Mycroft Holmes

Mycroft Holmes

by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Anna Waterhouse

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Overview

A new novel written by NBA All-Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783291540
Publisher: Titan
Publication date: 06/07/2016
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 72,027
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a huge Holmesian—7'2" tall, basketball's all-time leading scorer, and a U.S. cultural ambassador. He's written extensively, including What Color is My World (children's), Brothers in Arms (military history), and On the Shoulders of Giants (black history).

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Mycroft Holmes 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As a veteran, many-time reader of the "Canon" (including Mr. Klinger's annotated version) and hundreds of pastiches, this one has affected me as only very few have done: subsequent writings, and readings by me, will be influenced (tainted?) by this secret knowlege I now possess of Brother Mycroft's young adulthood! Thank you for a context in which I shall inevitably now always place the "smarter" Holmes!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful story- wonderfully written, thoroughly enjoyed- please write more of these.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not what I imagine Mycroft to be in the slightest. And some of the action required some suspension of disbelief. But no worse than lots of pastiches and better than some. But glad he didn't try to do Sherlock!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this original tale from start to finish. It has superb action, dialogue, and an excellent cast.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this from beginning to end. A wonderful addition to the post canon Holmes novels. As a huge Sherlock Holmes fan since childhood I was very pleased with this portrait of Holmes' elder brother. It was a great book that left me with one question, will there be more Mycroft stories coming in the future? If so, they will be instant buys for me. ?
enkidu More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed it but it wasn't great. At first the sentence structure seemed really short and simple but I got used to that. It isn't Conan Doyle. It is quite dark with dead children and slavery and a bit moralistic bordering on preachy. Again, I enjoyed it but after reading the original Conan Doyle recently and enjoying recent interviews with Kareem I as a bit disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At last we learn moore about Sherlock's brother and what a story
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Anonymous 6 months ago
Interesting and exciting story from start to finish
rokinrev 8 months ago
“The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know” This was a fascinating spin on Arthur Conan Doyle. Mycroft, the brother you love to hate, a representative of Victoria’s War Department, gets into the middle of the gasping end of the Triangle Trade centered on the islands of Trinidad and surrounds, focusing on the greed of those who still went after slaves [“indentured”] in hopes to line their pockets in the beginnings of oil exploration. Mycroft IMHO has often been presented as supercilious and a braggart, but here he’s taken down a peg or to by choices he makes and stands by as his close friend Cyrus Douglas and he try to figure out the strange goings-on with Mycroft’s fiance and her false life. I actually felt BADLY for him towards the end of the story as he became much more “human” in the eyes of this author. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar takes time to educate about the slave trade and those who were active as well as complacent in it’s historical reach. And, with the last third of the book focused on this history, the original mystery gets lost in the pages. I’d looked forward to reading this for years after seeing the author talk about it on Jeopardy, and will read others in the series, but I can only give it a 4 star recommendation. 4/4
Anonymous 8 months ago
Enjoyed++it++
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This mystery novel was wonderfully entertaining. The characters were realistic and believable. Enjoyed this tale very much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Will read more from these authors!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A prequel of sorts the stands on it's own. An enjoyable read with strong, but not preachy, messages on culture and race.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it and recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good indeed
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read! Highly recommend.
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SK_Benton More than 1 year ago
I found this all-new take on Sherlock's older, smarter brother to be refreshing, intelligent and thought-provoking. An excellent read, and give it 5 stars without a doubt. SK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Mycroft Holmes is a wonderful mix of mystery and action that captures the reader from first to last. Each chapter ends with an intrigue that beckons you on to the next. I had intended to read a couple of chapters before bed but stayed up half the night jumping from one adventure to another. As a Sherlock fan it is fascinating to see the early development of Mycroft, Sherlock’s smarter, older brother. The story will also appeal to historical fiction fans as the backdrop to the action is a vividly painted Victorian England and Trinidad in the early nineteenth century. The book is a thoroughly enjoyable read. I do hope there is a sequel in the works! I want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book and would love to read more. 3 1/2 stars!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Didn't even finish it.