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Following their bloody encounter with the Executioner, Sir Maurice Newbury's assistant Veronica Hobbes is close to death. Desperate to save her life, Newbury and Veronica's sister Amelia board a sleeper train bound for St. Petersburg, in the hope that Gustav Faberge might have the answer. But there are enemies on board, and Newbury and Amelia will need all their strength a Following their bloody encounter with the Executioner, Sir Maurice Newbury's assistant Veronica Hobbes is close to death. Desperate to save her life, Newbury and Veronica's sister Amelia board a sleeper train bound for St. Petersburg, in the hope that Gustav Faberge might have the answer. But there are enemies on board, and Newbury and Amelia will need all their strength and cunning to survive the Revenant Express.


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Following their bloody encounter with the Executioner, Sir Maurice Newbury's assistant Veronica Hobbes is close to death. Desperate to save her life, Newbury and Veronica's sister Amelia board a sleeper train bound for St. Petersburg, in the hope that Gustav Faberge might have the answer. But there are enemies on board, and Newbury and Amelia will need all their strength a Following their bloody encounter with the Executioner, Sir Maurice Newbury's assistant Veronica Hobbes is close to death. Desperate to save her life, Newbury and Veronica's sister Amelia board a sleeper train bound for St. Petersburg, in the hope that Gustav Faberge might have the answer. But there are enemies on board, and Newbury and Amelia will need all their strength and cunning to survive the Revenant Express.

30 review for The Revenant Express

  1. 5 out of 5

    Karl

    Agatha Christie’s exciting detective novel “Murder on the Orient Express”, published in 1934, undoubtedly contributed to the legendary status of the train service. The story of detective Hercule Poirot solving a mysterious murder on the train never gets old. Now George Mann creates his own version of the tale and titles the journey “The Revenant Express” staring Sir Maurice Newbury and Veronica Hobbes, published on the 10th anniversary of the first Newbury and Hobbs story written. In Christie's b Agatha Christie’s exciting detective novel “Murder on the Orient Express”, published in 1934, undoubtedly contributed to the legendary status of the train service. The story of detective Hercule Poirot solving a mysterious murder on the train never gets old. Now George Mann creates his own version of the tale and titles the journey “The Revenant Express” staring Sir Maurice Newbury and Veronica Hobbes, published on the 10th anniversary of the first Newbury and Hobbs story written. In Christie's book the train traveled from London to Istanbul (then: Constantinople) through Paris. Mann changes the destination to St. Petersburg, where, in a desperate attempt to get access to “the intricate mechanisms” needed to replace Veronica’s failing heart. Newbury makes the journey with Amelia, Veronica’s sister. If you do not know who Newbury and Hobbes are, Sir Maurice Newbury, is a gentleman ‘investigator for the Crown (reminiscent of Mycroft Holmes). He is a museum researcher by day, along with his feisty yet capable assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes who, unbeknownst to him, is an agent of Queen Victoria as well. Think of John Steed and Mrs. Peel in a steampunk setting. Meanwhile, back in London, a deadly and highly contagious parasitic fungus has been destroying people’s bodies from the inside. The mission of Newbury and Amelia in “The Revenant Express” is imperiled by a member of the Cabal of the Horned Beast, a society dedicated to remaking humanity ‘in the Devil’s image’, as well as bloodthirsty revenants (a kind of zombie / vampire amalgam). If all this sounds rather complicated, it’s really not. It’s quite a rousing chase to save both London and Veronica with Steampunk elements. The book is a rip roaring adventure that at times leaves one gasping for breath. There is lots of action and brilliant descriptions of a steampunk alternate London. Please note: an added short story, ‘The World of Menamhotep” (A Newbury and Hobbes story) is available in the British paperback edition of this book published by Titan Books and is not included in this hardcover. If you don’t want to buy the book twice the story is also included in the book “Clockwork Cairo : Steampunk Tales of Egypt”.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Caitlin

    Feels a bit like filler, going from cliffhanger to cliffhanger. The actual goal is achieved anticlimactically, with the travel to it taking up all the pages, tossing crisis after crisis at the protagonists. Not bad, but not good, either.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Milou

    Finally the time has come I get to write a review for this book. The wait has been long, so so long - especially considering the situation in which we left Miss Hobbes at the end of the fourth book. Sadly it didn't quite deliver. Don't get me wrong, this is still a great read. Newbury is a wonderful protagonist to read from, and this time he is joined by Amelia. She really gets to shine in this novel. She clearly is the sister of Veronica, they share some feisty characteristics. Yet she is very m Finally the time has come I get to write a review for this book. The wait has been long, so so long - especially considering the situation in which we left Miss Hobbes at the end of the fourth book. Sadly it didn't quite deliver. Don't get me wrong, this is still a great read. Newbury is a wonderful protagonist to read from, and this time he is joined by Amelia. She really gets to shine in this novel. She clearly is the sister of Veronica, they share some feisty characteristics. Yet she is very much her own character and I thought she was great. And there is no need to worry, Veronica gets to go on her own adventure together with Bainbridge back in London (set several months before the events of The Executioner's Heart).  So characterwise this book is as great as all the previous ones. It is the plot and pacing that kind of bugged me. Like I said, we follow the story of Newbury as well as that of Veronica. The result of this is that neither of these get enough page time to tell the stories in a satisfactory manner. Veronica looks into the disappearance of two nurses, connected to a corpse that has been found with plants growing out of the body. Though interesting, there is hardly any mystery to this case. There are a few very simple steps leading Veronica from A to B and the resolving of the case, and the puzzle is lacking. At the same time we read about Newbury and Amelia on their way to St. Petersburg in a train, where they have to deal with a Revenant infestation as well as a murderous cultist. And then part of Veronica's case also shows up. A lot is going on, and the clever connections between the different elements we have seen in the previous books is lacking in this one. The idea is there, it is just missing that final step bringing it all together. I would have liked to have seen more of St. Petersburg. We have gotten used to a very believable and extensive London setting so far in the series, and I was looking forward to see what George Mann would do with this other great city. Sadly the characters get to spent very little time here and then rush themselves back to London again (understandably, they have to save Veronica). I cannot help but think though that the book would have been stronger if less of the action was focused on the train and more in the Russian city.  Now I sound really whiney. I don't mean to be. This was a very fun read I raced through in a single sitting and enjoyed immensely. It just didn't quite live up to the massive expectations I had set up in my head after having waited for this book for years. It is still a great addition to the series and I already cannot wait for the sixth book again...

  4. 5 out of 5

    S.J. Higbee

    This is an action-packed read, given that it is only just over 250 pages long. Mann certainly manages to keep the tempo fast and furious as both Veronica Hobbes and Maurice Newbury are both attempting to tackle a terrible threat. Although I enjoyed the excellent action scenes, particularly on the train – I am a tad concerned about a major anomaly. We are told in the blurb that Veronica is close to death – so I actually reread the opening chapter in which she features, and at no time do we get a This is an action-packed read, given that it is only just over 250 pages long. Mann certainly manages to keep the tempo fast and furious as both Veronica Hobbes and Maurice Newbury are both attempting to tackle a terrible threat. Although I enjoyed the excellent action scenes, particularly on the train – I am a tad concerned about a major anomaly. We are told in the blurb that Veronica is close to death – so I actually reread the opening chapter in which she features, and at no time do we get a sense in her viewpoint that she’s anything other than a tad cold and miserable while standing in the pouring rain. While close to death, she happily goes off to get involved in a demanding case with Sir Charles Bainbridge and doesn’t mention feeling slightly unwell at any stage. While in the ordinary run of things, this issues would be a dealbreaker, they aren’t this time around, simply because I like the world and the characters so much. It doesn’t hurt that this particular adventure is largely set on a train travelling across Europe, so a lot of the action doesn’t impact the wider story arc. The gruesome nature of the infection causing all sorts of havoc presents a real danger to our trusty protagonists – and has Mann has already demonstrated that he isn’t shy of killing off some main characters, I found myself paying real attention to the very dramatic fights. That said, something clearly occurred that threw a major spanner in the works regarding Mann’s writing. I hope he is able to get back on track to write the next exciting instalment, but if he can’t or doesn’t – that’s okay, too. I do wince sometimes at the angry impatience of some readers while waiting for the next book. Everyone experiences major upsets in their lives – including authors in the middle of writing a popular series. In the meantime this series is recommended for fans of steampunk adventure with a gothic feel. While I obtained an arc of The Revenant Express from the publisher via Netgalley, the opinions I have expressed are unbiased and my own. 8/10

  5. 4 out of 5

    The Unseen Librarian

    “Progress for the sake of progress must be discouraged. Let us preserve what must be preserved, perfect what can be perfected and prune practices that ought to be prohibited.” While I am loathe to quote one of modern literature’s most heinous villains, George Mann’s latest instalment of the Newbury and Hobbes saga, The Revenant Express, is close to proving Um****ge correct. After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Cause change isn’t always a good thing. Having ploughed through the first four ( “Progress for the sake of progress must be discouraged. Let us preserve what must be preserved, perfect what can be perfected and prune practices that ought to be prohibited.” While I am loathe to quote one of modern literature’s most heinous villains, George Mann’s latest instalment of the Newbury and Hobbes saga, The Revenant Express, is close to proving Um****ge correct. After all, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Cause change isn’t always a good thing. Having ploughed through the first four (excellent) instalments of the series in the three weeks preceding my reading of The Revenant Express, I had come to expect certain things from each Newbury and Hobbes book. However, with the cliffhanger that The Executioner’s Heart left us with, it was easy to sense the winds of change blowing towards the series. The entirety of the series so far has taken place in a steampunk-styled Victorian London, a character in its own right with well realised locales full of mystery. Despite this, I think Mann’s decision to take the series from London to Paris to St. Petersburg via his own warped version of the Orient Express was the right one. Unlike previous instalments, where Newbury and Hobbes bandied around the city at will from location to location with a sense of freedom, the train had a claustrophobic feel that had characters trapped and unable to avoid whatever destiny lay before them. Furthermore, the nature of Newbury’s main problem in this story (clue in the title) only serves to exacerbate the sense of foreboding brought on from being trapped on a high-speed moving train. The Revenant Express also brings about big changes in character dynamics. While previous cases saw Newbury driven by his curiosity, intrigue, and duty, his motivations here are far more intense and personal, which comes through in how he is written. The cheerful and spirited side of Newbury was largely absent, instead replaced by a more morose intensity and seriousness, which I felt was detrimental to the character. We also have Newbury joined by Veronica Hobbes’ sister Amelia for this continental train journey from hell. A minor character in the series so far, I enjoyed the extra page time given to the more naïve and unsuspecting of the Hobbes sisters. Indeed these character traits juxtaposed the paranoia and jaded Newbury quite well. However, I felt that the relationship between the two was much too similar to that of Newbury and Veronica in the previous books. There were moments during their interactions where I felt that you could substitute Amelia for Veronica and it wouldn’t really change anything… The other major change between The Revenant Express and its predecessors is with the story itself. The level of mystery and ‘whodunnit’ within the plot felt greatly reduced from the previous instalments, instead replaced by more action scenes, and the ‘surprise’ element was entirely predictable. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the secondary element of the story involving Bainbridge and Veronica back in London. Indeed, this brings me back to my initial point about change not always being for the better. What worked for me with regards to the story were the mystery elements that involved, in this case, Bainbridge and Veronica Hobbes following the trail of the fungal infection around the streets of London. That is, the elements of the story that reminded me of why I enjoyed the Newbury and Hobbes series in the first place. Now, all of this isn’t to say that I didn’t enjoy the book. I did. It just felt like filler that could have been a short novella between the series’ main instalments. Indeed, it effectively acted as a conclusion to the cliff hanger that we were left with and a bridge to whatever the next instalment may be. I’ve no doubt that a lot of people will love this one as much as those that came before it, but for me the changes just didn’t quite work. Hopefully, with Newbury back in London and Hobbes back on her feet, episode 6 will see the return of the series to previously excellent self. https://theunseenlibrary.com/2019/02/...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Helen White

    Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the free review copy. In this installment Newbury is off on a train trip to Russia in order to get a mechanical heart for Hobbes. Meanwhile she is trying to help Bainbridge with some disturbing dead bodies. The revenant express itself is a bit like the Orient express but with murdering plague victims. Not a problem for Newbury but some of the other travellers are tricky. I really like Newbury and Hobbes they're a great duo. I think that's partly why I w Thanks to Netgalley and the publishers for the free review copy. In this installment Newbury is off on a train trip to Russia in order to get a mechanical heart for Hobbes. Meanwhile she is trying to help Bainbridge with some disturbing dead bodies. The revenant express itself is a bit like the Orient express but with murdering plague victims. Not a problem for Newbury but some of the other travellers are tricky. I really like Newbury and Hobbes they're a great duo. I think that's partly why I wasn't completely in love with this book in the series. For nearly all of it the detecting duo are apart, for me Veronica's sister Amelia is a poor substitute. It's been a very long wait for this installment and it is a relatively short tale with a short story at the end possibly teasing a future plot.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ubiquitousbastard

    So oddly I was waiting for this book for several years. I'm not a huge fan of the series, but it's readable and I was expecting this book years ago. I think the wait was part of the problem that I had. If it's going to take so long, there is more pressure for it to be great. Instead, this was, if possible, lower stakes than the previous books and felt shorter. I was also looking forward to no Veronica, but unluckily for me, there is half the book concerned with flashbacks to her pointless invest So oddly I was waiting for this book for several years. I'm not a huge fan of the series, but it's readable and I was expecting this book years ago. I think the wait was part of the problem that I had. If it's going to take so long, there is more pressure for it to be great. Instead, this was, if possible, lower stakes than the previous books and felt shorter. I was also looking forward to no Veronica, but unluckily for me, there is half the book concerned with flashbacks to her pointless investigation beforehand. Sure the investigation is related, but at the time didn't seem to draw so much attention so how about turn it into a single chapter and don't waste my time. Overall, there were a few decent parts and the book was too short to be too tedious. It was an okay read but likely to be very forgettable.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Sir Maurice Newbury is bound for Russia with Amelia, Veronica's sister on a Revenant (Zombie) infested train to collect a clockwork heart for Veronica Hobbes who is dying. But also on the train is a member of the evil Cabal that want Newbury dead. Will Newbury and Amelia survive the journey? Is time running out for Veronica? I've been waiting for this ages but didn't realise it has been five years... Hope the next one doesn't take as long.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Fred Hughes

    George Mann delivers another great steampunk detective story. A continuation of the Executioner's Heart it closes that story line amongst a great adventure on a train and we get to meet the famous Fabrege in Russia. Lost of enemies and lost of action as you would expect. A great adventure from a great author

  10. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    Enjoyed it but I'm disappointed that we did not learn why Veronica needs a heart. Do I need to go back and read The Executioner's Heart again?

  11. 5 out of 5

    Bethnoir

    I have been looking forward to reading this book for literally years, so perhaps my expectations were unfair, but as much as I love the characters, I can't give this more than 3 stars. For nearly all of the book the two main characters are apart, the timelines are confused and picking up the threads from the previous novels is tricky unless you've recently re-read them. Overall I am disappointed, but still glad that's I've been able to read it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Nana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Welp. Some of you may or may not know but I recently upped my Affinity Bridge rating from 3 stars to 4 stars. This one actually should be 2 stars but I’m in a particularly good mood. Things that I liked: Mann’s writing has improved immensely. His dialogue always felt really campy and well... stupid. But this time around I felt natural progression and interesting exchanges. Nothing felt unnecessary. Something else I’ve noticed is that Mann is much better at writing short stories, and when it comes t Welp. Some of you may or may not know but I recently upped my Affinity Bridge rating from 3 stars to 4 stars. This one actually should be 2 stars but I’m in a particularly good mood. Things that I liked: Mann’s writing has improved immensely. His dialogue always felt really campy and well... stupid. But this time around I felt natural progression and interesting exchanges. Nothing felt unnecessary. Something else I’ve noticed is that Mann is much better at writing short stories, and when it comes to novels it feels drawn out. This one everything was straight to the point, but also not fleshed out enough. The story is only 250 pages and it went way too fast. That being said I really can’t get over how much better his writing has gotten. Like it’s amazing. Things I thought were okay: Characters. It’s no secret that Mann doesn’t have the best characters, but they did improve. I never liked Newbury, I thought he was pathetic, but here he was so determined and actually useful that I was impressed. I actually liked Bainbridge for the first time as well. I sort of considered him a bit useless but he actually had something to do. And he actually had a fleshed out personality Amelia is a boring character. I’m sorry but I don’t like her. Her only purpose is to be a soft spot for Veronica and when she’s given an actual role well, it falls apart. I liked it when she only had like two or three lines. She was always a plot device to me rather than a fully realized character. And here it shows. Now onto the character I always said was my favorite: Veronica. Forgettable. She didn’t do much in her parts, barely said anything. Disappointing because it always felt like Mann had something for her to do. Also, I want to know more about her. She still has no backstory or anything. She’s well... lame in this. Things that I didn’t like: The mystery I solved in two seconds. Mann isn’t the best mystery writer. If you want twists and turns then this isn’t the place to go. I hate whodunnits personally, so I normally don’t mind. But I was like come ON. There was literally only one suspect. He did try to add a red herring, but it was so obvious that it wasn’t them. And there was only one red herring. Aren’t there normally... more? On the Veronica side, it was the kind of mystery I prefer, where we solve the case along with the detectives. BUT they did not mix well. A closed circle mystery only works if there’s multiple suspects. More on this on down. The setting. We were on a goddamn train the whole time. I know it was based off of Murder on the Orient Express, but I hate that book so I felt claustrophobic here. I will credit Christie, she used the closed circle mystery to her advantage. She gave everyone a motive, and had multiple suspects. That doesn’t happen here. But luckily we switched back and forth between the train and then London of the past. Which brings me to here. The story is so disjointed this time around. We are constantly shifting perspectives with no real warning. I felt dizzy. Parallel mysteries only work if they’re actually parallel, they were not here. THE FUCKING VILLAIN IS SO FUCKING STUPID OMG! Yes I’m talking about them again. They suck. Their motives were so stupid and when they died, and I read that sentence (you all know what I mean) I rolled my eyes so hard that I saw the Buddha himself. Easily my least favorite villain in this series, and that’s saying something because all of them save for maybe the executioner sucked. Conflict was resolved through punching, which is the worst way to resolve conflict. Imo it should come down to characters and then fighting. Not just fighting. Everything was rushed at the end. Just why? Overall: It’s fun, but it’s like all the other N&H books. They’re fun but they lack something. The characters are lacking, the plots are thin, at the end there’s always some long over the top action sequence that I skip. But I know what Mann writes is punchy action, it’s not supposed to be some sort of character driven, plot heavy mystery. It’s fluff. He just wants you to have a good time, and I respect that. It’s better than pretentious drivel I’ve sat through before. I am excited for the next one. Hopefully it doesn’t take another five years to release. Even if it does I hope that it’s longer. I feel a little bad for everyone who read Executioners Heart way back when and got reintroduced to the series like this. This book was weak and very short. I was hoping for a big comeback. This was very lukewarm. 3/5 I still did enjoy it and I am excited for the graphic novel next month. As for the books The Immorality Engine is still the best one in the series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    S.J. Higbee

    This is an action-packed read, given that it is only just over 250 pages long. Mann certainly manages to keep the tempo fast and furious as both Veronica Hobbes and Maurice Newbury are both attempting to tackle a terrible threat. Although I enjoyed the excellent action scenes, particularly on the train – I am a tad concerned about a major anomaly. We are told in the blurb that Veronica is close to death – so I actually reread the opening chapter in which she features, and at no time do we get a This is an action-packed read, given that it is only just over 250 pages long. Mann certainly manages to keep the tempo fast and furious as both Veronica Hobbes and Maurice Newbury are both attempting to tackle a terrible threat. Although I enjoyed the excellent action scenes, particularly on the train – I am a tad concerned about a major anomaly. We are told in the blurb that Veronica is close to death – so I actually reread the opening chapter in which she features, and at no time do we get a sense in her viewpoint that she’s anything other than a tad cold and miserable while standing in the pouring rain. While close to death, she happily goes off to get involved in a demanding case with Sir Charles Bainbridge and doesn’t mention feeling slightly unwell at any stage. While in the ordinary run of things, this issues would be a dealbreaker, they aren’t this time around, simply because I like the world and the characters so much. It doesn’t hurt that this particular adventure is largely set on a train travelling across Europe, so a lot of the action doesn’t impact the wider story arc. The gruesome nature of the infection causing all sorts of havoc presents a real danger to our trusty protagonists – and has Mann has already demonstrated that he isn’t shy of killing off some main characters, I found myself paying real attention to the very dramatic fights. That said, something clearly occurred that threw a major spanner in the works regarding Mann’s writing. I hope he is able to get back on track to write the next exciting instalment, but if he can’t or doesn’t – that’s okay, too. I do wince sometimes at the angry impatience of some readers while waiting for the next book. Everyone experiences major upsets in their lives – including authors in the middle of writing a popular series. In the meantime this series is recommended for fans of steampunk adventure with a gothic feel. While I obtained an arc of The Revenant Express from the publisher via Netgalley, the opinions I have expressed are unbiased and my own. 8/10

  14. 5 out of 5

    Reviews & Robots

    The Revenant Express brims with adventure and danger, creating an exciting race to get to the bottom of multiple mysteries. There’s never a loss for action as the reader is sent down two pathways that converge at the end. With so much to do, I was entranced by the story, flying between narratives and getting to know these well-established characters who are new to me. I haven’t read the previous four books, but that wasn’t an issue with this fifth book in the Newberry & Hobbes series. As far The Revenant Express brims with adventure and danger, creating an exciting race to get to the bottom of multiple mysteries. There’s never a loss for action as the reader is sent down two pathways that converge at the end. With so much to do, I was entranced by the story, flying between narratives and getting to know these well-established characters who are new to me. I haven’t read the previous four books, but that wasn’t an issue with this fifth book in the Newberry & Hobbes series. As far as genre, we have Victorian mystery-solving combined with steampunk influences, occult magic, zombies, and mysterious creatures. Needless to say, it’s a fascinating combination of genres and sub-genres. The steampunk elements in The Revenant Express were pretty light. There were definite mentions, and an overarching goal involving a fascinating mechanical object but overall, it was more mystery than steampunk. The train itself is a marvel to imagine with its two-story train cars and epic steam engine. There are horrors hiding at the front, to be sure, but overall it’s extremely glamorous and quite Victorian. Coupled with an on-the-streets mystery narrative in early 1900’s London, the settings created an imaginative journey. Overall, The Revenant Express is an impressive feat, combining a handful of genres to create a well-connected narrative that is sure to be a much-sought-after addition to this series. It was a great way to spend a Sunday morning, and I look forward to the future of the series. NOTE: I was provided a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Debra

    George Mann is a relatively new author to me who is fast becoming a favourite. In 2018 I read and loved his Wychwood duology (duology at the moment but I hope there may be more...…) and I was really excited to pick up another one of his books. I will start by saying that I have not read the previous books in this series and, to be honest, I wish I had and that is something I am certainly going to remedy when I get my hands on the previous books. Although this is one of those books that you absol George Mann is a relatively new author to me who is fast becoming a favourite. In 2018 I read and loved his Wychwood duology (duology at the moment but I hope there may be more...…) and I was really excited to pick up another one of his books. I will start by saying that I have not read the previous books in this series and, to be honest, I wish I had and that is something I am certainly going to remedy when I get my hands on the previous books. Although this is one of those books that you absolutely can pick up as a stand alone away from the series, I had the feeling that there was something I was missing in the background of the characters, which I would pick up easily had I read the previous books. The above said, I enjoyed the mystery in this novel, the whodoneit element is an element in a novel that I particularly enjoy so that was a huge part of why I thoroughly enjoyed this. For it, it also had an element of comedy in parts, especially nearer the beginning of the novel where Sir Maurice is on a train with a lady (who I won't identify as I am not sure whether that is a spoiler for previous books or not) and there is someone at the door wanting to come in thinking there is a serious problem but the problem Sir Maurice has is that there is a dead body in his room. The way that scene was handled and what they did made me giggle. A really enjoyable whodoneit mystery that I am looking forward to picking up more and learning more about this world. For more reviews, please check out the link below: Debra's Book Cafe Debs :-)

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael Webb

    Take this as a review from an interested but uninformed reader who picked this up based on its premise but with no exposure to the series prior. This is a short, lightly steam-punkish take on Murder on the Orient Express. The narrative is split between an investigation in London (of a spore-based virus) and a train (where several bizarre and not-directly related events are hampering our protagonists). I found the narrative engaging and the pace breezy but I think my lack of familiarity with the c Take this as a review from an interested but uninformed reader who picked this up based on its premise but with no exposure to the series prior. This is a short, lightly steam-punkish take on Murder on the Orient Express. The narrative is split between an investigation in London (of a spore-based virus) and a train (where several bizarre and not-directly related events are hampering our protagonists). I found the narrative engaging and the pace breezy but I think my lack of familiarity with the characters and the overall scenario leading into this book really hampered my enjoyment of it. I didn't realize the book was going to be so explicitly episodic, as it seemed to assume prior knowledge of a great deal of lore that I was, in fact, not. The central train story, and its multiple antagonist set-up, was particularly problematic in that regard, as it appeared that all of them had previous lore associated with them that I, as an unfamiliar reader, had to largely infer. Based on this text, I may consider reading the first book in the series at some point, but based on this book I highly advise interested readers to only tackle this series in order.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Michael Davis

    For some reason which I can’t quite put my finger on, this one didn’t do it for me in the way that Mann’s previous stories involving this crew have. The action was high-energy and nearly non-stop, the story clicked along at breakneck speed, much like the futuristic train they were on, and the revenants (zombies) induced just as much terror and dread as usual. And yet, it just didn’t grab me the way that earlier Newbury & Hobbes tales have. If you’ve read the rest in the series I think it woul For some reason which I can’t quite put my finger on, this one didn’t do it for me in the way that Mann’s previous stories involving this crew have. The action was high-energy and nearly non-stop, the story clicked along at breakneck speed, much like the futuristic train they were on, and the revenants (zombies) induced just as much terror and dread as usual. And yet, it just didn’t grab me the way that earlier Newbury & Hobbes tales have. If you’ve read the rest in the series I think it would be crazy not to read this one, just to keep the timeline straight in your head. Here’s to hoping the next won’t be such a long wait, and will grab me by the throat and not let go until the very last page.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Cliff

    I see that in the past I vowed not to read any more in this series. However, I appear to have forgotten that when I picked this book up. It's no better or worse than others in the series. In the story Sir Maurice Newbury and Amelia Hobbes are travelling by train from Paris to St. Petersburg to collect a clockwork heart from Faberge needed urgently by Veronica Hobbes. As one does. Not only is the train full of revenant, but there is a deadly plant which invades and kills living tissue. The story I see that in the past I vowed not to read any more in this series. However, I appear to have forgotten that when I picked this book up. It's no better or worse than others in the series. In the story Sir Maurice Newbury and Amelia Hobbes are travelling by train from Paris to St. Petersburg to collect a clockwork heart from Faberge needed urgently by Veronica Hobbes. As one does. Not only is the train full of revenant, but there is a deadly plant which invades and kills living tissue. The story is really fairly thin. I've berated the author as an American writing about England and getting facts wrong. I see from the blurb about him that in fact he lives near Grantham. Then perhaps he should know better

  19. 4 out of 5

    Steven Davis

    I think what sold this series to me was the anthology of short tales. This novel continues on from 'The Executioner's Heart' which, I'll admit, I read quite a while ago and have forgotten parts of. I bought this in the local Forbidden Planet, and ploughed through it in a few days, liking the setting and the unexpected twist, plus the additional short story at the end, to discover it was published in February this year. Like, 2 weeks ago. So I've got a long time to wait for what could be quite an I think what sold this series to me was the anthology of short tales. This novel continues on from 'The Executioner's Heart' which, I'll admit, I read quite a while ago and have forgotten parts of. I bought this in the local Forbidden Planet, and ploughed through it in a few days, liking the setting and the unexpected twist, plus the additional short story at the end, to discover it was published in February this year. Like, 2 weeks ago. So I've got a long time to wait for what could be quite an exciting tale as things take a no no no you need to read the book ;) Seriously. It's good. Surprisingly good, and it shouldn't be surprising.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Tal

    Following their bloody encounter with the Executioner, Sir Maurice Newbury's assistant Veronica Hobbes is close to death. Desperate to save her life, Newbury and Veronica's sister Amelia board a sleeper train bound for St. Petersburg, in the hope that Gustav Faberge might have the answer. But there are enemies on board, and Newbury and Amelia will need all their strength and cunning to survive the Revenant Express. this series is always cracking good fun, and this instalment does not disappoint!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Hart

    What's not to like? Steampunk Victorian England murder mystery with a touch of zombies! Sir Maurice Newbury is a gentleman investigator for the English crown, and this book is one of a series of his adventures with his partner, Hobbes. After starting this one though, it was obvious that one should start more at the beginning of the series to introduce the characters. So now that I'm loving the series, I'm reading two of his others, the Affinity Bridge and then the Osiris Ritual, which are set pr What's not to like? Steampunk Victorian England murder mystery with a touch of zombies! Sir Maurice Newbury is a gentleman investigator for the English crown, and this book is one of a series of his adventures with his partner, Hobbes. After starting this one though, it was obvious that one should start more at the beginning of the series to introduce the characters. So now that I'm loving the series, I'm reading two of his others, the Affinity Bridge and then the Osiris Ritual, which are set prior to the Revenant Express. A fun escapist read and highly recommended.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Neal Peters

    Not sure what to make of this instalment of The Adventures Of Newbury and Hobbes; it's basically two threads, in different timelines, that alternate but could just as easily be read linearly. I'm going to have to re-read it in a few weeks because it just didn't grab me like the previous books. Therefore there will be an updated review then.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anna Marie

    Wow, just wow! When something can go wrong, boy does it happen in a really bizarre and horrible way. Just a simple train ride to get a new heart. It goes off the rails in a spectacular manner, entertaining and fun read.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Judd Taylor

    Maybe it’s because this book took its time to be published, but it felt a bit disjointed and I had forgotten some of the key plot points of the previous volume. It was good, I enjoyed it, but it just felt a bit off to me. The bonus short story story was fun.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Felix

    I loved it and it's worth the wait, but way too short!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Eric

    Didn't grab me like earlier entries in the series. Beginning felt rushed, like there was very little lead up to the core story.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Helena Richards

    Disappointing - I'd waited a long time for this book, but nothing much happened and I didn't feel it was as well written as the previous ones. Shame.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Emily Grace

    Great start, but disappointingly rushed middle and end. This is still an enjoyable read, but perhaps not worth the enormous wait.

  29. 4 out of 5

    nikkia neil

    I was given a ARC of this book by netgalley in exchange for a honest review. A fight against time and death across a zombie infested railway and Russia. What more can we ask for from Hobbes? Just wish it were a little longer.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dgordon

    The next edition in the Newbury & Hobbs books finds Sir Maurice and Veronica's sister on a train speeding to St. Petersburg for a new heart for Veronica. Man eating Revenants, and the evil Cabal make for a hair raising and violent trip. Can't wait for the next book.

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