Steampunk Holmes: Legacy of the Nautilus

Rated 3.72/5 based on 18 reviews
In an alternative Steampunk universe (c.1885), the plans for Captain Nemo's mysterious Nautilus submarine have been stolen from the British Secret Service. There is only one man who can solve the case, Sherlock Holmes. With his bionic side-kick Doctor Watson, and his brilliant and lethal sister, Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock unravels a mystery that will shake the foundation of the British Empire. More

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About P.C. Martin

P.C. grew up traveling the world with her parents and speaks four languages including English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese. P.C. is a big fan of Sherlock Holmes, Steampunk, Star Wars, classic literature, and freely admits to being a Geek. She lives in the “Paris of South America”, Buenos Aries, Argentina.

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Review by: Carol on Jan. 7, 2013 :
An interesting adaption of Sherlock Holmes to steampunk. Note that hydrogen cyanide is a gas; potassium cyanide is the salt most commonly used as a poison (acid liberates the poisonous hydrogen cyanide).
(reviewed 11 months after purchase)
Review by: Ron Gill on Sep. 16, 2012 :
Steampunk Holmes packs elements of Sherlock Holmes, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, and the steampunk universe together in a story that will appeal to anyone with an active imagination.

Sherlock tears around London on a seam powered motorcycle. Dr. Watson has a bionic arm, Mycroft Holmes is Sherlock's sister. The villain escapes in a dramatic airship chase. What's not to like in a story with all these new takes on old characters and conventions of Victorian England in 1885.

No, it is not the way Arthur Conan Doyle told a story, but if you set out to re-imagine, rather then recreate, then the characters and situations ought to be different from Doyle.

This manuscript is intended to be combined with images and sound for presentation on a tablet, and any final judgment on Steampunk Holmes should rest until the completed production can be viewed on a digital device, but the text has an unfinished feel. It reads as though it was written in parts and then assembled without adequate transitions. The story has it's strong points. Holmes' motorcycle pursuit of the airship across the English countryside puts you right in the side car with Watson firing a Gatling gun.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
Review by: Dominique on Aug. 15, 2012 :
I usually love anything Holmes, and steampunk is a genre I'm just starting to get into. But for some reason this didn't grab me. I ended up stopping about 30 pages in. I think trying to be as close to Doyle's style as the author was didn't work in this story. A more modern narration would have worked best for me personally. Well written though.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: Amanda Carlini on Aug. 8, 2012 :
I really enjoyed this bit of fiction. I have been a loyal fan of The Canon and I take the treatment of Mr. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson very seriously.
*SPOILERS*
I liked the changes (a female Mycroft, Watson's arm, and the Widowmaker) I didn't find it to far a leap at all to see Holmes as an enthusiast of both this very modern form of transportation as well as the tinkering he takes to in the hopes of better equipping his friend.
I actually find that, for me at least, Holmes and Watson lend themselves very well to the roles of "Action Heroes". The action is in keeping with the pace of most things these days, that is to say very quick.
It moves very swiftly along the same vain as the Navel Treaty with some key differences. Holmes is as clever as always and his stalwart Doctor as handy as ever, the deductions are still there and truly shine when seen in a world that technology is advancing by leaps and bounds.
This is to be only the beginning of a series of books in this inventive and tantalizing world.
My only disappointment is in Doctor Watson's blindness in respects to the guilt of Victoria, though his compassion and effort in attempting to save her life was very moving and something I wholly approve of.
And I for one will back this project in any way I can, my money on kick-starter and the words I speak to others.
I eagerly await another installment.
(reviewed 41 days after purchase)
Review by: Sharon on July 7, 2012 :
I enjoyed reading it. Some bits were over the top for me but considering the canon we have, I don't think it was out of place.
(reviewed 66 days after purchase)
Review by: M. C. on June 20, 2012 :
Cool, a female Mycroft! But is that really an appropriate name for a lady? And the real Mycroft is a lazy Mycroft, one who does not go around town for work. That's what he/she needs Sherlock for.

Cool, a mechanical arm for Watson! But equipped with a Russian rocket-launcher? A bit of an overkill, perhaps?

I couldn't really appreciate the steampunk factor - if anything, some of the elements felt forced. Steampunk Holmes didn't really work for me, and halfway through, I had to drag myself to finish it. I hope steampunk is better expressed in the graphic novel adaptation.
(reviewed 50 days after purchase)
Review by: Amber Sorenson on June 18, 2012 :
A very enticing read. I could hardly put it down.
(reviewed 37 days after purchase)
Review by: Bette Forester on June 13, 2012 : (no rating)
a fun read, nicely plotted and with characters I could care about. I think I might have preferred British spelling.
I'm ready for the next one!
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: Amy Evans on May 27, 2012 :
Awesome story, it's really hard to put down once you start reading. I enjoyed it.
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
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