Sherlock Holmes - The Stuff of Nightmares

Sherlock Holmes - The Stuff of Nightmares

by James Lovegrove
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Sherlock Holmes - The Stuff of Nightmares by James Lovegrove

It's the autumn of 1890, and a spate of bombings has hit London. The newspapers are full of fevered speculation about anarchists, anti-monarchists and Fenians. But one man suspects an even more sinister hand behind the violence.  Sherlock Holmes believes Professor Moriarty is orchestrating a nationwide campaign of terror, but to what end? At the same time, a bizarrely garbed figure has been spotted on the rooftops and in the grimy back alleys of the capital.  He moves with the extraordinary agility of a latter-day Spring-heeled Jack.  He possesses weaponry and armour of unprecedented sophistication.  He is known only by the name Baron Cauchemar, and he appears to be a scourge of crime and villainy. But is this masked man truly the force for good that he seems?  Is he connected somehow to the bombings?  Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson are about to embark on one of their strangest and most exhilarating adventures yet.

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ISBN-13: 9781781165416
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 08/27/2013
Pages: 294
Sales rank: 254,386
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 7.82(h) x 0.84(d)

About the Author

James Lovegrove is the New York Times best-selling author of The Age of Odin, the third novel in his critically-acclaimed Pantheon military SF series. He was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1998 for his novel Days and for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2004 for his novel Untied Kingdom. He also reviews fiction for the Financial Times.

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Sherlock Holmes - The Stuff of Nightmares 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Repeat_BandN_Customer More than 1 year ago
Parallel universe SciFi, not Holmsian mystery. This novel is a science fiction adventure, not a mystery, let alone a Sherlock Holmes mystery, its title and characters notwithstanding. The malefactors are identified early, and the only remaining issues are whether the good guys will prevail and how so. The story includes machines that are not technically feasible as described even today; the idea that they could have been secretly developed and manufactured in 1891 is ludicrous. They reminded me of the machines in the dreadful Will Smith movie "The Wild, Wild West." The "Holmes" figure is a shadow of the Arthur Conan Doyle character. A number of the little Holmsian gimmicks are used or cited, but this character does not possess the steely, unreachably withdrawn, and indomitable demeanor of the original. The plot revolved around a need to prevent an act rightfully characterized as monstrous, but the probable downstream consequences that the act would trigger were greatly exaggerated. I liked the book at first, but as it got more and more into the techno nonsense and away from any shred of mystery I felt as if I had been deceived by the claim that this was a Sherlock Holmes mystery. You could remove everything Holmsian from this novel and exchange it for equivalent features of any generic, clever, 1890's detective blessed with uniquely high power access, and it would not really change the story in its essentials. I liked Mr. Lovegrove's "what-if" novels where the various gods like the Egyptian or the Greek gods actually rule the heavens, depending on the specific novel, but this one wandered off the page if it was supposed to be a faithful Sherlock Holmes story.
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3 reviews and 2 are plot spoilers revealing the entire story. Come on bn, are you ever going to do anything to these obnoxious plot spoilong posters who tell everything then brag how they got their book for free? What about those of us who have to buy our books. We dont want to buy a book when they have already told the entire story. Please put a stop to these plot spoilers and delete their posts.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A la H.G. Welles War of the Worlds
VicG More than 1 year ago
James Lovegrove in his book, “Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff Of Nightmares” 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:  The masked avenger A spate of bombings has hit London, causing untold damage and loss of life. Meanwhile, a strangely garbed figure has been spotted haunting the rooftops and grimy back alleys of the capital. Sherlock Holmes believes this strange masked man may hold the key to the attacks. He moves with the extraordinary agility of a latter-day Spring-heeled Jack.  He possesses weaponry and armour of unprecedented sophistication.  He is known only by the name Baron Cauchemar, and he appears to be a scourge of crime and villainy. But is this masked man truly the force for good that he seems?  Is he connected somehow to the bombings?  Holmes and his faithful companion Dr. Watson are about to embark on one of their strangest and most exhilarating adventures yet. This book opens with a blast!  A bomb blast at Waterloo Station that Watson came close to getting killed at.  From there this story picks up speed and tension.  Holmes is interested in a person calling himself Baron Cauchemar, or Nightmare. I have to say if Bob Kane had created Batman for 1890 London and blended in more Science Fiction elements this is what his creation would have come to be.  I like Cauchemar and hope he appears in more novels he deserves more attention with or without Holmes and Watson. Then there is the terrorist bombings and great danger to the future of the British Empire.  This is an intriguing, well plotted and fast paced mystery that goes along at a roller-coaster pace.  Add in the extra elements of Science Fiction and Mr. Lovegrove has given us a page turning thriller that will not disappoint any Sherlock Holmes fan.  ”Sherlock Holmes: The Stuff of Nightmares” is great fun.  Let me assure you if you like Sherlock Holmes then you are going to really enjoy this. 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.”
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