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Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Death Cloud (edition 2011)

by Andrew Lane, Dan Weyman (Narrator)

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Title:Death Cloud
Authors:Andrew Lane
Other authors:Dan Weyman (Narrator)
Info:St Martins Pr (2011), Audio CD
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Tags:young adult fiction

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Death Cloud (Sherlock Holmes: the Legend Begins) by Andrew Lane



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I enjoyed this action adventure tale enormously: Sherlock Holmes is always a favourite and Andrew Lane handles the character very well indeed. The villain adds an element of steampunk but one can overlook that and although American characters are becoming irritatingly ubiquitous in English books [and films - apparently most Americans don't enjoy things unless they contain at least one Yank] the tutor Amyus Crowe was likable enough. ( )
  adpaton | Jun 10, 2015 |
The first of a series about a young Sherlock Holmes, this story begins to theorize what may have formed the extraordinary character.

During summer holidays, Sherlock is sent to stay with an aunt and uncle when he would have much rather stayed with his brother, Mycroft. He finds it difficult to follow the strict regimen set down in this household and goes off to explore, coming across Matty, a young man who lives on a boat. He is assigned a tutor, the American Amyus Crowe who has a daughter, Virginia. Sherlock, Matty, and Virginia soon become a team investigating a couple of weird deaths and the sighting of a black cloud after each of them.

One thing that makes this a rather steampunk type of story is the get up utilized by the bad guy, Baron Maupertuis, a survivor of the Charge of the Light Brigade. Paralyzed, he devised a contraption operated by black-dressed flunkies who move him like a marionette. ( )
  mamzel | Jan 20, 2015 |
This was a good old-school teen mystery. Some of the action, though, felt like it came out of nowhere, but the mystery was solid and very thought-provoking (like you would expect from a Holmesian novel), even if the denouement was a little early. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Aug 6, 2014 |
My views on this novel are incredibly mixed. As a mystery novel, I did not think it was too bad. Although the conclusion was a little out-there, it was well written, made coherent sense and didn't take any huge leaps in logic. If it had just been a Victorian murder mystery, I would have had no real problems with it at all.

However, the novel is intended to be a Sherlock Holmes story and because if this it has a few problems. The character of Sherlock was a little too flat and uninteresting for my taste. As his abilities were mostly taught by his summer tutor, it felt as though it removed some of his brilliance. The Holmes of this story was not a genius, he was merely an ordinary boy with a good memory.

The novel was entertaining enough and I can certainly see why people enjoy it, but I just felt that with a bit more work it could have been so much better. ( )
  ArkhamReviews | Jul 8, 2014 |
How did Sherlock Holmes become the great detective? Lane explores this question with a teen Sherlock. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, especially the supporting characters and the first mystery - involving bees - was intriguing. ( )
  hoosgracie | Feb 19, 2014 |
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In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously "unwell," fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.… (more)

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