The Beast has been summoned.
History will be unmade.
Freshly knighted by King George V for discovering the source of the Nile, Sir Richard Francis Burton has been made an agent of the Crown.
His mission: solve a series of high profile disappearances and - even more astonishing - locate the spirit of a dead mystic, Abdu el Yezdi.
Burton and Swinburne are back and fighting for their very existence...
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A former BBC writer, editor, journalist and Web producer, Mark Hodder has worked in all the new and traditional medias. He was based in London for most of his working life until 2008, when he relocated to Valencia in Spain.
"Serious literary fun as Mark Hodder vaults to the front of the new steampunk writers pack. Elaborately researched and name-checked, THE SECRET OF ABDU EL YEZDI races Victorian explorer Sir Richard Burton through a diabolically baffling maze of historical possiblities -- plus there's corsets and airships. Hard to imagine any lover of alternate British empires not being thoroughly amazed and entertained" * K.W. Jeter * "Great fun, thought-provoking, highly literate and beautifully written" * Daily Mail *
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