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Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (Burton & Swinburne #3)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  1,092 ratings  ·  132 reviews
It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and now the first moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war and the fall of the British Empire.

The prime minister, Lord Palmerston, believes that by using the three Eyes of Naga—black diamonds possessing unique properties—he’ll be able to manipulate events and avoid the war. H
Published January 24th 2012 by Audible Frontiers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Aug 09, 2013 Eric rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of the first two books that needed a sense of closure
The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack was a fun steam-punk romp with a sci-fi time-travel twist. The pace was break-neck, even if the plot was a bit incoherent at times. The interplay between the colorful cast of characters, most of which were stolen from real-life historical figures, made the book. This same winning recipe continued in The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, which left me excited to read this third and final volume of the Burton & Swinburne trilogy.

Sadly, that excitement
Brilliant, book 3 is the best, all comes together in a near perfect book.

story flow just flows carrying me along with it.

characters mature in a amazing way.

Highly recommended.

Book 4 has a lot to live up too to be better than this.
The tone of all three novels in this trilogy have been quite different. The first, The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack , was a straight up steampunk-historical-time-travel-adventure (that well known sub-genre) novel; the second, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man , took that premise and played it into more of a mystery direction. This third novel, Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon , changes tack again to a much darker place – the horrors of war in Africa where the technologies o ...more
What a disappointment! After really loving the first 2 and putting aside the other books I was reading to finish the trilogy I was really let down. Interminable descriptions of the trip across Africa to find the Naga diamonds that are one of the main characters of the story. I lost the thread of the plot even after scanning through pages and pages. There were 7 sentences just to describe Burton changing from one car to another. What a waste of my time but I finished it and then the disappointmen ...more
Doreen Dalesandro
Genre: steampunk, sci-fi
Rating: 5
I listened to this book.

Wow! Mr. Hodder has been added to my list of favorite authors. I love his humor and his imagination. His stories (The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack, The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man, and The Secret of Abdu El-Yezdi) are so intricately linked. My idol Charles Darwin (and other evolutionary biologists) plays a central role. The discussions of natural selection and religion are very interesting. The series is a must read! (Of the
I finished this (maybe last) Burton and Swinburne novel and while I plan to talk more a bit later on further thought, for now i will say that overall I thought it a very good book despite that it almost fell in the solipsistic (the action of one or more characters can erase/change timelines ie have God powers ie solipsism) trap that tends to afflict time travel/timeline changes novels. Very good writing and in the "local" - chapter by chapter, adventure by adventure, scene by scene the book is e ...more
Well...this was a bit of a slog. I've started reading this back in March and only now finally finished it. Something kept me back from reading it, again and again for some reason. I figured it out at the end.

So, Sir Richard Francis Burton goes on his final adventure in this trek across Africa and across time. He is joined by the entire cast of characters that we've come to appreciate since his first adventures and the journey is one of grief, troubles, true friendship, honor and sacrifice ultima
I had to go back in time (no easy task, let me assure you) to re-write this review. PLEASE NOTE SOME MILD SPOILERS. This series has for your reading enjoyment:

Sir Richard Francis Burton, re-made by a quirk of time into an Indiana Jones type action hero, a wonderful creation that you stick with until the bitter end because he is written so well. The end is bitter because (slight spoiler alert) Hodder turns him into a tragic hero, poor sap.

An entire raft of other characters taken from real life pe
Historia zatacza koło

Moje zamiłowanie do steampunk, większości z Was jest już pewnie doskonale znane. Dlatego nie zdziwi Was fakt, że gdy dotarła do mnie paczuszka z najnowszą, a zarazem ostatnią częścią trylogii Marka Hoddera – Burton i Swineburne; dosłownie skakałam z radości i od razu zabrałam się za czytanie. Patrząc z perspektywy czasu… był to spory błąd, ponieważ… za szybko ją pochłonęłam.

Rok 1863 nie jest już taki jak powinien. Za sprawą Skaczącego Jacka historia znacznie zboczył z kursu,
Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

This is the third volume now of Mark Hodder's steampunk series, in which the real-life Victorian explorer Richard Francis Burton and libertine artist Algernon Swinburne fictionally team up for a series of adventures in an alt-history 19th century, and nicely illustrates the problem with missing the first t
Fred Hughes
Mark Hoder always gives you your moneys worth. A splendid story teller with a more than a vivid imagination he blends both in this tale that spans multiple continents and time lines. While the steampunk genre is the pallete he paints the story on he also takes on world politics, religious and spiritual dogma.

The Kings agent Burton has been given the assignment to secure the last Naga black diamond to ensure England's grip on the world remains in tact. However the Germans and the Prussians have o
T.E. MacArthur
Hodder is likely one of the best Historical Fantasy / Steampunk authors today. I have enjoyed the Burton & Swinburne novels, and I'm looking forward to his next. But his third book is a bit muddled. Hodder is terrific at moving back and forth in time and space, but for some reason it didn't quite work here. You know something is up when you hear one of his main characters dealing with events in the early 20th Century, but the transitions between time periods just didn't work clearly. It felt ...more
I found the third book in the series not as much fun as the previous two. It is a darker, more thought provoking book, and rather sad. The humorous moments were heavily outweighed by the tragic, as the author leads the reader on a journey to disaster. Sir Richard Burton is in two separate times, an 1863 trek through Africa, and in 1914 in the Great War as fought in Africa in an alternate future. The true tragedy isn't the Great War, but the awareness of how one's actions with the best of intenti ...more
In spite of a remarkable amount of information about Sir Richard Burton and the Victorian era, viewed through the lens of an alternate history, the plot thread became somewhat muddled by the third book of this trilogy. In addition, I had guessed the "surprise" ending in advance, due to what seemed like overly emphatic foreshadowing (to paraphrase Chekhov, the gun was hung rather obviously on the wall early in the first act). Still, I enjoyed all three books as a whole, and will look for future b ...more
Augustine Springfield
I don't know where to begin...
Maybe I curse first

Triple Damn like Avril Lavigne song!

I'm truly disappointed!
Mark Hodder is good as hell, but this is too much (for me) to take. The story is great, but it's terrifying, horrifying. It's unexpected, well maybe not really unexpected, but still. You won't expected to ended up like that.

Agh, Burton had a great mind, but he's still stupid!
Why couldn't he learn that meddling with the past would never end up good!

The ending literally ran my blood c
This book is the last of a very good trilogy. However I found this one to be the least satisfying of the three.To use an oft used cliche it felt like the author was juggling too many balls in the air for at least half of of the book.It also made me think of Lonesome Dove in that any character you may have grown to like, had a high probability of meeting an untimely end.That said the alternate time lines of history stocked with historical figures does enough for this book to merit a read.
I think what's keeping me reading this series is two things:

1. I really do rather like Swinburne. He's this tiny, adorable young man who's also a total drunk and a little perv. But because his perversion isn't really sexual (he's as happy to take a thrashing from an attractive prostitute as from a mean dude he hates or a thorn bush) and also because he's so small and young, he's basically harmless and kind of makes me think of someone's kid brother. Yet he's also fearless and loyal and can do re
A striking conclusion to the Burton and Swinburn trilogy. I am still trying to process what I have read. The dramatic adventure portrayed in the novel was compelling and kept the pages turning but there is more to this book and it's predecessors than just a good story.
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Tim Hicks
Well, there's no shortage of ideas here, although many are carried over from the previous volume.

Warning: this sucker makes Hamlet look cheerful and has a much higher body count.

The plot is a more or less believable extension of what has gone before, but it left me feeling that it had just sprawled too far. And the ending, well, I've read enough time travel novels that I wasn't surprised, but it felt like watching a wet firework try to go off.

About Burton's skill for languages - OK, the real B
This review is a rant and contains spoilers. You have been warned.

This is such a convoluted book. I was driven to madness by waiting to see how this big time puzzle was going to be solved all the while hopping that the dead characters will eventually come back (which was a worse feeling that any deaths G.R.R.Martin ever produced) but the end was one big cliffhanger. And to be fair, even though I was devastated when Tom Honesty died and overjoyed when Swinburne was a giant plant, it somehow seem
Enjoyed this but it feels very tangled, with various timelines in play. It seems the more the characters try to resolve things the more complicated things become. Wondering how Hodder is going to resolve the multiple time periods.
I wasn't happy with the end, it kind of ruined the whole trilogy. Which had been excellent up until then.
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Die Lektüre des dritten Bandes hat mir gut gefallen. Auch wenn ich wesentlich länger für die erste Hälfte, denn die letzten Vier Kapitel brauchte. Hodder hält alle Fäden in der Hand und versucht nichts fallen zu lassen. Er macht sich ganz gut als Fadenspieler/ Hexenspieler. Ich frage mich nur, wer das 'Abnehmen' zur nächsten Figur übernimmt. Er geht auf Details ein, platziert Hinweise und Indizien. Aber dieser Fall war keine Detektivarbeit, es war ein Ende. EIN Ende. Ja,
The third of the Burton and Swinburne adventures and by this point I am just absolutely a huge fan. As always Hodder promises us a non-stop adventure through his carefully crafted steam-punk world, with plots and twists which leave the reader just enthralled.

Lord Palmerstone is desperate to possess the "eye of the Naga" (from the Clock work man story) which he believes will help him to control the events of time and history, whilst avoiding the pending war between the British and Germanic Empir
Apr 21, 2013 Ambrosia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of steampunk, gaslamp fantasy, time travel stories, Victoriana, or a good pulp adventure
Recommended to Ambrosia by: Found on the bookshelf while browisng at B&N
Shelves: audiobook
For much of its running time, this was verging on a four-star read for me. The editing has gotten much tighter since the first book, and the writing, while still not quite masterful (I think I counted eight separate times a character "revealed" something), is serviceable enough. Hodder does some nifty things with the world he's built, and we finally (finally!) get a proper female character who feels like she has her own agency. Admittedly, she gets very little actual screen time, and most of sai ...more
Jimm Wetherbee
In Hodder's final installment of this steam punk trilogy, we again meet Sir Richard Burton near the conclusion of the tale, which in turn takes place about forty years prior to we left him off in the second book, The Clockwork Man. We (and Burton) are not given long to dwell in the past before Hodder spirits us away to 1914 and World War I. Unlike our Great War, this one has already gone one for considerable length of time and British are making a last stand in East Africa (Just forget about the ...more
I pretty much said all I thought about this book in the review of the first one so I'm going to keep this short (plus I'm writing this while extremely, overly tired...)

This book is right back on form after the second one seemed a bit all over the place, with way too much trying to be crammed into one book.
This one is a lot more structured and linked in with the first book, creating a complete circle that I really didn't see coming.

I read from one book to the next without pause and in doing so
Lucian Poll
Everyone likes to find a twenty in their wallet they forgot they had. Nestled between some wrinkly old receipts, its discovery puts a smile on your face and you find yourself saying "Hello, where have you been all this time?"

I found the final three-quarters of Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon a little like that, for reasons I'll blather about shortly.

Welcome to the by-now utterly bizarre universe occupied, amongst others, by Sir Richard Burton, famous explorer and agent for King Albert (s
The concluding volume to Mark Hodder's Burton & Swinburne trilogy (which began with The Strange Affair of Spring-Heeled Jack, and continued with The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man) is a veritable feast for the imagination.

It's 1863 - but not as we know it. History has been interfered with to such an extent that technology that should never have been available to the people of this era is now so prevalent in society that the world is practically cramped by the weight of its achievements. I
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British writer living in Valencia, Spain.

Mark Hodder is the creator and caretaker of the Blakiana: The Sexton Blake Resource web site, which he designed to celebrate, record, and revive Sexton Blake, the most written about fictional detective in English publishing history.

A former BBC writer, editor, journalist, and Web producer, Mark has worked in all the new and traditional medias and was based
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Other Books in the Series

Burton & Swinburne (6 books)
  • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne, #1)
  • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man (Burton & Swinburne, #2)
  • The Secret of Abdu El-Yezdi (Burton & Swinburne, #4)
  • The Return of the Discontinued Man (Burton & Swinburne, #5)
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