The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Series) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jun 2012
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From the Back Cover
Evildoers beware! Retribution is at hand, thanks to Britain's best-kept secret agents!!
Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance . . . with each case going inexplicably unexamined by the Crown.
The fate of England is once again in the hands of an ingenious archivist paired with a beautiful, fearless lady of adventure. And though their foe be fiendishly clever, so then is Mr. Books . . . and Miss Braun still has a number of useful and unusual devices hidden beneath her petticoats.
About the Author
Born in New Zealand, Philippa (Pip) Ballantine has always had her head in a book. A corporate librarian for thirteen years, she has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and Information Science. She is New Zealand's first podcast novelist and has produced four podiobooks. Many of these have been shortlisted for the Parsec Awards, and she has won a Sir Julius Vogel Award. She is also the author of Geist and the soon-to-be-published Spectyr. While New Zealand calls, currently Philippa calls America home.
While Tee Morris began his writing career with Dragon Moon Press's 2002 historical epic fantasy Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana, it is his podcast of that book and works such as Podcasting for Dummies and All a Twitter that have earned him the distinction as one of the pioneers of social media. With Phoenix Rising, Tee returns to where he prefers to be—his imagination. When he is not there, Tee lives in the Washington, D.C. area with his five cats and one daughter, all of whom have him very well-trained.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Now where's book two and three?
As a final comment I'd like to include that it's definitely an adult book because of one particular scene, you might not want to share it with younger readers till you've got past that point.
Having read the book out of sequence and still enjoyed it is a very good indicator, as I was able to dive straight in without the need to have read the previous adventures. They are alluded to in such a way that it's very easy to slide into the world presented and you get to know the characters and their backgrounds very quickly.
The characters are lively, the story thunders along at a heady pace (this particular tale being about mysterious events surrounding suffragettes made it extra engaging to me personally).
When things go BOOM, which they do almost immediately, they do so in a deeply satisfying manner!
And the use of devices is great, it is one of the strengths of the story.
The only addendum I have is that sometimes the Britishness of both setting and characters can be a little stilted. But then, I am an incorrigible snob living in Great Britain. Considering this writer duo is not from the UK, they have done a thorough job lifting what made prim and proper Victorians sometimes unintentionally hilarious and ran with it. If you are looking for a perfect escapist steampunk novel with all the classic ingredients, with brave, arch and quippy characters who commit daring deeds, this is the book for you!
I now look forward to reading the rest of the series at some point. Preferably in the right order...
Whilst many seek to create the worlds on their own Tee Morris and Pip Ballantine bring together an amalgamation of heroism, humour and also throw into the mix some cracking twists with wicked schemes as the principle characters seek to save the misfortunate of London from those whom are trusted about all others. Add to this cracking prose, top notch dialogue and the stiff upper lip and all in it's a title that really generated an adventure that Quartermaine himself would be envious of.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Thank you, the book is as stated. I'm looking forward to reading it.Published 11 months ago by Stuart Castle
Very good- came quickly and in good condition (as I would hope!) yep happy with product- series are a fun read particularly for steam punk fans :)Published on 21 Mar. 2014 by Vicki