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A Dodge, a Twist and a Tobacconist (The Alexander Legacy Book 1) by [Lyon, Sophronia Belle]
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Length: 402 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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***** 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: 2906 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Findley Family Video (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NV1DMG
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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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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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This is the first book I've read in this genre. I downloaded it as a freebie and am not disappointed. It was slow at first and I found myself distracted by many different first person point of views, however, I kept reading because I understood the author was trying to build the story. The author did an excellent job of describing her characters, so even if you aren't familiar with all of them, you can still get into this story. All the expectations I had going into this adventure were realized, plus more. I'm loving the ending as it makes me now want to read the next book in the series, so all I have to say now to the author, if she reads this, is get writing please. Great job!
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My review is - Refreshing! Published as Christian Steampunk, so I don't know why anyone would expect it to be otherwise. Christians-even in novels-talk about their faith. Great blending of characters into new relationships. Slightly modern dialogue but not bothersome. Just so nice to read a book that's about Christians, in a fantasy setting, but still within the realm of possible. It's so hard to find an author that writes from a Christian point of view, that's not writing Amish stories or about the end of the world. I'm certainly looking forward to the next installment - "The Pinocchio Factor".
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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 throughout and you come up with A Dodge, A Twist, and A Tobacconist.

The opening chapter introduces the POV character, Prince Florizel of Bohemia, from Stevenson's Suidice Club. The beginning sets the stage for a gripping adventure. The author skillfully develops the character and the reason for Florizel ending up in London. It really had me chomping at the bit for a rollicking steampunk adventure tale.

Unfortunately it does slow down considerably as the remaining cast is introduced and the backstory and setup for the main mystery is laid out through a series of cutaway "reports". This section can become a bit confusing and discouraging to readers who have gotten excited by the adventurous pace set by the first chapter, but DON'T GIVE UP! Why? Because those readers who stick through this setup will get a great payoff.

The story resumes its adventurous pace and whisks the reader through Sherlock-Holmes-like twists and turns as the mystery unfolds and the characters seek to unravel the mysterious identity of Dodge, the story's antagonist. The ending leaves room for a great tie-in for the next book.

Honestly, with some tweaks to the pacing, this could have been a five star review. I am definitely a fan of Sophronia Belle Lyon and look forward to the next book in the series. I believe that with the characters already introduced and the main backstory laid out, there will be no barriers in the next book that should impede an amazing steampunk adventure ride!
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