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Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death [Kindle Edition]

Kim Knox
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Book one of Agamemnon Frost
Liverpool, 1891
Decorated artilleryman Edgar Mason was forced to find new work when the British Empire replaced its foot soldiers with monstrous machines. Now he waits on the Liverpool elite as a personal servant. He has just one rule: he won't work for fashion-addled dandies.
Agamemnon Frost, however, is far from the foppish man-about-town he appears to be. He's working to protect the Earth from an alien invasion being planned by a face-changing creature known as Pandarus. And on the night he plans to confront the aliens, he enlists Mason to assist him.
For a man to love a man is a serious crime in Victorian England. But when Mason meets Frost, his heart thunders and his blood catches fire. And when Pandarus drags the two men into the torture cellars beneath his house of death to brainwash them, Mason's new passion may be all that stands between him and insanity.
The trilogy continues with
Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships.
26,000 words

Steampunk male/male romance

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 761 KB
  • Print Length: 77 pages
  • Publisher: Carina Press (19 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CC68FGQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #454,859 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I live on an ancient boundary line, once marked by a Neolithic burial tomb. The tomb's now a standing stone circle-thank the Georgians for that one-and stirs my mind with thoughts of history and ancient myths. I mix the essence of the past into fantasy, along with the essential mix of magic and sex. I also writes science fiction romance, pushing out into the far future with effortlessly sexy men and the women who can't resist them.

I'm multipublished, having books at Ellora's Cave, Samhain Publishing, Loose Id, Liquid Silver Books and Carina Press. You can contact me on my website or come and chat at my blog: www.darknessandromance.wordpress.com

Website: www.kim-knox.co.uk

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Charming 6 Sept. 2013
By The Kimi-Chan Experience VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition
If Edgar Rice Burroughs had ever written a steampunk fantasy featuring a charismatic almost Bond-like character and a bisexual ex-Army manservant fighting Martians who seemed to have wandered over from Dr Who, this would be it. Edgar Mason finds himself amongst the many mustered out from the Army after they are replaced with machines that seem fantastical by comparison to the the previous level of technology. The how and why of the sudden scientific advancement doesn't really concern him, but finding steady employment as a valet does. hence his hiring himself out as a casual worker, hoping to gain sterling enough references to gain him a good placement for longterm employment. His only stipulation to the agency is that he won't work for fops.

He arrives at the Liverpool home of a copper merchant and finds his current assignment is as a replacement valet for a dinner party guest. This guest sets all his inner hackles rising, as he prattles on about fashion and other trivialities, oozing charm and even seeming to flirt with Edgar. Once back in the foppish Nr Frost's rooms, however, it rapidly becomes apparent that Mr Frost is not entirely as he seems. he does indeed have a serious side to him, a calculating, wary side bristling with an alertness that reminds Mason of officers he served under. It's a shame really that it seems tied to madness, as Frost warns him that their hosts and all their staff are actually martians that are planning to turn them into their puppets. As the dinner party progresses, things only get weirder. So weird in fact, that mason no longer thinks Frost a madman, and makes a run for what promises to be an extremely unpleasant event in the cellar of the house that the not so human host has planned for them both in his self-styled House of Death.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Original 24 Aug. 2013
By London Fog - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Refreshingly original while simultaneously being highly evocative of an alternate universe Sherlock fic - with Martians - I was immediately taken by this vividly drawn story. I could practically feel the tendrils of fog and hear the clatter of hooves on cobblestone, as the author does an incredible job of conjuring up romanticised Victorian London on the page... that is, had aliens stealthily invaded the city and began replacing human beings with automatons.

Mason, who has been forced into retirement from since the British Army has seen fit to replace soldiers with machines, not quite so accidentally comes into the employ of one Agamemnon Frost, who at the surface appears a dandy, but whose depths, Mason soon realizes, runs far deeper. Just how much we are not quite told, but as events progress, we do learn tantalizing bits and pieces about his past which always had relevance to the plot development.

The characters themselves sparkle with chemistry. I enjoy a romance with subtlety, focusing on chemistry and tension rather than a relationship that seems contrived to get the pairing into bed. While nothing was resolved in this installment, the ending was still satisfying, possibly more so for the promise of what is to come in the second book.

I did have a few nitpicks with this, however, mostly in the first few chapters. The writing started out somewhat clumsily, the plot a tad bit convoluted, though as the story progressed, so too did the writing, and many of the kinks in plot did get ironed out. Despite its minor flaws, this was a very enjoyable read, a vividly detailed world with a plot and romance intriguing enough to keep up my interest in this series.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful mix of steampunk and aliens 22 Aug. 2013
By Becky C - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death by Kim Knox is a wonderful mix of Victorian steam punk and aliens from Mars. Don't knock it until you've tried it!

Edgar Mason spent 10 years as a foot soldier for the British Empire. Now finding himself no longer required, his role on the battlefield replaced by machines, he finds employment where he can, working as a personal servant for The Registry. Mason is hired by Sir Randolph Cadwallander to serve as a valet to the dangerously enigmatic Agamemnon Frost when he visits Sir Randolph to attend a very special Twelfth Night dinner party. Mason finds himself drawn to the man from the moment they first meet but Agamemnon Frost is not what he seems, and neither is Sir Randolph Cadwallander or the rest of the guests. It also turns out that Edgar's presence is by design as well.

I loved both Mason and Agamemnon. Mason is confused and irritated his attraction to Agamemnon immediate which leaves him very unsettled, he has no idea why he wants Agamemnon so much he just does.

Agamemnon is deliciously seductive with his clipped tones and correct disposition, I kept thinking of a cross between Sherlock Holmes and a bohemian Dr Who as I was reading. The chemistry between both men is immediate, and felt in every page.

I found the writing style quite delicious, it's crisp and eloquent; the conversations between both men are cryptic, almost flirtatious right from the first moment. I was hooked from the very first page. I don't want to delve too deeply into the plot except to say this is book 1 of a trilogy and they must be read in order, but it's fabulous, dark, tense, action packed, and very intriguing, I've never read anything like it. The story is set in Victorian England, and it's a recognizable Victorian period, not too outrageously steam punk, until you get into the story and start to encounter monsters from outer space, then it's in a world of its own.

I have to mention the title and the cover. The title trips of the tongue beautifully and the cover is gorgeous, so evocative of the story. I can't wait for the saga to continue in the next book, Agamemnon Frost and the Hollow Ships.

I've also seen the audiobook on Audible, at a very competitive price, it's released on the same day as the book, something I applaud Carina Press for doing. Whatever your passion, reading, or listening, pick up a copy of Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death by Kim Knox, and hang on for the ride, I guarantee you won't be able to put it down.

This review originally appeared at Mrs Condit & Friends Read Books
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sherlock Holmes, Eat Your HEART Out! 20 Aug. 2013
By V Heartstring (Atlas Deen) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved it!

While I wanted more, the promise of the sequels made up for any and all disappointments concerning the books length and lack of romantic storyline. Don't get me wrong, there was LOTS of romance, with LOTS of shockingly great character and world development, but the book was too short for me. I like to commit to long-ish novels, so novellas really aren't my thing, but Knox is so talented that the book's length was not a problem at the end of the day.

Mason and Frost are cute and endearing and sorta perfect for each other even though they just met. It's like the instachemistry that Sherlock and Watson have in BBC's SHERLOCK with Benedict Cumberbitch--er, Cumberbatch, and where the romantic undertones are only playful jabs in SHERLOCK, in Agamemnon Frost and the House of Death, there are no playful suggestions, just full on hot chemistry and wild on the wind romance - but no the cheesy kind.

There are aliens, but it makes so much sense! It is not silly or dumb, but just the perfect amount of camp! This world is extremely real and wonderful.

While the book does have romance and sexual m/m situations, the sextimes are not story fillers, but are rather simply organic and very - - fun...

The action is intense, the aliens are crazy and complex, the characters, even the brief side characters, are 3-D and brilliant.

Buy, read and love!!

This book is a win!

Cannot wait for the sequel.

-V

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A lot of ideas, loosely assembled 7 Oct. 2013
By SPQR Blues - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Take a Sherlock Holmes riff (the clever and preternaturally observant investigator with a brother in government, the military-veteran doctor), stir in Dr Who. The premise is chock full of steampunk-tech and cultural ideas, in a narrative struggling to explain the hows of the world's inner workings and the whys of forced character bonding, unfortunately with about the same lack of grace as some of the less structurally sound Dr Who episodes (lots of lingo, lectures that don't quite explain what's happening, then run around shooting monsters--and I say this as someone with a lifelong love of Dr Who). Perhaps the problems come from trying to set up too much in too short a story--I never believed the characters were anything more than coat-hangers for a rushed plot, and was never engaged enough with the heroes just to go along with the action with them. This first, short installment in the Agamemnon Frost series features a great protagonist name but was not enough to make me read on in the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star 4 Feb. 2015
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
not a romance - call it horror/steampunk with some gay themes. not a romance.
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