When Mycroft Holmes is murdered in London, it is up to retired shadow executive Smith to track down his killer - and stumble on the greatest conspiracy of his life. Strange forces are stirring into life around the globe, and in the shadow game of spies nothing is certain. Fresh from liberating a strange alien object in Abyssinia - which might just be the mythical Ark of the Covenant - young Lucy Westerna, Holmes' protege, must follow her own path to the truth while, on the other side of the world, a young Harry Houdini must face his greatest feat of escape - death itself.
As their paths converge the body count mounts up, the entire world is under threat, and in a foreboding castle in the mountains of Transylvania a mysterious old man weaves a spider's web of secrets and lies.
Airship battles, Frankenstein monsters, alien tripods and death-defying acts: "The Great Game" is a cranked-up steampunk thriller in which nothing is certain - not even death.
File Under: Steampunk End Of Days - Only The Beginning - The Ark - Insane Thrills ]
e-book ISBN: 978-0-85766-200-2.
About the Author
Lavie Tidhar is the author of the linked-story collection HebrewPunk (2007) and the novellas An Occupation of Angels (2005), Cloud Permutations (2009), and Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God (2010). He also edited the anthologies A Dick & Jane Primer for Adults (2008) and The First Apex Book of World SF (2009). He can be found online at lavietidhar.co.uk.
Praise for The Bookman:
"The Bookman pokes at the fat and waddled body of steampunk with its walking cane and leaves it on the roadside with its fresh take on Victorian London without loosing any steam on its way." - Loudmouth Man
"The Bookman is a delight, crammed with gorgeous period detail, seat-of-the-pants adventure and fabulous set-pieces." - The Guardian
"This is a steampunk gem... Bring on a sequel, Tidhar! I'm craving to know what happens after the ending!" - SFF World