The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D.

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D.

by Nicholas Meyer


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With the international bestseller The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer brought to light a previously unpublished case of Sherlock Holmes, as recorded by Dr. John H. Watson. Now Meyer returns with a shocking discovery—an unknown case drawn from a recently unearthed Watson journal.

January 1905: Holmes and Watson are summoned by Holmes' brother Mycroft to undertake a clandestine investigation. An agent of the British Secret Service has been found floating in the Thames, carrying a manuscript smuggled into England at the cost of her life. The pages purport to be the minutes of a meeting of a secret group intent on nothing less than taking over the world.

Based on real events, the adventure takes the famed duo—in the company of a bewitching woman—aboard the Orient Express from Paris into the heart of Tsarist Russia, where Holmes and Watson attempt to trace the origins of this explosive document. On their heels are desperate men of unknown allegiance, determined to prevent them from achieving their task. And what they uncover is a conspiracy so vast as to challenge Sherlock Holmes as never before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250228956
Publisher: St. Martin''s Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 26,732
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

NICHOLAS MEYER is the author three previous Sherlock Holmes novels, including The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for a year. He's a screen-writer and film director, responsible for The Day After, Time After Time, as well as Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country among many others. A native of New York City, he lives in Santa Monica, California.

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The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D. 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
vhk 23 days ago
This is an excellent read. Nicholas Meyer dives right in with Sherlock and Watson solving this peculiar mystery of the Protocols of Zion. Very entertaining!
vhk 23 days ago
This is an excellent read. Nicholas Meyer dives right in with Sherlock and Watson solving this peculiar mystery of the Protocols of Zion. Very entertaining!
Anonymous 4 months ago
Another witty Holmes pastiche from Nicholas Meyer. Hugely entertaining and also very informative of the history of the Protocols of Zion, a dangerous example of "fake news". A very good read indeed.
BuddyG 4 months ago
Although I'd been a fan of Nicholas Meyer's work as a screenwriter and director for a very long time, I'd never read any of his novels before. I'd heard many good things over the years about his first Sherlock Holmes novel, THE SEVEN-PER-CENT SOLUTION and was always curious to read it, but never got around to it for one reason or another. When I saw that Meyer was releasing this new Holmes novel, THE ADVENTURE OF THE PECULIAR PROTOCOLS, I was instantly intrigued. Not only because of Meyer, but also because I've recently become a pretty big fan of the Sherlock Holmes character. This novel was impressive right from the start and I quickly began to admire Nicholas Meyer even more than I had before. I felt that he captured the characters of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson perfectly. In many ways, it felt like I was reading one of the original Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Especially impressive to me is the way that Nicholas Meyer used real events in history in this story. It's obvious that he did a lot of research for this book. I very much admire the way he weaved together a fictional story with fictional characters with real historical events and fictionalized versions of people who actually existed. Having said that, something did fall a little short for me here. Yes, it held my interest from the very beginning and I enjoyed reading the entire book, but I didn't love it quite as much as I'd hoped to. I think, though, that the main reason for that is because I've recently been watching a lot of the two recent television series featuring Holmes: SHERLOCK and ELEMENTARY. Both of those series do a very good job coming up with great mysteries for Holmes and Watson to investigate. While there are definitely some big mysteries to be solved in THE ADVENTURE OF THE PECULIAR PROTOCOL, it felt more to me like a historical novel than a mystery novel. There's nothing wrong with that, of course. I liked it a lot, but I was just hoping for more of a traditional mystery story. I'm very glad I read it, though, because it made me even more of a fan of Nicholas Meyer. I think he's a great writer. I'm definitely going to check out his other novels featuring Sherlock Holmes. *I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for a fair review.
MerriGib 4 months ago
I sometimes wonder what Sir Arthur Conan Doyle would make of the many iterations of his Sherlock Homes character and the world surrounding him. This is a book that purports to share a heretofore-unpublished journal of Dr. Watson. The story is cleverly told, and the characters well portrayed. At the heart of this story is a real document that had many names over the years, but it is referred to here as the Peculiar Protocols. It appeared in many languages, perhaps first in French, and was then translated a number of times in a number of languages. The document is thoroughly anti-Semitic in tone, and speaks of a plan to take over the world--and eradicate the Jews in the process. Now, as this story is set in 1905, the historical significance is well noted. So we read of a Russian revolution in the making, we hear of events taking place in Europe that we can easily recognize as relating to the events of World War I, and even World War II. But we also encounter the burgeoning Zionist movement, searching for a Jewish homeland. The story, and some of its characters, draws on actual historical events and real people. The book makes for fascinating reading, especially for those aware of events of 20th century history. My thanks to author, publisher, and NetGalley for providing an advance copy to read and provide and honest review.
Annette5151 4 months ago
I grew up watching old Sherlock Holmes’ movies with Basil Rathbone so any Sherlock book I read I always compare the two. I was excited to see this book, I had read one by this author years ago. For me it felt true to other Sherlock Holmes books I’ve read. I’m not sure if I cared for the historical part of the story. I enjoyed the story and it kept my attention. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for the early copy
casey710 4 months ago
“Based on real events, the adventure takes the famed duo—in the company of a bewitching woman—aboard the Orient Express from Paris into the heart of Tsarist Russia, where Holmes and Watson attempt to trace the origins of this explosive document. On their heels are desperate men of unknown allegiance, determined to prevent them from achieving their task. And what they uncover is a conspiracy so vast as to challenge Sherlock Holmes as never before.” After having read the Seven-Percent-Solution years ago I was waiting for a follow up and it’s finally here! Much like the first, this is historically based and gripping from the start. I hope we don’t have to wait so long for more Holmes and Watson adventures as imagined by Nicholas Meyer.....because no one does it better! Thank you NetGalley for the advanced readers copy for review.
MikeStaff 4 months ago
It was a pleasant surprise to learn Nicholas Meyer had turned his attention again to the world of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. And, as The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols proves, he hasn't lost his ability to perfectly capture the voices of Holmes and Watson. However, it is a Holmes from a different era. It is a Holmes for a changing world. The case proves to be a curious one in the Holmes canon but it would be a major spoiler to reveal why here. Meyer nicely mixes historical figures and events in the book. It's also fun to see his use of famous quotes from the original Conan Doyle stories. This is an enjoyable return to 221B Baker Street by Meyer.
diane92345 4 months ago
The game is afoot in the excellent Sherlock Holmes tale of spies and revolution, the Adventures of the Peculiar Protocols. Sherlock Holmes’ brother Mycroft enlists Holmes’ help with a mysterious French manuscript. The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion is ostensibly a book recording a conference of Jews describing their plan of world takeover. However, Holmes believes it is a fraud. Confirming the Jewish connection, the Home Office spy who died protecting it was killed with a knife bearing a Jewish star. Does the manuscript’s sudden appearance relate to the nascent Russian revolution? Is it an attempt to blame the entire revolution on the already frequently scapegoated Russian Jews? The author’s Seven-Percent Solution is my favorite neo-Holmes tale so I snatched this one up as soon as I saw it on NetGalley. And I wasn’t disappointed. This book is equally good and feels like it was written by Doyle himself. The level of detail that matches the original stories is excellent! I most highly recommend the Adventures of the Peculiar Protocols for every Holmes fan. 5 stars! Thanks to Minotaur Books and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for my honest review.
JeanK 4 months ago
As a fan of Sherlock Holmes, I was excited to receive The Adventures of the Peculiar Protocols. Opening in 1905, Watson and Holmes are approached by Sherlock’s brother Mycroft who asks for their assistance with a sensitive investigation. An agent has been murdered. Before her death she obtained a copy of the Protocols that detailed secret meetings of a group with plans to take control of the world. Although Watson has promised his wife that his involvement with Holmes’ investigations is over, he finds himself traveling to Russia with his old friend to discover the origins of the document. Released as part of a plot to foment trouble, they come up against the Okhrana, the Russian secret police. While the opening chapters of this book are somewhat slow as they research the origins of the Protocols, Nicholas Meyer more than makes up for that with Holmes’ and Watson’s harrowing escape from Russia, evading Russian agents and traveling on the Orient Express. This book is a treat for Holmes fans and I would like to thank NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for providing this book for my honest review.
marongm8 4 months ago
This book was received as an ARC from St. Martin's Press - Minotaur Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. Having read so many Sherlock Holmes and the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, it was refreshing to see another novel in the point of view of Watson "reflecting" on the "peculiar" cases he and Holmes encountered. Some of them were so out there with references to other classic novels such as the Orient Express that it made it even more enticing to read on and see the role Watson and Holmes had for each case. I do have to say my favorite part however, was the author's intro with him saying a variation "if there are errors of any kind...blame Watson." That had me on the floor laughing and a lot of our patrons will enjoy it too. We will consider adding this title to our Mystery collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Noire 4 months ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The Adventure Of The Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer is a Sherlock Holmes Mystery. A recently unearthed Watson Journal brings to life a previously unknown case. The time is 1905 and the seeds of World War I are beginning to sprout. Holmes and Watson undertake an undercover investigation the behest of Holmes’s brother Mycroft who works for the British Secret Service. Conspiracies abound and they can trust no-one on a dangerous journey aboard the Orient Express from Paris to Russia during the last gasp of the Tsarist regime. I enjoyed this story very much and it’s twists and turns will keep you guessing till the very end. Publishing Date October 15, 2019. #NetGalley #TheAdventureOfThePeculiarProtocols #NicholasMeyer #HolmesandWatson #Bookstagram #StMartinsPress #MinotaurBooks #MysteriesandThrillers
Anonymous 4 months ago
I'm a died-in-the-wool Sherlock fan, but not a purist, so I am always on the lookout for a good Sherlock pastiche. Especially from the talented Nicholas Meyer, author of The Seven-Percent Solution. One of the many agents of Sherlock's brother Mycroft was murdered while delivering a copy of the anti-Semitic tract known as The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Mycroft is desperate to find the original and its author. Oddly, the murdered agent still had the document on her person, written in Russian. Mycroft fears the effects of its distribution in England. Sherlock enlists Dr. Watson's sister-in-law to translate the text. They also meet with an American couple, William English Walling, and his Russian Jewish wife, Anna Strunsky. The Wallings are on the way home from Russia. The 1905 Revolution has just been brutally suppressed, and the Wallings have a good idea where the document came from. It's a surprise that Anna Strunsky will accompany them posing as their translator, at least to Dr. Watson. They travel across Europe on The Orient Express, and into danger in the Ukraine, Budapest, and Russia, with unknown pursuers. The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols is a rollicking adventure based on real historical events and persons. The Wallings were co-founders of the NAACP along with W.E.B. DuBois, and I had never heard of them. I had also heard of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion but never knew its long history. Based on lies and plagiarism, it is responsible for the deaths of untold numbers of Jews. It plays on the worst human prejudices and continues to rear its ugly head. For example, Henry Ford had 500,000 copies printed and distributed through his newspaper in America. There are colorful descriptions of the great cities of Europe through which they pass, as well as the general squalor of Eastern Europe. The funicular railway in Budapest makes an appearance, which I particularly enjoyed, having ridden it several years ago. I highly recommend The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols, both for Sherlock Holmes fans and those who enjoy historical fiction that can teach the reader a thing or two! Thanks to Minotaur and NetGalley for an advance copy. The opinions are my own.
TPulyer 4 months ago
The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer Sherlock Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson are back in this recently discovered diary entry from the early 1900s. The detective that made Arthur Conan Doyle famous is now in new hands but just as logical and insightful as always. The story has all the elements we have come to know and love, political intrigue, exotic locales, and a cast of fascinating characters. What I Liked Tone, pace, and content closely resemble my memory of the original stories. Fans will enjoy that the novel stays true to the original on many essential aspects. This similarity also enables the reader to suspend disbelief easily and even question at times if this is a real diary discovered by the author. There is a bit more depth to the characters than in the stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. Sherlock achieves a more three-dimensional persona with his possible err in judgment concerning an extramarital affair, and Watson is not the fool that Doyle created. He provides a human element to the story, which works as a foil to Holmes’ logic in many situations. The fake news angle of the story is relatable to readers today. Using a current topic in the historical context of the novel makes it easier for today’s readers to connect to and enjoy more fully. I think this is an ingenious plot angle for the story to utilize. What I Wish The novel had a faster pace. Though Doyle’s stories are paced similarly, the modern reader needs a quicker pace to stay invested in the story. In our on-demand world, attention-spans have changed to expect it and thus, have little patience for the slow build. To Read or Not to Read If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes in any incarnation, you will enjoy this story and the approach it takes to a well-known character. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.