Review: Rebel Fire by Andrew Lane

Rebel Fire by Andrew Lane
Series: Young Sherlock Holmes (# 2)
Release Date: April 24, 2012
Publisher: Square Fish
Pages: 352
Source: book won in a contest

Fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes knows that Amyus Crowe, his mysterious American tutor, has some dark secrets. But he didn’t expect to find John Wilkes Booth, the notorious assassin, apparently alive and well in England—and Crowe somehow mixed up in it. When no one will tell you the truth, sometimes you have to risk all to discover it for yourself. And so begins an adventure that will take Sherlock across the Atlantic, to the center of a deadly web—where a friend is in peril and a defeated army threatens to rise again.
Andrew Lane’s exciting second case for the teenage Sherlock leads the young detective to America, straight into the heart of a shocking conspiracy.

Review: A big fan of Sherlock Holmes I enjoyed this story about Young Sherlock — Rebel Fire. Yes, to be honest there was a lot that could have been approved on but overall it was simply a fun, easy read.

I enjoyed how we get to know Sherlock as a young boy. His development of how the boy comes into his own and becomes the man is fun as we discover life with him. He is a little on the whiney side, so unlike his confident grown up self, always questioning instead of just going for it dragging everyone along with him. Bringing in his violin playing and bee keeping helping to bond the young and the old Sherlock was nice.

At times the dialogue wasn’t strong but it wasn’t horrific either. I think as the series proceeds it will sharpen but then maybe I am just comparing too much to the original Sherlock.

I was able to visualize most of the scenery or where they were at each step of the way. Some scenes were shaky but still good. I realized that even though a lot of these characters aren’t in the original books, they are here to set him up to become the man he is to become. Just as people come and go in our lives for reason if only to mold us into the person we are to become.

Overall I enjoyed this story and can’t wait to read the next one even if they are predictable at times. This is the second in the series and I am going to read the first one here shortly. Then go onto the next. Easy fun read to take your mind off of everything.