
5.34(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.79(d)

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