In an alternative Steampunk universe (c.1885), the plans for Captain Nemo’s mysterious Nautilus submarine have been stolen from the British Secret Service. There is only one man who can solve the case, Sherlock Holmes. With his bionic side-kick Doctor Watson, and his brilliant and lethal sister, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock unravels a mystery that will shake the foundation of the British Empire.
Adapted by P.C. Martin from the short story, ‘The Adventure of the Bruce-Partington Plans’ by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (c.1912), ‘Steampunk Holmes’ is a convergence of one of Doyle’s favorite Sherlock Holmes stories with Jules Vern ‘Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea’ (c.1870)
Talk about a fun read. What with SHERLOCK coming back for its third season, it only made sense that I would/should read a Sherlock Holmes inspired tome. STEAMPUNK HOLMES is a series where a classic is mashed up with the Sherlock Holmes characters and shaken in a steam filled engine.
This story is action packed. P.C. Martin is very imaginative and somehow sews the classic TWENTY THOUSAND LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA wonderfully with Sherlock Holmes. I did have an idea on who the villain was, but it was still an amazing read. Very funny in a lot of parts and completely awesome because of the explosions. Yes, explosions.
What is great about the STEAMPUNK HOLMES series is that not only can you get it in its book form, but it is interactive on the iPad and computer. I happen to have the audio which features actors doing the voices of the various characters. It made the story feel even more alive.
It’s a great read for someone who likes anything Steampunk or Sherlock Holmes. It’s also a great read for the action driven reader. If you do get it in audio, it’s great for when you’re cleaning. That’s what I did.
I can’t wait for the second book which is a FRANKENSTEIN mash up. Oooo, goodie!