Sherlock Holmes is perhaps one of the most well-known of fictional detectives, with a rich and detailed backstory and fans who are nothing short of devout followers of all things Sherlock. The recent movies with Robert Downey Jr. and the BBC series with Benedict Cumberbatch have firmly ensconced the character in the hearts of a whole new set of fans. Now, those fans have a new story to enjoy.
Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau is the second Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes novel penned by Guy Adams. The first in the series, The Breath of God, saw Holmes and Watson dealing with zombies and teaming up with ghost hunter Thomas Carnacki. The supernatural theme continues in this new book as they try to stop the creation of an army of beast men.
Doctor Moreau, in his efforts to prove the evolutionary theories of Charles Darwin, is conducting crude experiments that have come under criticism. Although the British government stopped his experiments, he now continues in secret and his monstrosities are leaving a trail of mutilated bodies throughout London. Holmes is contacted by his brother, Mycroft, who charges him with following the trail of bodies and stopping Moreau’s experiments before more people die.
Fans of the movie and television Sherlocks will enjoy once again following him as he tracks down Moreau with his unique style. Those who’ve been reading Sherlock for years will find the story interesting, though not entirely true to the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. This can be either enjoyable, as it’s a new take on existing canon, or frustrating, if one is more of a purist. Either way, it’s an intriguing well-written story that will keep readers guessing right through to the end. Sherlock Holmes: The Army of Doctor Moreau is available now in paperback for $12.95.
I received this book for review purposes.