I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Limehouse Text by Will Thomas
Length: 9 hours and 30 minutes
Published by Touchstone Pages: 337
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Antony Ferguson
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Also by this author: Some Danger Involved, To Kingdom Come
In The Limehouse Text, Barker and Llewelyn discover a pawn ticket among the effects of Barker's late assistant, leading them to London's Chinese district, Limehouse. There they retrieve an innocent-looking book that proves to be a rare and secret text stolen from a Nanking monastery, containing lethal martial arts techniques forbidden to the West. With the political situation between the British Empire and Imperial China already unstable, the duo must not only track down a killer intent upon gaining the secret knowledge but also safeguard the text from a snarl of suspects with conflicting interests.
Prowling through an underworld of opium dens, back-room blood sports, and sailors' penny hangs while avoiding the wrath of the district's powerful warlord, Mr. K'ing, Barker and Llewelyn take readers on a perilous tour through the mean streets of turn-of-the-century London.
Here is what I thought
So in the first book Some Danger Involved, Llewellyn finds out that the reason the job is vacant is because Barkers other assistant was killed.
In The Limehouse Text we find out a little bit about what happened to that assistant when they find that he pawned a book. Going after this book puts Barker and Llewellyn in the Chinese district of London with a lot of bad guys wanting to get their hands on the book.
It’s a secret book that contains some dangerous forbidden martial arts moves and such that could kill a man very easily and had been stolen form a monestary. Of course, everyone wants it for very different reasons but things get more complicated when an officer is killed the same way Barkers previous assistant was and Barker nearly gets himself killed in the process.
I thought this story just flowed a lot smoother than the last one and I was a lot more interesting in what was going on. It had a lot of twist and turns and a whole lot of suspects.
Cyrus Barker is not my favorite character but he is the independent detective (I can’t think of what he calls himself) he is just not extremely likable but okay. Thomas Llewellyn is the one who tells the stories about what is happening and a lot more down to earth and likeable and I always feel bad for him because he ends up in a lot of scraps but at least he is learning how to take care of himself pretty good.
Overall, it was a good story and I find these books interesting because they always tackle a different part of London.
I love the narrator Antony Ferguson and he does a great job here but his Chinese accent was sorely lacking.
Audio rating: 3.5