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Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Series) ebook

by Pip Ballantine,Tee Morris

Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences-the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the . I bought Phoenix Rising as one of those impulse purchases, think it was probably on offer and I didn't have much that I hadn't read on my kindle. Finally got round to reading it recently.

Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences-the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling-will not allow its agents to investigate. Fearless and exceedingly lovely Eliza D. Braun, however, with her bulletproof corset and a disturbing fondness for dynamite, refuses to let the matter rest. and she’s prepared to drag her timorous new partner, Wellington Books, along with her into the perilous fray.

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The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, with its head office located at the heart of the Empire, London, is here to solve these mysterious happenings that leave normal law enforcement officials baffled. Located in a secret locatio. ore. Book 1. Phoenix Rising.

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Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences-the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling-will not allow its agents to investigate

Yet the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences-the Crown’s clandestine organization whose bailiwick is the strange and unsettling-will not allow its agents to investigate.

2 The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. The Shifted World series . Verity Fitzroy and the Ministry Seven series. Phoenix Rising was also rated in the top 10 science fiction books of 2011 on goodreads. com In 2011 she also signed a book deal with Pyr books for a two-book series, the first of which is Hunter and Fo. Philippa Ballantine, Tee Morris, The Ghost Rebellion: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel (2016), CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.

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Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris. Enjoy the ride! From the Desk of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Archives. I think our agents stationed all over the world, and all the various mysteries and mayhem they find themselves in, have stories that deserve to be told, even if Welly is a bit strict when Ministry protocol and procedure is concerned.

Co-authors Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris ingeniously reimagine England’s Edwardian Era in Phoenix Rising—a hilarious, rip-roaring steampunk fantasy romp that the voracious fans of New York Times bestseller Gail Carriger will eagerly devour with great relish. In this outrageous, non-stop adventure, Ballantine and Morris introduce us to Agents Books and Braun of the ultra-secret Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences—the most delightful duo of very British evil-bashers since The Avengers, Emma Peel and John Steed. With its malevolent secret societies, earth-shattering conspiracies, breathtaking derring-do, and absolutely wondrous weapons, Phoenix Rising out-Sherlocks Robert Downey, Jr.’s Sherlock Holmes.
I like steampunk stories, largely because they're all a kind of alternate history. This one is especially appealing -- at least in its description -- because it also has quietly feminist elements. After all, the female protagonist is the gun-toting heroine who wears a bulletproof corset, and her partner is the bookish researcher. Plus, our hero and heroine work for a secret agency (the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences) which serves Queen Victoria faithfully. What's not to like?

Ballentine and Morris absolutely put together an excellent premise for this novel (and the books to follow, though I haven't read them yet). There's a secret plan against the British Empire, you see. And while everyone acknowledges that Eliza Braun is a brilliant field agent, she's just a mite bit... dramatic. Especially after that excessive use of dynamite. So she's assigned to work with Wellington Books, the Archivist (who dabbles with a Babbage Analytical Engine when he can), an assignment which Braun sees as entirely too dull. Of course things don't STAY dull....

The execution of this premise is, I must admit, sometimes a bit shaky. Despite a lot of action, the plot itself takes a while to get started. As a result, the book was somewhat put-down-able... though I did obviously pick it back up again.

It's very much saved by impressive world-building; I kept wondering what else the authors could throw into the backstory, and was always pleasantly surprised. Also there are moments that sparkle with "I'm not taking this too seriously and neither should you" brilliance. It's geeky, it's fun, and it's enjoyable.
Agent Books is an archivist, glorified librarian and cataloger of unusual artifacts, and Agent Braun is an unruly field agent who has trouble following rules. They have been naughty, and their superiors have demoted Agent Braun to the archives–Books and Braun are stuck with each other in the dank underground storage area that houses strange and mysterious artifacts.

No, it’s not your imagination. The story practically shouts Warehouse 13 in Victorian England.

They work for the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences, protectors of the British Empire and collectors of “unusual” artifacts. Braun is not content to serve her time in the archives and decides to investigate the case her partner was working on when he went crazy. Braun pulls Books into her investigation, and as the story progressives a reader might begin to wonder who in this duo is more crazy.

Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel by Pip Ballantine and Tee Morris is a Steampunk adventure with explosives, carriage chases, daring rescues, beautiful mercenary agents, evil geniuses, automatons, lots of steam, bigoted wealthy people who wish to take over the world, and two agents who blunter into places they really shouldn’t. Add to all that, their director’s mysterious shenanigans in the archive’s secret, locked room. “What’s he up to?” is a story question left hanging for book two.

Who Will Like this?

People who love lighthearted Steampunk adventures will definitely like this book. It was a fun read. The book doesn’t take itself too seriously and neither should the reader. It has a little bit of everything: adventure, death, steam, sex, underworld slime, wealthy slime.

James Blaylock, J. W. Jeter, and Tim Powers, the fathers of steampunk, have said that when they started writing Steampunk they weren’t trying to make a serious statement; they were having fun telling zany stories. This book is written in the same vein.

Confession Time

I wanted to like this story; however, I had trouble getting into it. I read two other books in between putting Phoenix Rising aside and picking it up again. It just didn’t grab me. I think most people who like Steampunk would enjoy it. For me, it was okay, predictable, and flat. In other words, nothing to shout about.

Here are the issues I had:

1. There was nothing new, and some of the story seemed borrowed without much effort to move in new directions.

2. The protagonists were stereotypes, the typical buddy cops/investigators/agents. Braun was the wild crazy one and Books the mild mannered sane one. Casting Braun as a woman didn’t change the dynamics because she fit the crazy cop/agent mold to a tee.

3. The antagonists were also bad stereotypes, James Bond villains stepping back into Victorian England. I expected one of them to twist his handlebar mustache–thankfully that didn’t happen.

Character driven novels pull me into a story and keep me engaged. I want to care about the characters--that didn’t happen in this book.
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These books, (of which this is the first), are fun. And not only are they fun, they can be more fun than the better known books and series, (James Bond, The Avengers), to which they are often compared.

The setting is old-fashioned, (Edwardian), steampunk, but this is one of those books in which the characters and the character interaction trump the steampunk elements. Steam provides some spice, informs the action, and allows for a number of funny or gripping, (or both), scenes, but it is not the reason for or the primary appeal of the book. For that we turn to shoot-first-and-shoot-often loose cannon Eliza Braun and careful, tidy archivist Wellington Books. (Really, Books and Braun? A tongue in cheek jest that just zips by, but gives you a sense that you're in for a clever romp.)

Here, we have conspiracies, an evil Combination, chases, escapes, derring-do, dynamite, puzzles, stiff upper lips, analytical calculating machines, gears, more dynamite and lairs. And that's in, like, the first fifty pages.

The agents meet cute, during a rescue. In classic fashion they are assigned to be uneasy mismatched partners. They rub each other the wrong way, unintentionally and intentionally, but they always rise to the occasion when the chips are down. Is the book padded out a bit and sometimes draggy? Sure. Do you mind? Nope.

So, if you want banter and action with a steampunk background and a clever, good humored gloss, this is a great place to start.

Please note that I found this book while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
Phoenix Rising: A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel (Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Series) ebook
Pip Ballantine,Tee Morris
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