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The Fugitive and the Vanishing Man

The Map of Unknown Things, Book 3
Written by: Rod Duncan
Narrated by: Elizabeth Sastre
Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins

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Finalist for the 2014 Phillip K. Dick Award

Elizabeth Barnabus lives a double life - as herself and as her brother, the private detective. She is trying to solve the mystery of a disappearing aristocrat and a hoard of arcane machines. In her way stand the rogues, freaks, and self-proclaimed alchemists of a travelling circus. 

But when she comes up against an agent of the all-powerful Patent Office, her life and the course of history will begin to change. And not necessarily for the better....

©2020 Rod Duncan (P)2020 Random House Audio

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  • 24-01-20

Terrific finale to the story of Elizabeth Barnabus

It’s difficult to write much about the story without revealing massive spoilers! Suffice it to say, Elizabeth is back where she belongs, in the thick of the action, of which there is plenty. Some ingenious plotting and, as always with Rod Duncan, skilful and thoughtful writing which, along with breathtaking action sequences, offers some reflective passages about love, friendship and loyalty. Grand storytelling which I thoroughly enjoyed.
Please don’t let this put you off listening, but I had some issues with the narration and felt that in too many instances, emphasis was misplaced, sometimes to the extent that I had to listen again to a sentence to make sense of it, and on other occasions, it was a minor irritation which spoilt the narrative flow. I know Rod takes great care in the construction of his writing, so feel that the narration lets him down somewhat, because otherwise I would have given 5 stars overall.

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  • KatyH
  • 24-02-20

I have loved all of these books. Satisfying end.

I have noticed a few reviews for the 3 books of this series saying ‘Not enough Elizabeth’. I found that I enjoyed learning about her history, and while she wasn’t in every chapter, she was the main focus and purpose of the action.
I have to admit this is my only steampunk stories, but I loved every minute. Maybe there will be another series??