Imagine the twisted evil twins of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Professor James Moriarty - wily, snake-like, fiercely intelligent, terrifyingly unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian Basher Moran - violent, politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. When a certain Irene Adler turns up on their doorstep with a proposition, neither man is able to resist.
An entertaining and wickedly humorous crime adventure from the best-selling author of Anno Dracula.
©2011 Kim Newman (P)2011 Audible Ltd
"It's witty, often hilarious stuff. The author portrays the scurrilous flipside of Holmes's civil ordered world, pokes fun at 'guest stars' from contemporary novels and ventures into more outre territory than Conan Doyle even dared." (Financial Times)
"Kim Newman has done something really audacious with Conan Doyle's criminal genius.... The notion of reinventing Moriarty and Moran as malign dopplegangers of Holmes and Watson may have been done before, but not with the firecracker exuberance that Newman brings to it." (Independent)
This is a fantastic story, beautifully read. The author has put flesh on the bones of some of Sir Arthur’s villainous characters. It’s amazed me to discover how much they got away with before they fell foul of Mr Holmes.
Sebastian 'Basher' Moran (the 2nd most dangerous man in London) details a few of his adventures with a certain Professor Moriarty.
Whilst similar in structure to those of their more famous contemporaries, it's all just a lot more fun.
The book is a rather lovely combination of Kim's love of the original source topped with an application of some superior characterization and, I know I'm repeating myself here, 'fun'. I was a little uncertain before downloading, but both the book and the narration had me grinning like a loon throughout. It dovetails beautifully with the stories of the now almost insufferable goody-goody pair to such an extent I find myself wondering what these two were up to throughout those more pedestrian chronicles.
I want more of this. Please?
I listen to audiobooks while I do housework etc to make the time go a bit quicker and I found myself clearing out wardrobes simply to listen to the next chapter. I am not a huge Sherlock holmes fan but I know the basic characters and they are all woven very skillfully in this excellent tale.I would recommend to anyone.
Kim Newman has captured the spirit of Conan doyles villan and his co-hort in this thrilling turn on the classic Holmes stories. An absolute must for all Holmes fans and non Holmes fans alike
Kim Newman writes this as an interesting take on the Sherlock world from the other side of the table, namely Moriarty and his 'right hand man' Colonel Sebastian Moran who is the main narrator of this book. Do not expect just one 'case' but a series of short stories that do link with each other. Also, it is very funny and I did get a few odd looks when laughing out loud when listening to this in a public place. It is book that I know I will be returning to time and time again. If you are a Holmes purist it may not be for you but give it a go and you might be surprised.
"Holmes meets his match !"
Having revived my interest in the Sherlock Holmes stories by the recent tv series, I have read and downloaded a few of the novels and generally speaking have enjoyed them, but have always had a sneaking admiration for Moriarty, so when I came across this novel, it sounded an intriging take on the whole Holmes & Watson genre. I found it to be hugely entertaining, it was very well written and the naration was excellent. The storylines were well constructed although some may say a little far fetched, if it's entertainment you are after then read this book, even if you take a dislike to Moriarty, you can't help but be taken aback by the so un-politically correct Basher Moran, a man who has put back the cause of women by a few decades, but is so unashamedly forthright in his perhaps misguided views, that the pairing of the 2 main characters in this excellent novel was a masterstroke !!
This is a nicely judged, amusingly written, gorgeously read work which I very much enjoyed. The humour is sly and cutting but the un-pc unabashed evil of Moriarty & Moran is satisfyingly balanced with a modern sensibility and sense of natural justice. Loved it.
I had to check that it wasn't read by Dominic West; he really sounds like him.
"A dark parallel"
This fantastic audio-book takes the inverse of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories. Following Moriarty the consulting criminal the stories have deliberately paralleled some of Sherlocks adventures but from the perspective of Moriarty and his lackey Colonel Moran. So many authors attempt to write books that fit with the Sherlock Holmes stories and fail. This wonderful creation works so very well.
I have read and enjoyed most, if not all, of the Sherlock Holmes tales, and so I looked forward to listening to this audio book. However, I can only say how disappointed I was with it, I wasn't half way through before I started to wonder what the point was. Each tale added nothing to the originals, and weren't even saved by being funny. I agree with the previous reviewer who found the "f-blank-blank-k" an affectation. In the end it becomes extremely annoying to be treated like a child in this way.
I plodded on through to the end, hoping for something that would redeem it, but alas it was a forlorn hope.
I would not recommend this, and doubt that I will be purchasing any other of Kim's books, which I find a shame, as I've always enjoyed his film reviews and magazine articles.
A carefully crafted alternative version of the stories we have only heard from Watson's perspective. Wonderfully narrated, engaging and entertaining. When Irene Adler appears in Sherlock you won't be able to call her anything other than the title she has been given in this book. I heartily recommend this audiobook.
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