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"Crilley's newest is a wild ride....Even the setting is intriguing: an alternate 1895 complete with computers, automation and a super-secret government agency. You'll love the quirky one-liners and the nonstop action."
-RT Book Reviews, Compelling- Page-turner)

"At times witty and snarky as well as suspenseful and terrifying, this story grabs readers immediately and propels them along the streets of London in what is an alternate 1895. Automatons, computers and steam engines give this book a feel both futuristic and fantastical. The instant connection between Tweed and Nightingale is believable and the reader will eagerly await the sequel to see what is in store for these two. …Even those readers who do not embrace the steampunk genre will love the pacing and mystery of this story. Highly recommended for ages 12 and older."
-SWON Libraries, ROYAL Reviews

"An excellent steampunk YA adventure novel.... If you like your action/heist tales dressed up in goggles and greatcoats, this is a perfect choice."
-Steampunk Canada

"If you're a fan of mysteries, science fiction, and witty dialogue you'll definitely want to pick up a copy of The Lazarus Machine!"
-Literary Exploration

"One of the richest Steampunk stories I have read, period."
-Justin's Book Blog

About the Author

Born in Scotland in 1975, Paul Crilley moved to South Africa when he was eight years old. He was rather disappointed to find out that Africa was not at all like the Tarzan movies he watched on Sunday afternoons and that he would not, in fact, have elephants and lions strolling through his backyard. He now now lives in a small village on the east coast of South Africa with his family.
He also wrote the Invisible Order books, and penned the upcoming humorous Middle Grade zombie series, Deadbeat Diaries. When not writing novels he works in South African television. He also freelanced on the MMO Star Wars: The Old Republic and recently wrote a comic miniseries for IDW Publishing.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Tweed & Nightingale Adventures
  • Hardcover: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (November 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616146885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146887
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.9 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Crilley is a Scotsman adrift in South Africa and has been writing professionally for the past 17 years. In that time he has worked on over thirteen television shows, one of which was nominated for an international Emmy award.

He has worked with Fox Television, written ten novels, worked on five computer games, and is currently making his way in the comic book field. (He conceptualized the entire story and wrote three issues of the six issue comic book mini-series, X-Files: Conspiracy, where he had to come up with a story that brought The Transformers, Ghostbusters, The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Crow into one coherent story.

He recently completed an X-Files novella and a Hardy Boys novel and has just finished the first in an urban fantasy series set in Durban, South Africa called Delphic Division: Poison City. His novels can be found here:

Highlights of his career so far are working with Lucasarts and Bioware as a freelance writer on the bestselling, award-winning computer game, Star Wars: The Old Republic, winning the SCRIBE award for Best Gaming Related Novel for his first book, Night of the Long Shadows, and having his most recent novel, The Osiris Curse, voted amongst the top twenty five books of the year by the Voice of Young Adult Magazine.

He also writes the horror/comedy book series My Zombie Hamster under the pseudonym, Havelock McCreely.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lovey Dovey Books on November 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
London in 1895, filled with steam and Tesla powered technology, never seemed so believable until Paul Crilley's Lazarus Machine. The first Tweed & Nightingale Adventure is everything one would expect from a science-fiction mystery: intriguing, speckled with humor, and riddled with danger for its endearing detective duo. Sebastian Tweed and Octavia Nigtingale are a force to reckon with and though they come from different backgrounds, their chemistry is undeniable and fun to see come to realization.

Seventeen year old Tweed's father, a conman, is kidnapped in the middle of their latest job. The biggest suprise for Tweed is not that his father is taken, but that he's taken by a most feared criminal, Professor Moriarty. Moriarty was last heard of when he fell from Reichenbach Falls with the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, but he left behind a reputation for being a murderous criminal mastermind. On the posh side of town, Octavia, also known as Songbird, restlessly searches for her mother, who has been missing for a year. She focuses on finding out any and all information related to Moriarty which inevitably leads her to intersect paths with Tweed. Tweed and Songbird meld almost seamlessly into this evenly matched partnership to search for their missing parents. Their friendly bantering is natural and will make readers feel at home in their world. Tweed's mind is conditioned for deductive reasoning and compliments Songbird's knack for research and creating distractions.They make the most dangerous of tasks feel like exciting adventures as they delve deeper into what reveals itself to be a plot against the Crown, organized by the most powerful government agency - the Ministry.

Usually when I think of steampunk, my first thought is: limited technology.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mother/Gamer/Writer on June 17, 2013
Format: Hardcover
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Reviewer: AimeeKay

The Lazarus Machine is a very interesting Steampunk mystery.

Overall the book was filled with fun and excitement, as well as mystery. It drew me in and definitely had some parts I didn't see coming.

I liked the world that Crilley has built. I think it is a great set up for future novels. Not only more about the main characters, Tweed and Nightingale, but for other characters that were introduced as well. As for the steampunk creations that populate his world they are intriguing without being overly complicated.

I loved the characters. Sebastian and Octavia are a great pair. They come from two different levels of society and it is interesting to see how they work together. Also while the opportunity for romance is surely there, this is not a romance novel, and I think the story benefited from not delving to deep into that part of their relationship. The supporting characters are a treat as well. They story doesn't delve too deeply into some of the other characters past but they are still hold their own within the lives of the main characters. I would hope that they appear in more books about Sebastian and Octavia.

***Spoiler Alert***[Even while the technology wasn't too complicated there were a few things that I wondered about. The main thing was about Sebastian himself. (This is where the spoilerage comes in so don't say I didn't warn you.) In the beginning of the story Sebastian has memories of when he was younger, yet later on things come to light that make it impossible for him to have had those memories. It bothered me a bit because it was never explained. Maybe it is something that will happen in later novels?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By SciFiChick VINE VOICE on January 2, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Sebastian Tweed was raised to value logic over emotion, but struggles to maintain a balance. And though he and his father are con men, Sebastian would rather make an honest living and tries to make the best of his situation. Both Tweed and Nightingale are brilliant young minds. Octavia is just as driven, and they have a great chemistry.

Crilley's steampunk version of 1895 London is fun and thrilling. A clever and complex plot, intriguing characters, and an inspired setting made The Lazarus Machine exciting and unpredictable. Packed with mystery, humor, adventure, and cool gadgets - this is an impressive start to a new series. I certainly look forward to more in the Tweed and Nightingale Adventures. This fast-paced steampunk novel is not to be missed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By CourtneyBethCR on November 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
While The Lazarus Machine was not perfect it was a fun read. The characters made me giggle and there were plenty of plot twists to keep me entertained. The inventions were unique and brought a few points I kept thinking about long after I put the book down. I'm sad that I'm going to have to wait another year for the sequel. If you like steampunk you should definitely pick this book up!

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Format: Kindle Edition
When I saw this book on Goodreads, everything about it screamed, "Read me!" From the Doctor Who-ish cover (gas masks and overcoats, anyone?) to the awesome premise (an alternate London with steampunk machinery in 1895) this book sounded like my dream come true. Not to mention the awesome references to Sherlock Holmes! But in the end, while this was definitely a good book, it simply wasn't great.

As much as I love steampunk novels, I hate it when the machinery is confusing and difficult to understand. Perhaps other readers didn't have this problem, but I sometimes had trouble trying to understand the descriptions and imagine what was happening. Also, I could've used some more clear backstory, rather than the jumbled explanations that were thrown into the story.

I had a bit of a problem with the writing style, too. It just didn't pull me in right away, and seemed bogged down with too many descriptions. It took a while for me to really get into the story. I'd have preferred more of the witty dialogue, which I greatly enjoyed, rather than the long rambling paragraphs. And sadly, I saw a plot twist at the end coming. It was rather obvious to me from the very beginning.

Aside from these problems, however, The Lazarus Machine is very fun. I love how quirky the main character Tweed is. He's kind of like a mash-up of Sherlock and the Doctor - he's both clever and curious, and very socially awkward, which I loved. The other narrator, Octavia, was spunky and funny, and the rest of the minor characters added charm to the story.

And the dialogue - hilarious! I loved the sarcastic banter going back and forth between Tweed and Octavia. Again, this was very reminiscent of TV shows like Sherlock and Doctor Who.
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