Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau Paperback – Aug 7 2012
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“Adams tells a great story, period.” “This is a thriller, both of crime and horror. Trying to limit yourself to “just one more chapter” is as much a challenge as Holmes trying to survive his trial with this mad scientist.” “Though the concept of twisting up classic literature is hardly novel anymore, Adams’ story is one of the more inventive of the pack.” “I would quickly put SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE ARMY OF DR. MOREAU amongst the top non-canonical continuations of Arthur Conan Doyle’s work.” – Aint It Cool News
"Adams' inventive mash-up of H.G. Wells and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (his second pastiche, following 2011's Sherlock Holmes: The Breath of God) offers more action than deduction. Holmes' brother, Mycroft, takes the unusual step of travelling to Baker Street to enlist his sibling's help. Under Mycroft's guidance, the British government's efforts to safeguard the nation resulted in investigations into how humans might be modified to fight in harsh environments and climates. That initiative led Mycroft to the experiments of Dr. Charles Moreau, who fled England after details of his gruesome vivisections were exposed. Subsequently, reports emerged that the scientist had started anew on a remote island, where he created "absurd combinations of man and beast." Mycroft fears that the resultant creatures may be connected with a series of savage deaths near Rotherhithe, which appear to be the work of mysterious animals. Despite an over-the-top ending, Adams' obvious affection for the characters will leaving more traditional Sherlockians hoping he'll uses his gifts at recreating them in a less-fantastic narrative. Even so, Adam's decision to let the long-suffering and snarky Watson vent some frustration will delight fans of the series." – Publishers Weekly
"The mystery is engaging and the characters are enigmatic enough that I didn’t want to put the story down." – DNM Magazine
"well written and pays great homage to the characters borrowed from literature’s past. Guy Adams clearly shows his respect and appreciation of those characters and the writers that inspire his work." – Three If By Space
“If you’re looking for a pulpy romp, you’ll find much to enjoy here.” – San Francisco Book Review
About the Author
Guy Adams trained and worked as an actor for twelve years before becoming a full-time writer. He is the co-author of The Case Notes of Sherlock Holmes and has written several tie-ins to the TV series Life on Mars. Restoration, the follow-up to the much-praised horror novel, The World House was published in 2011, as well as his first Sherlock Holmes novel - The Breath of God.
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Adams stays true to the original characters of Holmes and Watson, yet brings a fun, exciting twist with a fresh new story. This mash-up of classics was highly entertaining and completely riveting. I'm a sucker for a good mystery, and paired with my favorite genre, science fiction, I had high expectations that were well placed. I'll certainly be reading more in this continued series of Sherlock Holmes.
Adams' writing is top notch. He knows how to deliver a fun yarn, with lots of thrills and chills. Arthur Conan Doyle and H.G. Wells would both be proud!
From the Back Cover: Wild beasts abroad
Dead bodies are found on the streets of London with wounds that can only be explained as the work of ferocious creatures not native to the city.
Sherlock Holmes is visited by his brother, Mycroft, who is only too aware that the bodies are the calling card of Dr. Moreau, a vivisectionist who was working for the British Government, following in the footsteps of Charles Darwin, before his experiments attracted negative attention and the work was halted. Mycroft believes that Moreau's experiments continue and he charges his brother with tracking the rogue scientist down before matters escalate any further.
If you are anything like me then you grew up with Sherlock Holmes as well. When I was a kid I read everything that Arthur Conan Doyle wrote about the master sleuth and, of course, watched all the movies with Basil Rathbone. However Mr. Doyle only wrote so many Holmes stories before he died. Hooray for Guy Adams! He has written brand new adventures in a very clever format. Dr. Moreau is a vivisectionist which means he performs surgery conducted for experimental purposes on a living organism. What he really is doing is trying to make the animal kingdom human. What happens is Moreau is building an army of `beast men'. Tired of having his work ignored -- or reviled -- by the British scientific community, Moreau is willing to make the world pay attention using his creatures as a force to gain control of the government. The novelist H. G. Wells wrote "The Island Of Dr. Moreau" in 1896. As Wells And Doyle were writing around the same time period it seems odd that their characters did not meet sooner. Dr. Moreau is a worthy adversary for Holmes and this book is a page turning thriller. "Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau" is great fun. Let me assure you if you like Sherlock Holmes then you are going to really enjoy this. I recommend it highly!
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It was an slightly interesting idea, but again, doesn't work for the character of Sherlock Holmes.