This is book number 5 in the Newbury & Hobbes series.
The grand adventure continues in George Mann's Newbury & Hobbes steampunk mystery series, as a Victorian special agent races across a continent to save his beloved's life on board The Revenant Express.
Sir Maurice Newbury is bereft as his trusty assistant Veronica Hobbes lies dying with a wounded heart. Newbury and Veronica's sister Amelia must take a sleeper train across Europe to St. Petersberg to claim a clockwork heart that Newbury has commissioned from Faberge to save Veronica from a life trapped in limbo.
No sooner do they take off then sinister goings-on start to plague the train, and it is discovered that an old villain, thought dead, is also on board and seeking revenge. Can Newbury and Amelia defeat him and get the clockwork organ back to the Fixer in time to save Veronica? And can they do so without Newbury going so far into the dark side of occult magic that he can never return?
Meanwhile, Sir Charles Bainbridge is the only one of their team left in London to struggle with a case involving a series of horrific crimes. Someone is kidnapping prominent men and infecting them with the Revenant plague, leaving them chained in various locations around the city. But why?
It's a rousing chase to save both London and Veronica. Will these brave detectives be up to the task?
Newbury & Hobbes Investigations
#1: The Affinity Bridge
#2: The Osirus Ritual
#3: The Immortality Engine
#4: The Executioner's Heart
#5: The Revenant Express
“A welcome return to Mann’s alt-history steampunk world and Newbury and Hobbes’ entertaining, yet darkly occult, investigations. Based on the ending, future volumes will finally tackle the secret agents that oppose mad Queen Victoria’s tyranny.” —Booklist
For the Newbury & Hobbes Investigations:
“Darkly suspenseful.” —Library Journal on The Immorality Engine
“A wonderful penny dreadful... It's an unashamed galloping romp through the ins and outs of the Victorian metropolis and the lurid generic conventions of adventure fiction.” —Paul Magrs on The Osiris Ritual
“Another fast-paced yarn that shows author George Mann is very likely on to something special here…the story lines are decadent, and Mann has a deft touch at pulling everything together in a way that leaves each installment feeling complete, but also has the reader wanting more.” —North County Times on The Osiris Ritual
“A science fantasy novel that should appeal to lovers of both genres... one of the biggest surprises of the year and I can't recommend the book enough.” —Fantasy Book Critic
“Steampunk is making a comeback, and with this novel Mann is leading the charge….An engaging melodrama that rattles along at a breakneck pace.” —The Guardian