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The Affinity Bridge (Newbury & Hobbes Investigation Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Steampunk pulp-style Action-Adventure in which we are introduced to Sir Maurice Newbury, Academic authority on the Occult and the supernatural, and his assistant Veronica Hobbes, who seems to be a Charlie's Angel born 90 years early.
Also, their Alternative Victorian world - in which steam-powered transport; airships and Verne-esque advanced medical apparatus keep Queen Victoria alive (and, after a vicious attack, Newbury too). But in contrast to all this scientific advancement, there are conspiracies; Occult practices and Zombies hiding in the London fog.
This duality of modern scientific and technological progress versus old superstitions and magic from the past could be seen as the thematic undercurrent of the book (maybe the series?). The story, and to some extent Newbury, address this duality (Newbury is very interested in the supernatural, but he is also rationalist, keen to expose fraudulent clairvoyants and in awe of the modern inventions around him).
However, this isn't supposed to be a chin-strokey novel, it's more about the fistfights on top of moving steam-trams and Indiana Jones style punch ups with Zombies. There is an apt lightness of tone.
For me, the thing I found jarring was the insistence on referring to the dynamic duo as "Newbury and Veronica" i.e. the male character is defined by his surname while the female character is defined by her first name. Surely it should be "Maurice and Veronica" or (like the title of the series) "Newbury and Hobbes". Or even, if we want to be formal "Sir Maurice and Hobbes". By the way, how did a man who, if I may say so, is a rash and impulsive thirtysomething laudanum addict, get a knighthood? Can I have one?
But these are all trifles. This is a cracking, Steampunk pulp adventure.
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Victorian London, complete with airships, steam powered coaches, plague infected revenants and…murder! What’s not to like?
Sir Maurice Newbury, anthropologist at the British Museum, is an agent for the Crown. Miss Victoria Hobbes is his able assistant. Investigating a series of mysterious murders in Whitechapel, an airship crash in Finsbury Park and the disappearance of a staff member’s relative, Newbury and Hobbes find themselves unravelling a tangled web of clues to solve their intertwined cases.
Actually, it’s not such a tangled web - I figured it out after Hobbes visited the asylum. The characters aren’t especially unique; they are not portrayed in huge depth.
None of this mattered! I still wanted to read through to the end as fast as I could. I wanted to follow our intrepid characters in their acts of extraordinary derring-do and watch / read as they figured it out themselves.
Notice I wrote “watch” – this is so well written that it is like watching a movie. The writing is skilled, atmospheric and Mann creates a believable, detailed, steampunk Victorian London. The mystery moves at a fast pace, keeping you hooked and the physical “action” really ramps up from about halfway through.
It is rip-roaring fun. Just sit back and enjoy the ride…er…read.
Four out of Five Stars.
The book did get better after that. But would not recommend it to anyone.
Many in book club who have read other books by George Mann said they too were disappointed.