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March Babbage Book Discussion at the Burton

Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel by Pip
Ballantine & Tee Morris 


“Evil is most assuredly afoot—and Britain’s fate rests in the hands
of an alluring renegade . . . and a librarian.  These are dark days indeed in Victoria’s England. Londoners
are vanishing, then reappearing, washing up as corpses on the banks of the
Thames, drained of blood and bone. Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences—the
Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and
unsettling—will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly
lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing
fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest . . . and she’s prepared
to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the
perilous fray.  For a malevolent
brotherhood is operating in the deepening London shadows, intent upon the
enslavement of all Britons. And Books and Braun—he with his encyclopedic brain
and she with her remarkable devices—must get to the twisted roots of a most
nefarious plot . . . or see England fall to the Phoenix!” Amazon review  

Join us on Saturday, March 23 at the
library at 2 pm slt 

Here’s another review to get you interested and reading:  

Phoenix Rising, whatever its genre designation is a rather thrilling and labyrinth
detective romp laced with humor, feminine moxie and mayhem. The prose is
Dickens on steroids, yet it somehow grips the reader; the novel is long and
dense, but skimming is virtually impossible. Every word builds character
development or contributes to the intricate plot details. The language is
creative and fun, a modern version of Modernism that has the reader believing
in the existence of pre-microchip robotics and laser guns; the possibilities
are endless. A dark and twisted roller coaster of a read for those fond of
elegant vernacular and bizarre weaponry.



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