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Sherlock Holmes, Time Detective. A Novel. [Kindle Edition]

Adrian Sherlock
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When a higher power in the Universe needs an Earthly agent, they bring Sherlock Holmes to life as a real, flesh and blood man, much to the amazement of Simon Jones, an ordinary young man who meets him one stormy night. Soon the world's greatest detective is leading Simon into a series of adventures with mummies, mutants, vampires and the malevolent Moriarty. This new edition contains six adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Time Detective in one thrilling book.

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About the Author

Adrian Sherlock is a writer, actor and English langauge teacher in Geelong, Australia. He teaches English as a Second Language and in his free time has written plays, novels, short films and reviews. He created Australian SF hero Damon Dark, an alien hunter, who features in short films, a book, a play and a YouTube web series. He is a devoted fan of British cult shows like Dr.Who, Sapphire and Steel and Gerry Anderson series and this influences all his work. He is a qualified writer and journalist with a Master's Degree in Writing. He is concerned about literacy and the need to encourage young people to read. He wants to make reading easy, exciting and fun for people by writing brisk, concise, easy to read books with lots of pace and action. His ambition is to one day write for Dr.Who or even play an acting role in it. He lives in Geelong, Australia with his wife and children and a number of pets. He was teased as a boy for his surname of Sherlock and finds some amusement in the fact he now has written books about the famous Sherlock Holmes.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 796 KB
  • Print Length: 395 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B00DKCR22O
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IECLSQG
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  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,410,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumbed down amateur pulp fiction 12 Jun. 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this with another in the series, which I've also reviewed. I have to say I didn't make it all the way through this one, reading more out of the morbid curiosity of "how bad can this get" than any actual interest in the characters or story.

There are passages in the book which are so overblown and schlock sci-fi sounding - "With a swirl of fog that just screamed of mysteriousness and enigmatic happenings..." - that you almost suspect he's going for a "so bad it's good" parody. The complete absense of humor elsewhere in the book would seem to speak against this theory however. And don't get me started at his attempts at (presumably) "British" style dialog, which come straight from the "cor blimey guvner" Dick Van Dyke school of language.

The use of grammar and punctuation is, again, appalling throughout, with interminable run-on sentences, devoid of any punctuation, being a regular occurance. The author is also seemingly unaware of the existence of title case, given the title and subtitles of his books. In retrospect this should have been the tip-off that these books weren't what they seemed to be, screaming amateur from the very first time you see them in the Amazon search results. In the biog the author claims to be a teacher. I can only hope this is of Maths, or perhaps P.E. or some other practical subject, as the alternative is too terrible to contemplate.

I had initially thought that these books were the honest attempts of an amateur author, that, although poorly written, it was the work of someone trying their best.
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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a real page-turner of a book 23 Oct. 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The stories are very imaginative and full of fascinating concepts. Mr. Holmes has similarities to the familiar intelligent, calculating detective we know, but the twist in the premise adds a new element of vulnerability to his character. I especially like the sense of camaraderie between Simon and Mr. Holmes which lies at the heart of the stories, and the naturalistic humour which comes out of their unusual partnership. It's a real page-turner of a book and I had a great time reading the four adventures.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good, quick Young Adult read(s) 22 Aug. 2013
By JeffreyDMullen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This is NOT the Sherlock Holmes of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. He's not completely human--a race of shadowy super-aliens made him and sprung him, full grown, upon the world. He's not Always Rght. Rather than being able to deduce ANYTHING, this Holmes sometimes has to guess. He doesn't work with Scocland Yard (yet), he goes it alone--and he sometimes has to do something that Doyle's Holmes never, never did: trust his luck in order to survive.

Simon Jones, whose eyes the stories are seen through, is, likewise, no John Watson. Watson was a Medical Doctor and a soldier, and still found a way to write memoirs that put many a professional writer to shame. Simon is a Comuter Technical Support Representative--and he makes it seem like it's one step above flipping burgers at a fast food joint (TSR's are generally college graduates--they have above-average minds and skills that some people never get).

As if in answer to this critique, in "The Doomsday Key," Holmes himself berates Simon for "dumbing down" the story.

For all his faults, he's a credible Holmes--still capable of building a profile of a passerby at a glance and smart enough to think two or three moves ahead. He's also quite a bit more of a swashbuckler than Doyle's character. There's quite a bit of Doctor Who in him--even the venusian form of Martial Arts he uses is a hats-off to one of the most enduring TV characters of all time. And Simon seems to muddle by. He even saved the world on at least one occasion. You won't turn your nose up at them--they'll keep you interested.

Rather than going thick on details, author Adrian Sherlock has chosen to keep the story moving from one world and one time to another. The stories are quick-paced and imaginative. You can forgive Sherlock for whatever oversights he may have, because, despite it all, he does a good job of bringing to life Sherlock Holmes, Simon Jones and a supporting cast with a sense of fun. He is also VERY good at keeping the story moving. Even when I snickered at some of the lines, I thoroughly enjoyed the way they would be through that part and on to another before there was a chance for it to get old.

In short, this is very good Young Adult fiction. It's not heavy on the mind or thick on the details. You can read it without knowing a thing about other takes on Holmes or about Conan Doyle, and still end up glad that We of Earth has a protector of this caliber working on our behalf. If you liked Harry Potter or Doctor Who, you'll like Sherlock Holmes: Time Detective.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a real page-turner of a book 24 Oct. 2013
By R.Williams - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
The stories are very imaginative and full of fascinating concepts. Mr. Holmes has similarities to the familiar intelligent, calculating detective we know, but the twist in the premise adds a new element of vulnerability to his character. I especially like the sense of camaraderie between Simon and Mr. Holmes which lies at the heart of the stories, and the naturalistic humour which comes out of their unusual partnership. It's a real page-turner of a book and I had a great time reading the four adventures.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars sherlock holmes 4 Dec. 2014
By Andraea J. Wildes - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Purchased this a while ago in another one of my Holmes swings. Not quite done with this one yet, but so far it's not too terrible. The story has quirky characters who are fun to watch, even if the pacing of the story itself leaves a little to be desired. (Read: it's a little too fast for me, but maybe it'd be up to someone else's tastes!)

I do like how the author tries to write in different tones for each character; when you have three or four different characters showing up in a small window of time, while you're being blasted with new information, it can be hard to keep up with who's saying what. Not so much with this book, I found.

Well, in any case, so far it's a decent read, and I can only hope that it keeps going this way, or maybe slow down a bit, because it's actually quite an interesting read! Even if it does read a little like a self-insert. (Which is not always bad.)
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dumbed down amatuer pulp fiction 12 Jun. 2013
By Stephen Davies - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I bought this with another in the series, which I've also reviewed. I have to say I didn't make it all the way through this one, reading more out of the morbid curiosity of "how bad can this get" than any actual interest in the characters or story.

There are passages in the book which are so overblown and schlock sci-fi sounding - "With a swirl of fog that just screamed of mysteriousness and enigmatic happenings..." - that you almost suspect he's going for a "so bad it's good" parody. The complete absense of humor elsewhere in the book would seem to speak against this theory however. And don't get me started at his attempts at (presumably) "British" style dialog, which come straight from the "cor blimey guvner" Dick Van Dyke school of language.

The use of grammar and punctuation is, again, appalling throughout, with interminable run-on sentences, devoid of any punctuation, being a regular occurance. The author is also seemingly unaware of the existence of title case, given the title and subtitles of his books. In retrospect this should have been the tip-off that these books weren't what they seemed to be, screaming amateur from the very first time you see them in the Amazon search results. In the biog the author claims to be a teacher. I can only hope this is of Maths, or perhaps P.E. or some other practical subject, as the alternative is too terrible to contemplate.

I had initially thought that these books were the honest attempts of an amateur author, that, although poorly written, it was the work of someone trying their best. The more I think about it though, the more they seem like a cynical attempt to make money for as little effort as possible, using the popular "Sherlock Holmes" & "Doctor Who" brands to hoodwink people into thinking they're buying something of quality.

Though described as novels, the can scarcely be more than 20,000 words, amounting to approximately 100 pages, so would more accurately fall into the short story/ novella category, though this strangely doesn't seem to be reflected in the price. The complete works of Conan Doyle and Edgar Rice Burroughs are available on here for free - don't waste your time and money on this.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good YA Novel 28 April 2013
By JeffreyDMullen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you're looking for deep characterization, exploration of values and inner conflicts, this is not for you. On the other hand, if you're looking for a good, fast-paced story with a well-defined conflict, heroic heroes, villainous villains and maybe a minor surprise or two as the plot unwinds, look no further. Good, solid piece of Young Adult fiction.
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