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The Osiris Ritual (Newbury & Hobbes Investigation Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

George Mann
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DEATH stalks London and the newspapers proclaim that a mummy's curse has been unleashed. Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, is drawn into a web of occult intrigue as he attempts to solve the murders. And he soon finds himself on the trail of a rogue agent - a man who died to be reborn as a living weapon.
Newbury's able assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, has her own mystery to unravel. Girls are going missing from a magician's theatre show. But what appears to be a straightforward investigation puts Miss Hobbes in mortal danger.
Can Newbury save his assistant, solve the riddle of the mummy's curse, capture the deadly man-machine - and stop the terrifying Osiris Ritual from reaching its infernal culmination?
The second Newbury & Hobbes adventure is a thrilling mystery featuring rooftop chases, swordfights, an exhilarating steampunk car chase, and a race through the London Underground. If you enjoyed The Affinity Bridge, you will love The Osiris Ritual.

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'Mann is at the forefront of the new generation of UK genre movers and shakers.' 'The author does a superb job of recreating nineteenth century London...a thoroughly engaging story.' SF Signal 'Mann is leading the charge.' The Guardian 'Fans of Alan Moore's work will likely enjoy Mann's depiction of Victorian asylums, slums, aristocratic soirees and things that go bump in the night.' Strange Horizons 'A carefully plotted and entertaining steampunk mystery.' '[Mann] has a sharp talent for writing and a surplus of enthusiasm for the genre' Sci Fi Now 'Highly, highly recommended'


Welcome to the bizarre and dangerous world of Victorian London, a city teetering on the edge of revolution. Its people are ushering in a new era of technology, dazzled each day by new inventions. Airships soar in the skies over the city, whilst ground trains rumble through the streets and clockwork automatons are programmed to carry out menial tasks in the offices of lawyers, policemen and journalists. But beneath this shiny veneer of progress lurks a sinister side.For this is also a world where lycanthropy is a rampant disease that plagues the dirty whorehouses of Whitechapel, where poltergeist infestations create havoc in old country seats, where cadavers can rise from the dead and where nobody ever goes near the Natural History Museum. Sir Maurice Newbury, Gentleman Investigator for the Crown, imagines life can be a little quieter from now on after his dual success in solving The Affinity Bridge affair. But he hasn't banked on his villainous predecessor, Knox, hell bent on achieving immortality, not to mention a secret agent who isn't quite as he seems...So continues an adventure quite unlike any other, a thrilling steampunk mystery and the second in the series of "Newbury & Hobbes" investigations.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 179 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0068T1D4O
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Step Forward 13 Oct. 2009
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George Mann's previous 'Newbury and Hobbes' novel, The Affinity Bridge was a curious mix of riotous entertainment and horrendous cliché, that teetered on the brink of being truly awful, yet managed to remain a book worth reading. So, it was with some apprehension that I settled down to read 'The Osiris Ritual' - which way would Mann go? Would we be treated to a robust steampunk thriller, or a latter-day penny-dreadful?

I'm pleased to report that some of the problems of the first instalment have been ironed out. Mann's characters and settings now feel like artful homage, as opposed to clumsy pastiche (though some may argue there is little difference!), and although there is still some anachronistic dialogue, the editing for book two is tighter, making for a smoother read and considerably less frustrated tutting.

Again the sleuth's adventures are exciting; this time Newbury finds himself dealing with an Egyptian curse, whilst Hobbes hunts down a mysterious magician, linked with the disappearance of a number of women. The story flows quickly, thanks mainly to Mann's fluent writing style, which is a good job, as it hides 'The Osiris Ritual's' main flaw. The plot doesn't really hold up to close scrutiny. On the face of it, the villain's motives and methods seem sound, but on reflection it's a rather half-baked scheme not befitting for the master criminal he is purported to be. There are some nice set pieces in the book, but I was left with the impression that the plot was fudged to fit around them, rather than things being developed in unison.

Despite that, 'The Osiris Ritual', like its predecessor, is so much fun, that its plot flaws are easy to forgive.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Curse of the mummy 1 May 2011
The Victorians were wild about mummies -- they even had "unwrapping" parties where everybody would gather and... well, unwrap the mummy.

So guess what leads to a gruesome string of murders in "The Osiris Ritual," George Mann's second steampunk thriller about special agents of Queen Victoria. Also present: a sinister magician and an undead cyborg agent. While cleverly plotted and well-written, Mann just doesn't draw us into the adventure -- it's a fun read, but leaves you wishing you felt closer to the characters.

London is thrilled by the unwrapping of a mysterious unnamed mummy in a black casket, who apparently was mummified alive. Meanwhile, Newbury has been sent to pick up Caspian, an agent in Russia who unexpectedly returned without warning; andHobbes has been investigating the magician Alfonso the Great, who is connected to the disappearance of several girls.

The Newbury finds out the true horror of "Caspian's" true identity -- it's his predecessor William Ashford, who was horribly killed and then "rebuilt."

And then the man who found the mystery mummy is found horribly butchered and placed in the sarcophagus. Newbury suspects that Ashford is the one responsible, but after an encounter with the man he begins to suspect that someone else is responsible -- someone very interested in the mummy's past.

There are three main subplots in "The Osiris Ritual," and while they seem to be totally unrelated at first, George Mann loosely links them together through Egyptian ritual, mad science, and a few gruesome murders. It's a solid steampunk thriller, neither REALLY AWESOMELY GOOD or HORRIBLY DISMALLY BAD. It's middling.

Mann has a flair for the horrific ("...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it 31 Oct. 2013
The cover of this book is what caught my eye, because it was beautiful and because of the Egyptian theme. I've always had an interest in History, and particularly Egypt as I found it fascinating so I knew I had to read this book. When I got this book I didn't realize it was the second in the series, and started reading it totally unaware.

George Mann has written this book so beautifully that the descriptions of his creations and the scene and setting come to life and you can immerse yourself in it. He's also written them so that if you haven't read the first then it doesn't matter as there are no points where you have no idea what he's talking about, so you can read them as stand alone if you wish.

I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book, the Victorian setting, the steam punk devices and contraptions, the characters and the mystery or mysteries themselves. Newbury isn't painted to be a perfect hero of the story, he is imperfect but still a hero despite his drug addiction. Similarly Hobbes isn't the swooning, damsel in distress, useless female character you so often come across in books like these. She is instead independent, strong and a hero all of her own, not afraid, and perfectly capable of looking after herself.

For you Romance fans out there, there are slight hints of possible romance between the two, but largely it's a very unusual and different mystery book, set in a wonderful world, and with plenty of Egyptian mystery and myth. I'm not sure what I was expecting from this book, but I wasn't expecting alot, and I was pleasantly surprised with the book, and i'm off to go and buy the entire series now!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Rip Roaring read
Published 53 minutes ago by A. D. Viggers
2.0 out of 5 stars the premise sounded good and it received positive reviews
I had high hopes for this book, the premise sounded good and it received positive reviews. I thought it was pretty flat and uninspiring. Read more
Published 9 months ago by anniebee
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful book
Published 9 months ago by P. Oliver
5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural awesomeness
Cracking story.
looking forward to reading the next in the series!
full of twists, chases and supernatural awesomeness.
Published 10 months ago by Gold1987
4.0 out of 5 stars Series goes from streghth to strength
2nd book in the Newbury and Hobbes series and a good read to boot.Interesting plot variation, and heres looking forward to no 3
Published 17 months ago by Cumbrianblue11
5.0 out of 5 stars Addictive!
I accidentally started this steampunk series with the third book, I bought it at an airport and just wanted something quick and forgettable to read while waiting around. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Rose
4.0 out of 5 stars Another good read from Mann.
Half way through and don't want it to end. First good look at Knox. Another good read from Mann that'll have me buying the next 2 in the series.
Published on 14 Jan. 2013 by ROBERT JENKINSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book highly recommend it.
A great book, follows on from the first one in a sensible way and fleshes out the main characters beautifully. A proper page turner with great twists and turns.
Published on 16 Dec. 2012 by ASUS Owner T.Prime
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Easy Steampunk
George Mann seems to have pretty much nailed the steampunk genre with his novels using the "Newbury & Hobbes" duo. Read more
Published on 8 Nov. 2012 by M. G. Chisholm
4.0 out of 5 stars This steampunk steams along at a cracking rate...
This is the second book in this series, although I haven't read the first offering. Does that matter? Read more
Published on 18 Oct. 2011 by sjhigbee
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