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Human Nature (Pax Britannia Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Green
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Book Description

-Red in tooth and claw!- The Whitby Mermaid has been stolen from Cruickshank's Cabinet of Curiosities and consulting detective Gabriel Wraith is on the case. And he's not the only one, for wherever there is a mystery to be solved, Ulysses Quicksilver is never far away. What does the theft of the mermaid have to do with the mysterious House of Monkeys? And what of the enigmatic criminal known as the Magpie? Ulysses embarks upon an adventure that takes him to Whitby where the mermaid was supposedly caught. But there are worse things awaiting him there than mermaids. The moors of Ghestdale are haunted by the savage Barghest beast, while in the abandoned mines beneath the Umbridge estate, abominations lurk in the darkness. And Ulysses Quicksilver is about to discover that the worst horrors are those spawned by Man's own selfish nature.Pax Britannia is an exciting new Science Fiction series, set on an alternative Earth where the British Empire still reigns and steam technology rules.

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    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 737 KB
    • Print Length: 320 pages
    • Publisher: Abaddon Books (28 May 2009)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004Z2GWXI
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    • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #84,995 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    JONATHAN GREEN is a writer of speculative fiction, with more than fifty books to his name. Well known for his contributions to the Fighting Fantasy range of adventure gamebooks, he has also written fiction for such diverse properties as Doctor Who, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, Sonic the Hedgehog, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Moshi Monsters and Judge Dredd.

    He is the creator of the Pax Britannia series for Abaddon Books and has written eight novels set within this steampunk universe, featuring the debonair dandy adventurer Ulysses Quicksilver. He is also the author of the critically-acclaimed YOU ARE THE HERO - A History of Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks, and 2015 sees the release of SHARKPUNK, an anthology of shark-themed stories that he has compiled and edited.

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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Dandy Victoriana 12 April 2009
    By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
    Format:Mass Market Paperback
    If you're a regular reader of Falcata Times you'll know that I am really a massive fan of Abaddon's Pax Britannia. It's a cracking series that takes the reader on an adventure in the alternate world had Steam punk become the norm. Great fun as a dandy adventurer and defender of the realm take on the twists and turns of events that became popular by authors associated with the genre. You want scientific bewilderment, you got it. You want a cracking adventure, you've got that. This tale really does deliver on many levels and as such makes this series a must. If you'll only try one series by this publisher to get a flavour of the world, make it this one. It's ideal and takes the imagination on an adventure that will return many a fan to the penny dreadfuls of the Victorian era. Cracking.
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    4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful romp through "Victorian" times 29 Mar. 2009
    By Mark Shackelford TOP 500 REVIEWER
    Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
    A delightful tale of derring-do, damsels in distress, frankenstein monsters, Victorian heroes and dim policemen - this is a sort of dubious offspring of Conan-Doyle and Steam-Punk. We are in the year 1997, but Victoria is still on the throne and the magnificence of the British Empire is undimmed. But although they have "personal communicators" - made of brass, teak and enamel (!) - they also suffer the worse side of the Industrial Revolution - with smog and pollution everywhere, and the poor still live in rookeries and hovels, dressed in tatters.

    This book follows on from the (equally amusing) "Unnatural History" and "Leviathan Rising", and observes the adventures of our hero - Ulysses Quicksilver - dandy and secret agent... in a "Hound of the Baskervilles" in Whitby adventure - with the occassional Fagin character, and some great names - "Molesworth" the butler scores 10/10, and another character (who only appears for a moment) is called Mycroft, in a nod to Mr. Holmes.

    This is NOT great literature and the prose does sometimes hiccup in its enthusiasm - but read fast enough you don't notice it. Definitely recommended for that long flight / train journey / weekend with Great Aunt Gloria.
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    2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Monstrous menacing Machinations 3 Feb. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition
    SPOILERS!!! Yet again I wasnt let down by a fast paced novel full of action set pieces. I wasnt sure what to expect from this one to be truthful as the first act deals with the theft of the Whitby mermaid and offers some great action as Quicksilver searches for the thief in a pastiche of 'Oliver' but with monkeys..and some Holmesian references as well...which I enjoyed. As Ive said before Jonathan is like a 'magpie'..collecting gems of literature and giving them a steampunk twist, which for some readers might be a little plaigaristic...but you have to admire his love of the material he references so well, which leads me onto the second act and the search and tracking down of the Barghest Beast... I adored this second act and read it very quickly as I couldnt put it down. I've always loved a monster story and love body horror and this series as given me some great monsters to visualize in my mind. I loved the secret laboratory with a 'Brain of Morbius' feel of a vivisectionist making monstrosities to make the mad industrialist immortal and the subsequent chase is bril with a monstrous abomination of a chimera like creature..which brought to mind 'The Thing'/'Lazurus Experiment' type monster.
    The author also does some abominable things to his hero and the scenes of torture enjoyed by Ulysses at the hands of the mad scientist are not for the squeamish. What I loved about this act was that my favourite character Nimrod had a chance to shine and I loved his journey through the cellars and the nightmarish monsters kept in the dark and his rescue of his master and unbridled grief at seeing Quicksilver disabled so horribly...anyway Ive probably revealed way too much of the plot this time...but as Ive said before...if you want some fabulous monster writing in a world of steampunk, dashing and daring characters you will love this series. Im already into the next book 'Evolution Expects' and by all accounts it's gotten off to a great start.
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    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Pax Britannia Rules 15 Oct. 2012
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Full of action and excitement. A real page turner. Jonathan Green's Pax Britannia series never let's down this steampunk fanatic. Ulysess Quicksilver is quickly becoming my favourite steampunk character of all time.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Precept 26 April 2009
    By Expertise is me - Published on
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    Beware!!: The abstract and back cover for this book shown on Amazon are really for "Leviathan Rising" by the same author. "Human Nature" is about the Whitby Mermaid. Other than that error this series is interesting and introduces interesting precepts and characters (sometimes over the top).
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