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In the mid-1870s, a violent spray of comets hits Earth, decimating cities, erasing shorelines, and changing the world's climate forever. And just as Earth's temperature dropped, so was civilization frozen in time. Instead of advancing technologically, humanity had to piece itself back together....

In the 21st century, boats still run on steam, messages arrive by telegraph, and the British Empire, with its capital now in Delhi, controls much of the world. The other major world leader is the Czar of All the Russias. Everyone predicts an eventual, deadly showdown. But no one can predict the role that one man, Captain Athelstane King, reluctant spy and hero, will play....

©2002 Steven M. Stirling (P)2017 Tantor

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“An irresistible read." ( Booklist)

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  • Kyle Ellsworth
  • 12-12-17

Great Alternative History

I’m only sad it’s the only one, but it’s elegant and exciting. This is a story that will appeal to anyone who’s ever been interested in alternative history. It has military and political technicality, well written romance, and exciting action!

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  • John Paszalek
  • 26-07-19

Narration Hurts My Ears

I can not listen to this book. The way the narrator speaks with weird (multiple) emphases throughout each sentence makes this unlistenable. I really can't speak to the story or any other aspect of the book.

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  • Dawno
  • 29-08-18

Narration should be redone

I gave up after a couple of chapters due to the narration. I had read this book when it came out and enjoyed, it so I was looking forward to listening to it. The narrator’s inflections, pauses and odd emphases are so distracting I could not follow the story. I give the story five stars to credit the authors original work but I can not recommend it as an audiobook as currently recorded.

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  • D. Campbell
  • 11-12-17

One of the best alt-history books I've read!

Take something in history that made a change in the world, and then change that event. Or, add a large impacting event to the world's history at a point previous to current time and extrapolate where the world might be based on the change. Plotlines and ideas like this, can be fascinating. If that is of any interest to you, I would highly recommend reading this book.

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  • Greg C
  • 27-07-19

Great Book ruined by narrator

The narrator places so many weird emphasis and inflection points in his speech pattern listening to him for more than 30 seconds gives me anxiety attacks.
I would literally rather listen to my 9 year old read it.
This is a dog eared favorite in hard copy and I was thrilled to see it on audible and bought it instantly, only to discover that it was unusable. Avoid like the plague, go get anything else by S. M Stirling. The author is great and the rest of his stuff here is narrated well.

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  • J. Tuttle
  • 28-11-18

Good but...

This is a good book but it suffers from poor scene transitions that make it confusing at times. The editors should have added a short pause. there's none and it seems that many times the narrator goes form one sentence to the next when it's actually a completely different story branch. The 2 starts above are not for the narrator poor performance, it was good, but for the editors poor work

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  • Jill Lagace
  • 06-12-17

Love the story, the narrator - not so much

What made the experience of listening to The Peshawar Lancers the most enjoyable?

I have been waiting for this book to be available!

Would you be willing to try another one of Shaun Grindell’s performances?

No

Any additional comments?

As a huge fan of S.M. Stirling, I was very excited when I saw this audio version of Peshawar Lancers was available. I love his stand alone novels. But after listening to the recording, I still love the story, but was turned off by the performance. As a Russian speaker (2nd language), his portrayal of the Russian accents and the pronunciation of Russian words was very distracting and wasn't even close to being correct. A lot of the accents, Russian included, sounded as if the portrayed speaker was French.

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  • David T.
  • 17-11-17

Poor narration

A great book nearly spoiled by a bad reading.
Narrator said EACH sentence in the EXACT same cadence and inflection

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  • clb
  • 21-02-21

Praise for Sterlings creativity, IMO his best effort yet.

Very completely detailed characters and environment . Plenty of action with protagonists to like and antagonists to hate. Alternate History as it should be imagined! Thanks

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  • Eric Evans
  • 12-02-21

What happened to the Lancers?

If you’re looking for a book about a regiment of Lancers, this isn’t it. The story is more of a spy tale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-04-21

Amazing world-building, exciting story!

This is one of the best alternate history novels I've ever come across; the world-building is in depth and (once you get past some of the more out-there parts) relatively believable. I enjoyed the characters more than I thought I would going in; I thought they would be pretty 2-D (with most of the attention on the world) but they were all engaging and mostly sympathetic (except Count Ignatieff, you'll see why). A brilliant adventure in the spirit of books like a Princess of Mars and Conan!

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  • The Bearded Bookworm
  • 29-02-20

Steampunk, this is not.

While the premis of the book is indeed interesting with a metior shower in the Victorian age this book is not steampunk. It is however in the age of steam just a lot more normal tech trains etc.

The neration was terrible too with the reader making every other word sound like a question. Its a good thing i found the refund AFTER id finished or i would have returned it.

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  • Mrs V. Bracewell
  • 21-08-18

Disappointing and Boring

Such a disappointment! Stirling’s Nantucket series along Died the Fire series are two of my absolute favourites. So much so, I’ve listened to both over again at least once a year. But, The Peshawar Lancers, began at what seemed like book 2 or 3 of a series. Completely confusing with no build up at all as to how the “sci-fi” bit occurred. Further, Stirling penchant for details upon details is in overdrive, and with discernable plot makes the novel rather boring.

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  • Jonathan Wenden
  • 10-12-17

An intesting setting but the story is lacking

The setting and world is interesting and obviusly well thought out but the story was not that interesting. The characters are equally not well expanded upon. The narrator was good though.