London Underground by Chris Angus
Paperback or E-book format
Publisher: Iguana Books (September 2012)
I was given a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.
Beneath the streets of London lie many secrets. Subterranean rivers carve channels through darkened caverns. Hidden laboratories and government offices from WWII offer a maze of corridors and abandoned medical experiments. Lost in the depths of this underground are the contents of a looted Spanish galleon from the days of Henry VIII and a Nazi V-2 rocket that contains the most horrible secret of all. Carmen Kingsley, in charge of London projects for the British Museum, and Scotland Yard Inspector Sherwood Peets race to unravel the mysteries behind these contents before the great city succumbs to a frightening disease not seen since the age of the Henrys - the English Sweat. It all comes to a climax beneath London with the discovery of a horrifying species of genetically altered "super rats" that threaten to invade London and the British Isles.
The book starts off in the age of Henry VIII when London is in the grip of the English Sweat (Um, Ewww)- a disease that can kill within hours. The book then switches back and forth between WWII era Norway and present day London when bones are found during an archaeological dig. I found the the switching back and forth between eras to be a little abrupt at first but I got used to it quickly and I thought the plot was a little too busy. However that didn't distract with from an action packed story where Carmen and Inspector Peets race to stop an epidemic and giant killer rats ( Ewww again). I also liked the fact that one of the main characters had Asperger's. I found myself on the edge of my seat at times when reading it.
Chris Angus specializes in writing suspense thrillers/mysteries within a historical context, with subject matter ranging from mysteries surrounding the Titanic, World War II, new DNA discoveries, the threat of mutating pandemics and the debate between the world views of creationism and basic science.
Chris is also the award-winning author of several works of non-fiction, including Oswegatchie: A North Country River (North Country Books--2006), The Extraordinary Adirondack Journey of Clarence Petty: Wilderness Guide, Pilot and Conservationist (Syracuse University Press—2002), Images of America: St. Lawrence County (Arcadia Press—2001), and Reflections From Canoe Country (Syracuse University Press—1997).
While London Underground is a work of fiction, much of Chris’ precise writing style he showcases with his nonfiction comes through. Chris released earlier this year his first fiction novel, The Last Titanic Story, also available from Iguana Books, followed by his second thriller Flypaper, from Cool Well Press. London Underground is Chris’ third novel for 2012.
Chris' author site is: http://chrisangus.iguanabooks.com/
London Underground can be purchased through all major on-line book stores as well as with Iguana Books.com as an ePub, Kindle or Print edition at: http://iguanabooks.com/books/london-underground-print-edition/
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