Dr. Nikola (Appletons' town and country library, #197)
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Dr. Nikola (Doctor Nikola #2)

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This book is introduced by Mark Valentine. Dr Nikola - Victorian master criminal. Elegant, ruthless, hypnotic: enter Dr Nikola and his black cat Apollyon. He was the world's first master villain, a Victorian forerunner of Dr Fu Manchu and the mad cat-stroking evil genius Blofeld in the James Bond books and films. Now Dr Nikola is back, wielding his sinister powers across t...more
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Published 1896 by D. Appleton and Company
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A set of two innocent, adventure stories of the era that are not taxing to read. I enjoyed these, although it seems more so than other reviewers. Written in the 1800’s they are a product of their time and some people used to more modern adventure/supernatural stories (Twilight etc) will probably find them boring. But for me it is because of that, that they are interesting. At the time foreign travel was not so prevalent which is why books such as this often included foreign travel to far flung d...more
Alex Sarll
The first novel here, 'A Bid For Fortune', is pretty dull. Some Victorian plum gets involved in various adventures while trying to make his way in the world, including interminable scenes of terribly prim and proper 'romance' which make Jane Austen look racy. The only interesting scenes are those where the diabolical mesmerist Dr Nikola gets in said plum's way. Boothby was obviously smart enough to realise that he'd found a nugget of gold in his dross, so the next novel was 'Dr Nikola' - narrate...more
Le Docteur Nikola est un roman datant de la fin du 19ième siècle aujourd'hui réédité chez Phébus dans la collection Libretto. C'est un roman d'aventure mettant en scène - comme son titre l'indique - l'intriguant docteur Nikola. L'originalité de ce récit tient au fait que les intentions de cet occultiste ne sont, a priori, pas de sauver le monde ... L'intrigue se déroule dans la Chine coloniale où le docteur se met en quête de pouvoirs spéciaux détenus par des moines. Pour y parvenir, il va user...more
Ryan Zimmerman Carstairs
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(This volume contains 'A Bid For Fortune', which I reviewed a few weeks back, and 'Dr Nikola' which I am tackling here)

In my last review of a Dr Nikola story I expressed disappointment that Dr Nikola was not the central figure of the piece, with that role taken by a bog standard hero. This volume is closer to what I wanted, with the main narrator working in tandem with Nikola all the way through. However this narrator is never corrupted by this evil doctor’s presence and remains a decent man thr...more
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Guy Newell Boothby was born in Adelaide, South Australia, the son of Thomas Wilde Boothby, a Member of the South Australian House of Assembly. At six years of age he travelled with his mother to England and was educated at Lord Weymouth's Grammar School, Salisbury and at Christ's Hospital, London between 1874 and 1883.

When his education was over he returned to Australia where he eventually became...more
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