When Mycroft Holmes is murdered in London, it is up to retired shadow
executive Smith to track down his killer - and stumble on the greatest
conspiracy of his life. Strange forces are stirring into life around the
globe, and in the shadow game of spies nothing is certain. Fresh from
liberating a strange alien object in Abyssinia - which might just be the
mythical Ark of the Covenant - young Lucy Westerna, Holmes' protégé,
must follow her own path to the truth while, on the other side of the
world, a young Harry Houdini must face his greatest feat of escape -
As their paths converge the body count mounts up, the entire world is under threat, and in a foreboding castle in the mountains of Transylvania a mysterious old man weaves a spider's web of secrets and lies.
Airship battles, Frankenstein monsters, alien tripods and death-defying acts: The Great Game is a cranked-up steampunk thriller in which nothing is certain - not even death.
Currently based in Laos, in South-East Asia, Lavie is an Israeli who has lived in places as exotic as Vanuatu, South Africa and Britain. As well as a clutch of highly regarded short stories and novellas, his website World SF has attracted much attention for focussing specifically on the SF and fantasy produced in non-English speaking countries of the world.
Written by J.L. Dobias (2013-04-08)
'm a fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy. So, stepping into Steampunk can be both easy and trying. Fortunately I'm not so tied up with the harder form of science fiction. I think some contemporary authors of Hard Science Fiction take the hard part to heart and make it as hard as they can. Still, I wanted to do some research before I started into the Bookman Histories by Lavie Tidhar. First, though, I must admit that I read the sample of the first book on Amazon and was intrigued to say ... (more)