Author(s): David Stuart DaviesDownload
A young Sherlock Holmes arrives in London to begin his career as a private detective, catching the eye of the master criminal, Professor James Moriarty. Enter Dr. Watson, newly returned from Afghanistan, soon to make history as Holmes’ companion…By turns both shocking and exciting, David Stuart Davies’ controversial take on the Holmes mythology is a modern classic in crime fiction that will defy all expectations.Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s timeless creation returns in a new series of handsomely designed detective stories. From the earliest days of Holmes’ career to his astonishing encounters with Martian invaders, the Further Adventures series encapsulates the most varied and thrilling cases of the worlds’ greatest detective.
Some Reviews: 84 in Goodreads.com
What an incredible twist on the entire Sherlock mythos. Davies has crafted a tale where Moriarty has been manipulating Sherlock’s career from the very start. John Walker, a disgraced army doctor summarily discharged for abandoning his duties to drink, is approached by Moriarty to ‘befriend’ Sherlock and pass along information of his whereabouts as might pertain to Moriarty’s schemes. Thus is born ‘John H Watson’, colleague and eventual partner of Sherlock Holmes.
Everyone in this story is firmly attached to Moriarty’s pocketbook, from Watson to Mrs Hudson right down to Mycroft. Even Lastrade and Scotland Yard itself are suspect. Many of Sherlock’s early tales are twisted in such a fashion that they all become part of Moriarty’s grand machinations; it goes right down to their final encounter at Reichenbach Falls, giving a sly nod to the beginning of the Great Hiatus.
At First i did not like this book. I realize that this series allows authors to take liberties with the characters but when the author changed the whole backstory of Watson’s character, i did not like the change. I admit i lobe ghe original Sherlock Holmes Series but I dont mind a few liberties but this book had a lot.
As i kept reading though, i learned to like it and i will probably read more of the series.
So if you want to read somethig orginal, using classic character and don’t mind the classics veing changed drastically by the author…this book is a good example of this work. It is a fast read that is entertaining and fun. A book that draws the reader in because the reader wants to know how the story ends and how the reader has changed the classic one everyone knows.
Ah, I love the smell of a crime scene in the morning. Holmes made quite a wonderful entrance into the world of third class, shoddy literature, and greatly entertained me. Davies adds his own twist to a classic character, without running out the door and flying to Puerto Rico with it ( which many authors tend to do.) Bravo, bravo.