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steam punk lite
on 28 June 2012
The janus affair is the second book in the ministry of peculiar occurances, a series that started with phoenix rising. the story follows Eliza Braum and Wellington Books, the proverbial brawns and brains combo in a steam punk victorian England dominated by occult science as these two work for the ministry of peculiar occurances
basically the books version of MI5, this isnt ground breaking stuff and anyone looking for the next cherie priest along the lines of Ganymeade or Boneshaker will be disappointed, however this is still an interesting story with likeable protagonists even if one is left with the nagging feeling that movies such as Mary poppins and My Fair Lady were far more of a influcence in the storys setting then Dickens thats not to mention that the crime solving duo are pretty much a copy of Emma peel and steed from the avengers tv show with a dash of James bond Q thrown in the mix
Disappearing Sufferagitts sets the stage for the story with our intrepid duo out to catch the dastardly villain and with Elizas personal involment its a race to get to the bottom of the mystery
i had hoped after reading and really enjoying Phoenix Rising that Janus Affair would build on that novels strengths as a fast paced adventure and reduce the cliches of american tv/movies britisms unfortunately the opposite seems to have happened, not enough mind you that i wont be buying the next one, and the intersting villains and their motivations does make me hold out hope that the authors will eventually come up with something really unique and oirginal just not here.