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The Janus Affair: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel

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Hang onto your bowler hats, agents Books and Braun of Britains top-secret Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences are back in The Janus Affair. In their second wildly imaginative, utterly fantastic steampunk adventure, authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris carry readers back to an alternate history Edwardian England, where suffragettes are inexplicably disappearing in flashes of lightning, and the brainy, intrepid Mr. Books and his partner, the fearless, lovely, weapons-loving Eliza Braun, must get to the bottom of the nefarious matter—while confronting high-flying assassins, a traitorous turncoat, and the Queen of the Underworld herself. The Janus Affair is the British TV classic, The Avengers, updated for the 21st Century and given a delectable steampunk twist—an Affair that will satisfy fantasy lovers, graphic novel aficionados, and dedicated fans of the novels of Gail Carriger.

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Evildoers beware! Retribution is at hand, thanks to Britain's best-kept secret agents!!

Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance . . . with each case going inexplicably unexamined by the Crown.

The fate of England is once again in the hands of an ingenious archivist paired with a beautiful, fearless lady of adventure. And though their foe be fiendishly clever, so then is Mr. Books . . . and Miss Braun still has a number of useful and unusual devices hidden beneath her petticoats.

About the Author

Born in New Zealand, Philippa (Pip) Ballantine has always had her head in a book. A corporate librarian for thirteen years, she has a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Bachelor of Applied Science in Library and Information Science. She is New Zealand's first podcast novelist and has produced four podiobooks. Many of these have been shortlisted for the Parsec Awards, and she has won a Sir Julius Vogel Award. She is also the author of Geist and the soon-to-be-published Spectyr. While New Zealand calls, currently Philippa calls America home.

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MelHay, September 9, 2012 (view all comments by MelHay)
Lena disappears before Eliza on the train in a flash of lightning, but just before doing so asks Eliza for help. Eliza wants and requests the case, but being a Junior Archivist (not on field work) and compromised with knowing the victim, is not given the case. Agent Bruce Campbell is given the case. While at a suffragist meeting another lady, one well known to Eliza, is attacked. Eliza now starts to investigate the case with Wellington's help, and finds it leads to the suffragist women going missing and protecting the one woman who could lead the England Suffragists into a new time. This particular incident seems to go back several years in the archives when investigated into it, all unsolved and referencing the burnt metal smell and flash of light. As far away from the past as both our partnered agents might think, it will creep up to them fast here.

Both of our courageous characters are haunted by their history. One that wants it back and the other who can't forget it. Eliza's past keeps showing up in London...a suffragist from New Zealand, an old love...all the things that bring Eliza's exiled home fresh to the front of her mind. We see Eliza with a touch of vulnerability with her yearning for her home land, and missing her family and friends. Wellington's mind is daunting by his memories of his commanding father.

Boy do I love Wellington and the secrets he has. We get a small taste of what he has up his sleeves, yet still so mysterious! I want to tell Eliza, Wellington is much more than she knows...stronger and deadlier than she thinks, yet such a gentleman. I just love seeing Wellington's spunk. The secrets he's hiding are starting to seep through the longer he is with the adventurous Eliza, and becoming visible to those around them.

We are sucked into the mystery in the prelude wondering what Lena is running from and why. Then what the heck happened to her on the train in front of Eliza!? Shocking! And the electrifying mystery will have you guessing and looking for clues with our duo.

I have to mention the chapter headings, titles as per say. Ha ha! Love these. They make me smile and give a little of whats to come in the chapter. And they call Eliza a Pepperpot!

The Ministry Seven is back! These kids add a lovely touch to the story with Eliza and Wellington. Almost a family feeling. There is a young Verity mentioned. I love Verity! and so excited to see here status here. Between listening to the Tales from the Archives and reading the books I know Verity is in the Tales from the Archives, but not 100% sure of Phoenix Rising. I do enjoy hearing of her again though. Brilliant young lady.

Speaking of the Tales from the Archives! It is NOT necessary to listen or read them to enjoy any of these books. But, yes always a but... But they do give a few back stories you could very well enjoy, especially after reading this book. If you are curious about Eliza and the happenings related to Kate, you can read or listen to the podcast that highlights this story. But do take a listen to The Evil that Befell Sampson. Or you can download the first collection stories.

Now to go with learning about Eliza's past, if you are more curious about Wellington and his father you can learn a touch on that as well with the Tales from the Archives. We have Sins of the Father, in podcast form. Or, again, you can download the collection of short stories.

I do love seeing our secret agents on a mission, seeing glimpses of Eliza and Wellington enjoying teasing each other, and knowing just how to push each others buttons. They both know what cards to play and when, with what they do and the secrets each keeps... the secrets might just be the obvious thoughts are just a cover and there is more stewing underneath the layers.

Since I went there with the links on Eliza and Wellington's past, if you are curious to meet Verity, you can listen to the podcast with her in, The Precarious Child. Or again, download.

Again, I can't wait to get more of Eliza and Wellington in their next adventure! Of course I know after reading this book where they are going next, and can't wait to get there. (No, it's not a cliffhanger, just lets you know where they are heading next.)

Do enjoy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780062049780
Author:
Ballantine, Pip
Publisher:
Voyager
Author:
Morris, Tee
Subject:
Fantasy - General
Subject:
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Edition Description:
Mass Market PB
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
6.75 x 4.1875 x 0.8 in 10.4 oz

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"Synopsis" by , Evildoers beware! Retribution is at hand, thanks to Britain's best-kept secret agents!!

Certainly no strangers to peculiar occurrences, agents Wellington Books and Eliza Braun are nonetheless stunned to observe a fellow passenger aboard Britain's latest hypersteam train suddenly vanish in a dazzling bolt of lightning. They soon discover this is not the only such disappearance . . . with each case going inexplicably unexamined by the Crown.

The fate of England is once again in the hands of an ingenious archivist paired with a beautiful, fearless lady of adventure. And though their foe be fiendishly clever, so then is Mr. Books . . . and Miss Braun still has a number of useful and unusual devices hidden beneath her petticoats.

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