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  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: MX Publishing (May 14, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780921322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780921327
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,295 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The narrative is engrossing and the characters are well-drawn.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. Thomas on May 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Secret Journal of Dr. Watson takes Sherlock Holmes and his Boswell on an adventure to Russia during the Bolshevik revolution, putting them in contact with historical and fictional figures alike as they pursue the rescue of the Romanovs. Danger stalks them at every turn, and they are constantly confronted with their own mortality and the need for the detective's mind to be at its most keen.

Growick takes the traditional approach of using Watson's voice, conveyed in daily journal entries. This technique is effective, and the Holmes and Watson encountered by the reader are canonical and engaging. The book bears the official Conan Doyle estate seal with good reason; the quality of its research and writing are impressive.

History buffs will be particularly intrigued by the layered and fascinating explanation of the complexities of the Russian revolutionary situation, but those just looking for an enjoyable read will find themselves far from bored. Growick strikes an enjoyable balance between historical believability and fast-paced action.

Most of the Doylean stories keep Holmes and Watson close to home, putting them in London-based contexts or in the surrounding English countryside. Growick's novel, with its more exotic and high-stakes setting, fits neatly with the later stories, those that place Holmes in retirement and beyond.

The Secret Journal of Dr. Watson is mysterious, intriguing, and fun, a chilling and thought-provoking exploration of a period of Russian history that engenders a great deal of speculation. Of course, we know that Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson never actually went to Ekaterinburg to find the Romanovs. Or do we? Phil Growick's excellent novel will make you believe they did.

--Amy Thomas, The Baker Street Babes
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Philip K. Jones on May 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is a difficult book to review. The fantastic nature of the story told makes it almost unbelievable. Unfortunately, the events recounted occurred in a century of unprecedented espionage and trickery that began with the appointment of an enemy agent as head of intelligence services for the Austro-Hungarian Empire and ended with the routine computer monitoring of all cell phone conversations across the world by the NSA. During that century, such intelligence `coups' as the Zimmerman Telegram, the Coventry air raid non-warning and the routine killing of marked individuals by umbrellas that shoot tiny, poisoned balls have become commonplace. Further, from my extensive readings in Twentieth Century history, I must conclude that, however fantastic the details of this adventure, all of the persons involved could have performed their reported roles, especially those of historical note.

The book begins with Sherlock and Dr. Watson being escorted to a meeting with Prime Minister David Lloyd George and then with King Edward V. They are charged with an intensely secret mission and directed to leave the country with no explanations to friends or family. From this point, the story becomes a study in the double-cross. At any given time, it is impossible to say who is currently friend and who is foe, as people seem to change orientations so frequently.

The task requires intense concentration and heavy sacrifice by all involved. The results are kept secret and the participants are silenced, either by guilt, by death or by other Government action. Dr. Watson's account is given to his lawyers in a sealed package only to be read by his descendants after seventy five years.

The narrative is engrossing and the characters are well-drawn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert A. Reynolds on December 28, 2012
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This novel has Holmes summoned out of his retirement on the South Downs by King George V himself. His mission is to rescue the King's relatives, the Tsar of Russia and his family, from the Bolsheviks.
It's therefore not a conventional pastiche. Conan Doyle rarely sent Holmes abroad for long periods and was chary about introducing real and eminent people into his stories. However, the turmoil of Russia during its civil war where everybody seemed to be fighting and betraying everybody else is well done. The book is full of action and Holmes finds a new disguise as a smelly Russian peasant!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Toste on October 5, 2012
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I was a First Read Winner of this book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It kept me spellbound and guessing until the end. It takes the reader on a intense journey that is filled with many colorful characters and plenty of action. I know I will be thinking about it for a long time. I hope there will be another book in the future since there a some questions left unanswered. I hope other reader will enjoy this book as much as I have, I definitely will recommend it.
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