- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Minotaur (15 October 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250228956
- ISBN-13: 978-1250228956
- Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.3 x 22 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
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The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D. Hardcover – 15 Oct 2019
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"Protocols is an effective thriller, rich in atmosphere and period detail, as well as a wise affectionate and sometimes deeply melancholy portrait of Holmes and his world. It's a masterful concoction that Sherlockian devotees will savor." --Mystery Scene
"Invigoratingly engaging from start to finish, Nicholas Meyer has yet again created a fresh take on an old genre." --NY Journal of Books
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"Once again the game is afoot! Brilliantly rendered and ever-faithful to the Sherlockian Canon, Holmes, Watson and the world they inhabit come to vivid life in this story that is as entertaining, informative and enthralling as it is important and unexpectedly relevant to our modern world. This novel is a tour de force that is not to be missed!" --John Lescroart, New York Times bestselling author
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It was a good story and kept my interest after the initial crawl to get going.
What became increasingly annoying were the constant foot notes in the story. It was simply distracting and after the 12th one, I just quit reading them.
Meyers also committed two unforgivable sins. First he said that Holmes kept his tobacco in a Turkish slipper. Any Holmes fan knows it was a Persian slipper.
Second, he, like so many have mistaken Irene Adler as “The Woman” in the sense that Holmes had a romantic inclination towards her. Why do SO MANY people believe that?
He had no romantic interest in her what so ever. When he described her as the woman, it was not a matter of if he would fall in love it would be with her, but rather his reference was the fact that she was the only woman who ever bested him! Why is so hard for so many to grasp?
Ok, rant over, read on.
Watson has married (for the third? time), to the sister of Constance Garnett (noted translator of Russian (and other) works of literature. And Holmes has returned from seclusion. And Mycroft Holmes has called upon Holmes to retrieve a document—The Protocols of the Elders of Zion—that had been taken from one of Mycroft’s agents (and the agent killed). Watson, of course, joins Holmes in this quest, as does Anna Walling (a Russian émigré, married to an American millionaire), to act as interpreter for Holmes on this quest.
The quest is ultimately successful, in that the Protocols are found, and a confession of their being a document concocted for the Russian secret police. But it is a failure, in that the Protocols continue to be disseminated [recently, as Meyer notes in his “Afterword.” Being published in Louisiana (2000) and California (2002)].
The book, as I noted above, is not (for me) a success, for all that the message that Meyer wished us to receive is an important one. Holmes behaves in very non-Holmesian ways. The relationship between Holmes and Anna seems out of character for Holmes, if not for her. And, in keeping with a difficulty I have had with the three earlier books (The Seven Percent Solution, The West End Horror, and The Canary Trainer): Mixing actual people and events with Holmes and Watson just does not work for me (although it might for you).
Leaving my personal reaction to incorporating the fictional Sherlock and Mycroft Holmes and the equally fictional Dr. John Watson), there are other issues. As I said, Holmes behaves in some very un-Holmesian behaviors, the most noticeable of which is (spoiler ahead) torturing a confession out of the original publisher of the Protocols. And the first half to two-thirds of the book drags noticeably.
But it deals with a significant issue. Both in the world of the early 1900s and, as is unfortunately all to obvious, in the world of the 21st century. Anti-Semitism remains a potent force, and a destructive force, everywhere in the world.