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Book Review: ‘The Osiris Curse: A Tweed and Nightingale Adventure’ by Paul Crilley

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The Osiris Curse is the second book in a series of “Tweed and Nightingale Adventures” that began with The Lazarus Machine. Once again, Tweed and Nightingale must save the Victorian world. But there’s more to it than that!

osiriscurseWhen someone murders Nicolai Tesla and steals the plans for a weapon that could destroy the world, Tweed and Nightingale end up right in the middle of the global search to recover the plans before it is too late.

The action involves a secret society called the Hermetic Order of Set, a huge and incredibly luxurious airship called the Albion, a tasteless and wildly popular luxury hotel created from the Great Pyramid in Egypt and named Tutankhamen’s View, and a mad race to stop the destruction of the human race.

All of this results in non-stop adventure at the same time that Tweed is struggling with an identity crisis and both Tweed and Octavia (Nightingale) are beginning to experience new feelings towards each other. Plus, the plot leads them even closer to rescuing Octavia’s kidnapped mother. Will they be reunited? You will just have to read and see!

This book is entertaining for young readers and for adults. One of the things that makes it stand out is the attempt to understand what drives the villains to do what they do and the way that Crilley leads his characters to look at both sides of the issues involved. There is also an important lesson about accepting those who are different from us in this story. And while there is a great deal of death and violence in the book, it is seldom graphic and the protagonists try their best to avoid killing as much as possible.

With the very engaging Tweed and Nightingale and a colorful cast of supporting characters this is a perfect steampunk adventure that, with the first book in the series, would be a perfect introduction to the genre for readers of all ages. The very realistic and often humorous relationship between the two main characters and the innocent touch of romance makes the reader really care about the characters and makes it easier to accept the fantastic elements of the tale while the plot keeps you engaged and eager to know what is going to happen next the whole way through.

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About Rhetta Akamatsu

I am an author of non-fiction books and an online journalist. My books include Haunted Marietta, The Irish Slaves, T'ain't Nobody's Business If I Do: Blues Women Past and Present, and Sex Sells: Women in Photography and Film.
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