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- Publisher: Imagine That! Studios (1 Dec. 2013)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FG6MNN0
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- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,206 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ministry Protocol: Thrilling Tales of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Kindle Edition
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If you enjoyed either of the previous novels you'll want to get your eyeballs on this little steampunk gem.
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I've been an avid fan of agents Braun and Books since the get-go, and will admit I cracked into Ministry Protocol with just a bit of hesitation. My hesitation turned to glee as I settled into the first adventure in this anthology series. By the end of the tale, I was hooked. The opening story was absolutely spot-on to the Peculiar universe, kept me guessing, and charmed me with it's style.
I've now read a half dozen of the adventures - and have traveled the world. While London has been the main setting for our adventures previous to Ministry Protocol, we now roam the world, with various agents who cover the globe, protecting (or attempting to) all of humanity from the forces of evil. Some stories I liked better than others, but that's all right. The variety is spicy, and I'm happy for that.
Tonight I shall play with the cat, have my supper and then kick the real world aside so that I might re-join the action. I wonder where the next tale will take me? What sort of agent will be saving the day? My curiosity and wonder are getting a full workout.
Every story takes place in a different location, with till-now unknown agents. And, since each story is written by a different author, each with their own unique style, you just never can know what will happen next - or who your new agency heroes will be. Pack your passport, grab a carpetbag and stuff your hat on your head. It's time we were off!
If you have not yet become acquainted with the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, I will politely stifle a gasp of surprise and equally politely direct you to the website devoted to the cause. Enjoy your visit, learn about the Ministry, and of course, purchase the books. We can all use more adventure in our lives.
Originally posted at "A License to Quill" http://www.ceejaywriter.com
My only complaint: I find the editing a bit... annoying. When I am reading and I hit a grammatical mistake it breaks me out of the story, even if ever-so-briefly. In some areas it's obviously a revision error. A sentence was rephrased and in the process a word was left in that should have been deleted, perhaps a preposition or an extra "the" or something similar. I'm merrily reading along and hit such an error and stop to re-read the section. Did I skip sentences? Did I misunderstand? Oh, it was just another bad edit. Please, please, please - better editing before release! [Full disclosure: I own both the previous books on Kindle and the first book in paperback as well. As I recall, those books suffered some of the same editing flaws.]
Now! Once you're inside "Ministry Protocol" here's some lovely things you'll be seeing:
"The New Recruit" by Leanna Renee Hieber is a poignant tale the puts the MPO universe clearly on the side of the supernatural for the first time ever - and I don't want to spoil it so that's all I'll say about it.
"A Feast of Famine" by Karina Cooper features amazing characters Miss Snow and Caitriona Kensington Kennedy, two operatives I'd love to see have their own novel all by themselves. Is it just me or is there a little lesbian subtext? I love it.
"Chinoiserie" by Tiffany Trent is a chilling tale, also firmly on the side of the supernatural, but very much in the same realm as travelled by Kipling. Lots of rich storytelling here.
"New London Calling" by Peter Woodworth is the first American adventure I've read in the MPO universe, and there are some lovely bits of humor in amongst the action / adventure in this one.
"Where the River Shines" by Dan Rabarts takes place in New Zealand and has a lovely supernatural aspect with a very intriguing bit of business with a transforming tractor that could not have taken place in a non-Steampunk story. I really enjoyed the rollicking adventure in this one and the supernatural bits were also well written and mythic.
"The Incident of the Clockwork Mikoshi" by Lauren Harris introduces us to a gruff Englishman in Japan and a female Japanese agent. I liked the characters and dialogue in this story and enjoyed the mythic details.
"The Trouble with Phoenixes" by Jared Axelrod was wonderful fun and a lovely opportunity for a few moments with Agent Braun as well as to get a look at the mysterious clankerton character of Hephaestus Axelrod
"The Mystery of the Thrice Dead Man" by J.R. Blackwell shows new skills from Agent Books, and gives us more information about the compelling character of Josephina Raven Blackwell: she's not just a brilliant clankerton.
"The Clockwork Samurai" by Jack Mangan has an operatic Kurosawa style that rivets the reader to the page.
I am a "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all" kind of reviewer and some astute readers may notice I did not review all the stories here. Doesn't mean they aren't good - just didn't strike my fancy.
All in all this is a wonderful anthology and most worthy of your fine coin!
I was quite incorrect.
The first story was a shock. This was no typical RPG short story full of action and adventure. This was an interestingly "peculiar" story about, well, about something else entirely. I finished the rest, and enjoyed each on its own merits. Set in different environs under English rule, each story explored a different "flavor" and, taken together, painted a picture of a sophisticated and driven global operation.
All-in-all, I enjoyed the stories immensely, and look forward to reading more of the series. If for no other reason than to learn what was in the box....
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