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Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (A Burton & Swinburne Adventure) Paperback – January 24, 2012
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Burton, tasked by Lord Palmerston to find the final Eye of Naga, heads to Africa with many familiar characters in tow. Africa is where it all began for Burton and where he hopes all his troubles will come to an end. However, to do so he has to deal with some nasty Prussians and a host of hostile native tribes. Hodder injects parts of a future timeline into the telling of this main one in order to have the multiple parts of Burton's story intersect at the exact time necessary in what proves to be an impressive use of pacing if not a challenge to keep track of which timeline one is reading about. Fortunately the two are separate enough that the threads can be followed, but it is not always clear immediately and may require a small measure of reorientation.
Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon relies a lot more on slogging through Burton and co. trudging through a seemingly endless landscape of desert and jungle. That gets repetitive after a time, particularly as they keep having to pay tribute to the various tribes and seem to get in a string of conflicts. Many of the interesting support characters drop out along the way (for various reasons), so the story centers, increasingly, on Burton more than anyone.Read more ›
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A good ripping yarn, full of delicious twists on history. Hodder must be quite a fan of Sir Richard Burton and his times because he seems to have his essential (and then some)... Read morePublished 4 months ago by LucieFD
When I get a book series that I really enjoy I try to slow down to enjoy each book as I go. Often times, I may read a book not with the series to stretch out the joy of a great... Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. L. Stubblefield
Not thrilled by this opus of the Burton & Swinburne series. The plot is disturbingly destructured by the time travel episodes that does not had much to the storyline while the... Read morePublished 9 months ago by PierreF
Loved the other books, did not like this long and painful slog into the most depressing ending ever.Published 20 months ago by M.
This was a surprising book. I read Book #1 "Spring Heeled Jack", and liked the twist on Steampunk and on Alternate history. Read morePublished 24 months ago by VanHausen
I have loved every minute of this trilogy. I give this 4 stars only because I was a little disappointed in the ending.Published on July 21, 2014 by Mark Reddersdorf