Sherlock Holmes - Gods of War Paperback – 27 Jun 2014
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"James Lovegrove has become to the 21st century what JG Ballard was to the 20th..." - The Bookseller
"One of the most interesting and adventurous British SF writers..." - SFX
"A completely enjoyable romp and a perfect vacation read." --Pop Mythology
"This is an atmospheric mystery which shows just why Lovegrove has become a force to be reckoned with in genre fiction. More, please." --Starburst Magazine
"Recommended for Sherlockians everywhere." --Crime Fiction Lover
"This is a prime Holmes pastiche: these are recognizably the characters created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the story is something Conan Doyle might have created, and the writing is very much in the style of the original Holmes stories." --Booklist
"Another triumphant return of the consulting detective and his loyal friend, this time given an original and entertaining twist." -- --Fantasy Book Review
About the Author
James Lovegrove is the New York Times best-selling author of The Age of Odin, the third novel in his critically-acclaimed Pantheon military SF series. He was short-listed for the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1998 for his novel Days and for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award in 2004 for his novel Untied Kingdom. He also reviews fiction for the Financial Times.
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Top Customer Reviews
Lovegrove has once again packed his novel with incident and suspense. The purists may shudder at the theatrical cloak and dagger stuff, the disguises and the secret societies, but they forget that these elements were a staple of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s original canon. Lovegrove indulges the fantastical to satisfying and enjoyable effect.
It is always a joy to see just how Holmes and Watson will get out of their latest predicament. Their main nemesis now is time – their encroaching old age makes them more endearing and lovable. The stakes are certainly higher when you begin to creak more than you used to!
This is another triumphant return of the consulting detective and his loyal friend, this time given an original and entertaining twist.
Set in 1913, the story revolves around a retired Holmes being visited by his old friend Watson at his cottage in the coastal town of Eastborne. During his visit Watson learns Holmes isn't as retired as he seems solving small cases here and there to ease his boredom when the body of a young man washes up on the beach. His curiosity roused Holmes investigates this seemingly innocent death to discover something much greater is afoot.
I really like Lovegroves writing style, it really captures the era and I found it a pleasure to read. It's not Arthur Conan Doyle, but it's a well written book regardless. The plot itself is well woven and has great pacing throughout with a slow exposition build up leading onto more action heavy scenes in the latter half of the book. Both the time period and setting make this book stand out from other Holmes based novels with Holmes and Watson discussing both new inventions of the period as well as the political state of the world.
So far James Lovegrove's easy to read writting style and well paced plots have been a real success with me. I greatly look forward to reading his third Sherlock Holmes novel Sherlock Holmes - The Thinking Engine.
+ Well written.
+ Time period and setting make a nice change.
+ Good pacing.
On every level imaginable, even to someone admittedly persnickety to a fault about their pastiches - and who has of late taken to tossing against the nearest available hard surface the vast majority of them in disgust for one reason or another - Mr Lovegroves' latest foray into the world of Holmes and Watson struck proverbial oil. All my buttons were hit, as it were, with the tremendous amounts of action (every last nail-biting bit of it precipitated by Holmesian deductive reasoning), adventure, a realistic late Edwardian setting showcasing what an extensive amount of research went into its writing, and most important of all, the portrayals of our beloved duo were heavily influenced by their Canon counterparts. Being set in 1913, with Holmes pushing sixty and Watson already over that milestone, there are creaking knees and groaning spines, but the aging pair are sharp as tacks - or, at least, *someone* still is - and depicting the aging process itself was admirably done. One of the aspects I loved the most about it was that 'Gods of War' was as much character study as it was a fast-paced mystery.
The plot itself unfolds in bits and pieces, with hints and glimpses along the way as to the final resolution; in other words, it was traditionally plotted to perfection.Read more ›
You'll have gathered this follows on from the hearty Bakers Street days. Holmes is retired, and looking after his garden, and his bees. Does he like the quiet life - NO. Does he relish the chance to again work with his old friend and avert future disaster for King and Country - YES.
I'm not going to give the plot away. You buy this book because you will enjoy. I know for certain, I will be reading another. A worthy 5 stars!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the first one of read but I know there have been others. So a new series to follow. Good read, those guys are amazingly fit for their age!! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Lovegrove is one of the few writers to truly capture the style of Conan Doyle, with both a beautiful prose style and excellent detection.Published 4 months ago by mlvj2
Very good . Just shows have greedy rich people are. Good storey ,well thought out . Holmes at his bestPublished 4 months ago by Ann Pratt
I liked it. I like the portrayal of an older semi-retired Holmes, a little past his physical peak but still sharp as a tack. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R. murphy
Very difficult to write a Holmes story convincingly if you are not Conan Doyle.Published 6 months ago by JaketheDax
I really enjoyed this Sherlock Holmes offering by someone other than Conan Doyle. The plot was intriguing, the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson were not so far... Read morePublished 7 months ago by bibliophile
The author has done a good job of sustaining the overall atmosphere of the original novels and the writing style is uncannily reminiscent! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Gerry 'M'