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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books; 01 edition (27 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781165432
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781165430
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2 x 20.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The setting of Holmes’ sleepy retirement cottage by the coast is in marked contrast to the mean streets of fog shrouded London, making this entry more interesting. It is also amusing to see two very nineteenth century figures experiencing twentieth century innovations in the car and the aeroplane.

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.
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This is James Lovegrove's second Sherlock Holmes novel and all in all a better book than his first The Stuff of Nightmares. While I enjoyed his debut Sherlock book it's heavy lean towards steampunk took it slightly away from the tone of the Sherlock Holmes series (though I loved it). Gods of War is a little more grounded in it's story making it a more believeable Sherlock and Watson adventure.

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.
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After coming to the end of this book, the only coherent thoughts I am able to string together are a slew of expletives professing how utterly amazing it was from the first to last pages, something that was truly more of an experience than your run-of-the-mill diverting, pleasant read. As such, I have been reduced to such a stupidly giddy state, not having been so thoroughly entertained by a Holmes story in so many a year, that I beg pardon in advance for any incoherencies which may occur in this review.

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.
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Having read one or two attempts at Sherlock Holmes novels post Conan Doyle, this is by the far the best attempt at keeping that certain mystic portrayed by Conan Doyle all those years ago.
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!
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