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The Diamond Conspiracy (A Peculiar Occurrences Novel) Mass Market Paperback – March 31, 2015
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Praise for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels
“A good bet for steampunk fans.”—Library Journal
“Full of action, explosions and deceit.”—Seattle Geekly
“Extensive worldbuilding, multi-faceted characters, fast-paced action, and an engaging plot all make for a thrilling, absorbing read.”—RT Book Reviews
“Cute and charming, interspersed with sequences of dire peril and explosive action...You don’t want to miss a delicious moment of the story.”—Kings River Life
“[A] thrilling and labyrinth detective romp laced with humor, feminine moxie, and mayhem. The prose is Dickens on steroids, yet it somehow grips the reader...A dark and twisted roller coaster of a read for those fond of elegant vernacular and bizarre weaponry.”—Fangoria
“Anyone who was a fan of the adventure in the Blades of the Rose series and the dynamic in the Sherlock Holmes movie might want to check this series out.”—Fiction Vixen Book Reviews
“This is steampunk done right, down to every last detail...Action-packed with edge-of-your-seat excitement.”—Badass Book Reviews
“[A] rollicking adventure series of the finest order.”—The Ranting Dragon
About the Author
Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Book of the Order series, the Shifted World series, the Chronicles of Art series, and—with Tee Morris—the coauthor of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series. Her podcast of Chasing the Bard won the Sir Julius Vogel Award in 2009, and two of her novels have been short-listed for it. Originally from New Zealand, she now resides in Virginia with her husband, her daughter, and a mighty clowder of cats.
Tee Morris is the author of Morevi: The Chronicles of Rafe and Askana and the co-author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. In addition to his work as a fantasist, he is also a social media pioneer and the author of Podcasting for Dummies and All a Twitter.
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I would urge anyone considering reading this book to read the previous three volumes in the series first since several characters and subplots carry over from book to book. Truth be told, I didn't think this volume was as good as the earlier ones. Much of the charming, snappy exchanges between Books and Braun are missing. Instead the authors focus on science-fiction speculation and overly long action sequences. That being said, I would still recommend The Diamond Conspiracy to fans of Book and Braun or anyone who enjoys steampunk fiction.
Unfortunately, the story is marred, not just by editing errors (it’s the “Gare de Nord”, not “Garde de Norde”, as just one example), but even more by a chaotic writing style that makes it difficult at times to know who is doing what to whom when.
Am one of the series’ fans, though, and would rather have a just passable Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences book than none at all.
As in previous installments, Ballantine and Morris have populated the pages of this Steampunk adventure with assorted historical and fictional figures including science fiction pioneer H.G. Wells, serial killer H.H. Holmes, Dr. Henry Jekyll and Queen Victoria as well as some old friends from previous books including the beautiful assassin with the delicious name: Sophia del Morte. Their ability to blend these real and fictional characters with their own creations makes all of their books a joy to read and that is even more true in this tale of a spectacular plot to take over the British Empire.
I won't give away too much of the novel's plot for those who have not read any of the previous Braun and Books novels, but I will say that the ministry's agents have been disavowed as part of the villains' plans to overthrow Parliament and are on the run while being hunted worldwide. This forces the few that remain alive to band together in what just might prove to be an impossible effort to derail the plans of the plotters while still keeping a weather eye out for those that are hunting them. Meanwhile, a member of Braun's 'Ministry Seven,' a gang of children that she has taken under her wing, has been captured by a mad scientist; disgraced agent Bruce Campbell is being recruited by the people hunting the agents; and Braun and Books have... well, you'll have to read the book to find out what they have discovered.
Ballantine and Morris have provided their readers with plenty of action sequences in this novel and some very interesting new gadgets with which to wage war against the forces trying to overthrow the Empire. They have also, in 'The Diamond Conspiracy,' thrown in a dash of romance and given their readers a deeper understanding of Books by adding a little more to his back story. As always, the narrative flows easily from one chapter to the next and the dialogue is as snappy as ever.
All in all, a great addition to the series and one that I would highly recommend not only for those who, like me, are Steampunk fans but also for those who just enjoy a good adventure story.
Wow! I was very happy with this latest installment, especially because book 3 was a bit of a disappointment for me. I rated that one 3 stars, found it all over the place and very difficult to follow.. plus, Welly and Eliza were too separate. But this book really set things back on track and it was a thrilling, amazing ride!
I love that Welly and Eliza take further steps in their relationship and don't try to hide it anymore. I also loved seeing the growth of the characters and how they are both rubbing off on one another. The story was solid and I was nowhere near as confused as I was last time.. the time travel at the end got a bit hairy and there was a point where they lost me with the Mars travel.. so there are still a couple things I didn't quite follow, but as a whole, the bottom line is the story MADE SENSE. We got more answers as to why the Maestro was the way he was and finally saw what the endgame was with the Queen and how all of that tied together. The ending was a shocker and though one thread of the story came to an end, another one was opened up in a big way and I can't wait to read on!
I was so scared this series that I had loved was "losing steam" for me but this one breathed new life into it. I kept coming back for Welly and Eliza and I believe I always will, but this time, I actually care about what is happening around them concerning the Empire etc. I also loved the Seven and how this story incorporated them more. Even Bruce coming back and showing remorse, and the journey Sophia has been on... they are all growing and changing and it was great to see new things happening with them as well. Things are moving forward and as long as Eliza and Welly are together, they can accomplish anything! Great addition to the series!