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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,590 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pip Ballantine, Tee Morris Narrator: James Langton Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Series Release Date:
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Evil is most assuredly afoot—and Britain’s fate rests in the hands of an alluring renegade … and a librarian.

These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners are vanishing then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences—the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling—will not allow its agents to investigate. The fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest, and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.

A malevolent brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun—he with his encyclopedic brain and she with her remarkable devices—must get to the twisted roots of a most nefarious plot … or see England fall to the Phoenix.

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  • “Well suited for a bit of early summer beach reading.”

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by John | 2/13/2014

    " Steamy steampunk romance with secret agents. She likes guns and bombs, he's an archivist, together they take on the secret and depraved Phoenix Society. I had a lot of trouble getting through this...almost quit halfway through and only went on to finish because the action finally started to kick in. The characters all just seemed really typecast to me, and the supposedly witty turns on British society seemed both heavy handed and not particularly witty. Reminiscent of Phillip Pullman's Sally Lockhart series (with added sexual innuendo and an orgy), but not as well constructed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Gwynn Raimondi | 2/12/2014

    " This book had potential, but honestly it tried to be too many things at once. It kept my attention enough to finish it (which is why it got 3 stars instead of 1 or 2) however throughout the book I just felt "eh" about it and the ending left me feeling the same way. I have no need to read the next book in the series. I wouldn't say this book was a waste of time, but Ms. Ballantine is no Ms. Carriger ;) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Ani | 2/3/2014

    " Enjoyed this book but didn't Love it. Story was Ok, really liked their play on words: archivist named Books and an agent who shoots first and asks questions later named Braun? Very cute. Overall really fun and of course, who doesn't love steam punk?! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by J. D Wenzel | 1/30/2014

    " A lot of style and flash with little substance. "

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About the Author

Philippa “Pip” Ballantine is a writer, podcaster, and librarian. She first earned a BA in English literature and political science and later a BA in library and information science. In 2006 she became New Zealand’s first podcast novelist, and she has voiced and produced Weaver’s Web, Chasing the Bard, Weather Child, and Digital Magic as podiobooks. Her podcasts have been shortlisted for the Parsec Awards and have won a Sir Julius Vogel award.