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Caxton Tempest at the End of the World [Paperback]

Ken Preston
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13 July 2007
Marlow Crimps planted his dirty great hand on Jim's shoulder and began guiding him back up the narrow street. Jim glanced back at the shop, at its dirty windows and crooked door, and the chipped, wooden sign hanging above it. A single word had been scrawled in black paint across the dirty wood: Magick" Orphan Jim Kerrigan and his young brother George live by their wits on the streets. But after stumbling across a mutilated corpse late one night Jim finds himself thrust into the dark, dangerous world of the mysterious Caxton Tempest. Now, along with new friends Denver McCade and Johnny Chen, Jim must fight for his life against a killer intent on opening up the gates of Hell. But other forces of evil are gathering, and Tempest finds he needs the help of an unlikely ally if he is to defeat them. Scary, gripping and unsettling CAXTON TEMPEST AT THE END OF THE WORLD takes the reader on a journey into Victorian London's underworld, the opium dens, the rookeries, slums and beyond into a world of magic and horror.

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Exposure Publishing (13 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846858836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846858833
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,671,323 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ken Preston is the author of Caxton Tempest at the End of the World, and The Devil and Edward Teach.

He writes in his cellar, on the street where Jack the Ripper was born, and lives with his wife, two boys, an elderly cat and a goldfish. The goldfish was rescued from a magic act one evening, after the illusionist produced it from thin air and dropped it into a jar of water.

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From the Author

Interview with the author for 'Inside out' magazine

'Caxton Tempest at the End of the World' is the first in a series of novels from Ken, which are set in Victorian London.

Talking about his novel Ken said: "The book is best described as a cross between Harry Potter, Oliver Twist and Dracula. It follows the adventures of Jim Kerrigan, a young street thief who lives with a gang of other children in a doss house ruled over by a vicious bully called Marchek Mulready. The book opens as Jim discovers a mutilated corpse late one night in an old curiosity shop. The murder is only the latest in a series of strange killings, which are baffling the police. Mysterious adventurer Caxton Tempest is called on to help solve the case and Jim is plunged into his dangerous world, battling evil forces of darkness, demons, vampires and secret societies."

Ken lives in Stourbridge with his wife, two boys and a cat. He began writing this book in August 2003, but work stopped on his novel for a few months when his eldest son was born. Now Ken is already on his way to writing his second book in the series and facing the challenge of tying up several loose ends and many of the unanswered questions from the first book.

Talking about his passion for writing Ken continued "I have always been a voracious reader and into inventing stories. I still have two stories that were published in my junior school magazine from 1974!

At age 10, I found a typewriter and having just finished reading the Lord of the Rings trilogy, I decided to type it all out! Needless to say I only managed half of chapter one before giving up. At the time, if asked, I wouldn't have been able to tell you why I wanted to do that. Looking back now, I think I was trying to find out how Tolkien had written his book and where the ideas came from.

It's difficult to say where the idea for my first novel came from. I had wanted to write a Victorian adventure for some time. I had also been reading the colourful accounts of the Victorian explorers in Africa and had re-read Dracula, which is another Victorian set novel. I suppose these different elements sat in my head and stewed for a while, eventually surfacing in the novel as it is now.

It's really exciting to see my work published and I hope that people who read the book enjoy it as much I as I did writing it."

From the Back Cover

The First Book in the Caxton Tempest Series

London, 1888

Orphan Jim Kerrigan and his young brother George live by their wits on the streets. But after stumbling across a mutilated corpse one night Jim finds himself thrust into the dark, dangerous world of the mysterious Caxton Tempest. Now, along with new friends Denver McCade and Johnny Chen, Jim must fight for his life against a killer intent on opening up the gates of Hell.

But other forces of evil are gathering, and Tempest finds he needs the help of an unlikely ally if he is to defeat them...

Scary, gripping and unsettling CAXTON TEMPEST AT THE END OF THE WORLD takes the reader on a journey into the sordid East End, the opium dens, the rookeries, slums and beyond into a world of magic and horror...


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A surprising read! 30 Oct 2007
Format:Paperback
This isn't the genre I would normally go for so I was completely surprised to find myself devouring this book. A fast-paced, well woven story which took me on a roller coaster ride into the dark and mysterious world of Caxton Tempest. Loved the characters and was surprised that Tempest didn't get to hog the limelight - for me, Denver & Murmur were the stars of the show. A great book which will undoubtedly get the hairs on the back of your neck standing up. However, don't do what I did - I read it when my husband was working away from home and scared myself silly - thank goodness I had the dog to protect me!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovely little bit of Victorian horror 15 Jun 2008
Format:Paperback
This is a novel by someone who is clearly an expert when it comes to the dark underbelly of Victoria London. His descriptions and action are very real, as are the characters Jim and George, two young orphans scratching a living from the criminal underworld. The relationship between them is beautifully drawn, and it's clear the author had a great time writing them.

I'm not normally a fan of horror, but this was fascinating stuff, very gripping, and quite clearly the first in a series which I'm certain will go from strength to strength.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great first outing 22 Nov 2007
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AS a huge fan of historical and crime fiction I jumped at the chance to try out a new author to see what they had to offer. I didn't really have a clue what to expect from Preston's first novel but I'm really glad I gave it a go. I've struggled to think of the best way to describe it but keep coming up with things like "Indiana Jones plays Sherlock Holmes, while chasing Jack the Ripper through Oliver Twist's London, with just a bit of horror thrown in for good measure". Not quite what I was expecting but a really enjoyable tale - told well. If that doesn't make you want to read it I don't know what will! Roll on number 2 in the Caxton Tempest series
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This is such a fast paced story, with so many layers, that I have honestly found myself waking in the middle of the night to read another chapter! All the main characters are fully formed and the good guys very easy to identify with. There is something for everyone here. As a Mother, I responded to the young brothers, as a woman - it's Denver that has me cheering (I want to play her when they turn this into a movie!), and as a sleepless insomniac that needs my sleep - they all come together in a morbid, mysterious, bloodthirsty jigsaw puzzle that simply has to be solved!
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