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Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins) [Hardcover]

Andrew Lane , Lane
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Feb 2011 Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins (Book 1)

The year is 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. His life is that of a perfectly ordinary army officer’s son: boarding school, good manners, a classical education – the backbone of the British Empire. But all that is about to change. With his father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously ‘unwell’, Sherlock is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire. So begins a summer that leads Sherlock to uncover his first murder, a kidnap, corruption and a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent . . .

Death Cloud is the first in a series of novels in which the iconic detective is reimagined as a brilliant, troubled and engaging teenager – creating unputdownable detective adventures that remain true to the spirit of the original books.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux (Feb 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374387672
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374387679
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 16.1 x 2.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 197,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Lane is an author, journalist and lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan. He lives in Hampshire with his wife and son. Before Moriarty and before Benedict Cumberbatch, Andrew's passion for the original novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his determination to create an authentic teenage Sherlock Holmes made him the perfect choice to work with the Conan Doyle Estate to reinvent the world’s most famous detective for this series. The first book in Andrew's new series, Lost Worlds, was published in 2013 and book two will follow in 2014. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
My daughter [15] reads a book every few days, plus she has DVD collections of TV's Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Hannay and the like, that supplement her Dresden Files/Vampire and Rom-Com collection. So she eagerly chose this book to read when it was offered. The storyline is about young Sherlock's first case, he's fourteen and it's 1868. My daughter loved the book, which is aimed squarely at young secondary school kids - in fact it's the first childrens book to be endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate. She says 'Its a new take on Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock is still at school, and his older brother Mycroft is totally awesome (he's just left school and taken on the family business as dad has died and mum's ill).'

This first 'Young Sherlock Holmes' book 'Death Cloud' has an ending, but many of the underlying themes are unresolved with Moriarty like arch-villains still left in the shadows (apparently not Moriarty as such, just someone rather like him). For Sherlock Holme's purists the story is in keeping with Conan Doyle's original books, in that there's no Watson [they meet years later], although here young Sherlock does have two 'mates', a street urchin boy and a girl whom he meets via his American home tutor. In terms of 'violent themes' my daughter said 'there aren't any, well other than the odd kidnapping' - although when pressed, she admitted quickly reading through the fight scenes as she was keen to discover the outcome. She thought this book was aimed at 12-14 year olds.

Would she buy the next book in the series - definitely! In fact she would have been very annoyed if there's no sequel - fortunately Young Sherlock Holme's Book 2: Red Leach, and Book 3: Black Ice have now been released [and my daughter was excited when she got them, and loved reading them].
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How Sherlock Holmes became Sherlock Holmes 21 Jun 2010
"Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud" is the first children's book to be commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. (This isn't the first attempt to imagine the great detective's boyhood, of course, but Mr Lane plays fair with Victorian history and with the life and character of Sherlock Holmes. Fourteen-year-old Sherlock is removed from his boarding school and sent to live with relations in rural Surrey, where he incurs the disfavour of a sinister housekeeper but earns the friendship of a most unusual tutor, Amyus Crowe, an American tracker and bounty hunter. Crowe's lessons come in useful when Sherlock is faced with the puzzle of a strange and deadly dark cloud. In solving the mystery, he makes enemies as well as friends; I need only say that the ultimate villain has devised colossal schemes... The novel combines ingenuity and breathtaking excitement with a real feeling for character. Future books will take Holmes through to his time at university, and I for one am looking forward to reading them!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Read 26 Oct 2010
By Amazon Customer VINE VOICE
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This was the start of a great new series for teenagers, very like the Alex Rider and young bond series shows the reader Sherlock's childhood and what he gets himself into even then. It gives an insight into Sherlock's past that has previously been uncovered. Mystery, adventure and villains all packed into this new book which you will not want to put down.

The series is targeted at teenagers and young adults, but adults will also enjoy this book. Most people would say that this is a 'boy's book' which I do agree with, however girls who are fans of adventure or mystery books will also love this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A young Sherlock learns his trade........ 29 Mar 2010
By mandynolan TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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This is really good!!!

I was worried that this would be an unconvincing prequel to Conan Doyles masterpieces but it isn't..... IT'S REALLY REALLY GOOD!!!

In the same way as the young Bond books capture the essence of the originals, so does this Young Sherlock Holmes.

Holmes is still at school and is about to have his summer holidays ruined, or so he thinks.....he's actually about to start an adventure that will lead to him becoming the world's greatest detective.....

In this book we meet Sherlock as he learns his trade in logic, his brother Mycroft appears in the book and there is mention of his Father ( a soldier,sent to India), his sick Mother and his sister......

This is a great adventure book, Holmes must battle an evil that threatens the Empire, learn about logic from his new tutor and also have a little bit of a teenage crush!!!!

I would recommend that you give this a go, its the start to what looks like a great new series, its well researched and exciting. It will lead to a whole new generation looking to read Holmes and for the many many fans this is a great new way to look at Holmes.

BUY IT!!!!! and also if you haven't read the originals then buy Complete Sherlock Holmes (Wordsworth Library Collection) and I would also recommend a similar series SilverFin: A James Bond Adventure (Young Bond)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could do better 19 Sep 2013
By C. E. Utley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Am I being unfair when I suspect that Andrew Lane would have felt more comfortable writing about the young James Bond? He couldn't do that, of course, because it has already been done (rather well). So he opted for Sherlock Holmes, but gave the fourteen-year-old Holmes a Bond type story. The trouble is that Holmes is not Bond.

And nineteenth century characters would not have used the sort of dialogue common in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This book, however, makes no attempt to use Victorian dialogue. Sherlock expresses his pleasure by exclaiming "great". He and other youngsters are described as "kids" (admittedly there are Americans in the story). No one reading the book could possibly be convinced that it is really set in the 1860s.

There is an early attempt at a Holmes type deduction, something to do with which carriage Mycroft (Sherlock's older brother) used to visit him at school. But it is very weak and Lane sensibly makes no further effort of that sort.

But the story is rather fun (though I should warn you it becomes more and more far fetched). You also need to know that there is a surprising amount of sadistic violence (of the sort you would expect in Bond but not in Holmes). But that is understandable. Lane is writing for a modern teenage readership and he is probably right to assume that that readership will give up if people are not being constantly slaughtered or beaten to a pulp.

This was a missed opportunity. The young Holmes could have been much more realistically and amusingly depicted. But I shan't give up. I am going to have a go at the second book. If it is very similar to this one I will probably skip to the sixth and latest just to see whether Lane has finally got it right.

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