SUMMARY í Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon

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It is 1863 but not the one it should be Time has veered wildly off course and now the first moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war and the fall of the British Empire Caught in a tangled web of cause effect and inevitability little does Burton r. The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack was a fun steam punk romp with a sci fi time travel twist The pace was break neck even if the plot was a bit incoherent at times The interplay between the colorful cast of characters most of which were stolen from real life historical figures made the book This same winning recipe continued in The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man which left me excited to read this third and final volume of the Burton Swinburne trilogySadly that excitement died the moment I opened Expeditions to the Mountains of the Moon The lightness in tone was gone replaced by a bleak fatalism The banter between the cast also disappeared as each of the supporting casts' moment was relegated to their swan song The Burton Swinburne moniker doesn't even really apply to this book as it is mostly Burton and Swinburne's final appearance is an absurd scene view spoilerwhere he is transformed into a mutant plant that not only speaks but bears fruit containing juice that is actually brandy hide spoiler

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Expedition to the Mountains of the MoonEalize that the stakes are far higher than even he suspects A final confrontation comes in the mist shrouded Mountains of the Moon in war torn Africa of 1914 and in Green Park London where in the year 1840 Burton must face the man responsible for altering time Spring. Eagerly awaitedHad to really focus with the opening chapter as was totally lost Thankfully about 50 pages in we get a recap which then makes sense of what id jus tried to fathom gets me noodle back into the book Diverging or is that converging timelines time travel has that effect We’re then in Jolly ol’ England present day well for Burton Swinburne it’s 1863 London Great stuff as all the characters from the prior books flood back into the story but then it takes a turn I wasn’t sure as to how much I was going to enjoy this adventure seeing as the majority of the book transports us to East Africa via Arabia in search of the “Mountains of the moon” the black diamonds which reared itself in the previous book is the recurring theme for the adventurers Burton SwinburneThe dastardly Hun is our opponent led by the fiendish Count Von Zeppelin Yes real life characters are used some as main leads others with bit parts its part of the charm to read about their actual histories at the end of the book We get to jump around a bit too from 1863 to 1919 to be precise as the African Safari starts to mesh the timelines as they get closer to reaching their goal – them black diamond’s of the NagaPox the parakeet was present as was the philosopher Herbert for some light entertainment along with the irrepressible Swinburne but it wasn’t nearly enough to save the day as I did find the African “safari” a bit of a drag very repetitive as they had to pay “hondo” tribute at every village haggled with the natives lost supplies as donkeys perished or porters ran off followed Speke forever catching him up but not uite yadda yadda yadda all of which goes on for about 400 pagesIt jus didn’t have the WOW factor of the previous two books nor the inventive world creation factor which forever made you sit up take note I did miss the ol smoke of London all its characters nuances In the end a lot of the book came down to just Burton as his compadres factored less less in the tale left me floundering contemplating will I even finish this bookAll in all it’s slightly better than an ok read hence the 25stars rounded upto 3 stars although as I now finish its close to being rounded down as its failed to deliver the promise of the second book uite spectacularly Its a series I’ve really loved prior to this expedition so i’ll be carrying on in the hope that its a return to Steampunk less of the time travelling paradox malarkey

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SUMMARY í Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon Á It is 1863 but not the one it should be Time has veered wildly off course and now the first moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war and the fall of the British Empire Caught in a tangled web of cause effect and inevitability little does Burton realize that tHeeled Jack Burton and Swinburne's third adventure is filled with eccentric steam driven technology grotesue characters and bizarre events completing the three volume story arc begun in The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack and The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man. The tone of all three novels in this trilogy have been uite different The first The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack was a straight up steampunk historical time travel adventure that well known sub genre novel; the second The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man took that premise and played it into of a mystery direction This third novel Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon changes tack again to a much darker place – the horrors of war in Africa where the technologies of war have run amokThe story is told through two parallel narratives The first in 1863 which follows roughly on from the previous novel Richard Burton and gang head out on an expedition to the Mountains of the Moon in Africa Sent by Lord Palmerston to search for the last of the Naga stones and while he's unsure of Palmerston's motives he really wants to go himself to try and find the source of the Nile before John Speke All the usual crowd from the previous books are with him including his estranged fiancé Isabel who is now the Laurence of Arabia style leader of a band of desert women The second narrative is set over 50 years later in 1941 where Burton finds himself dropped into the middle of a great war alongside HG Wells between Britain and Germany He's very disorientated as you might imagine and so takes several years to work out why he's been sent forward in time Jumping between the two is a little confusing at first – it's unexpected and freuently happens mid chapter – but you get used to picking up on the clues pretty uicklyThe darker style seems to disappoint many reviewers but while this is a complicated plot and you have to pay attention I think this is a very strong book in the series It would be easy to accidentally trivialise the war by having seed bombs and fungal spore biological weapons make the whole thing seem almost comical Instead Hodder steers the novel deftly down the right path especially when the price Burton pays for trying to save the world is so very high This is not an end to the series where everybody comes home safely In fact I struggle to see how the series can continue as it is although there appear to be further two novels already