Watson's Afghan Adventure - How Sherlock Holmes' Dr.Watson Became an Army Doctor

Watson's Afghan Adventure - How Sherlock Holmes' Dr.Watson Became an Army Doctor

by Kieran McMullen

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ISBN-13: 9781907685941
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,186,708
File size: 3 MB

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Watson's Afghan Adventure - How Sherlock Holmes' Dr.Watson Became an Army Doctor 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
wbspeirjr More than 1 year ago
A Review of Kieran McMullen's Watson's Afghan Adventure I just finished reading Watson's Afghan Adventure by Kieran McMullen and I thoroughly enjoyed this book! It was well written, well researched, and made me feel like I was there with Dr. John Watson while he was serving with the British Army. The book, written as a recollection of Dr. Watson's to his friend and colleague, Sherlock Holmes, starts when Dr. Watson just misses the visit of his former army orderly. This unexpected visitor leaves behind several strange gifts, and when Sherlock Holmes is allowed to see the gifts, Watson finds himself telling Holmes the story of part of his past that had never been shared before. More than the story of an army surgeon on campaign during the Afghanistan wars, it is a story of friendship, camaraderie, intrigue, treasure, revenge, and murder. McMullen's style of writing, coupled with his background in the US Field Artillery, takes the reader into the past and shows what it was like for an army surgeon in the late 1800s during the conflicts that led to the battle of Maiwand. McMullen's well researched book shows what it was like for the British soldiers and officers alike as they marched from India to quell the local tribes in Afghanistan and prevent Russia from threatening the British interests in the region. The peculiarities of the British command structure and it's less-known cultural norms, as well we how the British class system led to poor decisions that would later impact the army's battlefield performance, are detailed as McMullen tells the intertwined stories of a group of friends looking for a lost treasure in the middle of a war for which the British are hopelessly outnumbered. McMullen is an outstanding story-teller who breathes new life into characters, who are well know already, while presenting a fascinating tale of the fortunes of war that ultimately led Dr. Watson to meet and begin helping Sherlock Holmes solve the mysteries that have been thrilling readers for decades. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves Sherlock Holmes mysteries and/or who wants to know more about the British soldier's life during the late 1800's.
Philip_K_Jones More than 1 year ago
This is the only Sherlockian book I know of by this author. It is Watson's own tale of his experiences in Afghanistan. The narrative is a very realistic exposition of a British Doctor's life during the Second Afghan War. I am not sure of the details of the campaigns involved, but the presentation is an accurate and intelligent view of what Watson would have seen and experienced. The Watson presented here is very much the Watson who wrote the Canonical tales. He is inherently good and caring but also intelligent and observant. Some of the details differ from those in the Canonical accounts but all the disagreements are well explained and logical. The tale told is well written and intriguing, with a variety of characters and locations. The bumbling Watson presented in the Canon, of course, never existed, but this Watson has all the heart and courage displayed in the Canonical tales along with the attention to detail and intelligence required by their author. Good and evil are displayed by most of the characters. The wide range of the noble aspirations, lofty ideals and gross excesses of 'The Raj' are displayed as well as the nobility, humanity and venality of the native population. Most of the characters are interesting and the story told is a fascinating combination of a treasure hunt and an exposé of the details of the British domination of the Subcontinent. As ever, Watson maintains his ideals, observes his fellow travelers and tries to help whomever and wherever he can. There are a few irritating details in editing that occur throughout the book. Most are substitution of homonyms for the proper spellings but there are also a few specific mis-usages and errors in details. A careful edit should catch the majority but they are, at most, a minor distraction. In a literature that is plagued by poor editing and gross mis-spellings the errors in this book are truly small change. Some purists may disagree with the details of Watson's history provided, but no real violations of the Canon are included. This is an interesting and thought provoking addition to the Canon that is well worth reading. Reviewed by: Philip K. Jones, June 2011
Charlie1977 More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read. Detailed and pacy and of course featuring one of my favourite characters in Watson - what more could you ask for.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago