Sherlock Holmes and the Island of Dr. Moreau by Guy Adams proved to be a first-rate book. You know the kind where you get sad its over and instead of it being a page turner, you only try to read a little each day so you will not finish it too quickly. This was my car book at first, but then, as I found myself not sitting in my car as much since summer break had started for my boys, it made its way inside.
Genre: Science Fiction/ Mystery
Publisher: Titan Books
Stars: 4.5 Stars
Reviewer: Michael D. Griffiths
In this novel Holmes and Watson find themselves pitted against the creatures of the infamous Dr. Moreau. It is a tense novel where they are racing the clock because people are getting killed and whoever is behind the slaying has bigger plans. Unlike some Sherlock novels, he and Watson put together a large team of colorful characters to help them get through this one. Men from the London criminal underground mix with more famous fictional characters such as Challenger from The Lost World which was another creation of Arthur Conan Doyle.
What starts with a series of gruesome murders leads to the heroes discovering that not only are half animal men involved with the killings, but there is someone behind them associated with the evil Dr. Moreau. There are some tense scenes where these men get into trouble while searching for these monsters and villains deep under the streets of London. This novel is fast paced, exciting, and switches points of view during the climax which added to the tension.
If I had to poke problems into this book, I might say it is more adventure than investigation. This did not bother me at all, but die-hard sleuth fans might be put off. Also, after all the tension and the hinting of different half men/half animals, they do not get to show off their powers as much as some readers might have enjoyed.
A powerful novel and a good read. I reviewed another Sherlock Holmes book by Guy Adams a few months back. I might check into Titan Books and see if they have more.