Sherlock Holmes, the Breath of God
By Guy Adams & a few thoughts of Logan Adair

Introduction

“When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable must be the truth.” This iconic statement is, of course, one of if not the best known quote of the estimable MR. Sherlock Holmes, the best known and most loved detective of the late nineteenth to early twentieth century. In this novel, Holmes and Watson are pitted against the occult, with Alester Crowley, “the wickedest man on earth” at their side. It’s quite the tale, and if it’s true then once again Sherlock is savior of mankind…although, this is what, the seventh time? This eloquent book by Guy Adams has earned my greatest respect, and I hope you think so as well.
Setting
As always in a true, superb Holmes, this book is set in Victorian era London, as well as the rest of the Britain. As a good Holmes must be, the first third of this book is set at 221B Bakers street, as any respectable Holmes must be. This classic residence is decorated with numerous memorabilia, as well as various “gentlemanly touches” that Sherlock has seen to add, such as a photo of The Woman, Irene Addler or the V.R. made of bullet holes in the walls. The quiet and comfortably familiar quarters are quickly left behind after the first third of the book, to herd in Watson’s second unfortunate trouble on a train. Trains are, however, a more practical place than most for a battle, so it’s as ideal location as you’re going to find.

Characters
In Sherlock Holmes, The Breath Of God, You meet three main characters: Sherlock himself, the estimable Dr. Jonathan Watson, and Mr. Alester Crowley. Sherlock himself isn’t featured in SHTBOG nearly as often as normal and is only in about three-fifths of the story, very much unlike the other Holmes novels I’ve read; however, despite this breach of Holmesian protocol his presence is most distinctly felt throughout SHTBOG. Dr. Watson is featured far more in SHTBOG than in most other Holmes’s I’ve read, and I’d have to say he’s depicted in a much, much stronger and brighter light than before. Now we get to the “guest star” of this particularly interesting story, Mr. Alester Crowley. Crowley is a jovial, middle-aged and quite fat man. Crowley’s the leader of the occult members of Holmes’ party throughout this story, and does quite a job of it. Dare I say he’s the Shran (star trek enterprise) of nineteenth century mysticism? His occult powers are truly astounding, and I’d recommend SHTBOG to twenty people based on him alone. Truly, the three leads of this story are particularly adept, and to underestimate any of them would be a very, very grave mistake.

Plot
The marvelously complex plot of Sherlock Holmes, The Breath Of God (SHTBOG) is not merely a story, but a true work of art. Protagonists turn antagonists, antagonists turn out to be friends, and during all of this, you discover only one thing… DON’T USE THE BRITISH TRAINS! Ahem, sorry for my yelling. Truly though, the number of attacks on Watson’s trains are truly atrocious, though I suppose that one predictable point is great for most people, so they don’t feel all too incompetent…, although, isn’t that pretty much the point of a Holmes? Yes, I believe that’s so. Unlike in all the other Holmes that I’ve read, sorcery is the true culprit of the crime, so dedicated fans, no, this is not merely another The Hound of Baskersville, which I’m sure will come as a relief. The main antagonist throughout the tale is the “legendary” “breath of god”; a creature that for us D&D fans can most easily be identified as a large air elemental. The plot of SHTBOG is almost divinely inspired, although it could be a bit more graphic (hey, this is the twenty-first century). There are only two scenes with rather gory endings, and although they (almost) provide enough blood to sate me, almost isn’t good enough for a Holmes, certainly not enough for a modern one.

Conflict
In this new epic installment of the Sherlock Holmes series, Sherlock must confront “The breath of god” an air-elemental. It’s one of his fiercest foes yet, and if I didn’t know better I’d say that it’d slay him in an instant. The fights with The Breath are (no pun intended) breathtaking. The other antagonists are poisons, hallucinations, and Alester prowley (decipher it if you can). The most famous detective that never lived has stepped up his game more than ever in here, and it’s one of the best I’ve ever read… The conflicts of the story are disguised well, so the uninitiated: beware!

About the time period
During the 19th century, London was transformed from a small city to the worlds largest and the capital of the British empire, at approximately 6.7 million people in 1900. During this time, it became a cultural and economical center piece of the world, at least until NYC and Paris threatened London’s supremacy at the end of the century. London was a melting pot of the world, and many believe that, at least for that century, London hit its peak at the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was transformed in the 19th century by railways, and has kept a good public transit system since. The police force was largely born in the time and has become a competent force.

About the author
Guy Adams was a good and seasoned actor for 12 years before he took up the pen, and his writing has been at least as good as his acting. He mugged people as emmerdale, performed a dance routine as Hitler and toured Europe performing his own comedy. Adams first book, The World House, was a best seller and his quality has only improved since. He’s got over 14 publised books, and they’re all good, from what I’ve determined. He lives in Spain with nine cats, a dog with ID issues, crazy lizards in the light sockets, as well as two step-sons who like to think they could beat him in guy_adams.jpga fight.

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Conclusion
This book is truly exemplary, and I’d give it .Flag.png
Logan Adair