Burton and Swinburne

6 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 597 ratings

The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack Summary

Sir Richard Francis Burton is an explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman. His reputation has been tarnished, his career is in tatters, and his former partner is missing and probably dead. Algernon Charles Swinburne is an 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 epicentre 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 labour; and Libertines oppose repressive laws and demand a society based on beauty and creativity, while the Rakes push the boundaries of human behaviour 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.

©2010 Mark Hodder (P)2012 Audible Ltd
Show More Show Less
  • Book 1

    • The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack

    • Burton & Swinburne, Book 1
    • By: Mark Hodder
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 233
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 171

    Sir Richard Francis Burton is an explorer, linguist, scholar, and swordsman. His reputation has been tarnished, his career is in tatters, and his former partner is missing and probably dead. Algernon Charles Swinburne is an unsuccessful poet and follower of de Sade, for whom pain is pleasure and brandy is ruin. 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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not for me

    • By L on 03-06-15

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 2

    • The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man

    • Burton & Swinburne, Book 2
    • By: Mark Hodder
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 141
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 104

    It is 1862, though not the 1862 it should be. 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. 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 of black diamonds.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This book is fantastic

    • By Frankieg3 on 30-03-13

    Regular price: £18.99

  • Book 3

    • Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon

    • Burton & Swinburne, Book 3
    • By: Mark Hodder
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 15 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 70
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 69

    Africa, 1863. Sir Richard Francis Burton is an explorer, a linguist, a scholar, and the king's agent - or is he a puppet being manipulated by forces he cannot understand? A race to find the source of the Nile! Algernon Charles Swinburne is a famous young flame-haired poet, thrill-seeker, and follower of the Marquis de Sade. Here they are, back to where the adventure began. It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • A Weak End to a Great Series

    • By Moonface on 08-04-13

    Regular price: £22.99

  • Book 4

    • The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi

    • Burton & Swinburne, Book 4
    • By: Mark Hodder
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 15 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 55
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 56

    Burton & Swinburne return in a new series! The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men - including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel - has received guidance from the afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted - including Brunel!

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best of the series so far.

    • By N16 on 16-02-16

    Regular price: £28.99

  • Book 5

    • The Return of the Discontinued Man

    • Burton & Swinburne, Book 5
    • By: Mark Hodder
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 45

    It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A flight through time tying up loose ends... maybe

    • By C. Douglass on 09-11-14

    Regular price: £24.19

  • Book 6

    • The Rise of the Automated Aristocrats

    • Burton & Swinburne, Book 6
    • By: Mark Hodder
    • Narrated by: Gerard Doyle
    • Length: 14 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    Sir Richard Francis Burton's expedition has returned from the future, bringing with it knowledge of technologies that must remain secret if history is to proceed as it should. However, when one of his colleagues turns rogue, the secret falls into the hands of the very people most likely to misuse it.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great conclusion to a brilliant series

    • By Amazon Customer on 23-09-16

    Regular price: £23.49