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Illustrated Dodge a Twist and a Tobacconist (The Illustrated Alexander Legacy Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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!
In this novel, we see Rose and the Campbell Clan, Oliver Twist, Mowgli and Baghee, and many others. Set in Victorian-era, reflecting the classics, Sophronia Lyon's choice of characters is flawless. Anyone reading this London "crime drama" will discover there is much more than the crime afoot in superb work. Once you begin this unique journey you'll discover the novel begging you to do nothing until you've completed this masterful work. All I can say is ENJOY!
Always writing about choices and how God can help us change, Paula Rose Michelson wrote the Amazon Best Selling Christian self-help book "How Did We Become Angry?" That book and her three sweet Christian fictions with a Messianic twist and a hint of history: "Beginning Anew: The Naomi Chronicles" and "Casa de Naomi: The House of Blessing, Books One and Two", are available on Amazon.
The creative mind of Oliver Twist and the inventions he comes up with was a great source of enjoyment for me. I love that this reformed thief has become an active and productive member of society and a man of character and nobility (in the true sense of the word).
That isn't to say that this action packed book doesn't have it's dark moments it does. However, evil does strike back and there is no sugar coating that in this novel. A hearty thank you to Mrs. Lyon's for treating evil as real and not some easily defeated wimpy philosophy.
This was a great start to what I feel will be a great series. Can't wait to read more.
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