Rebel Fire

Rebel Fire

by Andrew Lane
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Rebel Fire by Andrew Lane

Fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes knows that Amyus Crowe, his mysterious American tutor, has some dark secrets. But he didn’t expect to find John Wilkes Booth, the notorious assassin, apparently alive and well in England—and Crowe somehow mixed up in it. When no one will tell you the truth, sometimes you have to risk all to discover it for yourself. And so begins an adventure that will take Sherlock across the Atlantic, to the center of a deadly web—where a friend is in peril and a defeated army threatens to rise again.

Andrew Lane’s exciting second case for the teenage Sherlock leads the young detective to America, straight into the heart of a shocking conspiracy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781410447036
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 05/02/2012
Series: Young Sherlock Holmes
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 413
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Andrew Lane is the author of the Young Sherlock Holmes series of young adult novels, starting with Death Cloud. He has also written numerous spin-off novels based on the BBC sci-fi television series Doctor Who, as well as definitive guides to Babylon 5 and the Wallace and Grommit films, and is the author of The Bond Files: An Unofficial Guide to the World's Greatest Secret Agent. He lives in Dorset, England.

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Rebel Fire 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
UpstateNYReader More than 1 year ago
By no means am I a Sherlock Holmes expert - but I have enjoyed the stories of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for nearly 50 years. I found myself continuing to enjoy Holmes’ adventures in Rebel Fire. In Rebel Fire, originally published in England under the title Red Leech, we find adolescent Holmes living under the care of (though not with) his brother Mycroft. Holmes stumbles upon a group of men (including John Wilkes Booth) in England who are bent on changing the outcome of the Civil War. The story takes us from Holmes childhood home in rural England by Steamer to New York City to rural Virginia - where members of the confederacy are establishing a new army in hopes again establishing a country which would legalize slavery. Holmes, with the help of two friends, must find a way to stop, first the confederacy from re-establishing itself and then the American government from massacring the new Confederate army. Though written for young readers, I found the book to be entertaining, to this 60 year old reader, in its own right. It had the right level of excitement, intrigue, and color. We are introduced to Holmes fascination with the Violin, his sympathies with the American republic, and the source of some of his detective skills so evident in the tales told by Dr. John H. Watson. Though I can find no other source - the author also introduces us Sherlock Holmes middle name. I will look forward to reading Andrew Lane’s earlier book which also featured the young Sherlock Holmes, Death Cloud. The author also hints at a third, untitled, book coming in this series. ______________ This review is based on a free electronic copy provided by the publisher for the purpose of creating this review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Action packed, thriller, & a great mystery solving book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book great authur overall but horrible at love scens but a great book definently a must read.
Madray More than 1 year ago
This is the second in a series about the adventures and education of a young Sherlock Holmes. It is educational and full of adventure. Fast pace. Looking forward to reading the third book in this series.
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Very good really keeps you turning pages all the way thru
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't read the first in this series, Death Cloud, but except for a few minor references to it, I don't think it hampered my understanding of this novel in any way. Sherlock is just learning to questions and observe, learning from his American teacher, Amyus Crowe, a sometimes agent for the Pinkerton Detective Agency. Amyus can make a lesson out of anything, even getting beat up and shot! He's kind of a loud brash American. He and his daughter Virginia are comfortable with Sherlock, but what Amyus' true purpose is, I don't know. It may have been addressed in Death Cloud. But he is definitely an agent working for the government. Through some accidental circumstances, Sherlock finds himself in the hands of some nefarious characters and just barely escapes with his life at the quick thinking of his friend Matty. Now, I know the character of the adult Sherlock, and I'm guessing Andrew Lane is planting the seeds of that character in this novel, but Sherlock has men with guns after him, and he stops on the stairs to look at Matty's handiwork and how he tripped the man chasing him with the gun. I would think as smart as Sherlock is, he'd get out of there. But then the adult version of Sherlock is known to be cryptic and somewhat exasperating. This Sherlock proves to be at times. The pages upon pages of observation about the workings of the steam engine of the ship was something I completely skipped. I couldn't picture it in my mind and to me it added nothing to the story. But again, this is the kind of information Sherlock would store away for future use. The story carries Sherlock, Amyus and Virginia Crowe to America aboard a ship. They are after Matty who has been kidnapped. Sherlock is often reckless in trying to help and I'm guessing is learning his lessons at this young age so that he is a more rational man in his older age. I liked Amyus Crowe and Virginia, they were both very open and friendly. The English characters were stiff (as I believe the author meant them to seem) but Sherlock was more open than them. He's brilliant, even at this age. And brave. He doesn't have the best of living situations and he's desperate to hang on to his friends, Virginia and Matty. The story moved slowly in the Sherlock observation stages and then picked right back up because he was usually in mortal peril while he was making these observations. That was annoying. But again, that's Sherlock Holmes. In all, I really enjoyed the story and think this is definitely a great novel for young adult readers. If you enjoy mysteries, on a grand scale, history- this one dealt with the Civil War, and/or Sherlock Holmes, you'll really enjoy this one. I don't think I'd call this a boy book. I'd call it a Sherlock Holmes book and you can't really classify those for one gender or another. They are classics and this one is too. I can't wait to read the next one! I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher, Farrar, Straus and Giroux through NetGalley. This in no way influenced my review of the novel. Heather Also, there is a very detailed list of sources the author used for his information in the book at the end which some of you may find interesting. It's clear that Andrew Lane takes building young Sherlock's character into the one Sir Arthur Conan Doyle wrote, seriously.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it so much i just cant get enough of it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When Amyus is telling Sherlock that you need twine a knife and that other thing he forgot duct tape