Turn of the century London, a gritty world of steam and clockwork. Sigmund Shaw wants nothing more than to care for his sister and his niece, even if it means occasionally exceeding the law. Although reluctant, his penchant for gadgets and creativity makes him a successful thief – until he is accused of a crime he actually didn’t commit. With the threat of war looming from within the Empire, Sigmund needs to find allies to prove his innocence and prevent the unthinkable.
While the mystery unfolds, the ramifications grow resulting in blackmail, murder, battles on the ground and in the clouds – and an invention that could change the world forever.
Mark King is an easy-going writer with a talent for finding enjoyment in most any situation. He’s a lifelong reader whose literary interests include science fiction, adventure, thriller, and mysteries. He grew up in California, but now lives in upstate New York with his wife. When not working or writing, he can be found watching movies, kayaking, associating with friends, and of course reading.
One man is trying to protect his family by uncovering the worst of Bedlam’s hidden secrets. One woman is following in her late husband’s footsteps to try and help those that can’t help themselves.
They will both find that looking for evil does not necessarily make one prepared to find it.
Victorian England, 1891. Naomi Gladwyn is an awkward girl, who is uncomfortable in crowds, has more self-doubt than confidence, and would much rather sit quietly reading than attend the most lavish of celebrations. After the deaths of her parents and her uncle's mysterious disappearance along with the rest of the crew of the infamous ghost ship Mary Celeste, her prospects look grim. But just before her eighteenth birthday, when she's to be sent to live out her days in a work house, she runs away - and finds herself swept into the dark world of the Book Reapers, a secret society that knows there's more to some books than meets the eye.
Naomi always thought reading was her safest refuge. But she's about to learn that some books are very dangerous...
Sarah Clarke, fifteen year old niece of Sigmund Shaw, had never had any adventure in her life – outside of books. When her friend, Charlotte Merrihail, a reporter for the Strand Magazine, asked her to come along on an assignment in Egypt, Sarah thought she could finally experience something that was not just in her imagination. What ensues is far beyond her dreams…or nightmares.
A threatening curse, an impossible prophecy, and violent secret societies, are only the beginning of what Sarah will find herself up against.
Along with Sigmund and Charlotte, an adventure awaits them that will test their sanity, their friendships, and their lives.