Review: A Dash of Quicksilver!

May 20, 2011 - 1:11 am No Comments

Pax Britannia: Anno Frankenstein

Author:  Jonathon Green

Publisher: Abaddon Books

Price:  £7.99 (Paperback)

Page count:  325pp

Reviewer:  Theresa Derwin

Anno Frankenstein Book Cover

Part of the Pax Britannia series from Abaddon Books, and a continuing adventure featuring the dashing Ulysses Quicksilver, Anno Frankenstein is a high spirited, action packed pulp novel that combines humour, cultural icons and Steampunk in one lively package.

The novel starts in Germany 1943 at the height of World War II as we know it in an alternate reality where Magna Britannia has joined forces with Imperial Russia to defeat the tyrant Hitler.  This is number seven in the very popular Quicksilver series, yet the notable difference here is that for at least half the novel, our hero is Hercules Quicksilver, agent of the crown and father of Ulysses. In the gothic towers of Castle Frankenstein, the Nazis are producing a deadly undead army from the bit parts of deceased soldiers. To defeat the Nazi’s new threat, Quicksilver Senior is assigned a mission by his old pal Winston Churchill. He must travel to Scotland and collect a ‘package’ and then deliver it into the hands of the allies in Germany. Quicksilver is more than a little perturbed to discover the package is the cryogenically frozen Dr Jekyll. He has serious doubts about the potential effectiveness of the fragile doctor against the enemy of Britannia. And that’s just for starters.

Anno Frankenstein is my first outing with Quicksilver. But it certainly won’t be my last. This book is a rip roaring adventure that blatantly wears its Geek and Genre loving heart on its sleeve. From Dr Jekyll’s transformation to a slightly green tinged Mr Hyde, to glorious Can-Can dancing gun toting beauties in the Monstrous Regiment, and the wonderful gothic atmosphere of the whole novel, this is the book that the film ‘League of Extraordinary Gentlemen’ should have been. It is superlative fun and a wonderful cohesion of Universal Monster madness. Journey into Magna Britannia with Quicksilver and you won’t have a second to breathe.

If you want to know more about Jonathon Green’s latest projects take a look at his website and blog sites, which can be found at Jonathan Green, author.

 

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