Mycroft Holmes
Fresh out of Cambridge University, the young Mycroft Holmes is already making a name​ ​for himself in government, working for the Secretary of State for War. Yet this most British of civil servants has strong ties to the faraway island of Trinidad, the birthplace of his best friend, Cyrus Douglas, a man of African descent, and where his fiancée Georgiana Sutton was raised.Mycroft’s comfortable existence is overturned when Douglas receives troubling reports​ from home. There are rumors of mysterious disappearances, strange footprints in the sand, and spirits enticing children to their deaths, their bodies found drained of blood. Upon hearing the news, Georgiana abruptly departs for Trinidad. Near panic, Mycroft convinces Douglas that they should follow her, drawing the two men into a web of dark secrets that grows more treacherous with each step they take...Written by NBA superstar Kareem Abdul- Jabbar and screenwriter Anna Waterhouse, Mycroft Holmes reveals the untold story of Sherlock’s older brother. This harrowing adventure changed his life, and set the​ stage for the man Mycroft would become: founder of the famous Diogenes Club and the hidden power behind the British government.

Mycroft Holmes Details

TitleMycroft Holmes
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 22nd, 2015
PublisherTitan Books
ISBN-139781783291533
Rating
GenreMystery, Fiction, Historical, Historical Fiction

Mycroft Holmes Review

  • Paul Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    So this is all about the young Mycroft Holmes, written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse. I don’t know enough to comment on the contribution of each author but if the 7ft 2" 68 year old record scoring basketball player is the main writer then hats off to the guy he’s done a pretty good job. The story is set in 1870, Mycroft Holmes is 23 and proficiently working his way up the ranks in the Secretary of State’s office, it's an interesting period in British history where they had many prot So this is all about the young Mycroft Holmes, written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse. I don’t know enough to comment on the contribution of each author but if the 7ft 2" 68 year old record scoring basketball player is the main writer then hats off to the guy he’s done a pretty good job. The story is set in 1870, Mycroft Holmes is 23 and proficiently working his way up the ranks in the Secretary of State’s office, it's an interesting period in British history where they had many protectorates and territories around the world and for the main part the story is based in Trinidad. Sherlock is still at school and we meet him briefly in the library of all places, a snapshot of the brother’s dysfunctional relationship as Mycroft takes his leave before his voyage across the North Atlantic Ocean. Mycroft has his own Watson on-board, he's not a doctor though, he's a tobacco salesman, best friend and confidante. Cyrus Douglas is a black man living in London. The book shows and doesn't shy away from the attitudes of the time, Cyrus constantly has to act as Mycroft’s servant but Holmes is open minded, indifferent at times and even a little oblivious to the difficulties their friendship harbours. The story starts with Cyrus receiving word of the heinous murders of children in his families village on Trinidad, that coupled with Mycroft’s fiancé fleeing to Trinidad where her family own a plantation and Holmes is intrigued enough to engineer travel over there for him and Cyrus at the behest of the British government. The use of the words "douen" and "lougarou" give a supernatural feel to the murders, there’s plenty of personal interest and of course Mycroft has his own agenda to pursue. A long voyage at sea ensues with poisoning, violence and mysteries aplenty. We arrive in Trinidad and the story fairly rockets along, there's pick pockets and drug dens of old keeping the attention and interest. The historical side is impeccably researched culminating in a scheme to revive slavery heralding from the U.S. and surrounding countries. There’s Gatling guns, a marvellous secret society of Chinese Trinidadian martial artists called the Brotherhood of the Harmonious Fist and to cap it all, a gang of different races and people coming together to embark on an invasion of a secret island using crocodile lungs as flotation devices. The strongest point of the story is the relationship between Holmes and Douglas, echoing Sherlock and Dr Watson, hell it worked for them just a little so why not Mycroft and his friend. Mycroft is quite bright as you would expect, he's also pretty deadly in hand to hand combat, you can get immersed in comparing him to Sherlock but the international flavour steers you in a slightly different direction. There's very much a classic mystery feel about the story with the odd slice of dry British humour, the protagonist is certainly an interesting character it's difficult to give him a completely unique identity as you can't help but attribute some of Sherlock’s ways and manners to Mycroft. That's part of the mystery of Sherlock and it’s almost like an early feel of what shaped the man himself, it is extremely difficult not to talk about the great detective though but all told we have an enjoyable Victorian romp in far off shores with a couple of fascinating characters. A 3.5* rating.Also posted at http://paulnelson.booklikes.com/post/...
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  • Mandy
    January 1, 1970
    The best center in NBA history wrote a book about Sherlock Holmes' older brother. Of course I need this.
  • Mahlon
    January 1, 1970
    I was aware that being a successful author was just one of the many things keeping KAJ busy post retirement from the NBA, but this is the last book I expected him to write. Mycroft Holmes has everything that a great Mystery should. A great supporting cast, and a story that keeps you reading until the end. I didn't enjoy this characterization of a young Mycroft as much as I thought I should, perhaps this is because I am so used to the mature version of the character as showcased in the original s I was aware that being a successful author was just one of the many things keeping KAJ busy post retirement from the NBA, but this is the last book I expected him to write. Mycroft Holmes has everything that a great Mystery should. A great supporting cast, and a story that keeps you reading until the end. I didn't enjoy this characterization of a young Mycroft as much as I thought I should, perhaps this is because I am so used to the mature version of the character as showcased in the original stories, and many subsequent novels. I also wished that there had been more Sherlock, although I really enjoyed his characterization as an annoying younger brother. I look forward to reading more about Mycroft and Douglas friendship in future books. Overall, a strong first entry into the genre, which will hopefully make for a fun series.
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  • Marvin
    January 1, 1970
    I am a major Sherlock Holmes fan. I have read every one of the Arthur Conan Doyle tales and many of the tributes aka “Pastiches” writtenby others since then. Not surprisingly none of them ever rise to the equivalent of the original but there have been some noble attempts. In Mycroft Holmes written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (yes, that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Anna Waterhouse, the authors do a very wise move. They avoid the imposing Sherlock and concentrate on his smarter and older brother Mycroft. S I am a major Sherlock Holmes fan. I have read every one of the Arthur Conan Doyle tales and many of the tributes aka “Pastiches” writtenby others since then. Not surprisingly none of them ever rise to the equivalent of the original but there have been some noble attempts. In Mycroft Holmes written by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (yes, that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Anna Waterhouse, the authors do a very wise move. They avoid the imposing Sherlock and concentrate on his smarter and older brother Mycroft. Sherlock does appear but only for a brief chapter. Mycroft only appears in four stories by Doyle. In this reworking, we are introduced to a younger Mycroft when he is still in good physical health and he hasn’t developed his phobia about field work. Sherlock is a university student who Mycroft is indulgent to, maybe slightly condescending, but sees real potential. Mycroft is a promising young civil servant working for the British Secretary of State. He has his own “Doctor Watson”, a black man from Trinidad by the name of Cyrus Douglas who runs a tobacco shop. This friendship moves much of the friction in the tale as the writers are quite aware of and deftly use the racial friction of the times as a major theme in the story. In fact, one of the strengths in the book is that the authors are quite knowledgeable and skilled in portraying the social and psychological tones of the 19th century. But Douglas and Mycroft‘s girlfriend, Georgiana, have secrets about their Trinidadian homeland that comes into play when a string of children disappear, allegedly taken by an evil spirit called the Douen. The novel moves swiftly from London to Trinidad with much of it happening on the ship’s journey. Not surprisingly, Mycroft is very smart, very perceptive and surprisingly quick on his feet for an employee of the Crown. Yet Cyrus also has a number of skills and resources that become a surprise to Mycroft as he gets to know his friend better. The novel works on making both Mycroft and Douglas likable and it succeeds. My only complaint is that I wonder what happened to Mycroft that made him into the sedentary and somewhat haughty man that Doyle describes. I suspect there may be some sequels here and perhaps I will find out.I applaud Abdul-Jabbar and Waterhouse for creating an exciting character, one that Doyle did not really seem all that interested in developing in the long run. Of course it is poetic license but that what makes these pastiches work when they do. Mycroft Holmes does work and if it tends to bog down at parts or show a few minor discrepancy in plot, they are instantly forgivable. Mycroft Holmes is exciting and fun and that is enough for now.
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  • T.D. Whittle
    January 1, 1970
    This was pretty terrible. I don't blame Mr. Abdul-Jabbar though because I assume the writing was mostly handled by the not-so-much-a-ghost co-author and that Kareem's name was used to garner sales because everyone loves him and he is a big celebrity. I tend to assume that is usually the case when some celebrity who has never ever written anything, or even talked about writing, suddenly launches a package like this. (Update: See Comments below.)Normally, I would not go near such a production, but This was pretty terrible. I don't blame Mr. Abdul-Jabbar though because I assume the writing was mostly handled by the not-so-much-a-ghost co-author and that Kareem's name was used to garner sales because everyone loves him and he is a big celebrity. I tend to assume that is usually the case when some celebrity who has never ever written anything, or even talked about writing, suddenly launches a package like this. (Update: See Comments below.)Normally, I would not go near such a production, but I have a soft spot for Mycroft Holmes and I am always curious to see what writers do with him. (FYI: Neil Gaiman has a Sherlock & Mycroft story in his book Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances called The Case of Death and Honey, which I thoroughly enjoyed.) *Abdul-Jabbar/Waterhouse's book begins well, or, perhaps I should say that I rather liked the beginning. Let me put it that way. There's not much artistry to the book, but I enjoyed the initial set up. Unfortunately, once the main characters go ship-ahoy! the story begins to sink fast. Each chapter is a bit more convoluted and stupider than the last. What begins as a light and rather fun piece of commercial fiction launches off into deep waters, trying hard to say something serious and important about racism, slavery, violence, and human trafficking that has not already been explored better and more intelligently by . . . well, just about anyone who ever touched these subjects. I love this line though: ‘You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you ...' but, of course, that Dickens' Scrooge talking to Marley's ghost and our author is only borrowing his wit, just as I am doing now by borrowing from the borrower.So, I cannot recommend to anyone that they spend their time or money on a book that is really bad in every way beyond the first chapter or two. I've nothing against light commercial fiction, but it should play to its strengths and not take on huge hairy social issues, in my opinion. What started off as the book version of a frothing-cold Tasmanian beer at the end of a hot summer hike turned into something like a lukewarm Budweiser sipped miserably whilst trudging through a mosquito-swarmed swamp. Having said that, there was plenty of cheesiness to go with that beer.* This story is available online too! Here's the link: The Case of Death and Honey.
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  • Billie
    January 1, 1970
    Four stars because it surprised me by being enjoyably readable. Probably only three stars for actual artistic merit. But, if you imagine a younger Mark Gatiss running around Trinidad with current-day Chiwitel Ejiofor, it makes for an awesome head-movie.
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  • Barb
    January 1, 1970
    I was more than a little surprised that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had written a Holmsian mystery, not that I've followed the basketball star or had any idea about what his personal interests were. I did wonder if it might be one of those books...you know the ones...where the famous person gets a book deal and the book gets a lot of publicity and sells well, but the content of the actual book is rather lackluster. I'm happy to report this wasn't one of those books.The novel has two very likeable protag I was more than a little surprised that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had written a Holmsian mystery, not that I've followed the basketball star or had any idea about what his personal interests were. I did wonder if it might be one of those books...you know the ones...where the famous person gets a book deal and the book gets a lot of publicity and sells well, but the content of the actual book is rather lackluster. I'm happy to report this wasn't one of those books.The novel has two very likeable protagonists, an adventurous story with an interesting mystery and a little dose of humor here and there. I really enjoyed the two main characters, Mycroft and his best friend Cyrus Douglas. The pair travel to Cyrus's childhood home in Trinidad due to his concern for his family and talk that people are disappearing there. The legendary 'douen' and 'lougarou' are said to have come back to the area and it's rumored that several children have been taken. I'm a super picky reader (as everyone in my book club will attest to) and I have some pet peeves that include poorly written dialogue, characters that behave in ways that are inconsistent with their own character, dialogue that only serves to educate the reader on the setting, period details or mystery of the story and events that are too contrived to be believable. I'm happy to report that this book is free from all of the above. And while I enjoyed the mystery, there were some points that Mycroft thought were obvious, that I did not, but that seems to happen in most if not every Holmsian mystery I read. I really enjoyed the close friendship between Mycroft and Cyrus and the "adventurous fast paced conflict with the bad guys" part of the book was very exciting. At one point I gasped out loud as I was reading, my son was nearby and asked "Uh-oh, who died?" I didn't tell, if you want to know you should read the book.Thank you to the publisher Titan Books and the Amazon Vine program for providing me with an advance reader copy for a nominal fee.
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  • Noe
    January 1, 1970
    If this book was a movie, it would be a bad B movie. The plot, dialogue, and scenes lack imagination and bear all the marks of what is trite. Other than the name Holmes, it has no resemblance to a Holmesian tale.The story is about Sherlock’s older brother Mycroft, and therein lies another problem. The authors make Mycroft out to be like Sherlock: a man of action, a man that rides into the fray, a man who boxes - he even gives Sherlock a boxing lesson. I don’t like it when someone writes a fanfic If this book was a movie, it would be a bad B movie. The plot, dialogue, and scenes lack imagination and bear all the marks of what is trite. Other than the name Holmes, it has no resemblance to a Holmesian tale.The story is about Sherlock’s older brother Mycroft, and therein lies another problem. The authors make Mycroft out to be like Sherlock: a man of action, a man that rides into the fray, a man who boxes - he even gives Sherlock a boxing lesson. I don’t like it when someone writes a fanfiction story and changes the character that the original author created; although, if the book is good, this is not so annoying to me. According to Arthur Conan Doyle, Mycroft is nothing like his younger brother from the point of view of physical activity, though he is Sherlock’s equal in intelligence and powers of observation and deduction. But Mycroft is indolent. For goodness sake, he is so averse to activity he founded the Diogenes Club, a club where the exertion of simply talking was not allowed. The sole purpose of the club was to have a place to go and read and be left alone.What a cool story it could have been to have the real Mycroft, who is so averse to exertion, to be made to pursue a case because his great mind has deduced the necessity and all along the way he is trying to determine how to handle matters with the least amount of effort. That is more what I expected to find, but instead, we have a corny story with lame dialogue ineffectively trying to be a Sherlock Holmes story.
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  • Deb Jones
    January 1, 1970
    Fans of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes will enjoy this glimpse into the young life of his old brother, Mycroft Holmes. Mycroft has recently graduated from Cambridge and at the age of 23, he is secretary to the Secretary of War.I found the plot, the settings and the characters to be authentic to the tone of the Holmes' saga. A thoroughly enjoyable reading experience. I would be only too happy to learn KAJ is writing a second book -- and perhaps even more.
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  • Barbara (The Bibliophage)
    January 1, 1970
    In essence, this is a prequel to what we know of Sherlock Holmes' older brother Mycroft. I started out thinking it was going to be a straightforward historical mystery, possibly with some supernatural elements. Ultimately though it was a much deeper story, with more commentary on social justice of the time and nothing supernatural.The locales of London and the West Indies, mostly Trinidad, provide a colorful and diverse background. Mycroft and his sidekick Cyrus Douglas are smart and inventive. In essence, this is a prequel to what we know of Sherlock Holmes' older brother Mycroft. I started out thinking it was going to be a straightforward historical mystery, possibly with some supernatural elements. Ultimately though it was a much deeper story, with more commentary on social justice of the time and nothing supernatural.The locales of London and the West Indies, mostly Trinidad, provide a colorful and diverse background. Mycroft and his sidekick Cyrus Douglas are smart and inventive. Although Mycroft often smacks of twenty-something ego, Douglas' older, wiser viewpoint balances his naïveté and impulsiveness. I found it an enjoyable, if not groundbreaking story. Given the fame of one author and the screenwriting background of the other, I wouldn't be surprised if Mycroft makes it to the big screen. I'll be in line for a ticket.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Is it heretic to say that I prefer Douglas to Watson?This book looks at Sherlock Holmes' brother Mycroft in his early salad days, if you can see the Holmes' bros as having salad days. Mycroft's best buddy is Douglas, a black American, and Douglas actually plays a greater role in the story than Watson. The story is a good mix of action and mystery. It also ties in very well with history, so the story itself is largely believable. Sherlock, too, makes an appearance. The only false note is the roma Is it heretic to say that I prefer Douglas to Watson?This book looks at Sherlock Holmes' brother Mycroft in his early salad days, if you can see the Holmes' bros as having salad days. Mycroft's best buddy is Douglas, a black American, and Douglas actually plays a greater role in the story than Watson. The story is a good mix of action and mystery. It also ties in very well with history, so the story itself is largely believable. Sherlock, too, makes an appearance. The only false note is the romantic love interest sub-plot. It isn't the romance, but any reader of Sherlock Holmes will know exactly how it is going to end up.
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  • Abigail
    January 1, 1970
    Oh, honey...no. I mean, I guess I don't regret reading it, but this was certainly not to my caliber. I got it on a deal, am obsessed with everything Holmes, and was entirely intrigued by the author, but it read as I suspected. I knew better, really, but curiosity....In any case. Interesting story I guess (though predictable), unique take, but certainly deeply flawed in its representation of Mycroft Holmes, canonically speaking, and definitely not literary. It had well-crafted sentences and visua Oh, honey...no. I mean, I guess I don't regret reading it, but this was certainly not to my caliber. I got it on a deal, am obsessed with everything Holmes, and was entirely intrigued by the author, but it read as I suspected. I knew better, really, but curiosity....In any case. Interesting story I guess (though predictable), unique take, but certainly deeply flawed in its representation of Mycroft Holmes, canonically speaking, and definitely not literary. It had well-crafted sentences and visuals, but basic storytelling, bizarre segues, and dis-jointed plot points. I can't decide if I'm full of regret or not...
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  • Lesa
    January 1, 1970
    Together with Anna Waterhouse, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar relates a story of Sherlock Holmes' older brother, telling of his first adventure when he was only twenty-three. Mycroft Holmes is an intricately plotted, dramatic account. And, it's marvelous, with the tone of the original stories.While his younger brother is in college, Mycroft is already making a name for himself as secretary to the Secretary of State for War. He aspires to work for Queen and country, marry his gorgeous fiancée, Georgiana, an Together with Anna Waterhouse, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar relates a story of Sherlock Holmes' older brother, telling of his first adventure when he was only twenty-three. Mycroft Holmes is an intricately plotted, dramatic account. And, it's marvelous, with the tone of the original stories.While his younger brother is in college, Mycroft is already making a name for himself as secretary to the Secretary of State for War. He aspires to work for Queen and country, marry his gorgeous fiancée, Georgiana, and settle down in a nice house to raise three children. In appearance, he's the opposite of his brother, well-muscled, good-looking and blond. He may be as brilliant as Sherlock, but Mycroft is much more practical. However, he throws all of his practicality to the wind when his best friend, Douglas, and Georgiana both decide to return to their homes in Trinidad after learning of trouble there. Along the waterfront in Trinidad, people have disappeared. Legend says douens have called to children, and then a lougarou (a giant mosquito) sucked the blood out of them. Mycroft and Douglas plan to sail on the same ship as Georgiana, but, once they board, they never see her. Instead, they encounter unexpected violence, and the beginning of an adventure that neither man anticipated.The authors introduce Holmes into a world that is far different than the London he knows. And, the young Mycroft's character and future role is defined by his experiences. Georgiana had started to change his opinions. Now, the events in Trinidad do force him to "Look at social inequalities not as curiosities to be catalogued, but as wrongs to be righted." And, Mycroft and Douglas do have wrongs to right, criminal activities that have long tentacles. But, Holmes comes to realize how young he actually is, and that he hadn't encountered true evil before.It's fascinating to see the build-up of Mycroft Holmes's character. He shares so many traits with his brother, the intellect, the patterns of observation. There's a dry humor in his observations, such as "Given the great number of Adam's spawn in the streets..." But, Sherlock is a loner, a self-centered man. Mycroft wanted to serve the Queen and country, so he went into civil service. And, it's intriguing to read about the relationship between the two brothers in those young years.Mycroft Holmes is a dramatic account that builds in intensity. There's a menacing atmosphere that permeates the book. With it's complex characters and compelling story, this novel is worthy of every Sherlock Holmes story that preceded it. And, Mycroft proves to be just as capable of deception, cleverness, and action as his better-known brother. Mycroft Holmes is a wonderful debut novel.
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  • Amanda Mae
    January 1, 1970
    Rather impressed with the quality of Mr. Abdul-Jabbar's Holmes fan fiction. :) Compelling story, interesting characters, a plot that moved at a good clip, and lots of historic detail to make it even more enjoyable to read. Rather well done!
  • Ellen
    January 1, 1970
    Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.A new dimension has been added to the fans of Sherlock Holmes and it is that of his older brother Mycroft. The setting is after the Civil War in London. Mycroft in his early twenties and his best friend Cyrus Douglas formerly of Trinidad have been informed of horrific crimes against small children taking place in Trinidad. Footprints facing in the opposite direction of the pathways taken and children being called to their doom. Mycroft and Douglas have a pla Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.A new dimension has been added to the fans of Sherlock Holmes and it is that of his older brother Mycroft. The setting is after the Civil War in London. Mycroft in his early twenties and his best friend Cyrus Douglas formerly of Trinidad have been informed of horrific crimes against small children taking place in Trinidad. Footprints facing in the opposite direction of the pathways taken and children being called to their doom. Mycroft and Douglas have a plan and that is to get to the bottom, of these atrocities and bring them to a halt before and other child is harmed. They board the steamer the Sultana which marks the beginning of their journey back to Douglas's native Trinidad. However as they commence their voyage strange happenings are about to begin. It seems that person or persons unknown are about to put every obstacle in their way in an effort to prevent them from finding the truth about these murders.I was astonished to find the KAJ was such an avid Holmesian as well as an accomplished writer. An excellent excursion back in time to another era and a glimpse into Trinidadian culture. Highly recommended.
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  • Jonathan Maas
    January 1, 1970
    Love this book! I'm a big fan of Jabbar lately due to his op-eds, but this one transcends current political climates. Just a great book, with an impactful ending.
  • Sohvi
    January 1, 1970
    This is so bad it's actually almost funny. I have no idea who the main protagonist is, but he sure as hell is not Mycroft Holmes. There are more fight scenes than in most modern Hollywood films. And some of them are hilarious! People survive from absolutely ridiculous situations without much damage. And I mean ridiculous, really. Like Michael Bay thinks this book is maybe a bit over the top with all the action and explosions. Also, the only female character is absolutely useless and an excellent This is so bad it's actually almost funny. I have no idea who the main protagonist is, but he sure as hell is not Mycroft Holmes. There are more fight scenes than in most modern Hollywood films. And some of them are hilarious! People survive from absolutely ridiculous situations without much damage. And I mean ridiculous, really. Like Michael Bay thinks this book is maybe a bit over the top with all the action and explosions. Also, the only female character is absolutely useless and an excellent example on how to write female characters with the personality of a magikarp. The only difference is that there is absolutely no character development. Oh, and remember. The white man ALWAYS saves the day. Life is short. Read something else.
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  • J.V. Seem
    January 1, 1970
    I pre-ordered this book the moment I heard of it; it's such a brilliant idea. ...but sadly, that's all.This book is not at all what you'd expect, and even though it does have its entertaining moments, its conspiracy is, at intervals, equally predictable and confusing. In the end, it simply washed over me.
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  • Arnis
    January 1, 1970
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  • Joedy Cambridge
    January 1, 1970
    This was a terrific read!!! It could almost be classified as "historical fiction". This is first in a what will be a series of Mycroft Holmes novels -- the second of which (Mycroft & Sherlock) came out to great reviews just a few weeks ago. To get more background on Abdul-Jabbar's foray into mystery, check out these interviews:https://mysteryscenemag.com/61-articl...https://bookriot.com/2017/09/20/inter...Also be sure to check out additional information on the Merikins and the Harmonious Fis This was a terrific read!!! It could almost be classified as "historical fiction". This is first in a what will be a series of Mycroft Holmes novels -- the second of which (Mycroft & Sherlock) came out to great reviews just a few weeks ago. To get more background on Abdul-Jabbar's foray into mystery, check out these interviews:https://mysteryscenemag.com/61-articl...https://bookriot.com/2017/09/20/inter...Also be sure to check out additional information on the Merikins and the Harmonious Fists, both of which hav key roles in the story...one which will surely find its way to the big screen.
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  • LJ
    January 1, 1970
    First Sentence: The old man had heard of them, of course.Young Mycroft Holmes is fresh out of Cambridge University, engaged to the beautiful Georgiana Sutton, who was raised in Trinidad, and working for the Secretary of State for War. Holmes’ good friend Cyrus Douglas, a free black also from Trinidad, receives word that the bodies of children are being found drained of blood. Georgiana suddenly departs for her home. Mycroft and Douglas decide to follow, never expecting the danger into which they First Sentence: The old man had heard of them, of course.Young Mycroft Holmes is fresh out of Cambridge University, engaged to the beautiful Georgiana Sutton, who was raised in Trinidad, and working for the Secretary of State for War. Holmes’ good friend Cyrus Douglas, a free black also from Trinidad, receives word that the bodies of children are being found drained of blood. Georgiana suddenly departs for her home. Mycroft and Douglas decide to follow, never expecting the danger into which they are sailing.The book surprises us from the very beginning. The descriptions are very atmospheric and mysterious. And what, one might ask, are the douen and the lougarou? Fortunately, we do learn the answers quite soon. The author creates very visual descriptions and wonderful metaphors; “Horse and rider moved as if they knew every little knot and turn of Greater London. … All the while they nosed out the cleanest thoroughfares and most deserted byways, as if they and the city were gears in the noblest Swiss watch.” We are also presented with very exciting, action-filled scenes incorporating the sights, sounds, and smells of London. We are presented with a very clear sense of place and time. This is no placid Mycroft, but neither is he a particularly effective man of action. What we do see, very early on, are his skills of observation. It is fascinating observing the details of his observations to see to how he reaches his conclusions. This is a very different Mycroft than we’ve known before. He is young, inexperienced and has the weaknesses of youth. Yet the intellect is there. Douglas is a very interesting character and one who one feels could only have been written as well by Abdul-Jabbar. The story of his family is a sad and painful reminder of this country’s history. Douglas, at 10 years older, serves to provide the maturity that Mycroft lacks. The story has plenty of action, but also provides a lesson in history that certainly isn’t part of any ordinary curriculum. While most of us assume slavery ended after the Civil War, in fact it did not. We also learn the difference between indentured servants and slaves. The plot includes an excellent twist which is very well done and part of a very interesting secondary theme; “He is Prichard’s theory of moral insanity come to life,” he mused. “A human being devoid of the common thread of human decency.”“Mycroft Holmes” is a fascinating read on so many levels; history, action, and character—with a very satisfactory ending. It will be interesting to see whether this becomes a series.MYCROFT HOLMES (Hist Mys-Mycroft Holmes/Cyrus Douglas-London-1870/Victorian) – VGAbdul-Jabbar, Kareem and Anna Waterhouse – 1st Holmes bookTitan Books, Sept 2015
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  • Lauren Stoolfire
    January 1, 1970
    Mycroft Holmes is ready to begin his governmental career after completing his education at Cambridge. Mycroft's comfortable life is turned upside down when his best friend Cyrus Douglas, a man of African descent from Trinidad (also the place where Mycroft's finacee, Georgiana, grew up), receives troubling reports from home about the strange disappearances of children. There are reports of mysterious footprints on the beach and the children found drained of blood. It seems as if spirits are lurin Mycroft Holmes is ready to begin his governmental career after completing his education at Cambridge. Mycroft's comfortable life is turned upside down when his best friend Cyrus Douglas, a man of African descent from Trinidad (also the place where Mycroft's finacee, Georgiana, grew up), receives troubling reports from home about the strange disappearances of children. There are reports of mysterious footprints on the beach and the children found drained of blood. It seems as if spirits are luring children to their deaths. After hearing this news, Georgiana, immediately departs for Trinidad, and in a panic Mycroft and Douglas follow. With each step these two men take, they are drawn further and further into a dark, treacherous web of secrets. If you haven't already noticed, Sherlock Holmes is one of my favorite characters, so when I saw this novel featuring a young Mycroft advertised on the news it instantly caught my eye. When I realized it was by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (with Anna Waterhouse), I honestly had no idea what to think. I had never read anything by him before and thought it was highly unlikely that he would write about such characters. I found myself pleasantly surprised, though, because it's so well written, with an intriguing hook, well developed characters, and a great mystery at the center of the story. And, young Sherlock has a cameo. If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Anna Waterhouse is not to be missed.This review is also available on my blog.
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  • Ladiibbug
    January 1, 1970
    Historical Fiction4.5 starsMycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother, is just out of University, working in the office of the Secretary of State for War in London. He has ties to Trinidad, the birthplace of his best friend, Cyrus Douglas, a man of African descent, and where his fiancée Georgiana Sutton was raised.Mycroft's ordered world is turned upside down when Douglas receives troubling reports from home. Mycroft, thoroughly besotted with his fiancée, Georgiana, is torn between staying in Engl Historical Fiction4.5 starsMycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother, is just out of University, working in the office of the Secretary of State for War in London. He has ties to Trinidad, the birthplace of his best friend, Cyrus Douglas, a man of African descent, and where his fiancée Georgiana Sutton was raised.Mycroft's ordered world is turned upside down when Douglas receives troubling reports from home. Mycroft, thoroughly besotted with his fiancée, Georgiana, is torn between staying in England with her, or travelling with his best friend to investigate reports of spirits, disappearances, and strange footprints in the sand.Georgina, with no word to Mycroft, suddenly departs for Trinidad. Mycroft and Douglas follow her, and are drawn into a dangerous mysteries they could never have anticipated. I thoroughly enjoyed this well written book, and hope the author continues this as a series. While I enjoy watching the old black & white movies (Basil Rathbone as Sherlock), so far the Sherlock series books are made much less enjoyable by Sherlock's unlikeable personality.I will go back and try more of the original Sherlock. This one, written by the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, made it a must read. It seems he is "a huge Holmesian in every way. An English and History graduate of UCLA, he first read the Doyle stories early in his basketball career, and adapted Holmes's powers of observation to the game in order to gain an advantage over his opponents." (page 327)
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  • Meave
    January 1, 1970
    It was fine. Really, the best parts were when Douglas would tell Mycroft not to act like such a know-it-all (stop telling us how obvious the answer is and just tell us the answer, right?). It was kind of fussy.
  • Anthony Helm
    January 1, 1970
    I wasn't sure what to expect from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "Mycroft Holmes," but I was pleasantly surprised nonetheless. At the outset, it did not feel like a Holmes book, but it quickly found its rhythm and I was caught up in the story that centers on Sherlock's elder brother, a young man still just a couple of years out of university. In fact, Sherlock hardly appears at all, but that was a good thing. Still, there is much in common between the siblings, though Mycroft (and Abdul-Jabbar) likes to I wasn't sure what to expect from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "Mycroft Holmes," but I was pleasantly surprised nonetheless. At the outset, it did not feel like a Holmes book, but it quickly found its rhythm and I was caught up in the story that centers on Sherlock's elder brother, a young man still just a couple of years out of university. In fact, Sherlock hardly appears at all, but that was a good thing. Still, there is much in common between the siblings, though Mycroft (and Abdul-Jabbar) likes to remind the readers of their differences, too. There is a mystery to solve, but frankly, the prime mystery is less the focus than the character study of the main characters. Overall, I enjoyed the novel, but I do not count myself as a Holmes scholar or critic, so I'm not sure how that audience will view this work.
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  • Martha
    January 1, 1970
    Alas, I couldn't get through this--writing just not good enough to be gripping. Abdul-Jabbar's writing partner was billed as someone who "quietly repairs" shortcomings in screen plays and other writing. So there's no way to know whether he just had a idea and she wrote it, or he gave her a first draft and she beefed it up. In any case, the "repair" wasn't good enough or else made things worse. Disappointed b/c the idea is good andI thought the plot had promise, but it just read too much like ama Alas, I couldn't get through this--writing just not good enough to be gripping. Abdul-Jabbar's writing partner was billed as someone who "quietly repairs" shortcomings in screen plays and other writing. So there's no way to know whether he just had a idea and she wrote it, or he gave her a first draft and she beefed it up. In any case, the "repair" wasn't good enough or else made things worse. Disappointed b/c the idea is good andI thought the plot had promise, but it just read too much like amateur fan fiction. My prejudice is to say Abdul-Jabbar should just have written it himself, b/c I like him and what he has to say in interviews, but I really have no idea who was responsible for the final product here. Hope he tries again b/c you can't have too much Sherlock.
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  • Astrid Lim
    January 1, 1970
    So this book is not bad. I didn't have any expectations because pastiches and spin offs are rarely as good as their original series. But turned out Mycroft Holmes is pretty decent, adventurous, and refreshing. Mycroft reminds me of Sherlock actually, but in different style. Cyrus Douglas is a good -albeit a bit typical - sidekick. And the historical background of the story is also pretty good - the writers have done their homework well. This is my first time reading Kareem Abdul Jabar's book, an So this book is not bad. I didn't have any expectations because pastiches and spin offs are rarely as good as their original series. But turned out Mycroft Holmes is pretty decent, adventurous, and refreshing. Mycroft reminds me of Sherlock actually, but in different style. Cyrus Douglas is a good -albeit a bit typical - sidekick. And the historical background of the story is also pretty good - the writers have done their homework well. This is my first time reading Kareem Abdul Jabar's book, and it was a quite good experience!
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    I tried to like this, I really did. I had no idea Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was such a Sherlockian - pretty cool. I also like the premise that it was about Mycroft Holmes instead of Sherlock. The result, unfortunately, was less than stellar.Abdul-Jabbar got so engrossed in over-explaining every deduction Mycroft made that the overall pace of the book really suffered. The premise of the story was fine, but the conclusion was extremely unlikely and very much over the top. Not recommended.
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  • Sean O
    January 1, 1970
    I had a lot of hope for this book, because who doesn't love concept: NBA superstar writes mystery novel based on a famous character. Sadly, the book is pretty tepid. There's nothing particularly Mycroftian about the main character, and the story is pretty slow to get going. I gave up after reading the same chapter three times and nothing stuck. It's a short book, but I'm not going to finish it right now.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    As a straightforward adventure story this is relatively entertaining, but the links to the Holmes literature and milieu seem somewhat tenuous. At times the plot is confusing, and some of the characters are very weakly drawn.
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