3. The Great Game


When Mycroft Holmes is murdered in London, it is up to retired shadow executive Smith to track down his killer – and stumble on the greatest conspiracy of his life. Strange forces are stirring into life around the globe, and in the shadow game of spies nothing is certain. Fresh from liberating a strange alien object in Abyssinia – which might just be the mythical Ark of the Covenant – young Lucy Westerna, Holmes’ protégé, must follow her own path to the truth while, on the other side of the world, a young Harry Houdini must face his greatest feat of escape – death itself.

As their paths converge the body count mounts up, the entire world is under threat, and in a foreboding castle in the mountains of Transylvania a mysterious old man weaves a spider’s web of secrets and lies.

Airship battles, Frankenstein monsters, alien tripods and death-defying acts: The Great Game is a cranked-up steampunk thriller in which nothing is certain – not even death.


“A clever, superior thriller, inventive and entertaining.” – SFX

“Achieves moments of surprising depth and beauty, with real insights into human history and psychology as well as the immense and varied wealth of writing in the last half of the 19th century. It’s a virtuoso performance.” – Locus

“The plot is fast-paced, the book is action-packed, the cast of characters astounding … Every scene was vivid before my mind’s eye … an outstanding Steampunk novel. Gripping, multi-facetted, and fascinating.” – Daily Steampunk

“It’s great, over-the-top period fun.” – Warpcore SF

“If you’re a fan of crossovers and secret histories, the Bookman series will pretty much make your brain explode.” – Kate of Mind.

“A sprawling, rollicking steampunk cavalcade of literary, historical, and pop culture allusions, taking the conceits of the genre and running with them to great effect. … If you enjoy Victorian literature and steampunk mash-ups like The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, dive in to the Bookman Histories.”  – Author Magazine.

“I started one evening and finished in the small hours of the morning, unable to fall asleep until I finished it.  Well written, fast paced, with reasoned plot twists that take you by surprise, a recommended read for alternative history fans who like a twist.” – Geek Syndicate.



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Hayakawa, 2014

The Great Game, Japan, Hayakawa 2014

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