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Illustrated Dodge a Twist and a Tobacconist (The Illustrated Alexander Legacy Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Sophronia Belle Lyon
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This series melds some better and lesser-known characters of classic literary fiction: A literary dream team of crime fighters including nods to Dickens, Stevenson, Alcott, Austen, Kipling, Doyle, and other writers across the pond, with plenty of homages to great books sprinkled throughout. Prowl the foggy London streets on the track of a ruthless enslaver of souls. Travel the Thames in a Giant Catfish. Soar over London in a stealth glider, and witness true redemptions and restorations no one ever imagined.

"I'm sorry, but my time is very short just now. I have tried for months to locate you, and have only just today succeeded. The other members of the group I propose to create are en route or are already here. Everyone else has been made aware of my plan. I truly wish to explain things more clearly to you, and then if you agree, to invite you to attend our first meeting as a formal association tomorrow. Can I count on you to come, please, and will you hear my plan?" the woman pleaded. "This is the most important thing I've ever done, and I pray God I have chosen the right people. I also pray that the right people will choose to pledge their help."

If ever a woman who had no reason to be desperate still managed to communicate desperation, it was this woman.

"Very well," I nodded. "But the hotel is not so far from here and the weather has been very pleasant. I shall walk. What time do you desire me to appear?"

"No, no, you cannot walk about London so late. Please. This mail coach will arrive at ten o'clock. Do not be frightened by it, please. It is perfectly safe."

"Frightened by a mail coach?" I was once again hesitant. "Why would I be -- ?"

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***  Goodreads for the Illustrated version
Cleverly written in Victorian era where characters lives cross paths and meet. And there the fun begins! Very entertaining read that had me chuckling throughout. The illustrations were great too, & it added extra flare.
***** Goodreads "Leaping Catfish! An adventurous tale that fills you with wonder and excitement Victorian era story. Flying coaches sinister plots around every corner. Favorite characters join in a mysterious hotel to fight for God's truth and justice basking in wonders and beauty. Visually overwhelmed. I admire that you have chosen to make them all Christians Christians can work together to fight for justice, truth and bring peace to others. "
***** Goodreads "I love this book. I even read it in the street My first venture into Steampunk brought to mind classics Wells, Verne, but entirely original. Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Kipling, woven them so seamlessly into a cohesive whole.  Each character is three dimensional and entirely believable. They live and breathe. Don't miss it. This is a gem.

From the Author

Step aside "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". I wanted a tale of literary characters faithful to the spirit of the originals. I also wanted strong moral purpose and a war on human trafficking. And I had my own dream team of crime fighters in mind. No superpowers, but God's power changes hearts, especially those who have been fighting evil so long they have forgotten that anyone can be redeemed.

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  • File Size: 8739 KB
  • Print Length: 344 pages
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  • Publisher: Findley Family Video (January 14, 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009SG3WXO
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dodge, A Twist, A Tobacconist... and A Winner! November 5, 2012
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Rose and the Campbell Clan the leaders of a secret society? Oliver Twist an eccentric inventor ahead of his time? Mowgli and Bagheera tracking a villain through the streets of London?
What if the characters from your favorite Victorian-era classics crossed paths with one another? What if the heroes from those books had to work together to defeat a singular villain from one of those books?

Such is the case with "A Dodge, A Twist, and A Tobacconist." Sophronia Lyon cleverly matches characters from the works of Dickens, Stevenson, Kipling, and even Alcott, all in the setting of a London "crime drama" that will have the reader guessing from the very start. Combined with a well-placed "steampunk" vibe, Sophronia maintains the integrity of these well-loved authors, while remixing them into an entirely new adventure in the high-action, well-developed style of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." She not only adopts the style of the authors, but continues their "legacy" of social and moral values. The issues raised in this adventure are treated with the same conviction as the ones who personally witnessed the corruption and wrote about it.

I adored the old books, and reading this one was like a reunion of them all. The original authors would be proud to see their characters treated with such tactful respect, in a novel that also deals with the same social evils the authors themselves tried to speak against.

Sophronia has begun excellently, and I look forward to a continuation of the series!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost makes the fifth star, but... November 13, 2013
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As I began reading this novel, it seemed the be a 'normal', if better written and edited than most, piece of Steampunk fiction. I enjoyed the literary references that kept popping up, while being concerned that the Steampunk aspects were merely an overlay on an historical novel... something that seems to occur too often. It's easy to throw in a few steam-powered gadgets (a fencing machine, or a towel dispenser, for instance), and then call it Steampunk, and those books are certainly out there. This isn't one, I'm happy to say. How often do you find giant mechanical catfish in the Thames?

Then I ran up against something that left me astounded. One of the characters mentioned God. That doesn't happen in Steampunk, or in much other fiction these days. Neither independent nor 'publishing house' authors include many references to religion, unless it's Wiccan or some other form of paganism in paranormal books about witches-- mainstream religions are verboten.

In Steampunk, that's simply wrong. One of the hallmarks of Victorian England was its religiosity; the Church of England, with its Evangelical, 'Broad Church', and Anglo-Catholic branches was endemic in British culture throughout the 19th Century. Missionaries were sent around the Empire and the globe, with funds being raised for them at home. The fight against the slave trade was primarily carried on by men and women guided by their faith, as was the support of the working classes at home. Biology, and especially botany, was dominated by Church of England clerics. To try to write Victorian Steampunk without Victorian religion is to deny an essential part of Victorian culture.

Thus, I had great hopes for this book. Except that Sophronia Belle Lyon (the perfect name for a Steampunk author!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Different December 7, 2012
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This was a completely different style of literature than I normally read. Still, the title intrigued me and so I curled up on a wintry evening and began to read. It turned out to be a very enjoyable evening. It is a fine book and I recommend it. It might even get me into reading some more steampunk.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Victorian fiction stew! July 28, 2013
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Think along the lines of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, just with different characters drawn from Victorian fiction. This time, there's Prince Florizel, Oliver Twist, Pecos Bill, Mowgli, and other characters brought together in the Alexander Legacy Company to fight evil. This first in the series is written from the perspective of exiled Prince Florizel of Bohemia, whose throne was stolen when he was a young adult by his nefarious uncle. They are fighting their arch-nemesis, known only as Dodge, who seems to control all of the criminal activity in London and perhaps even elsewhere. There is a very strong Christian element to the characters' work, much saving of souls and winning people over to Christ.

The premise of this book is a good one. However, I felt that there wasn't enough explanation as to why these particular individuals were chosen. For example, there are several mentions that Prince Florizel, after leaving Bohemia, fought against evil forces, but it is never made clear exactly what that meant. What exactly did he do that brought him to the attention of the Alexander Legacy Company? The addition of a decided steampunk element (Oliver Twist is a genius inventor, and of course, there are automatons involved) was a nice touch. The novel contained an excerpt from the second in the series, which is written from Oliver Twist's perspective. Just reading that excerpt got me incredible confused having just read over 300 pages from Florizel's perspective, but perhaps by the time I read the second novel that will have worn off.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars What a mess
This was a LibraryThing Member Giveaway.

Elsewhere I didn't rate this, but here it seems required. This one has me puzzled. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Tracey
4.0 out of 5 stars A Fun, Entertaining Steampunk Victorian Adventure
The genre of steampunk of this novel is a first for me. I have a few steampunk novels in my To Be Read shelf and this is the first of them I have read. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter Younghusband
4.0 out of 5 stars The Christian's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
I’ll be honest, Steampunk is not my go-to fantasy genre, especially after a particularly disastrous foray with a series that has been put in my ‘Never to be Named’ pile. Read more
Published 3 months ago by KimberlyR
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Thank you from another Christian Steampunk! There aren't many of us here and I simply love how each person the Legacy encounters is offered the Good News of Christ! Read more
Published 5 months ago by yada
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea and a nice introduction to steampunk
The concept for this book is really fantastic. Take League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and pull in some lesser known characters from literature, add a faith element mixed in... Read more
Published 7 months ago by David G. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars it's a little too fancy and clever for me
I enjoyed the read. Adding the characters from other books was merely a distraction for me. The constantly changing point of view was technically impressive, but only a bit... Read more
Published 10 months ago by David Bergsland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book, great characters and plot,.
I like the clockwork technology involved, fascinating. There are lots of twists and turn indeed.
Published 10 months ago by dave M
5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is ENJOY!
Until I began reading Sophronia Belle Lyon's Steam Puck novel, "A Dodge, a Twist and a Tobacconist," I had no idea that some of the movies I'd enjoyed were created in the Steam... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Paula Rose Michelson
1.0 out of 5 stars Steam punk lit
I only learned of the existence of steam punk lit in the past year. I bought this to see what it was like, but I found the story line too fragmented by the descriptions of all the... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Diane E. Tatum
5.0 out of 5 stars A great steampunk novel.
This book was so full of great things to love. As a pastor I loved that lives of faith were lived out in the pages of the book. Read more
Published 14 months ago by George McVey
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As Sophronia Belle Lyon, I drink tea, create mechanicals, shoot when I can, travel widely, and write Steampunk Literary Tributes. My husband is the genius who inspires my never say die heroes and inventors. A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist is the first book in the Alexander Legacy series. Characters from classic 1800s novels band together to fight human trafficking and the rise of an empire of slaves and masters determined to turn the social order into a web of deceit, domination, and debauchery. They combine steam and gear technology with families, friendship, faith, and fortitude.

A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist:
"Not only surprised but intrigued. I have never read much Steampunk it just didn't seem to reach me. I could not stop reading this little jewel. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Belle has in store for her readers next."

"I don't usually read Christian fiction, so I was a bit surprised. The steam-punk/Victorian lit. connection is super fun!"

Illustrated version:
"Very entertaining read that had me chuckling throughout. The illustrations were great too, & it added extra flare."

The Pinocchio Factor:
"There's good books and then there's great books, and I've had the pleasure of reading one of the great ones recently. For a Christian who loves Steampunk and the Classics this kept me going from beginning to end and then I wanted some more!"

"So entertaining and faith inspiring that I'm going on to get the first book."

"Loved it! Such fun...It's really wonderful. I know how hard it is to keep the pace and the sense of fun in a sequel. And you did! Perfectly!"

Goodreads reviews for the first book:
*** Goodreads for the Illustrated version
Cleverly written in Victorian era where characters lives cross paths and meet. And there the fun begins! Very entertaining read that had me chuckling throughout. The illustrations were great too, & it added extra flare.
***** Goodreads "Leaping Catfish! An adventurous tale that fills you with wonder and excitement Victorian era story. Flying coaches sinister plots around every corner. Favorite characters join in a mysterious hotel to fight for God's truth and justice basking in wonders and beauty. Visually overwhelmed. I admire that you have chosen to make them all Christians Christians can work together to fight for justice, truth and bring peace to others. "
***** Goodreads "I love this book. I even read it in the street My first venture into Steampunk brought to mind classics Wells, Verne, but entirely original. Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Kipling, woven them so seamlessly into a cohesive whole. Each character is three dimensional and entirely believable. They live and breathe. Don't miss it. This is a gem.

Do drop by for tea and mechanicals! facebook.com/SophroniaBelleLyon

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