Friday, October 19, 2018

Mycroft and Sherlock (2018)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's followup to his 2015 novel Mycroft Holmes.

It is 1872, and a series of gruesome murders is the talk of London. Mycroft Holmes--now twenty-six and a force to be reckoned with at the War Office--has no interest in the killings; however, his brother Sherlock has developed a distasteful fascination for the macabre to the detriment of his studies, much to Mycroft's frustration. 
When a ship carrying cargo belonging to Mycroft's best friend Cyrus Douglas runs aground, Mycroft persuades Sherlock to serve as a tutor at the orphanage that Douglas runs as a charity, so that Douglas might travel to see what can be salvaged. Sherlock finds himself at home among the street urchins, and when a boy dies of a suspected drug overdose, he decides to investigate, following a trail of strange subterranean symbols to the squalid opium dens of the London docks. 
Meanwhile a meeting with a beautiful Chinese woman leads Mycroft to the very same mystery, one that forces him to examine the underbelly of the opium trade that is enriching his beloved Britain's coffers. As the stakes rise, the brothers find that they need one another's assistance and counsel. But a lifetime of keeping secrets from each other may have catastrophic consequences...

Title: Mycroft and Sherlock
Author: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Anna Waterhouse
Year: 2018
Publisher: Titan Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Sherlock Holmes's War of The Worlds (1975)

Sherlock Holmes vs. the Martians! Not as anachronistic as one might think. Recall the original H.G. Wells story was set in London during the time of Holmes.

The War of The Worlds...
So terrifying, it rocked the world when H.G. Wells reported it in 1897–and again, in 1938, when Orson Welles broadcast it. 
But there was far more to the story than ever was told. Two of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's most famous characters, Sherlock Holmes and Professor Challenger, played pivotal roles in the historic happenings. Here are the facts, never before revealed, of the confrontation: two of the most remarkable intellects the Earth ever produced pitted against beings intelligent enough to conquer space. Read now–
How Holmes and Challenger knew an invasion was coming.
How they survived the occupation of London
How they captured an alien invader. 
How the deduced the origin of the invaders. 
The Reason for the landings–and the fatal flaw in the plan for conquest. 

Title: Sherlock Holmes's War of The Worlds
Author: Manny W. Wellman and Wade Wellman
Year: 1975
Publisher: Warner Books
Purchase: Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk