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Dawn's Early Light

(Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences #3)

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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  1,663 ratings  ·  166 reviews
Even helped by two American agents from the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical, Braun and Books are challenged. Chief suspect in a rash of nautical and aerial disasters is Thomas Edison. Fantastic electric machines of Edison, eccentricities of consultant Nikola Tesla, and mysterious machinations of the Maestro, all bring danger.
Paperback, 374 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Ace Berkley Penguin Random House (first published 2014)
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✘✘ Sarah ✘✘ (former Nefarious Breeder of Murderous Crustaceans)
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Oh, look! Yet another scintillating review that begins with two totally useless paragraphs! Go me and stuff!

There’s something to be said about the healing properties of good old steampunk, methinks. Especially when said steampunk doesn’t take its little self seriously at all. It’s actually been proven scientifically. Indeed it has. Numerous times. By Dr Prawn Himself (he is my family physician of many years, in case you didn’t know) and his shrimpy research team (view spo
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Veronica
Mar 26, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Three to three and a half stars.

I want to start off by saying that I really, really, really loved the first two books in this series, Phoenix Rising and The Janus Affair. They were fun and cheeky and just an all-around good time. But I must confess that while I still liked this third installment in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, I just didn't love it as much. Here's the thing though, the hang up is mine and it's certainly not something that is going to bother everyone, maybe not ev
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Sarah
May 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Ok, I have been looking SO forward to this book for so long and I have to say it didn't impress me like I hoped it would. I LOVE this series though and the best thing about it has always been Eliza and Welly for me. This time however, for a large chunk of the book they were separated and going through things that just made everything so frustrating. I didn't expect sunshine and roses for them but the entire book was one big awkward moment where no one knew what to say or how to express their emo ...more
Shelley
May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*Genre* Steampunk
*Rating* 4.0

*My Thoughts*

Dawn's Early Light is the third installment in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris. The story begins where The Janus Affair left off. Doctor Basil Sound, director of MPO, sends reinstated agent Eliza Braun, along with newly promoted agent Wellington Books, to America where they are supposed to help the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical find out why ocean and air ships are disappearing off the coast of the O
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Melissa Hayden
Mar 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
Amazing fun with Eliza and Wellington once again. Enlightening on several levels, and will blow you away. We get to see Wellington in action, and the beautiful Eliza as well.

****FULL REVIEW****
Things are still simmering in England after the Janus Affair. Sound has sent Agents Braun and Books as "Goodwill Advisers" to the Americas agency, the Office of the Supernatural and Metaphysical, while the heat of the last case cools a bit. Working with their counterparts of the Americas, they help with th
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Barbara ★
I like the dynamic between Wellington Books and Eliza Braun. They make a spectacular team with plenty of sexual tension, humor and they spark ideas off each other. Their working with different partners just didn't have the same magical feel. I loved Thomas Edison as the bad guy and Nikola Tesla as the good guy. Heck even Henry Ford made an appearance! A truly thrilling adventure on American soil this time.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
While Wellington Brooks and Eliza Braun did pull off the impossible in their last adventure for The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, Doctor Sound has thought that it might be a good idea to get them out of the limelight for awhile and ship them off to the colonies to help their sister agency, The Office of the Supernatural and Metaphysical, which is attached to the US Marshals. In the United States Books and Braun meet their American counterparts, Felicity Lovelace the librarian, which is total ...more
Karissa
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series and was another highly entertaining book in that series. I didn't like it quite as much as the last book but it was still very enjoyable.

This book is set in America and Braun and Books are spending time with their American cohorts trying to track down Edison and his Death Ray. I didn't really enjoy their American counterparts as much and wished that Braun and Books had spent more time on the case together rather than separate.
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Mark
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great field trip for our dynamic duo. Enjoyed the pairing with their American counterparts.... lots of gadgets that would make even Q envious. Interesting perspective of Edison's character.... one could even say electrifying. Cliffhanger has me ready to see what is next.
Aubrey
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
The third installment of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences changes everything. The continuation is going to be one hell of a ride! Good thing we have a handy motorcar at the ready for the adventure.

Dawn's Early Light takes our duo across the Atlantic, on quite the adventurous tour of the United States, in order to help their American counterparts solve one hell of a convoluted mystery. Of course, Eliza is never one to pass on the action and adventure - being in the field is what suits her bes
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☕️Kimberly
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After their involvement in the Janus Affair, our dynamic duo finds themselves on a simple mission to the Americas. The Office of Peculiar Occurrences thinks this little trip will keep their agents out of trouble. What? Do they even know our Braun and Books? They meet up with two American agents who work for the Office of Supernatural and Metaphysical. This creates some tension for the couple. As you remember, the two shared a rather heated kiss.

With a series of aerial and nautical disasters and
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Kootch
May 16, 2014 rated it liked it
This is a rollicking steampunk adventure that is, alas, spoiled by sloppy writing / editing. Seriously, Eliza is asked if she is calling in the CALVARY. Really? Must be a heck of a powerful aethergate to pull in the hill of the crucifixion all the way from the Holy Land to America.

This is the most grating of the mistakes, there are others, albeit minor but occurring often enough that they detract from the story.

Also that thing with Wellington/Felicity, Eliza/Bill? Felt forced as if the writers t
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Ashley
Jan 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
In Dawn's Early Light, book three of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, Pip Ballantine brings to us a world ripe with scientific advancement. It's the start of the 20th century, and everywhere you look, gadgets and gizmos spin and whirl in this steampunk-rich world. Here, we once again join our dynamic duo, trigger-happy colonialist Eliza D. Braun, and obsessive tinkerer Wellington Thornhill Books, Esquire, as they head to America to work with our own OSM to investigate the curious dis ...more
Emily
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
Another exciting adventure for Books and Braun.

This book started off a little slow. There are a lot of Interludes (some that move the overarching plot forward more than others) and for a good chunk of the book it's not so much a story about the adventures of Books and Braun as it is a story of Books and Felicity and Braun and Bill. But in the later half of the book the story catches it's stride and Wellington and Eliza are back to being the duo I've come to love. There is also a wonderful set u
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CJ - It's only a Paper Moon
2.5-3

Didn't love this like I thought I would. The POVs were too frequent and from characters thst, while interesting, were not necessarily necessary (the exception being Doctor Sound and maybe Sophia) and made the plot more convoluted than it needed to be.

I needed more Books and Braun. And more of a natural approach to their relationship. Eliza was a bit of a jerk to Welly which made it hard for me to understand their end. Not to mention, Welly was an excellent agent in the field and I would've
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Laurie
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was ok
Enjoyed the first and second romps but this one seemed quite frivolous, though definitely a good bedtime book as it yielded no unpleasant dreams. I was disappointed in the writing, which seemed too quickly pulled together, too filled with descriptions of convoluted contraptions. The contraptions got the best deal in the house, while the characters, especially the main ones, were given typical and superficial personas. Would I read the next book in the series, if there is one? Nope.

UPDATE August
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Emily
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Braun and Books are at it again but this time they've taken their show on the road. This time taking on a rough and wild America with a sinister scientist, dashing American counterparts, jealousy, intrigue, and of course the House of Usher. Good development, still want more Books background, you would be completely lost without being a fangirl who's read his short story back ground stuff... I was really surprised by who the Maestro was found that a bit of a stretch/needless red herring... love a ...more
Kaugummiqueen
Jun 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Leider der schlechteste Band bisher... :( Schade!

Inhalt
Eliza Braun und Wellington Books wurden von Doctor Sound im Auftrag des Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences nach Amerika versetzt, um dem Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical bei merkwürdigen Luftschiff-Abstürzen und dem Verschwinden von eben jenen zu helfen. Doch anstatt die Aufmerksamkeit des House of Usher vom Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences abzuwenden, sorgen Eliza und Wellington dafür, dass nicht nur die Erzfeinde hinter ihnen
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Mervi
The third book in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences steampunk series.

Our colonial pepperpot and dashing archivist are heading to the US. During the airship voyage, a mysterious man tries to sabotage the ship but Agents Eliza Braun and Wellington Books manage to stop the sabotage. Otherwise, Eliza is unhappy with the voyage because Wellington kissed her previously and she’s expecting him to continue in the same way. Instead, Wellington labors with his steam powered motorcar.

In Norfolk, our int
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Jen (That's What I'm Talking About)
Rating: B Liked It, recommend
Originally posted at That's What I'm Talking About
Review copy provided by publisher.

The third full-length tale from the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences begins shortly after the conclusion of the second book, with Agents Wellington (Welly) Books and Eliza Braun en route to America. This is Books first official mission as a field agent, although he’s been through the routine a few times with Eliza. The pair are being sent to America to help with a case, but more impor
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Hannah
Jun 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
A couple of critical reviews dampened my enthusiasm for Dawn's Early Light following the whirlwind of an ending in The Janus Affair and I went into book 3 with significantly lowered expectations. I think it turned out for the best, because I was able to enjoy the action to the fullest (now that Books & Braun have finally departed from the Archives to work in the field) - the authors have a real talent for writing heart-stopping action - while being prepared at the same time for the tedious r ...more
Benjamin Thomas
Oct 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-steampunk
The third novel in the “Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences” series is another fun romp of 1890’s era steampunk adventure. This time our two intrepid agents travel to America where they team up with two members from the corresponding “Office of the Supernatural and Metaphysical”. Their mission is to determine who is behind a series of disasters involving nautical and aeronautical mishaps and the deaths of hundreds. Their journey takes them from the Carolinas to Detroit, to Flagstaff Arizona, and on ...more
Mike Billington
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Agents Braun and Books are on the trail of an American legend - none other than Thomas Edison.
Why?
Because Edison is, in this version of alternative history, an evil man who has "appropriated" inventions by Henry Ford and Nikolai Tesla in a plot to destroy San Francisco.
I won't go very deeply into the plot because that could spoil the novel for those that haven't yet read it. I will say that Eliza Braun and Wellington Books are paired with a couple of American agents in their efforts to thwart Ed
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Ron
Agents Books and Braun are sent off to America as part of the fallout of the Janus Affair. In America, they join two agents of the Office of the Supernatural and Metaphysical - the USA's counterpart to the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences - in investigating a series of air and naval ship disappearances off the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Their joint investigation led them to suspect foul play. And then overheard conversation between a House of Usher operative and Thomas Edison raised their su ...more
Gail Williams
Feb 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Books and Braun are at it again, the personal relationship and their reactions to each other does keep this a very readable series. The irritant in the oyster with the introduction of Bill and Felicity certainly added a piquancy to the mix.

The inclusion of some real-life characters left me in two minds about the book. I could see both benefits and problems with the inclusion, but overall it didn't get in the way of a ripping yarn. There are a great many twists and turns in this instalment and s
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Mindy
Eliza and Wellington are some of my favorite characters in recent reading times. The crazy scrapes they find themselves in are entertaining and since they're set in the almost-but-not-quite magical backdrop of a steampunk novel, I can delightedly suspend reality and thoroughly immerse myself in the drama of it all! (view spoiler) ...more
Ben Babcock
Every ongoing but somewhat formulaic series has its tipping point, that moment where the overall story arc and mythos of the series’ world begins to subsume the individual plots of each book. For The Dresden Files it was Summer Knight , the fourth book, which adds faeries to the Dresdenverse. For the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, that tipping point is here, with Dawn’s Early Light.

On the surface, there is little to make Dawn’s Early Light stand out from the first two books. Once again Eliza
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Lawrence
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the fourth story I've read featuring Agents Books and Brain, and I have enjoyed this one possibly more than any other so far. This adventure takes them to the United States to assist an investigation by their American counterparts. This time, the investigation focuses on the possibly villainous exploits of Thomas Edison. As a fan of the TV show The Wild, Wild West, this was especially entertaining. Read this for pure fun, and thoroughly enjoyed it.
R.E.D. Richardson
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is my favorite by far of this series so far, and I hope they just keep getting better. So many reasons to love Agent Books! Also, they're doing a really good job of slowly revealing secrets and mysteries without losing tension or taking too long about it. Looking forward to the next one!
Cynthiaj
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Braun and Books go to America and continue their modus operandi. That is, they destroy things while on their way to foiling the plans of the nefarious bad guys. Great stuff even with the addition of two somewhat "stereotypical" American agents.
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