The Immorality Engine (Newbury and Hobbes #3)
The Immorality Engine has the same structure as the first two books - seemingly unrelated mysteries, this time the murder of a high-class jewel thief and an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria - which bring Maurice Newbury out from his opium descent aft...more
The plot takes a darker turn, with revelations about various characters that give them a much more threatening cast. Having read the three first books in a row, I can say that twisting the characters works much better so far than simply making the reader stumble upon extra horrifying and gruesome sights every now and then. It's not bad, be...more
Once again focusing on the exploits of occult expert, and agent to the crown, Maurice Newbury alongside his assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, we find Sir Maurice at a new low. He is despondent and introverted, hiding away in a seedy opium den, slave to his desire for the d...more
When the body of a suspected jewel thief turns up murdered in one of the seedier sections of London, yet robberies identical to to the corpse...more
I really liked it vecause the story was well paced and we see different sides of our main characters. Although I was not so pleased with Veronica in the end. Her decisions or her feelings seemed a little bit selfish to me.
I would have liked to see more from Sir Maurice...more
I really enjoyed each conflict the main characters had to face, and I was pleased with their resulting choices. I'm very glad Newbury and Hobbes finally got together, seeing as I was rooting for that to happen from the first book.
Honestly, the only disappointment I have is that this was only a trilogy. This, the third and final book, wrapped up the story nicely, but it was...more
Check out these elements: Victorian England with steam-driven carriages & airships, seedy opium dens, secret agents, secret societies, reckless thieves, duplicate people, steam-driven shoulder cannons, clairvoyance, the occult, and, at the center of the web, Queen Victoria herself, literally heartless, with o...more
This gives us necromancy, conspiracy, familial threat and lots of explosions (and a fair amount of gore) in an on-going series that is among the best steam-punk there is. It is a good yarn and good...more
On the surface, life is going well for Victorian special agent Sir Maurice Newbury, who has brilliantly solved several nigh-impossible cases for Queen Victoria with his indomitable assistant, Miss Veronica Hobbes, by his side. But these facts haven’t stopped Newbury from succumbing increasingly frequently to his dire flirtation with the lure of opium. His addiction is fueled in part by his ill-gotten knowledge of Veronica’s secret relationship with the queen, which Newbury fears must be some ki
In terms of the story if you have read the other two you will know the kind of plot. It is another crime caper set in a kind of Victorian England with all manner of strange mechanical machines and...more
In this book we run into Newbury & Hobbes’s favourite crook Edwin Sykes. Edwin is so smart that even though Newbury believes he is a master criminal he has never been able to prove it. Now Sykes has pulled off the impossible in th...more
If you're new to the world of Newbury and Hobbes, let me take a moment to explain. It is the early 20th century. Sir Maurice Newbury and Miss Veronica Hobbes are Agents of the Crown in an alternate, Steampunk England, taking on those cases deemed weird and bizarre by Her Majesty Queen Victoria, who is kept alive by mechanical means, making her more machine than woma...more
This cover is so beautiful I actually want to lick it (but I won't, at least not till it's been sterilized, until then I shall merely caress it fondly like a beloved family pet). In fact the whole series of Newbury and Hobbes covers are incredibly lovely and deserve some sort of award for their fussy Victorian-punk delightfulness, like a delicious raisin scone upon which someone has spread lashings of strawberry jam (always strawberry!) on top of which is precariously balanced...more
For me, this book delves a bit too far into Newbury's opium addiction and only mentions the persistent zombie problem (so prevalent in the first book) in passing. Both could have been handled better, I think.
Other than that, I enjoyed The Immortality Engine and read through it in two days. I'm hopeful for more books in this series...more
Definitely a colourful and enjoyable read and left me impatient for the next book in the series.
A former editor of Outland, Mann is the author of The Human Abstract, and more recently The Affinity Bridge and The Osiris Ritual in his Newbury and Hobbes detective series, set in an alternate Britain, and Ghosts of Manhattan, set in the same universe some decades later.
He wrote the T...more