List of Seven
As the city of London slumbers, there are those in its midst who conspire to rule the world through the darkest and most nefarious means. These seven, seated in positions of extraordinary power and influence, marshal forces from the far side to aid them in their fiendish endeavor.
Force of One
In the aftermath of a bloody séance and a terrifying...more
A friend of mine started bugging me to read this in 2004. A decade later, I finally gave in.
The List of Seven is a Sherlock Holmes pastiche written by one of the ...more
This one goes crazy in the most fertile world of Edwardian (the V.D.'d ROYAL Prince's) London where reality walks hand in hand with the monstrous creations of masterful minds! I read ...more
a breathless and action-packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle!
a breathless and action-packed steampunk adventure starring mystical special agent Jack Sparks and his doughty Doubting Thomas sidekick Arthur Conan Doyle, united to fight an infernal Dark Brotherhood and their terrifying zombie and mummy minions!
a breathless and action-packed steampunk ...more
The protagonist is Arthur Conan Doyle, still a doctor, and with no inkling of his creation of the worlds greatest detective.
That's before he gets involved with a secret service agent with amazing deductive skills, a penchant for morphine, and a twisted, brilliant older brother.
This may sound like a Holmes pastiche, but Frost's ...more
A book that leads you on, holding your breath, right to the very last page and the very last word on that page. That very last word that will give you chills up and down your spine!
Mark Frost, you did it! Wonderfully. You put in everything. I can't think what you left out!
Reader, do you know Sherlock Holmes?
Do you know Doctor Watson?
Do you know London in 1884?
Do you want a story that will build and build and keep you right on the edge of your chair to the last?
Do you ...more
Arthur Conan Doyle is saved from villainous types by the mysterious and skilled secret agent, Jack Sparks.
What follows is a romp through a Victorian England beset by a cult of evil magicians.
Lots of fun, and very engaging.
Okay, the plotwell, thats a tough question because I am not sure if what makes this book so interesting is considered Plot or World Building. On the possibility that its both, Ill give some thoughts here, and some thoughts there.
To me this seemed a lot like the English version of the intense cowboy Secret Service Agent, James West, played by Robert Conrad with all the flare and pomposity of a Roger Moore James Bond or maybe a William Shatner styled Captain Kirk. Hey, not many ...more
I recently had occasion to think again about the exquisitely strange 1990s television show Twin Peaks, co-created by David Lynch and Mark Frost; and that got me thinking again about Frost's two genre novels from that time period as well, 1993's The List of 7 and '95's The 6 Messiahs, the first of which I ...more
I definitely enjoyed the book, but it is difficult to do it proper justice in a review without giving away too much of the story. I will do my best.
Arthur Conan Doyle, doctor and aspiring author, and occult de-bunker, receives a mysterious letter on Christmas Eve from a woman begging him to come to a seance and help her. When he does, he witnesses a ...more
Sherlock Holmes - TICK
Occult themes - TICK
Victorian setting - TICK
Jack the Ripper - TICK
Egyptology - TICK
Spiritualism - TICK
Zombies, vampires and other monsters - TICK
It felt that this book was written for me - I'm such a selfish reader.
The basic premise is that Arthur Conan Doyle's life is threatened following attendance at a seance; invited by a woman ...more
I wanted to like this book more than I did; it has so many elements I enjoy in a novel. Historical setting, insertion of fictional characters into "reality," madcap adventures and supernatural goings-on. I'm also on a recent Sherlock Holmes kick... all in all, The List of 7 should have been a winner!
And there were great aspects to the book. First and foremost: the dialogue was splendid. The ...more
The plotline, whilst in keeping with ...more
In the cold and foggy London of 1884, Doyle participates in a seance, and suddenly find himself involved in murder and satanism, on the run with the mysterious James Spark, a secret agent of Queen ...more
I have a fondness for historical figures as characters in books with supernatural or other fantastical elements. This one features Arthur Conan Doyle, there's also a secret underground steam train and a Victorian era James Bond. Not to mention spooky supernatural stuff.
These are all good in my book.
Very enjoyable if not particularly well written. It would get five stars if the last few chapters hadn't been such a poorly edited mess (technique-wise) leaves a bad taste in ...more
Quite well, actually. It's very convoluted at times, with many characters and sometimes not enough background (or character information to draw you in) but I applauded the way that he made something out of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I'm fairly certain that they author would be ...more
Pg 15 - Did her sweet dreams of happiness die slowly as the liquor devoured her cells, or did a single catastrophic heartbreak snap her will like a clay pipe?
Pg 91 -
What else are our lives finally but a story we tell ourselves to find some sense in the pain of living? - Sparks
We have to believe life has meaning. - Doyle
Perhaps it can only be as meaningful as our own ability to ...more
I don't know if these critics were reading an abridged version but what I got instead was a repetitive, nonsensical slog frequently interrupted by ...more
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