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Red Leech (Young Sherlock Holmes #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,998 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
Only Sherlock 14 can identify thugs who kidnapped his pal Matthew Arnatt and guard John Wilkes Booth, crazy after face half burned off. Duke Balthassar wants Lincoln assassin for figurehead to rally Confederation troops against Union. Somehow his tutor is involved. What is the truth?
Paperback, 338 pages
Published 2010 by MacMillan Children's Books
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Eva Not like the real Sherlock? Not Like The REAL Sherlock? NOT LIKE THE REAL SHERLOCK!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! WHAT ARE YOU TALKING…moreNot like the real Sherlock? Not Like The REAL Sherlock? NOT LIKE THE REAL SHERLOCK!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! *deep breaths* You're right. He is NOT like the 'real' Sherlock Holmes. HE IS THE YOUNGER AND JUST AS AWESOME VERSION OF SHERLOCK HOLMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(less)

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Apr 10, 2016 Tedy rated it really liked it
Bulgarian review:

Red Leech was even better than the first book in the Young Sherlock Holmes series. I found it very enjoyable and easy to read. I'm really impressed by all of the research Andy Lane has done in order to write this book in the best possible way, and i'm impressed by how much he knows about the original Sherlock Holmes and his adventures. Red Leech was interesting and Andy Lane managed to make me feel like i'm really in the past, and not onl
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Compared to the last cover of Death Cloud, it's a definite yes. Don't really know why the compass is on the front, since there's no compass featured in the story, but oh well.

Characters: Young Sherlock Holmes continues to be nothing like the Sherlock Holmes we all know and love. Young Sherlock is too apologetic, too openly emotional, and always seeking others' approval. There's also nothing uncannily brilliant about him; he's just average, and there's still no sign of his
Бранимир Събев
Mar 23, 2016 Бранимир Събев rated it really liked it
Може би си спомняте преди когато попаднах на първата книга от поредицата за младия Шерлок Холмс на Андрю Лейн и останах доволен. Сега дойде ред на втората книга от поредицата - Червената Пиявица, издадена отново от Ибис и преведена чудесно от Коста Сивов. Какво се случва, след като младият Шерлок спасява цяла Англия от мрачния френски благородник Мопертюи?

Един мъртвец с белязано лице се завръща.
Едно престъпление ще разтърси из основи цялата страна.

Шерлок знае, че възрастните крият тайни. Но не о
Sean Rich
Mar 26, 2015 Sean Rich rated it really liked it
After the first book you can start to see Sherlock progressing into the sherlock we all know and love although he's not there yet, still young with lot's more to learn. that's why i feel these books are very much for the younger reader as they can learn along with sherlock, which i recommend as they do not go into to much depth into any given subject they do cover a range of basic knowledge, ideas and thinking which is good for younger readers. for the older reader such as myself i have enjoyed ...more
Romancing the Book
Jul 03, 2016 Romancing the Book rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, ya, historical
Reviewed by Robin
Book was won in a contest
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

A big fan of Sherlock Holmes I enjoyed this story about Young Sherlock — Rebel Fire. Yes, to be honest there was a lot that could have been approved on but overall it was simply a fun, easy read.

I enjoyed how we get to know Sherlock as a young boy. His development of how the boy comes into his own and becomes the man is fun as we discover life with him. He is a little on the whiney side, so unlike his confident grow
Jan 26, 2016 Nirjhar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The novel, Young Sherlock Holmes: Rebel Fire, written by Andrew Lane, is a marvelous read. The author developed the emotions of the protagonist, Sherlock Holmes, using carefully chosen, evocative words. For instance, when Sherlock, Matty, and Virginia were cornered by giant monitor lizards, Lane showed that Sherlock was fearful by describing that his spine was tingling with fear, sweat was dripping down his forehead, his heart beat was increasing, and his bones were jittery. The novel’s plot was ...more
Yuli Atta
Feb 27, 2016 Yuli Atta rated it it was amazing
I like this book even better then the first one.
It is somehow better and more intresting. It has a little bit of action and Sherlock has to fight using both physical strength and his mind to survive.
I liked it, I like the case he was working on and everything that happened.
Nick Tangeman
This is the second book of four about Sherlock Holmes. I like the series so far and plan to finish the other two books this year. This book has mystery and action throughout the entire book. I really like the series so far and can't wait to finish the series. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys mystery and likes books that take place in the 17th century and back when you could buy a pack of gum for a penny. Sherlock gets into trouble without even trying and gets himself into a lot o ...more
This is the second book in Andrew Lane's "Young Sherlock Holmes" series.

This one just didn't appeal to me quite as much as the first book in the series, "Death Cloud". There were points in the book where Holmes and the antagonists appeared to be on a stage of their own, invisible to those who surround them and who could have, and most likely would have, intervened. A shootout on top of a moving train full of passengers and staff doesn't often go completely unacknowledged.

When reading this series
Jul 09, 2012 Wilson rated it really liked it
I quite liked this book. It's a fast read - I finished it in under 4 hours.

It continues the (or at least a) 'secret origin' of Sherlock Holmes, as imagined by Andy Lane.

The action was fun; there was a good deal of tension, resolved satisfactorily. However, when Sherlock faces danger in these books, it's always in the back of my mind that he, as well as his brother Mycroft, must always survive relatively unscathed, in order to exist in the books that this is the prequel to.

I think this is a bit o
The book that I read was Rebel Fire. The genre of the book is nonfiction and sometimes you just got to like that and sometimes you don't. I liked this book because it has execlent detail. At first when you read the beginning of the story it like this is so boring but when you get close to the middle thats the good part. This auther really make you feel like you are actually there and it was just like constant whats going to happen here or there. This book took plce in Great brittan and all over ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Marine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
En grande fan de Sherlock Holmes (livres, films et séries TOUT) il me semblait juste de laisser une chance à cette saga d'Andrew Lane. N'ayant pas trouvé le premier tome, je suis passée directement au deuxième et c'est avec grand plaisir que j'ai découvert un Sherlock Holmes tout juste adolescent, qui apprend à devenir le détective que l'on connait. Dans ce tome, Sherlock, intrépide, part à la découverte du Nouveau Monde, les états unis, où des tas de rebondissements et challenges l'attendent.
Janine Zachariae
Ein sehr spannendes und schnelles Abenteuer.
Sherlock Holmes als junger Mann, der erst noch lernen muss all die Rätsel zu lösen, doch ist er auf dem richtigen Weg.
auch wenn ihn dieser Weg jede Menge Schwierigkeiten beschert. Irgendwie schafft er es, egal bei was, sich selbst ständig neue Probleme zu verschaffen.
Sein Freund Matty ist ebenfalls wieder dabei und Virginia, die Tochter seines Lehrers.

Dieses Mal verschlägt es sich nach Amerika, in die neue Welt.
Mycroft zeigt zeitweise sogar seine wei
Dec 04, 2015 Ola rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: جرائم
هذه تعتبر أول قراءة لي لسلسلة شارلوك هولمز المحقق الانكليزي الصغير الذي يقوم بمغامرة من أجل أيقاف مجموعة من متمردين الجنوب الإمريكي وسعيهم في الانفصال عن التحالف وأنشاء مدنهم باستقلالية تامة

تواجدهم في لندن هو نقطة البداية في ملاحقتهم من قبّل شارلوك وأصدقائه
وجهة نظري عنها أنها جدا عادية لغياب التشويق والحماسة أستطعت أتمامها خلال ثلاثة أيام متتالية لا أعلم هل الترجمة كانت سيئة ؟! او إن الرواية مخصصة للناشئين ؟!
May 18, 2016 Clare rated it it was amazing
4.5 out of 5 stars

This was a very good book and an exceptional improvement on the first novel. I was entertained throughout and I never felt as though anything was dragging on for too long, the pacing of the story was just right.

The one thing that I had an issue with was the treatment of the character Virginia... I feel as though I've come across another male author who has created a female character then "didn't know how to write a female character" so got her out of the way for the bulk of the
Mohamed Shoaib
Apr 30, 2016 Mohamed Shoaib rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
لم تكد سحابة الموت تزول حتى بدأت نيران التمرد في البزوغ .. نيران تلك الفترة حينما قررت الولايات الجنوبية تكوين تحالف و الانفصال عن الاتحاد بالولايات المتحدة الامريكية .. وضع " ديوك بالتاسار " خطة محكمة لتسيطر قوات تحالف الولايات علي كندا و فصلها عن الحكم البريطاني .. فيجد شارلوك أخيه مايكروفت في عزبة فارنهايم يطلب من معلم شارلوك " اميوس غروي " التحري في الامر .. يجد شارلوك بسبب حبه للمغامرة نفسه في وسط الأحداث ..
عاجبني جدا التطور اللي علي مدى كل جزء أندرو بيعمله في شخصية شارلوك .. و الالتزام بق
Mar 18, 2012 Jayne rated it it was ok
I really struggled to finish this. If I had had anything else to read I probably wouldn't have bothered.

Bone to Pick!
1. If someone gives you some information, and then straight after you go over the facts again in your mind, you did not discover the information through intellect or logic. You know the information because someone told you!

2. The correct conjugation of to bring is , bring brought brought.
Bought comes form the verb "to buy".

3. Speeded up?!?

I will not be reading anymore from this
Mar 10, 2014 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't believe how good this young adult series is! I have never read a Sherlock Holmes book (I did see the movies) and the character doesn't particularly interest me but this series about YOUNG Sherlock Holmes is just so good. The Sir Conan Doyle heirs and estate endorses the author, Andrew Lane. His attention to detail is wonderful and he tries to give 14 year-old Sherlock the background and beginnings of the interests and knowledge that Sherlock Holmes later has and knows.

This is book #2. T
Nina Higson-Sweeney
Now I've said that I've been reading this book for about three weeks now, but I actually only really got into it this last week - and I have to say, I'm surprised that I didn't get into it sooner. I must admit that these novels are slow to start - but once they get going, they are truly gripping. This is definitely my favourite so far.

In this book, we continue from the point of view of the young Sherlock Holmes, as he continues to spend his summer at his aunt and uncle's house in Farnham, gettin
This was loads better than the first book! I like the characters more now, the villain was creepy and the ending was generally satisfactory. My one major issue was that I felt the pacing was frankly odd, so I could never work out what was supposed to be the main storyline, or when the main storyline would start, and what was important to the plot and what wasn't so important. Still, that didn't take away from my enjoyment of this book and I hope this series continues to improve!
With more of an action movie feel to it, I'm not sure what to think of this one. :/ I definitely liked the first book better. & while "rebel fire" (also published as "red leech") had it's moments, annoying bits dragged down its rating and my ability to enjoy it.

Not to say it was a terrible book. It was just every "meh". I mean, I wasn't expecting to much from it after "death cloud". The 1st novel was a fun light read with a interesting mystery & hints at the future Sherlock Holmes. The
Jun 07, 2014 Anita rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nem voltam elájulva az elején, Sherlock-ot butának éreztem, néha meg olyan szöveget lenyomott, akárha filozófus vagy bölcs lenne. Egyébként élvezetesek voltak a történetben elhangzott monológok, dialógok, de nem tudom, mennyire érti meg egy gyermek ezeket… Viszont a logikai bicsakok észrevétlenek lettek volna egy #átlagos# ifjú számára. :))

Érdekes és aranyos a testvérek kapcsolata, de Mycroft és Sherlock kapcsolata néha #(elég gyakran)# olyan, mintha minimum húsz év lenne köztük és Mycroft nem h
Mar 11, 2016 Katelyn rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rhondda Powling
Jan 15, 2015 Rhondda Powling rated it really liked it
Young Sherlock has settled into his new life staying with his Aunt and Uncle and with his tutor Amyus Crow. Amyus is not your average tutor he is more like young Sherlock's sleuthing mentor. In this book he is on the track of a killer, who it is thought to have been hanged by the US government at the end of the Civil War, but has now seen in Surrey. This sighting sends Sherlock, Amyus and his daughter, Virginia, travelling again, this time to America on a new-fangled steam-powered ship. During t ...more
An Odd1
Feb 20, 2014 An Odd1 rated it liked it
Shelves: action
"Bad things happen to people. It's the one acknowledged truth of the human condition" p 156. Only Sherlock can identify thugs who kidnapped his pal Matthew Arnatt and guard John Wilkes Booth, crazy after face half burned off. Duke Balthassar wants Lincoln assassin for figurehead to rally Confederation troops against Union.

Balthassar is "closer to seven [feet tall] .. painfully .. impossibly thin" p 248, masks face "eyes red and black" p 258 bloodshot and iris dark, with white ceramic. Leech sal
Lynn Worton
Apr 04, 2016 Lynn Worton rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the Young Sherlock Holmes series. I loved it!

Sherlock Holmes is fourteen years old and is beginning to develop his detective skills with the help of Amyus Crow, his mysterious American tutor. I really like this young man. He thinks quickly on his feet, even though he puts himself into situations when his curiosity gets the better of him. When his brother Mycroft visits the house, Sherlock finds himself embroiled in another adventure when he eavesdrops on a conversation
May 23, 2014 Chloé rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this series so far. It's just so perfect in all its Sherlock amazingness. Since Sherlock is 15 in this story and we all know he goes on to be a famous detective, there were some moments I thought I was going to lose one of my favorite characters of all time because of just how bleak the situation seemed. This is only possible because of the impeccable writing style that I love so very much. The author is British and writes accordingly, and I just love it so much. So, there you go. I also ...more
Mar 28, 2012 Jamie rated it it was amazing
This book is even better than the first! It has non-stop action. It has a villain with a nasty secret, an unguessable plot and Sherlock's own brother is somehow involved. It is a great book you must read it.
Sep 07, 2014 Olivia rated it really liked it
Fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes knows that Amyus Crowe, his mysterious American tutor, has some dark secrets. But he didn’t expect to find John Wilkes Booth, the notorious assassin, apparently alive and well in England—and Crowe somehow mixed up in it. When no one will tell you the truth, sometimes you have to risk all to discover it for yourself. And so begins an adventure that will take Sherlock across the Atlantic, to the center of a deadly web—where a friend is in peril and a defeated army ...more
Jun 15, 2014 Ioana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
When I found this book in the library, at first I didn't realize it was the second book, but I decided to read it anyways. I made a big mistake. I thought it was intriguing in the beginning but it got way more boring along the way. They treat a teenage Sherlock as if he's five. He doesn't even think or act like the real Sherlock Holmes. I wasn't fond of Virginia Crowe either. She wasn't that much of help. All in all, this book was mostly filler. I guess I should have read the first book, I serio ...more
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  • A Crack in the Sky
  • The Trial of Sherlock Holmes (Sherlock Holmes Dynamite, #1)
  • The Case That Time Forgot (The Sherlock Files #3)
  • The Oriental Casebook of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Case of the Baker Street Irregular
  • The Island of Thieves
  • Renegade (Ripper, #2)
  • The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes, #5)
  • Cat Among the Pigeons (Cat Royal, #2)
  • Secret Letters
  • Murder, My Dear Watson: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes
  • The Canary Trainer: From the Memoirs of John H. Watson, M.D.
  • Bridge of Time
  • The 13th Horseman (Afterworlds, #1)
  • The Field of Wacky Inventions (Floors #3)
  • Roll Call (Traces, #3)

Other Books in the Series

Young Sherlock Holmes (8 books)
  • Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes, #1)
  • Black Ice (Young Sherlock Holmes, #3)
  • Fire Storm (Young Sherlock Holmes, #4)
  • Snake Bite (Young Sherlock Holmes, #5)
  • Knife Edge (Young Sherlock Holmes, #6)
  • Stone Cold (Young Sherlock Holmes, #7)
  • Night Break (Young Sherlock Holmes, #8)

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