Fiendish Schemes by K. W. Jeter audiobook

Fiendish Schemes

By K. W. Jeter
Read by Justine Eyre

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11.32 Hours 1
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In 1986, K. W. Jeter coined the term steampunk, applying it to his first Victorian-era science fiction alternate-history adventure. At last he has returned with a new tale of George Dower, son of the inventor of Infernal Devices, who has been in self-imposed exile…accumulating debt. The world Dower left when he went into hiding was significantly simpler than the new, steam-powered Victorian London; a mad whirl of civilization filled with gadgets and gears in the least expected places. After accepting congratulations for his late father’s grandest invention—a walking, steam-powered lighthouse—Dower is enticed by the prospect of financial gain into a web of intrigue with ominously mysterious players who have nefarious plans about which he can only guess. If he can make his father’s Vox Universalis work as it was intended, his future is assured. But his efforts are confounded by the strange Vicar Stonebrake, who promises him aid, but seems more interested in converting sentient whales to Christianity than in helping George. Drugged, arrested, and interrogated by men, women, and a steam-powered Prime Minister, Dower is trapped in a maelstrom of secrets, corruption, and schemes that threaten to drown him in the chaos of this mad new world. “This is the real thing—a mad inventor, curious coins, murky London alleys, and windblown Scottish Isles…. A wild and extravagant plot that turns up new mysteries with each succeeding page.” —James P. Blaylock on Infernal Devices “Jeter is a modern Arthur Conan Doyle…. [Fiendish Schemes] reads [like] a Sherlock Holmes adventure.” —Tee Morris, author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

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Summary

Summary

In 1986, K. W. Jeter coined the term steampunk, applying it to his first Victorian-era science fiction alternate-history adventure. At last he has returned with a new tale of George Dower, son of the inventor of Infernal Devices, who has been in self-imposed exile…accumulating debt.

The world Dower left when he went into hiding was significantly simpler than the new, steam-powered Victorian London; a mad whirl of civilization filled with gadgets and gears in the least expected places. After accepting congratulations for his late father’s grandest invention—a walking, steam-powered lighthouse—Dower is enticed by the prospect of financial gain into a web of intrigue with ominously mysterious players who have nefarious plans about which he can only guess.

If he can make his father’s Vox Universalis work as it was intended, his future is assured. But his efforts are confounded by the strange Vicar Stonebrake, who promises him aid, but seems more interested in converting sentient whales to Christianity than in helping George. Drugged, arrested, and interrogated by men, women, and a steam-powered Prime Minister, Dower is trapped in a maelstrom of secrets, corruption, and schemes that threaten to drown him in the chaos of this mad new world.

“This is the real thing—a mad inventor, curious coins, murky London alleys, and windblown Scottish Isles…. A wild and extravagant plot that turns up new mysteries with each succeeding page.” —James P. Blaylock on Infernal Devices

“Jeter is a modern Arthur Conan Doyle…. [Fiendish Schemes] reads [like] a Sherlock Holmes adventure.” —Tee Morris, author of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Gorgeous grotesquerie—Fellini by way of Tim Burton!” Tim Powers, author of Hide Me Among the Graves
“Jeter’s best book.” James P. Blaylock, author of the Langdon St. Ives novels
“Jeter is a modern Arthur Conan Doyle as his sequel to Infernal Devices reads as a Sherlock Holmes adventure. Each turn of the page unfolds the mystery; and the deeper you descend with Dower, the deeper you are drawn into Jeter’s work.” Tee Morris, author of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Reviews

Reviews

by Elliotts12 9/13/2017
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Gender failure

This sequel to Jeter's "Infernal Devices" is, alas, read by a woman. Am I a sexist pig? No. The problem is that the book is presented from the point of view of a male character, which normally is no big deal if read by a woman, but unfortunately it's presented in first person narrative, which makes this reading jarring, to say the least... To be clear, Justine Eyre is an excellent reader, and her characterizations are well performed, but it flat doesn't work to have her read a male character in first person. The steampunk sequel to "Infernal Devices" is a great yarn, but whoever produced this screwed up big time giving Justine the project...

Author

Author Bio: K. W. Jeter

Author Bio: K. W. Jeter

K. W. Jeter is a respected American novelist who wrote what was likely the first true cyberpunk novel, Dr. Adder, which was enthusiastically recommended by Philip K. Dick. His many original novels range from dark noir-horror to visionary science fiction. He has also written several authorized sequels to Blade Runner (a.k.a. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep). He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Runtime: 11.32
Audience: Adult
Language: English