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The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols

Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D.
Narrated by: David Robb, Nicholas Meyer
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
4 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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"...rich with period detail and clever invention!" (Wall Street Journal)

This program is read by Downton Abbey actor David Robb, and includes a bonus conversation with the author. 

With the international best seller The Seven-Per-Cent Solution, Nicholas Meyer brought to light a previously unpublished case of Sherlock Holmes, as recorded by Dr. John H. Watson. Now, Meyer returns with a shocking discovery - an unknown case drawn from a recently unearthed Watson journal.  

January 1905: Holmes and Watson are summoned by Holmes' brother Mycroft to undertake a clandestine investigation. An agent of the British Secret Service has been found floating in the Thames, carrying a manuscript smuggled into England at the cost of her life. The pages purport to be the minutes of a meeting of a secret group intent on nothing less than taking over the world.

Based on real events, the adventure takes the famed duo - in the company of a bewitching woman - aboard the Orient Express from Paris into the heart of Tsarist Russia, Holmes and Watson attempt to trace the origins of this explosive document. On their heels are desperate men of unknown allegiance, determined to prevent them achieving their task.  

And what they uncover is a conspiracy so vast as to challenge Sherlock Holmes as never before. 

©2019 Nicholas Meyer (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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An average story with interesting historical detail

I found this story explored aspects of history i was not familiar with and which interested me however as a novel I just found it a bit bland re characterisations and the sense of adventure slightly lacking - it will not stick with me longterm as one of my top reads. Perhaps if you like me half dabble in extra canonical Holmes stories it might be worth reading to see if you get on with the series: if yes then great you have more to read - i don’t think i will bother with the rest of the series given my massive to read list.

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  • James E. Carr
  • 05-12-19

Just Kinda Sorta Okay

I was certainly interested to receive a fact based education on the Protocols, having only a vague knowledge of their origins. But I found this Sherlock Holmes redux a bit slow paced, and at times sputtering if not downright dithering. You had to bring your own memories of the original author's character development of Holmes and Watson because there wasn't much in this book. There was little real tension in the plot, the only action was low grade and contrived, and while the nouveau Holmes struggled mightily to look sharp this was not a very complicated situation for him to face. The ending was consistent with the rest of the story. There are legions of Sherlock Holmes takeoffs which you should find more engaging than this one.

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  • Eye 4 One Think
  • 09-11-19

Excellent Read!

All Sherlocians will devouer this one. Please note that it has relevance to our era; read/listen entently to the Prologue. Enjoy!

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  • Bronx Guy
  • 10-01-20

DISAPPOINTED

Warning: plot disclosures herein:
This should have been entitled "The Adventures of John H. Watson, MD With Occasional Assistance by one S. Holmes."
The pastiche is centered on Watson and the faux literary device what may be an authentic recently discovered diary with tantalizing omissions (did Holes really have an affair with the femme fatale?). Holmes' almost seems a second banana here. His personal life and his interaction with Mycroft is touched upon while Watson's married life is gone into ad nauseam with little advancement of the plot and little listener satisfaction to show for it.
And I think Meyer must have thought his trope of constantly interrupting narrative with expository "footnotes" a cute device. If so, he failed. The shift from English with an English accent to English with an American accent, without prior notice, is annoying. It ruins the narrative flow.
With fewer literary bells and whistles, years ago, the 7-1/2% Solution was a more enjoyable read.

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  • Michael Ferris
  • 03-11-19

Disappointed

No foggy London streets. No twists and turns SH and JW versus the anti semites. Weird combination. Good reader. Bad story.

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