Item description for Pax Britannia:Unnatural History (Pax Britannia) by Jonathan Green...
In two scant months the nation, and all her colonies, will celebrate 160 years of Queen Victoria's glorious reign. But all is not well at the heart of the empire of Magna Britannia. A chain of events is about to be set in motion that, if not stopped, could lead to a world-shattering conclusion.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 6.54" Width: 4.17" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.35 lbs.
Release Date Feb 25, 2007
Publisher Abaddon Books
ISBN 1905437102 ISBN13 9781905437108
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Creative Novel Involving an Alternate Reality Jul 8, 2008
Missing for a year and presumed dead, Ulysses Quicksilver returns home and is immediately asked to investigate a murder at the local museum. And Quicksilver is also asked by a young woman to look into the disappearance of her father, who disappeared the night of the murder. But when an incident at the zoo results in the release of several dangerous prehistoric creatures, Quicksilver finds himself facing a conspiracy that threatens the entire Magna Britannia empire.
Set in an alternate reality where Magna Britannia is the dominate nation in the world, Ulysses Quicksilver is the Sherlock Holmes for its 20th century. Clever and resourceful, Quicksilver is a fun and fascinating character. I look forward to reading his further adventures. The story is exciting and action-packed, with a couple unpredictable twists and is incredibly well-written. I could hardly put it down, and finished the book eager to read the next in the series.
Alternate history and science fiction fans alike should enjoy this highly entertaining novel from Abaddon Books.
Certainly unnatural! Feb 28, 2008
I will say Mr. Green writes almost decently, or a "*" would have been a high rating. Hackneyed, crazy "alternate" with little to commend it scientific or otherwise. On the other hand, formula writing does enrich family coffers. It demeans the genre of alternate history as non-alternate rubbish. One might argue that the novel tries to be an anti-evolution manifesto, or even just the opposite. Well it is certainly not science or even good engineering. The characters are right out of Holmes, even down to their give-away un-proper names. There is much better alternative history set in the UK, the Isles specifically, or in various parts of the old empire Some of these do amazingly well, and are fresh, new ideas with authors understanding their story that they have set into some 'terrain" with its own history. At the widest level, this one barely qualifies. As Londonesque alternate history, I can't give this one the dignity of being last. Such a "rating" is one of which this book is not good enough to be. I can't raise this one to even a low level it does not deserve.
Sorry folks if I didn't provide enough story line or information. I won't waste my time. Save your money. There is just too much good SF out there, alternate history or not.
Another Classic Action/Mystery/Fantasy from Abaddon Nov 10, 2007
One day a dead man, the next a crime solver and a drinker of cognac, Ulysses Quicksilver has to be one of the more interesting fantasy characters in some time. The story of "Unnatural History" isn't always consuming, not always fun, but it sure is nice to see a character come alive within the pages of a novel. And Ulysses isn't clichéd; he has his vices, as the story tells. And the story ...
A lawyer with a unique name, Screwtape, consults with Ulysses's brother in the opening pages of "Unnatural History." Screwtape is there to tell the brother that all of Ulysses' assets are his. A problem arise: Ulysses, as one would expect, is far from dead, and shows up at the door during this meeting. Ulysses quickly becomes involved in society again. After disappearing for over a year after an expedition into a mountain, he finds himself involved in a mystery. It seems minor, but the scope is big. A night watchmen at a major museum is murdered. He wasn't just killed; he was killed brutally. The police think a thief did it, but Ulysses thinks something else is afoot--and has many questions. The second mystery comes when a professor at the museum is found to have disappeared as well. "The more he thought about it, the more convinced he became that he had been sent two different crimes committed by two different culprits." The world of Pax Brittania is different. The queen is in her 160th year of reigning over the still strong British empire, space travel is common, and the sciences have speed ahead at an alarming rate. But, the destitute are more numerous, and the slums darker than ever. The factories have turned much of the empire into wastelands. The history of this world is described in detail early. Jonathan Green holds nothing back in detailing it. In Europe Brittania is powerful, even with many enemies like Socialist Germany. However, the true villains of "Unnatural History" come from within the empire. What follows is more than mystery. "Unnatural History" has plenty of futuristic views, plenty of action, and just the right amount of characterization. It stands as another classic from publisher Abaddon books.
Mental Popcorn in a good way Aug 7, 2007
This book is not high art, and that's probably it's greatest strength. Recalling the derring-do, bizarre settings, and outlandish characters of the old pulps, Pax Britannia: Unnatural History is a steampunk powered rollercoaster of fun that moves along at the pace of a modern action movie. There are a few introspective moments for our hero, but let's face it, this thing is a modern pulp novel and that sort of thing should be limited. Fortunately, our hero spends limited time contemplating his navel, and far more time smashing drug crazed convicts, stopping rampaging dinosaurs, and saving the Queen. Moreover, the novel is lovingly reverant to it's own source material, as evidenced by little touches like the "Challenger section" of the local zoo that houses dinosaurs...
If you want a fun steampunk look at a modern pulp, this book, and hopefully, this series, will provide a nice place to start. At the very least,it should allow you to unplug your brain for a little while and enjoy the ride.