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The Osiris Curse: A Tweed & Nightingale Adventure Hardcover – 15 Oct 2013


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"Interesting characters, well-written dialogue, and a fast-paced plot. . . . Sci-fi and fantasy readers will likely be drawn to this fun, genre-bending novel."
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"Interesting characters, well-written dialogue, and a fast-paced plot. . . . Sci-fi and fantasy readers will likely be drawn to this fun, genre-bending novel."
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About the Author

Born in Scotland in 1975, Paul Crilley moved to South Africa when he was eight years old. He was rather disappointed to find out that Africa was not at all like the Tarzan movies he had seen and that he would not, in fact, have elephants and lions strolling through his backyard. He now lives in a small village on the east coast with his family. He has written the Invisible Order series and numerous short stories, and he also writes for many types of South African television programs. He also worked on the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic and recently wrote a comic miniseries for IDW.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90204ef4) out of 5 stars 7 reviews
HASH(0x8fd06c18) out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Series 29 April 2015
By Charles Hack - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'd recently acquired a taste for steampunk when the first book of the series came into my hands. The first book was well plotted and well... just romping good fun. So I immediately went out and got the second.

We pick up the story a few months after the first novel, with Tweed in a Holmsian funk and Nightingale still searching for clues to her mother's disappearance. Her first clue sends the pair spinning into a yet another international plot- this one involving Nikola Tesla, super weapons and ancient Egypt. As usual, the plot moves along at a nice pace, and was overall a fun read- but for one small thing. OK, two things, but both of them are repeated over and over. Not enough to make me put the book down, but enough to nag at me and hamper my suspension of disbelief.

The first is the historical errors. I realize this is essentially alternate history, and allowances have to be made. I've no problem with mucking about with the life of Nikola Tesla, it goes with the territory. But other aspects were more disconcerting. The series is set during the reign of Queen Victoria, who dies in 1901. Our heroes arrive in Egypt at a hotel built over and inside one of the great pyramids. The hotel is named "Tutankhamen's View", despite the fact Tut was unknown to history before the discovery of his tomb in 1922. The inside of the hotel is decorated with murals painted over the originals, yet the interior of the real pyramids are barren of artwork, and always have been. It is also decorated with the golden artifacts found there, while in real history none were.

The other issue is the rampant use of modern terms, such as 'borderline sociopath' or using 'Intel' as slang for Intelligence. Too much modern lingo starts to grate after a while. And yes, there are quite a few.

Overall though, my issues with the book doesn't impact the fact that I really ENJOY reading them, and want to read more. And if I haven't entirely pissed him off with nitpicking his books, I hope he'll give us more.
HASH(0x8f6a663c) out of 5 stars A show with everything but Yul Brynner! 6 July 2015
By R. Hawk - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Full of beans. Thrilling and all that. A fitting sequel to the first book.

I was promised flying monkeys. Where are the flying monkeys? Here's me doing my best Aticus Pope impression, striking a pose while pointing to approaching flying monkeys on the horizon.

The ending was particularly gripping. Why can't Tesla and H.G. keep control of their infernal contraptions? One must wonder what passes for security in the Victorian era? A growling, teeth baring, flying monkey? Songbird must have some ideas.
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HASH(0x8fab5b64) out of 5 stars Another great adventure 1 Nov. 2013
By Jeffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was pleasantly shocked at how much I enjoyed this book. At first I was disappointed in the unrealistic approach to the underlying plot' but was very happy with the rest of the book.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f864360) out of 5 stars entertaining steampunk suspense 24 Oct. 2013
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Osiris Curse
Paul Crilley
PYR, Oct 15 2013, $17.99
ISBN: 9781616148584

Late in nineteenth century London, someone murders Nikola Tesla and steals the inventor's WMD schematics. Encouraged by Sebastian Tweed's father Barnaby, he and his partner Octavia Nightingale investigate the homicide in order to obtain the weapons' plans before the killer deploys them.

The teenage sleuths quickly find a stunning connection between the Tesla homicide and the disappearance of Olivia's mother over a year ago. More clues lead the daring duo to The Hermetic Order of Set whose members attempt to assassinate them. Sebastian and Olivia flee on the luxury airship Albion heading to Tutankhamen's View Hotel built inside the Great Pyramid knowing that the history texts are wrong and England is in peril.

The second Tweed and Nightingale steampunk investigative thriller (see The Lazarus Machine) is an engaging save the Victorian world young adult adventure. The teenage amateur sleuths are fascinating heroes as they try to save England while shocked by what they have learned about the history of the world. Although the romantic elements between the lead couple feel more of a requirement that takes away from an otherwise entertaining alternate historical suspense with fun steampunk inventions in the name of progress, readers will enjoy the teens' heroic escapades.

Harriet Klausner
HASH(0x8f73f840) out of 5 stars Good read now i need to get the first book ... 19 Jan. 2016
By sagicorn - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Good read now i need to get the first book to know what is going on n the second.
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