The Secret Journal of Dr Watson

The Secret Journal of Dr Watson

by Phil Growick

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On the most secret and dangerous assignment of their lives, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are sent into the newborn Soviet Union to rescue The Romanovs: Nicholas and Alexandra and their innocent children. Will Holmes and Watson be able to change history? Will they even be able to survive?

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ISBN-13: 9781780921334
Publisher: Andrews UK
Publication date: 04/23/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 800,611
File size: 2 MB

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The Secret Journal of Dr Watson 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
by Kieran McMullenAs a Watson fan I had to read a book with the fine title of “The Secret Journal of Dr. Watson”. Especially, when Watson and Holmes are to be involved in something as thrilling as the Russian Revolution. This is an adventure story more than a mystery, although it encompasses mystery as well.It is the latter part of the Great War. The Czar has abdicated, Kerensky has lost his position to Lenin and Russia has pulled out of the war. Russia’s action has released a hundred German Divisions to fight the Allies on the Western Front. The Romanovs are still alive and the English King wants his cousin the Czar and his family saved from the Bolsheviks. But how can this be done and by who? The British government cannot be seen as interfering in the internal politics of the new Russian state. The rescue must be done by forces that cannot be directly tied to Whitehall. Of course Holmes and Watson are the logical choices to make the attempt and who better to assist them than the famous (or infamous) Riley, Ace of Spies!The rescue attempt (I won’t say if is successful) is made in the backdrop of civil war: White Russians, Red Russians, German attacks and American and British soldiers and sailors invading Murmansk.Watson and Holmes must play their cards close to the vest. In this world of swirling spies and alliances and betrayals everyone is suspect and no one is to be trusted: not the military, surely none of the Russians (not even the local priest) and not even the English government.The book is well written and well researched. I found it especially engaging  because of my interest in the particular time period of history. I highly recommend this book to Watson fans. It’s an appropriate sequel to His Last Bow.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
THE NEWSLETTER OF THE SHERLOCK HOLMES SOCIETY OF LONDON 15 April 2012 In The Secret Journal of Dr Watson (MX Publishing; Phil Growick tells of Holmes and Watson’s most dangerous mission. In 1918, at the personal request of King George, they risk their lives to save those of the King’s cousins, the deposed Tsar Nicholas II and his family. On their journey deep into a Russia torn by violent revolution, they discover that friend and foe alike have their own agendas; even their most trustworthy helper, a Colonel in the secret police, is not what he seems. More dangerous even than the Reds and the Whites are the unknowns who want the Romanovs and their rescuers dead. The drama is exotic, the characters and events exude authenticity, and the narrative carries you along like an express train.
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Philip_K_Jones More than 1 year ago
This is a difficult book to review. The fantastic nature of the story told makes it almost unbelievable. Unfortunately, the events recounted occurred in a century of unprecedented espionage and trickery that began with the appointment of an enemy agent as head of intelligence services for the Austro-Hungarian Empire and ended with the routine computer monitoring of all cell phone conversations across the world by the NSA. During that century, such intelligence ‘coups’ as the Zimmerman Telegram, the Coventry air raid non-warning and the routine killing of marked individuals by umbrellas that shoot tiny, poisoned balls have become commonplace. Further, from my extensive readings in Twentieth Century history, I must conclude that, however fantastic the details of this adventure, all of the persons involved could have performed their reported roles, especially those of historical note. The book begins with Sherlock and Dr. Watson being escorted to a meeting with Prime Minister David Lloyd George and then with King Edward V. They are charged with an intensely secret mission and directed to leave the country with no explanations to friends or family. From this point, the story becomes a study in the double-cross. At any given time, it is impossible to say who is currently friend and who is foe, as people seem to change orientations so frequently. The task requires intense concentration and heavy sacrifice by all involved. The results are kept secret and the participants are silenced, either by guilt, by death or by other Government action. Dr. Watson’s account is given to his lawyers in a sealed package only to be read by his descendants after seventy five years. The narrative is engrossing and the characters are well-drawn. I was impressed by the realistic representations of several historical characters and I found that the mystery and tension of the narrative carried right up to the final page. The book is certainly worth reading and it is an interesting Sherlockian mystery. The presentation of events and personalities is carefully done and seems quite consistent with the known history of the times. I repeat, things could have happened this way and the people involved could have acted this way There are surely some flaws in the book. The most irritating is the software used to translate the text into book format. Apparently many end-of-lines were changed, in error, into hard paragraph indicators, so new paragraphs in the narrative creep out in the midst of sentences with embarrassing regularity. Another embarrassment is the author’s complete confusion about the armament and capabilities of light cruisers and destroyers as well as about other, less important nautical matters. Aside from these items, the spelling, usage and terminology seem appropriate to the time and place. Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, May 2012
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
Why Holmes, other than a selling point? The Secret Journal of Doctor Watson by Phil Growick In 1993 Doctor John Watson, grandson of Doctor John H Watson, is delivered a package on the orders of his grandfather. The missive inside tells a version of history much different from what we know as history. Holmes and Watson are chosen by the King himself and Prime Minster Lloyd George for a secret mission inside of Russia. WWI is raging, and the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia has begun. In the path of this Revolution stands the Tsar and the Russian Royal Family. Here is where history and this novel part ways. For the mission that Holmes and Watson have been recruited is the safe extraction of the Tsar and his family. The real beauty of this story is the constant twists of who is helping Holmes and Watson, and who is trying to stop them. Even when the lines seem to be drawn in the sand one isn’t sure which side of the line any specific associate of our dynamic duo embraces. And what gives Holmes the foreboding thought that they have been set up? The alternate history story here is fantastic. It reminds me of the old Marvel Comics series What If? The attention to detail, the realism of the historical character interaction, and the highly developed plot make for some really good reading. Now I am afraid it’s time for the bad news. Holmes and Watson are unnecessary to the story line. Any randomly selected pair of intrepid adventurers would have seamlessly fit into the story. I think the point was made for me by the author himself, pp 63-64. “You know that I refuse to come to a conclusion until I have all the facts in the case.” continued Holmes. “But this is most certainly not our usual case. It is not a case at all.” And the author is quite right. This is alternate history fiction. It is not a Sherlock Holmes case. That, unfortunately, is the bottom line. I will give the book three stars for the alternate history novel. I will ding the author two stars for a Holmes story without a case to solve. You have to ask yourself, what if I replaced Holmes and Watson with Paul Thomas and Trevor Braxton, would it drastically change the story? In this case the answer is a solid no. Quoth the Raven…