Pax Britannia: Anno Frankenstein
Author: Jonathon Green
Publisher: Abaddon Books
Price: £7.99 (Paperback)
Page count: 325pp
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin
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.