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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743555880
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743555883
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3 x 13.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (149 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,759,027 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A Dickens of a plot'
-- Evening Standard

'A gripping gothic adventure'
-- Stella Magazine

'Fantastic . . . I was in seventh heaven . . . Somewhere between
Dickens, Sherlock Holmes and Rider Haggard' -- Kate Mosse, author of 'Labyrinth'

`An epic debut thriller steeped in neo-Gothic shadow . . . a
galloping, erotically charged, hyper-fantastical romp . . . Harry Potter
for grownups' Metro -- Metro

`An erotically charged, rip-roaring adventure . . . which defies
its great length to keep the reader on the edge of his seat' -- Daily Mail

`As stupendous as it is stupefying - you become immersed. A
page-turner and a rollicking ride' -- Giles Foden, The Guardian

`Bodice-ripping' -- Elle

`Outrageously good; a gripping gothic rollercoaster. A rip-roaring
read . . . has the feel of a classic in the making' -- Stuart Kelly, Scotland on Sunday

`Think of `The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' . . . apply the
production values of `Buffy the Vampire Slayer' . . . Literally a ripping
yarn' -- thelondonpaper

`Wilkie Collins on acid' -- New Statesman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

G.W. Dahlquist is a filmmaker and playwright and his essays and plays have been published in numerous anthologies. This is his first book and he is currently hard at work on the sequal. He lives in Manhattan.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By theTramp VINE VOICE on 5 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
I confess, I bought this book on the strength of some rather interesting tube advertising and a good cover. Usually this is a recipe for disappointment but not this time. From the opening page onwards I was quite hooked. Someone has already described it as reminiscent of penny dreadful, I quite see their point, although my immediate thoughts were of Neil Gaman and Alan Moore, the League of Gentlemen and the Sandman in particular, and as these comics are particular favourites of mine, this is no bad thing.

I found the book quite 'unputdownable' and was charmed by the characters, styles and really very silly plot. However, it wouldn't surprise me that what charmed me might well antagonise another. It's whimsy, cleverly spun with three characters whom I couldn't help feeling stepped from my favourite Victorian adventure stories of childhood - such is the essence of this tale.

The plot can be summarised as follows: three key protagonists find themselves, quite by chance, thrown together in an adventure to thwart the plans of a cabal they know must be evil, but it takes them most of the book to uncover quite how dastardly those plans really are and indeed, what they really are.

Your 3 protagonists are Miss Temple, a genteel lady from a foreign land with sharp intelligence, a fair enough face and short of stature who must come to terms with her desires as well as her heart. Cardinal Chang, a killer & investigator for hire with a studious past who cares more than he'd like and is discovering his conscience. And Dr Svenson, who has found himself to be a spy quite by accident and is now quite as much by accident amidst the action without support and facing all sorts of moral dilemmas.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rotgut VINE VOICE on 11 Feb. 2010
Format: Paperback
"Svenson's head was already swimming with too many names and dates and places and figures" (p.591)

This lengthy book runs to 750 pages describing little more than two days in great detail. As Dr Svenson's swimming head implies, there is a large cast to keep track of. For an action adventure story this is a surprisingly slow read, the three heroes share the limelight and their separate storylines, occasionally intersecting, means there is some repetition. As well as this, most of the plot involves basically the same scene: one or more of our heroes creeping round the lairs of their enemies being captured then evading death with a daring ruse.

It might be more charitable to describe this work as evocative rather than slow. The author is clearly carefully building a detailed alternative world.(Obviously an alternate version of Victorian England, though, curiously, despite other countries, notably Germay, being identified, it is never explicitly stated that we are in England.)But, sometimes, Dahlquist does seem to be being deliberately circuitous; For example, surely two masked balls in the stately home of Harschmort is too much.

The story, fortunately, is strong enough to keep the reader's interest, and the three protagonists, although they do all share very similar characteristics, are engaging enough. Rather late in the day, the book becomes a murder mystery, with the earlier death of Arthur Trapping gaining an unexpected significance; but it is probably best seen as an unusually detailed adventure yarn.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful By amantedofado on 9 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Those reviewers who have slammed this novel based on their reading of one or three chapters really shouldn't be posting reviews here at all. This is a book of almmost 800 pages, and it moves at a fairly leisurely pace. The writing could be better (and could have been improved by professional editing), but the concept is so bizarre, the setting is so surreal, the characters are so odd (yet believable), that you would be missing a marvellous one-off tale by taking those one-star reviews too seriously.

One of the problems is the book's structure. Each of the first 3 chapters tells a lengthy part of the narrative from the point of view of a different character. These 3 characters don't meet up till chapter 4, and even then are soon separated again. But once we see them as a unit and begin to understand the forces they are fighting against, none of that matters. Dahlquist's imagination is disturbing, but I found the world he creates much more engaging than, say, Philip Pullman's second-hand universes. If you start to get sucked into this world--19th century, yet not 19th century, England, yet not England--you will start to find it hard to put down. You crave to know the truth behind the narrative. The prose style, though it needs work, is, on the whole, easy to follow. It has little elegance and quite a few errors ('off of' repeatedly, for example), but that doesn't get in the way of the narrative as it does in, say, Kate Mosse's very clumsily written bestseller Labyrinth. This story leaves you with a sense of strangeness that few others achieve. Read it for that alone.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Neil Kealey on 25 Mar. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Yes, it is long, yes it could've been shorter, considerably shorter, and yes the fact that the author clearly didn't know where the story was going is obvious. But, my goodness, what a book?!

If anything, the perambulatory nature of the plot is one of this books delights. Some books lose you because the plot unravels in your hand like paper in the rain. This plot slowly reveals itself. It teases you. It leaves you aching for more.

And I haven't mentioned the varied and colourful characters, or the city and it's environs. The environment itself is reminiscent of Hardy (in terms of the delight the author takes in laying the streets, fields and buildings before the reader), while the characters are beautifully conveyed and reminiscent of Dickens.

There is also something of Tolkein in the structure of the 'volumes' or chapters. While you see events unfold around one of the key characters you are desperate to know what is happening to the others. This is one of the reasons behind the "Just one more page" factor that this book has in spades.

This leads me to the timelessness of the book. Time seems to stand still on the page and around you in 'real world'. It should come with a health wanring: "Reading this book on a train could result in many missed stops!"

I am not surprised by the love it/hate it reviews so far. This book was never going to be scoring 2 or 3 stars. It takes risks, challenges literary norms and breaks all the acceptable rules. I hated it at first but was reassured that it would pay to keep going. Within five chapters I was in a sort of daze, finding myself drifting off during meetings to the streets and hotels of this imaginary world, wondering what was happening to my beloved characters.
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