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...provides action, mystery, undercurrents of a personal nature and a pace that is sure to keep a reader's interest. The blend of story, characters, action, mystery, and humor worked really well. The combination of Eliza Braun's tough, opinionated exterior and her soft interior with Wellington Books' bookish, somewhat fumbling exterior and his hidden depths is a wonderful dynamic. (Top Pick)
-Night Owl Reviews

Morris and Ballantine just get better and better with Eliza and Welly, and I have difficulty thinking of anything I didn't like about the characters or the world in which these authors set the story. I have read THE JANUS AFFAIR several times now and I am delighted every time. Describing a novel as delightful might sound trite but there isn't a better word to describe a book that keeps your interest and makes you laugh each time you read it.-Book Chick City

I felt The Janus Affair was tailored expertly and tightly woven, not unlike an elegant leather corset with a strong foundation and bright bits and bobs of clockwork brilliance that leaves the reader wrapped securely and held delighted beneath each thread. Highly, highly recommended.-Lit Stack

The Janus Affair isn't pretentious or overwrought. It seeks nothing but to entertain readers in the smartest and best way possible and to show the love that Ballantine and Morris have for steampunk, for larger-than-life adventurers and big stories. It's engaging, it's a page turner and above all, it's a really fun story to get lost in for a while.
-Sticky Trigger Entertainment

If you've never read steampunk before, this would be a great introduction. If you've felt steampunk wasn't for you, The Janus Affair will change your mind. If you're tired of books that take themselves too seriously and forget to let the reader enjoy the story and characters, Ms. Ballantine and Mr. Morris had you in mind. -View from Valhalla

From the Back Cover

Evildoers beware! Retribution is at hand, thanks to Britain's best-kept secret agents!!

Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance . . . with each case going inexplicably unexamined by the Crown.

The fate of England is once again in the hands of an ingenious archivist paired with a beautiful, fearless lady of adventure. And though their foe be fiendishly clever, so then is Mr. Books . . . and Miss Braun still has a number of useful and unusual devices hidden beneath her petticoats.

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  • File Size: 2847 KB
  • Print Length: 437 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 006204978X
  • Publisher: Harper Voyager (May 29, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 29, 2012
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006IDUOY0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Coleman on June 6, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Fastens your seat belts, folks, this one is one hell of a ride.

If you read last year's Phoenix Rising, you probably either already know what I'm about to say, or you're already nose deep into the book and not reading this review. For those of you who are coming late into the game, Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris are at it again! On May 29th, 2012, Harper Voyager released their second Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, The Janus Affair. Once again, Wellington Thornhill Books, and Eliza D. Braun have emerged from the Archives of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences to uncover a dastardly plot that endangers Queen Victoria's England, and possibly the rest of the world.

The winds of change are blowing across the face of the empire, as women all over England are demanding the right to vote, spurred on by visits of New Zealand suffragettes who have come to help their disenfranchised sisters in the mother country. But this change is not welcomed by all. Books and Braun are returning from Edinburgh to London on the latest hyper steam train when a terrified woman vanishes from right in front of them in a burst of lightning. This incident turns out to be the tip of the iceberg, as a quick search of the Archives reveals that a number of influential members of the Women's Suffrage Movement have disappeared in similar cases. Cases which have been closed half-investigated by their fellow agents in the Ministry.

With Miss Braun's mentor, Kate Sheppard, come from New Zealand to further the cause, along with her son Douglas, Eliza's former fiancé, the duo must take the investigation into their own hands. This leads to a fast-paced romp over and above the streets of London as the leadership of the Movement begin disappearing one by one.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Part of the utterly delightful entity that is "The Janus Affair" is the seamless transition from "Pheonix Rising." The heartpounding entrance into the story immediately pulls you right along with the two women desperately trying to survive a trainride from an approaching force that is nipping at their heels. What provides the perfect hook to button the scene - a connection to one of our heroes!
From that rather exciting and intriguing beginning unfolds a story that had me gulping down the rest like my favorite tea with so many delightful biscuits!
Now, I have to unburden myself with a bit of a confession here. I've been looking for a way to convince my son to read the first book. Apparently it is NOT acceptable for a teenage son to like reading something his `ancient mother' enjoys. I asked him to read me some of the book as I drove (free audio performance) and he hasn't put it down yet. So, as I have Pheonix in my head as I read this I'd like to comment on what I noticed.
Interesting Characters? Check Check
Fascinating Plot? Check Check
A rich world to explore and enjoy? Check Check
The only thing I could say that wasn't the same between the two is that since I had an ARC for Janus I couldn't curl up in bed and read it... but as soon as it's released I'm downloading IMMEDIATELY.
I'm a fan of steampunk and part of the fun of this genre is that it can be many things to many people. So while I can't tell you with any certainty what will make EVERYONE happy... I can tell you what made ME happy in this book.
The seamless way that the technology of this book is woven into the story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By MMaru on January 23, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
The second installment in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurances series was, like its predecessor, a delightfully fun read. I closed the book today with a big smile on my face, having just very thoroughly enjoyed myself. There's plenty of action and intrigue, and our two favorite Archivists bring plenty of action and snappy dialogue. I especially loved the introduction of Douglas Shepherd who could have been played off as a simpering cad but instead ended up being a heck of a lot of fun.

However, this book had quite a few downsides to it.

Number one, the editing. This was an issue with the first book, but the second is even worse. Missing punctuation, confusing sentences, entire words missing... it was throughout the entire book and to such a degree that I found it extremely distracting. The authors put together such a great story with positively delightful characters, I wish they would do themselves and their readers the simple courtesy of hiring a proper editor.

Secondly, for some reason, this book took me a LONG time to really get into. The first book had me from the start with a great action scene, but the initial scene in this book just left me scratching my head. While I like that the plot addresses the suffragist movement and I enjoyed the various turns that it took, you'd think that Eliza's apparently heavy involvement in the movement for years would have come up even slightly in the first book, but I don't recall it ever being mentioned. I found myself really trudging through this book, wanting to finish it mostly because I dislike leaving books only half-read. Luckily it picked up and got me excited about the story eventually, but not till I was over halfway through.

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