I don't know what my problem is with this title, but it's just not grabbing me at all. It's 1916 and the British Army are developing a new weapon that..Show More » they hope will bring an end to the Great War. However a live test has killed 6 out of 7 operators, and left the 7th man a deranged mute. Call in Dr Watson to see what's up.
There, I've just summarised the first 12 chapters. (Yes, I did say 12 Chapters) To say the pace is slow would be an understatement. And I suppose it will always be a pitfall for any author writing about Dr Watson, but if he's mentioned Sherlock Holmes once he's done it a dozen times, and it's starting to get tiresome. Either this is a Dr Watson book or a Sherlock Holmes book, please decide.
The narration by Richard Burnip is very good, although he has also fallen into a trap when voicing Winston Churchill's lines, where he uses the famous 'Fight them on the beaches' voice of Churchill's later WWII years.
I dunno, I'm a third of the way in and I truly am not engaged by this title. There's no suspense at all, and none of the characters seem real in any way. I will try to persevere but I doubt I'll make it to the end...
This book is a little darker than the previous two. I still enjoyed it and I like the the characters Robert Ryan has created around Dr. Watson. The en..Show More »ding is a bit of a shock - I wonder how this will affect book four. My only complaint with these books is the number of dead bodies piling up by the end of each one. Is it absolutely necessary?
I've read all the Robert Ryan stories of Dr Watson, set during the List World War and can really recommend them. Yes, Sherlock Holmes fans will enjoy ..Show More »these continuations of their lives but they are also excellently written thrillers with a degree of violence in the crimes. The historical background is authentic and interesting and Dr Watson is portrayed as the intelligent and sympathetic medical man that he obviously was. The readings of all four books by Stephen Burnip are brilliant - his voices for each character really clever, particularly the smooth tones of Holmes who Watson hears prompting him on through the cases. A five star listen. One suggestion - each story stands alone but listening to the books in order will give you a lot of Watson and Holmes's experiences and references.