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Title:The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne, #1)
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Publisher:Snowbooks
ISBN:1906727201
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Number of Pages:511
Category:Steampunk, Fantasy, Science fiction, Fiction, Historical fiction, Alternate history

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack (Burton & Swinburne, #1) by Mark Hodder

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Sir Richard Francis Burton explorer linguist scholar and swordsman his reputation tarnished his career in tatters his former partner missing and probably dead .

Algernon Charles Swinburne unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade for whom pain is pleasure and brandy is ruin .

They stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an empire torn by conflicting forces Engineers transform the landscape with bigger faster noisier and dirtier technological wonders Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labor Libertines oppose repressive laws and demand a society based on beauty and creativity while the Rakes push the boundaries of human behavior to the limits with magic drugs and anarchy The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London s East End .

Their investigations lead them to one of the defining events of the age and the terrifying possibility that the world they inhabit shouldn t exist at all

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In the years before the incomparable Sherlock Holmes drove away the competition and despite his arrogant claim to be the first of his kind Baker Street was filled with consulting detectives Among the investigators who worked out of that famous thoroughfare none experienced such a capricious career as Mr Macallister Fogg br br To judge Fogg against Holmes would be entirely unreasonable for the two men couldn t be more different in character Where Holmes was driven and precise Fogg was a feckless dabbler concerned more with his mechanical inventions and chemical experiments than with the solving of his clients problems Undoubtedly had he not taken on Mrs Emma Boswell as his secretary he d have quickly gone out of business and there d be no record of his eccentricities or the remarkable threats he encountered and somehow nullified It is fair to say that Fogg on more than one occasion saved not just his clients but the Earth itself and certainly could not have done so without the long suffering Mrs Boswell at his side, London br br Sir Richard Francis Burton explorer linguist scholar and swordsman his reputation tarnished his career in tatters his former partner missing and probably dead br br Algernon Charles Swinburne unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade for whom pain is pleasure and brandy is ruin br br They stand at a crossroads in their lives and are caught in the epicenter of an empire torn by conflicting forces Engineers transform the landscape with bigger faster noisier and dirtier technological wonders Eugenicists develop specialist animals to provide unpaid labor Libertines oppose repressive laws and demand a society based on beauty and creativity while the Rakes push the boundaries of human behavior to the limits with magic drugs and anarchy The two men are sucked into the perilous depths of this moral and ethical vacuum when Lord Palmerston commissions Burton to investigate assaults on young women committed by a weird apparition known as Spring Heeled Jack and to find out why werewolves are terrorizing London s East End br br Their investigations lead them to one of the defining events of the age and the terrifying possibility that the world they inhabit shouldn t exist at all, In the years before the incomparable Sherlock Holmes drove away the competition and despite his arrogant claim to be the first of his kind Baker Street was filled with consulting detectives Among the investigators who worked out of that famous thoroughfare none experienced such a capricious career as Mr Macallister Fogg br br To judge Fogg against Holmes would be entirely unreasonable for the two men couldn t be more different in character Where Holmes was driven and precise Fogg was a feckless dabbler concerned more with his mechanical inventions and chemical experiments than with the solving of his clients problems Undoubtedly had he not taken on Mrs Emma Boswell as his secretary he d have quickly gone out of business and there d be no record of his eccentricities or the remarkable threats he encountered and somehow nullified It is fair to say that Fogg on more than one occasion saved not just his clients but the Earth itself and certainly could not have done so without the long suffering Mrs Boswell at his side br br In their third recorded adventure Macallister Fogg is overtaken by his criminal ancestor and Mrs Boswell must save her employer, It is though not the it should be br br Time has been altered and Sir Richard Francis Burton the king s agent is one of the few people who know that the world is now careening along a very different course from that which Destiny intended br br When a clockwork powered man of brass is found abandoned in Trafalgar Square Burton and his assistant the wayward poet Algernon Swinburne find themselves on the trail of the stolen Garnier Collection black diamonds rumored to be fragments of the Lemurian Eye of Naga a meteorite that fell to Earth in prehistoric times br br His investigation leads to involvement with the media sensation of the age the Tichborne Claimant a man who insists that he s the long lost heir to the cursed Tichborne estate Monstrous bloated and monosyllabic he s not the aristocratic Sir Roger Tichborne known to everyone yet the working classes come out in force to support him They are soon rioting through the streets of London as mysterious steam wraiths incite all out class warfare br br From a haunted mansion to the Bedlam madhouse from South America to Australia from s ances to a secret labyrinth Burton struggles with shadowy opponents and his own inner demons meeting along the way the philosopher Herbert Spencer Isambard Kingdom Brunel Florence Nightingale and Charles Doyle father of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle br br Can the king s agent expose a plot that threatens to rip the British Empire apart leading to an international conflict the like of which the world has never seen And what part does the clockwork man have to play br br Burton and Swinburne s second adventure i The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man i is filled with eccentric steam driven technology grotesque characters and a deepening mystery that pushes forward the three volume story arc begun in i The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack i br