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The Osiris Ritual

The Osiris Ritual

George Mann

Sir Maurice Newbury's villainous predecessor, Knox, is hell bent on achieving immortality. And there's a secret agent who isn't quite as he seems.... So continues an adventure quite unlike any other, a thrilling steampunk mystery and the second in the series of Newbury & Hobbes investigations.

Size: ↑ 20 mm416 PagesISBN: 9781906727031
Publication: July 6, 2009Series: Newbury and Hobbes


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The Osiris Ritual is the second novel in a series detailing the adventures of Victorian special agent Sir Maurice Newbury and his delectable assistant Miss Veronica Hobbes. The novel is set in an alternative version of Victorian London in which the industrial age has come early and steam technology has revolutionised the British Empire. Victoria is kept alive on the throne by a primitive life support system and her agents do battle with the enemies of the Crown, both physical and supernatural. The Osiris Ritual is about the fallacy of immortality. Just like the Egyptian god Osiris, Sir Maurice's evil predecessor, Konx, wants to be reborn to eternal life. It's up to Newbury to stop him… The Newbury and Hobbes Investigations series appeals to readers of The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher, The Court of the Air by Stephen Hunt, Mainspring by Jay Lake and Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell by Susannah Clarke. It is inspired in equal parts by Doctor Who, The Avengers, Sherlock Holmes and The Mummy, as well as any number of classic Victorian novels such as The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Time Machine and Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde. As well as being influenced by such classic Victoriana, the novels also draw deeply on many of the current trends in the SF/F genre, including elements of steampunk, discussions about the nature of artificial intelligence and the relationship between science and the paranormal. The Affinity Bridge, the first book in the series, has been received very well with sales warranting a special limited slipcase edition featuring a specially minted coin. The paperback will be launched for Christmas 2008 and initial orders are approaching 10,000 units.

George Mann is the author of The Affinity Bridge, Ghosts of Manhattan and The Human Abstract, as well as numerous short stories, novellas and an original Doctor Who audiobook.


'Mann is at the forefront of the new generation of UK genre movers and shakers.' 'The author does a superb job of recreating nineteenth century London...a thoroughly engaging story.' SF Signal 'Mann is leading the charge.' The Guardian 'Fans of Alan Moore's work will likely enjoy Mann's depiction of Victorian asylums, slums, aristocratic soirees and things that go bump in the night.' Strange Horizons 'A carefully plotted and entertaining steampunk mystery.' '[Mann] has a sharp talent for writing and a surplus of enthusiasm for the genre' Sci Fi Now 'Highly, highly recommended'

Format: Hardback

Size: ↑ 20 mm

416 Pages

ISBN: 9781906727031

Publication: July 6, 2009

Series: Newbury and Hobbes

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