The House Of Smoke

The House Of Smoke

Sam Christer / Dec 15, 2019

The House Of Smoke Big Ben chimes in the first seconds of the first day of the start of a fresh century Inside London s oldest gaol preparations are afoot to hang Victorian England s deadliest assassin a man wan

  • Title: The House Of Smoke
  • Author: Sam Christer
  • ISBN: 9780751550924
  • Page: 214
  • Format: Paperback
  • Big Ben chimes in the first seconds of the first day of 1900, the start of a fresh century Inside London s oldest gaol, preparations are afoot to hang Victorian England s deadliest assassin, a man wanted for two decades worth of murders Cold blooded killer Simeon Lynch has lived a brutal and glorious life in the employ of the House of Moriarty the most feared criminalBig Ben chimes in the first seconds of the first day of 1900, the start of a fresh century Inside London s oldest gaol, preparations are afoot to hang Victorian England s deadliest assassin, a man wanted for two decades worth of murders Cold blooded killer Simeon Lynch has lived a brutal and glorious life in the employ of the House of Moriarty the most feared criminal enterprise in the world Now, as he faces the noose, Simeon learns dark truths about his master, about Sherlock Holmes and about his own past Truths that make him determined to escape and kill again Follow Simeon s bloody footsteps through the capital s cobbled alleyways, wretched workhouses and flash taverns as he crosses swords with Sherlock Holmes and the villainous characters of Victorian London.

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    999 Comments

    1. Sometimes it happens that books surprise me in a positive way and the book I review today belongs to this category.The 341 pages of the book are divided into five consecutively numbered parts which are subdivided into 31 named chapters which are subdivided too.The story is told from first person point-of-view and switch between to time lines which meet at the end of the story.The House of Moriarty surprised me in several ways.The story is completely told from the point of view of cold-blooded ki [...]


    2. With every kill I lost a piece of my humanity. I had become two people living in one skin: an increasingly cultured, educated and kindly Simeon along with a savage and ruthless Simeon.I read this mostly because it said Sherlock Holmes and more importantly implied Moriarty, but this was… disappointing. The House of Smoke tells the story of Simeon Lynch, who spent years of his life working for Moriarty, 'Sherlock Holmes’ greatest nemesis', and is now paying for it in jail, awaiting his executi [...]



    3. Cold and clever, but ultimately not enormously engaging, account of the life - and imminent death at the end of a rope - of Moriarty's killer Simeon Lynch.


    4. Didn't think much of this and gave up about three quarters of the way through. It's competently written, but no more than that. It rarely gripped me and Simeon Lynch, the central character, lacks, well, character and really failed to engage me in any way. The connections to Sherlock Holmes are tenuous at best; three quarters into the book he has appeared twice for a total of approximately a page or less and his nemesis Moriarty has not appeared at all, although Moriarty's brother (?), Brogan, is [...]


    5. The story of a man hired by the House of Moriarty as an assassin and his crossings with Sherlock Holmes. The book intertwines the assasin's time in prison before his execution with his life before and during his life with the Moriartys. It should have been a good plot but it wasn't it just lack interesting characters and simply wasn't engaging; for all it could have had nothing was 'chilling and clever'. The inclusion of Moriaty and Sherlock Holmes was a mistake as both characters are very well [...]


    6. Loved it!!!Absolutely devoured this book. Brilliant storyline, excellently executed. I'll shall look forward to more books from Mr Christer!



    7. 'Sherlock Holmes' greatest nemesis unleashes Victorian London's deadliest assassin'I'm going to have to be honest hereuntil about 1/2 way through this book I wasn't sure I liked it. It's not that I found it heavy going (it's not), it's not that it doesn't immediately grab your attention (I mean, holy smokes, it begins by the aforementioned assassin honestly describing himself as 'the manservant of Death' and beginning the countdown to his execution!) it's just, well, something wasn't sitting rig [...]


    8. The realistic fiction, “The House of Smoke”, written by Sam Christer, is one of the most peculiar “Sherlock Holmes – influenced” novels I have read. The story was based on how a Victorian London assassin, Simeon Lynch, spent time in Newgate Prison as he waited out his 18 days to execution. Every day, he was brutally tortured and abused by the prison warden, Johncock, and his devilish cronies. When alone, Simeon pondered on the events that had led him to jail, such as murdering a police [...]


    9. This book a lot more different than sir Arthur cannon Doyle Sherlock Holmes stories. Rather than on crimes and Holmes detective abilities, this book is more about an assassin and the first person narration of his life. A true Sherlock Holmes fan will be disappointed. Saying that, the narrative was good. Victorian English was little hard to follow. Needed the word wise service a lot more than few times to find the meaning. Definitely this would help in your vocabulary builder. Other than this is [...]


    10. This was an audible book narrated by David Thorpe. I was sorely disappointed overall, as I was expecting more Sherlock Holmes and less of the Moriarty gang. However, insight into how the gang began (this author's premise, that is), was well thought out. For me, the narrator dragged the story out and I ended up listening to it at 1.25 speed. That made the book easier to follow. The ending was a surprise, but left me hanging, although, if there is a sequel, I won't read or listen to it. I've had e [...]


    11. Won from It starts with Simeon lynch cold bloodied killer on death row . The story then goes back into how he got there right from the workhouse and to meeting moriarty and becoming into his employment not knowing at first what he was getting into.Did enjoy this read the story goes back to the past then into the present do you can understand how he got where he is and what is happening in the present


    12. It took me a long time to get into this book, in fact I gave up on it for quite a while but I'm glad that I came back to it. Telling the story of one of the Moriarty's henchmen, Simeon Lynch, it bounces between Newgate Jail, where he is awaiting execution and his earlier life. I thought the last few bits in the jail (trying not to give spoilers here), were particularly good and actually quite moving. I also like how the end of the book hopefully sets up the story to continue.


    13. Surprisingly GoodIt's not a book I would normally consider reading but it was on offer so I thought why not.Within the first chapter I was hooked, the story is well written with character's you cannot help but like in fact the good guys are the baddies and the bad guys the goodies.Go on buy the book you will love it.


    14. I loved this book, cleverly written, intertwined with Sherlock Holmes, Moriarty, goodies, and baddies. Historic, dramatic, empatheticl round a stonking good read!


    15. The story of Simeon Lynch who can escaped from being murderer. I liked how this story goin'. Full of plot twist. Even it's a crime-thriller genre novel, there's also romance in it.


    16. A book this excellent has made me aware that I've been far to generous when rating other books. Set in the Sherlock Holmes universe is amusing but this story is great in it's own right.


    17. Love most books involving Sherlock Holmes! He plays a small role in this one, but the book is still really good. Has all the best elements of a good adventure novel.


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