George V. Reilly

Review: The Breath of God

The Breath of God
Title: The Breath of God
Author: Guy Adams
Rating: ★ ★ ½
Publisher: Titan
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 245
Keywords: mystery, sherlock holmes pastiche
Reading period: 13–15 April, 2016

This book fails both as a Sherlock Holmes pastiche and as an adventure. The story is narrated by Watson, but the pro­tag­o­nist neither sounds nor acts much like Watson. Holmes is elsewhere for much of the book and he is very annoying when present. The plot is a pre­pos­ter­ous mashup of steampunk and occult magick.

As in The Sher­lock­ian, this author does not have the skill to write a convincing Holmes–Wat­son novel. I deducted another half star for the shoddy editing and the comma splices.

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