08. September 2012 · Comments Off · Categories: Science Fiction, Steam-punk, Tracy

Phoenix Rising by Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris, 402 pages, read by Tracy, on 09/08/2012

Before there was British Intelligence there was The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences. Apparently during the Victorian era in London there were a lot of peculiar things going on. This book is a sort of cross between Indiana Jones, Warehouse 13, Burn Notice and James Bond. Eliza D. Braun is a spy who carries a lot of weapons and wears a bullet proof corset. She rescues Wellington Books, the chief archivist at the Ministry, from the evil Sophia. Since Eliza is too fond of blowing things up and can handle a gun their boss Doctor Sound feels she needs some quiet down time helping Books in the archives. The authors of this book must’ve had a lot of fun writing this steam-punk adventure. So many gadgets and robots to develop and even coming up with theĀ  agent named Bruce Campbell. I’m not sure if they named him after the famous Sci Fi actor Bruce Campbell but that’s who I thought of right away. Even though Eliza and Wellington are complete opposites they find that they work well together out in the field chasing the Phoenix society. Can’t wait to read the next book.

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