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Burton and Swinburne return in a new series! The Beast is coming. History will be remade. Since the assassination of Queen Victoria in 1840, a cabal of prominent men - including King George V, HRH Prince Albert, Benjamin Disraeli, and Isambard Kingdom Brunel - has received guidance from the afterlife. The spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu El Yezdi, has helped them to steer the empire into a period of unprecedented peace and creativity. But on the eve of a groundbreaking alliance with the newly formed Greater German Confederation, scientists, surgeons, and engineers are being abducted - including Brunel! The government, in search of answers, turns to the afterlife, only to find that Abdu El Yezdi is now refusing to speak with the living. Enter the newly knighted Sir Richard Francis Burton, fresh from his discovery of the source of the Nile. Appointed the king's agent, he must trace the missing luminaries and solve the mystery of Abdu El Yezdi's silence. But the Beast has been summoned. How can the famous explorer fulfill his mission when his friends and loved ones are being picked off, one by one, by what appears to be a supernatural entity - by, perhaps, Abdu El Yezdi himself?
©2013 Mark Hodder (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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By carmen on 08-06-13

The fourth in the series did not disappoint

This is by far my favorite series. You can listen to the book even if you didn't listen to the others. If you have read the others you will know what I mean when I say it takes place after and before the trilogy. This is classic steam punk and what steam punk is all about. I am going to get very deep here but don't let that scare you away from listening to this book. And listen you must because Gerard Doyle is fantastic. Anyway, steam punk imagines a world that went a different direction, it denies religion while embracing all religions. It shows the great things technology can bring and the great price we pay. It embraces Darwinism while it cannot deny creation. This series asks the question of fate vs free will but cannot answer it. Burton and Swinburne find themselves in alternate universes created by the choices people make, including their choices. Also there is a lot of great shout outs to historical figures. Sorry about getting so deep but I was just so moved and excited by the book. It is also a very fun adventure, steam punk, alternative reality romp. Also did i mention there was vampires which are very hot right now.Although the book was 15 hrs, it was not long enough. Every minute was filled with some kind of emotion, Happy sad thrilled. Although I am going back to listen to all four again, this story is contained in the book so you can listen to it right now.Although, you will want to listen to all because they are all fabulous.

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By Michael on 08-25-13

Surprise Return

I thought book 3 of the series had to be the end so finding a book 4 available really surprised me. I took a quick look at some the reviews and decided to take a chance. "The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi" turned out to be my second favorite of the series (I think the first was the best overall despite some "first novel" glitches). I've always liked variations on a theme and the author was able to spin out some great ones in this book. His writing technique has improved over the years and but his ability to weave alternate history (alternate histories of alternate histories?) with steampunk remains as fresh as ever.

The narration also remained strong. I am a picky listener when it comes of hokey or overblown accents so I appreciate Gerald Doyle's expertise with them.

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By N16 on 02-16-16

The best of the series so far.

I had originally though this series was a trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed them all. I was very surprised to find out there was more as the story seemed to have finished. What Mark Hodder does with the story next however marks this out clearly as my favourite so far. Bismillah! Also, as ever, Algy is truly the main character. Downloading the next one now!

I must just add that the narration is exquisite and couldn't not be any better.

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By C. Douglass on 10-21-13

hit the reboot button again

What made the experience of listening to The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi the most enjoyable?

As ever a great narration of the story with fantastic voice characterisation. The story follows on from the previous books; and yet does not at all. A lot of questions from previous books are answered and more are asked. The infinite possibilities that the stories can now explore leave you thinking about the stories and characters long after you unplug your ipod.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret of Abdu El Yezdi?

The graveyard scene at the end.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Meeting Swinburne all over again

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The graveyard scene at the end.

Any additional comments?

Whilst the possible repercussions of the events in the London park are infinite and offer a bewildering range of outcomes and futures for our hero I really hope that at some point there is some final closure for Burton and that he can settle as an ambassador to Limpopo or wherever and the natural order is restored.

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