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Mary Russell and her husband, Sherlock Holmes, have stirred the wrath of a murderous secret organization bent on infiltrating the government. Now they are separated and on the run, wanted by the police, and pursued across the Continent by a ruthless enemy with limitless resources and powerful connections.
Unstoppable together, Russell and Holmes will have to survive this time apart, maintaining contact only by means of coded messages and cryptic notes. But has the couple made a fatal mistake by separating, making themselves easier targets for the shadowy government agents sent to silence them?
A hermit with a mysterious past and a beautiful young female doctor with a secret, a cruelly scarred flyer and an obsessed man of the cloth: Everyone Russell and Holmes meet could either speed their safe reunion or betray them to their enemies—in the most complex, shocking, and deeply personal case of their career.
- Series: Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes (Book 6)
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Bantam; Reprint edition (August 9, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553590413
- ISBN-13: 978-0553590418
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces
As a Sherlock Holmes fan, I was not excited about reading a Sherlock Holmes "add-on" book by someone else. Since it was a good client that told me about this series, insisted I try it AND brought me a "good title to begin with," I read it to appease her before our next appointment. In fact, I enjoyed it VERY much and have now read all in the series. Smartly written with all of Sherlock Holmes personality and habits observed to a "t."! Mary Russell makes an irresistible addition to Holmes' circle.
One of Laurie King's best
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I liked the previous book (The Language of Bees) that leads to this one. However, I sometimes found myself confused by the development of the plot with King's books. Sometimes she goes off in tangent to explain what is happening.
In The God of the Hive, Laurie R. King picks up where The Language of Bees left off. Sherlock Holmes is on the run with his son, Damian Adler, who has been seriously wounded by the Reverend Thomas Brothers, a religious looney. In the meantime, Holmes' wife, Mary Russell is on the run with Damian's half Asian daughter, Estelle and her grizzled pilot friend. Part of the fun of this series is that it takes place in the days before instant communication, so the Holmes party has no idea where the Russell party is and vice versa. They have to communicate through the personal ads in the paper- a method that is not only slow, but is subject to hijacking or misinterpretation.
For those of you who may not know, this is the second part of The Language of Bees. I loved this book and have read it many times. I've read all of Ms. King's Mary Russell series and most of her other books and the Mary Russell series is my favorite and this is my favorite of the series. The two novels together are a great read, but I think that God of the Hive is the better of the two. The Language of Bees essentially sets up everything that happens in GOTH, but GOTH goes further in developing the characters of Holmes, Russell and the supporting cast. The writing is also better I think in GOTH than in just about anything Ms. King has written, certainly better than in her subsequent novels, Garment of Shadows and Pirate King, which were enjoyable but not the same quality in my opinion.
Absorbing story ...
Another in the series that doesn't disappoint. Might be one of my favorites. As usual, a nice mix of puzzle, unforgettable and at times unusual characters, and wonderful sense of place. I don't know why I have not read this more than once, definitely an aberration! I'm in the process of re-reading the series, not necessarily in order since it's my third time for many of them. There is something new in every read, possibly because the reader has changed ...
terrific conclusion to The Language of Bees
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I am a big fan of this series, though I wasn't thrilled with The Language of Bees. I thought some goofy changes were launched and didn't particularly like the new characters, Holmes's new relatives and villains included; I also didn't appreciate a two-volume arc where I had to wait so long to get the conclusion. That said, I really enjoyed this novel. Point of view alternated between Holmes and Russell, maybe a 2 to 1 ratio, and both were great. Holmes' part involved a lot of detection and his unique take on events unfolding, while Russell's part was fun and introduced a spectacular character, Robert Goodman -- a shell-shocked veteran of WW1 who rescues Russell and crew from a crashed plane. Goodman is fantastic, and I loved every scene with him in it. We see a bit of Mycroft, which is good, and not much of Holmes's son, which is even better.