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Podcast Spotlight — Double Dose of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurances

May 31, 2012

Happy Wednesday one and all.

Normally, I feature a podcast I’m listening to and give you a rating on it.  Today, I offer not just that, but an extra bonus — a review of the recently released steampunk novel “The Janus Affair; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurences” by Tee Morris and Pip Ballentine.

For those who don’t know, steampunk is a relatively new book genre.  The stories take place in late 19th century, more often than not in Victorian England.  In this genre, however, they have all manners of steam-powered gadgets that we normally might associate with our modern-day technology.  Some classic examples most people are familiar with would be Jules Verne’s “20,000 leagues Under the Sea” or the western television show/movie “Wild, Wild West”.

The Janus Affair, the second book of the MOPO novel series, follows the exploits of archivists Eliza Braun and Wellington Book  as they investigate a series of strange disappearances involving high-ranking members of the Women’s Suffragist movement.  What makes the case peculiar is that, in every case, the women disappear in a blinding flash of light and electricity.   Add to the mix the return of Eliza’s first love, a secret organization whose goal it is to disband the Ministry, and an agent within the Ministry’s ranks whose agenda is less than benevolent, and you have a rollercoaster ride that reads better than any movie.

I found the book very fun and entertaining, so much so that I became frustrated when I needed to put the book away because I was too tired to read any further.  It is one I highly recommend to any book lover, regardless if they are a fan of steampunk or a swashbuckling style of mystery thriller.  Like its predecessor, “Phoenix Rising”, “The Janus Affair” is a novel I sincerely hope to see coming to the big screen sometime soon, it is that good.  My rating is a 5 out of 5.

In addition to the novels, the authors also host a podcast offering short stories by fellow authors that makes the Ministry universe more robust.  Each story is a case file from other agents within the Ministry and offer potential for future stories and introduce characters who many make appearances in future books.  The stories are just as entertaining as the novels and would even stand on their  own if they were made into mini movies or television episodes.  Another 5 out of 5 for the podcast.

You can purchase “The Janus Affair:  A Ministry of Peculiar Occurences Novel”  at your local book store, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, while the podcast is available through Itunes and their website.  Enjoy the trailer.


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