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Publisher's Summary

Explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton and poet Algernon Swinburne return in a new series of wildly imaginative steampunk adventures.
Spring Heeled Jack is jumping back!
It's 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire's most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, bloodred snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London's Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!
Spring Heeled Jack isn't alone in his mental confusion. Burton can hardly function; he's experiencing one hallucination after another - visions of parallel realities and future history. Someone, or something, is trying to tell him about...what?
When the revelation comes, it sends Burton and his companions on an expedition even the great explorer could never have imagined - a voyage through time itself into a twisted future where steam technology has made a resurgence and a despotic intelligence rules over the British Empire!
©2014 Mark Hodder (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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By SharkHunterSFO on 07-20-14

weak start , strong finish

The plot of the book is a little confusing at the start. at the start no clear time or event to demarcate each of Burton's changes realities, Once The time traveling section of the book start the plot becomes stronger, the characters stronger and the pace quickens,
The performance by Mr. Doyle is excellent and well paced ,
Even with its flaws, it is still a good read.
if you are a fan of the Burton & Swinburne series., Then The Return of the Discontinued Man".s well worth your time.

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By Andrea on 07-19-14

More Fun Than a Barrel of Time Suits

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of time travel, steampunk or sci-fi especially if they like Sherlock Holmes or Victoriana. Lots and lots of all these genres.

What did you like best about this story?

You never know where it's going to go, which sometimes made it hard to follow especially when listening to a little bit at a time.

What does Gerard Doyle bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Miss Miller! I don't think I could picture the personalities of the characters as well without Gerard Doyle. He brings them all to life.

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By C. Douglass on 11-09-14

A flight through time tying up loose ends... maybe

If you could sum up The Return of the Discontinued Man in three words, what would they be?

moving, dark, glorious

What other book might you compare The Return of the Discontinued Man to, and why?

Doctor Who's dream journal where he jots down his wierdest nightmares (if such a book exists then the adventures of Burton and Swinburne were surely dreamt up during a night of fever dreams after too much brandy and cheese).

Have you listened to any of Gerard Doyle’s other performances? How does this one compare?

As ever, superb. My only niggle is that Wells and Swinburne's voices are too similar, other than that he has a fantastic range and really brings the story to life. Every character from the previous books seems to pop up at some point as a cameo and so he certainly had his work cut out giving them all a voice!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The King's agent of paradox

Any additional comments?

A remarkable achievement of a book which reprises lots of characters that had almost been forgotten from previous books and takes Burton on a trip through his own timeline with his faithful companions. As with the other books in the series the possibilities and ramifications of each action and outcome keep you thinking and guessing and how all these disparate strands tie together is a real feat of writing.

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By shaun hawes on 04-26-17

entertaining plot idea

a great addition to a great series of books our unusual two heoes beat time again

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