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Death Cloud: 1 (Young Sherlock Holmes) Paperback – Unabridged, 4 Jun 2010

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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (4 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 033051198X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330511988
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,885 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Andrew Lane begins a new series exploring the pre-history of the famous fictional detective. Mr. Lane has the approval of the descendants of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the original Holmes stories, and purists will applaud the way he salts the story with clues to the sleuth's adult propensities. . . . The dramatic, violent ending leaves enough narrative strings dangling that readers over the age of 12 who enjoy detective fiction will grab for the sequel next fall."--"The Wall Street Journal"
"Lane's writing style is action-packed and detail-oriented."--"The Los Angeles Times"
"Lane's command of what will one day become Holmes's signature methods is remarkable. . . . The novel strives to rescue Holmes from the prejudices of his creator, and thereby expand the pool of Holmes devotees. For that we can all be grateful."--"The New York Times Book Review"
"For a reader who has outgrown the Hardy Boys' adventures but still seeks mystery-solving plots, Andrew Lane's invention of a teenage Sherlock Holmes will seem timely. . . . Lane also knows how to do villains quite well."--"Chicago Tribune"
""Death Cloud "quickly becomes a true page-turner."--"Scripps Howard News Service"
"Two recent series for young readers present Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective, Sherlock Holmes, as a teenager. "Death Cloud" by Andrew Lane and the sequels to come in Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins are pitched to the crowd that likes action movies but can see that the television series "Psych" is in the Sherlock Holmes family."--"Newsday"
"Just when you thought all teen reading had to have vampires, a new series for ages 12 and up goes to the heart and soul of detective fiction. "Death Cloud: Sherlock Holmes," the Legend Begins introduces young readers to a 14-year-old Holmes. The book has been endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate as consistent with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vision of Holmes, important to parents who may be looking for books that send their young readers down a more traditional reading path."--"The Cape Cod Times"
"Middle-schoolers in search of branded action/adventure will certainly be entertained."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"
"Lane successfully blends the traditional Holmesian confidence with the teen's awkward self-consciousness. . . . A menacing villain and an unexpected twist make for a thoroughly engaging read that will keep readers turning pages. Now, it's just a matter of waiting for the next tale."--"School Library Journal," Starred Review
"This British import (the first teen series to be granted official endorsement from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary estate) has punch--some literal--and purpose. . . . The rousing, almost fantastical conclusion will set readers up for the next installment."--"Booklist"
"A rollicking good read, this book will offer a solid introduction to the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for younger teens. It also offers enjoyable insight into how Sherlock Holmes became the future investigative wizard for established fans of the ultimate detective."--"Kirkus Reviews"
"The book is engaging, and the mystery is creative and compelling. Fans of Sherlock Holmes at any age will enjoy this book, as will those who relish a good murder mystery."--"VOYA"
"What a blast. Weird murders, creepy villains, fiendish puzzles, non-stop action. What more could you want from a book?"--Charlie Higson, author of the internationally bestselling Young Bond series
"Should impress the detective's fans of all ages . . . An elementary success story."--"The Independent" (London)
"Death Cloud is the perfect way to introduce this character to a new generation of book readers."--Book Zone (for Boys)
"Rich in period detail, it has tasters of Holmes's deductive genius and insights into how his character was made, plus a diabolical villain . . . A self-contained and rewarding adventure."--"The Sunday Times" (London)

Andrew Lane begins a new series exploring the pre-history of the famous fictional detective. Mr. Lane has the approval of the descendants of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, who wrote the original Holmes stories, and purists will applaud the way he salts the story with clues to the sleuth's adult propensities. . . . The dramatic, violent ending leaves enough narrative strings dangling that readers over the age of 12 who enjoy detective fiction will grab for the sequel next fall. "The Wall Street Journal"

Lane's writing style is action-packed and detail-oriented. "The Los Angeles Times"

Lane's command of what will one day become Holmes's signature methods is remarkable. . . . The novel strives to rescue Holmes from the prejudices of his creator, and thereby expand the pool of Holmes devotees. For that we can all be grateful. "The New York Times Book Review"

For a reader who has outgrown the Hardy Boys' adventures but still seeks mystery-solving plots, Andrew Lane's invention of a teenage Sherlock Holmes will seem timely. . . . Lane also knows how to do villains quite well. "Chicago Tribune"

"Death Cloud "quickly becomes a true page-turner. "Scripps Howard News Service"

Two recent series for young readers present Arthur Conan Doyle's great detective, Sherlock Holmes, as a teenager. "Death Cloud" by Andrew Lane and the sequels to come in Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins are pitched to the crowd that likes action movies but can see that the television series "Psych" is in the Sherlock Holmes family. "Newsday"

Just when you thought all teen reading had to have vampires, a new series for ages 12 and up goes to the heart and soul of detective fiction. "Death Cloud: Sherlock Holmes," the Legend Begins introduces young readers to a 14-year-old Holmes. The book has been endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate as consistent with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's vision of Holmes, important to parents who may be looking for books that send their young readers down a more traditional reading path. "The Cape Cod Times"

Middle-schoolers in search of branded action/adventure will certainly be entertained. "The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books"

Lane successfully blends the traditional Holmesian confidence with the teen's awkward self-consciousness. . . . A menacing villain and an unexpected twist make for a thoroughly engaging read that will keep readers turning pages. Now, it's just a matter of waiting for the next tale. "School Library Journal, Starred Review"

This British import (the first teen series to be granted official endorsement from Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's literary estate) has punch--some literal--and purpose. . . . The rousing, almost fantastical conclusion will set readers up for the next installment. "Booklist"

A rollicking good read, this book will offer a solid introduction to the works of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle for younger teens. It also offers enjoyable insight into how Sherlock Holmes became the future investigative wizard for established fans of the ultimate detective. "Kirkus Reviews"

The book is engaging, and the mystery is creative and compelling. Fans of Sherlock Holmes at any age will enjoy this book, as will those who relish a good murder mystery. "VOYA"

What a blast. Weird murders, creepy villains, fiendish puzzles, non-stop action. What more could you want from a book? "Charlie Higson, author of the internationally bestselling Young Bond series"

Should impress the detective's fans of all ages . . . An elementary success story. "The Independent (London)"

Death Cloud is the perfect way to introduce this character to a new generation of book readers. "Book Zone (for Boys)"

Rich in period detail, it has tasters of Holmes's deductive genius and insights into how his character was made, plus a diabolical villain . . . A self-contained and rewarding adventure. "The Sunday Times (London)"" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Book Description

The world’s most famous detective. The most brilliant mind in fiction. But before he became the great detective, who was young Sherlock Holmes? The first book in a series of mystery adventures featuring a teenage Sherlock and endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate, now with a new cover look

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Format: Paperback
My daughter [15] reads a book every few days, plus she has DVD collections of TV's Sherlock Holmes, Poirot, Hannay and the like, that supplement her Dresden Files/Vampire and Rom-Com collection. So she eagerly chose this book to read when it was offered. The storyline is about young Sherlock's first case, he's fourteen and it's 1868. My daughter loved the book, which is aimed squarely at young secondary school kids - in fact it's the first childrens book to be endorsed by the Conan Doyle estate. She says 'Its a new take on Sherlock Holmes. Sherlock is still at school, and his older brother Mycroft is totally awesome (he's just left school and taken on the family business as dad has died and mum's ill).'

This first 'Young Sherlock Holmes' book 'Death Cloud' has an ending, but many of the underlying themes are unresolved with Moriarty like arch-villains still left in the shadows (apparently not Moriarty as such, just someone rather like him). For Sherlock Holme's purists the story is in keeping with Conan Doyle's original books, in that there's no Watson [they meet years later], although here young Sherlock does have two 'mates', a street urchin boy and a girl whom he meets via his American home tutor. In terms of 'violent themes' my daughter said 'there aren't any, well other than the odd kidnapping' - although when pressed, she admitted quickly reading through the fight scenes as she was keen to discover the outcome. She thought this book was aimed at 12-14 year olds.

Would she buy the next book in the series - definitely!
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Am I being unfair when I suspect that Andrew Lane would have felt more comfortable writing about the young James Bond? He couldn't do that, of course, because it has already been done (rather well). So he opted for Sherlock Holmes, but gave the fourteen-year-old Holmes a Bond type story. The trouble is that Holmes is not Bond.

And nineteenth century characters would not have used the sort of dialogue common in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This book, however, makes no attempt to use Victorian dialogue. Sherlock expresses his pleasure by exclaiming "great". He and other youngsters are described as "kids" (admittedly there are Americans in the story). No one reading the book could possibly be convinced that it is really set in the 1860s.

There is an early attempt at a Holmes type deduction, something to do with which carriage Mycroft (Sherlock's older brother) used to visit him at school. But it is very weak and Lane sensibly makes no further effort of that sort.

But the story is rather fun (though I should warn you it becomes more and more far fetched). You also need to know that there is a surprising amount of sadistic violence (of the sort you would expect in Bond but not in Holmes). But that is understandable. Lane is writing for a modern teenage readership and he is probably right to assume that that readership will give up if people are not being constantly slaughtered or beaten to a pulp.

This was a missed opportunity. The young Holmes could have been much more realistically and amusingly depicted. But I shan't give up. I am going to have a go at the second book. If it is very similar to this one I will probably skip to the sixth and latest just to see whether Lane has finally got it right.

Charles
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By Stevetrumpet VINE VOICE on 26 Oct. 2010
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This was the start of a great new series for teenagers, very like the Alex Rider and young bond series shows the reader Sherlock's childhood and what he gets himself into even then. It gives an insight into Sherlock's past that has previously been uncovered. Mystery, adventure and villains all packed into this new book which you will not want to put down.

The series is targeted at teenagers and young adults, but adults will also enjoy this book. Most people would say that this is a 'boy's book' which I do agree with, however girls who are fans of adventure or mystery books will also love this series.
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"Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud" is the first children's book to be commissioned by the Conan Doyle Estate Ltd. (This isn't the first attempt to imagine the great detective's boyhood, of course, but Mr Lane plays fair with Victorian history and with the life and character of Sherlock Holmes. Fourteen-year-old Sherlock is removed from his boarding school and sent to live with relations in rural Surrey, where he incurs the disfavour of a sinister housekeeper but earns the friendship of a most unusual tutor, Amyus Crowe, an American tracker and bounty hunter. Crowe's lessons come in useful when Sherlock is faced with the puzzle of a strange and deadly dark cloud. In solving the mystery, he makes enemies as well as friends; I need only say that the ultimate villain has devised colossal schemes... The novel combines ingenuity and breathtaking excitement with a real feeling for character. Future books will take Holmes through to his time at university, and I for one am looking forward to reading them!
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