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Red Leech (Young Sherlock Holmes) Paperback – Unabridged, 5 Nov 2010

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (5 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330511998
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330511995
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Join Young Sherlock Holmes on his second thrilling adventure. Think you know him? Think again.

About the Author

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.

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Taking on a task as huge as writing the back story for the world's most famous detective is bound to attract a lot of attention from die-hard fans, and I know that some of them have been somewhat critical of Mr Lane's efforts, stating that there was little of the Holmes power of deduction that they have come to know and love. I sometimes wonder how intelligent people can sometimes act so unintelligent when it comes to a subject they feel so strongly about: of course, the young Sherlock character is different from Conan Doyle's creation, he is after all only fourteen! Why can't these detractors look beyond this and spot the subtle details and experiences that Andrew Lane spread throughout his story that are the seeds from which the adult character will grow?

Hopefully, this minority of angry fanboys will be silenced by Red Leech, the second volume in these chronicles of the young Holmes as I feel it is even better than Death Cloud. Having met the character in that first book we are now given a chance to get to know him properly; this is often difficult in a first-in-series book for young readers who demand fast pace and regular action scenes, and so second-in-series books are all the more important when it comes to character development. Andrew Lane certainly rises to this challenge with Red Leech as we start to observe the genesis of some of the mannerisms and beliefs that are so well known in the full formed adult version. Some of these moments in the story are very subtle, some are far more obvious, but almost every one I spotted sent a small shiver of delight down my spine, and created a smug knowing grin on my face. Mr Lane also pays more attention to the legendary Holmes thought process in this book, as the young Sherlock reflects on things that he sees or events that happen.
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By mandynolan TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Nov. 2010
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This is the second book in the Young Sherlock books and IT IS AS ENJOYABLE AS THE FIRST!! SO BUY THIS BOOK......

It begins just after Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud and continues Sherlock's education in detecting.

The adventure takes place across continents and Sherlock travels to the New World of America and battles evil there. This gives us more of an idea about his tutor, Crowe's life and experiences.

It also shows up some of Sherlock's Britishness and I think the idea of Empire should be explored in later books, a trip to India perhaps??

Sherlock is beginning to develop his techniques more and more, his use of disguise and critical thinking to discover what is going on is interesting, as is his reading of The Republic (Penguin Classics)

Although, THANKFULLY!! as a teenage boy he would rather learn to play the violin and battle evil stewards than actually read all of Plato!!!

This is a really good read, his trip to America gives us a new dimension to Holmes, not just how London impacts him but also the rest of the World.

I was also left wanting for more and most of all........

I WANT to know about Mrs. Eglantine, WHAT IS HER HOLD OVER THE HOLMES FAMILY?.......

She is there in the background and I hope that all of these stories lead to her....
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The second outing for Andrew's Young Sherlock Holmes and one that helps give the reader the chance to get to know him before his talents burgeon. It's definitely a book that will win the author fans, it will also please established Doyle fans as well as help build the characters mythos which overall will only add to the characters overall popularity. Add to the mix a great story arc, some good outlining and a conspiracy or two that will enthuse the reader and you know that you have something special. This series, if it continues to build on the success of the first two titles is something that could easily be transferred to the medium of either film or a children's TV series. Which goes to show that this really is too good to miss.
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While Death Cloud was at least an enjoyable mystery, I found that I simply could not get into Red Leech. It simply did not read like a Sherlock Holmes story. There was no mystery this time round and so the story was a straight thriller in the vein of a James Bond adventure. The action in the story - which included a shoot out on top of a moving steam train - felt fair to cartoonish and not at all in keeping with the source material.

Holmes also felt even more out of character in this book. I appreciate that the purpose of the series is to show how Holmes came to be the consulting detective of Doyle's work, however there is no spark of brilliance in his character and he shows far too much emotional attachment to his friends (particularly Virginia who he has a very obvious crush on).

While some of the historical facts were somewhat interesting, they bogged down the story by creating large chunks of educational text which broke up the flow of the text. I also noticed some false truths, such as stating that komodo dragons swallow their prey whole, which made me question the validity of any of the facts that Holmes learns on his journey.

All in all, I was not captivated by this one. I'm going to read the next because I already own a copy and really hope that the series improves.
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