by Ariadne MacGillivray and Kim Belair
My thoughts: Barry says — excellent.
Pure Steele is a pure joy.
The book has that Sir H. Rider Haggard vibe to it. I really enjoyed those stories in my youth and clearly still do. The tale has a wonderful pace and the satisfying conclusion that all heroic fantasy should have but so seldom do. Having said that, I was blown away by the art.
Pure Steele is packed with some of the most beautiful art that I have seen. This is a book that will remain on your coffee-table for years to come. As a lover of all things neo-Victorian and steampunk, I lost myself in the art.
I give Pure Steele 5 out of 5 stars and highly recommend it for your collection. Enjoy the thumb-through …
Famed explorer Sir Jonathan Pryce is dead. As the nation mourns, Pryce’s daughter Eleanor begins to suspect that there is more to the story than the newspapers tell. When a parcel delivered to her door provides a clue that her father may indeed still live, she wastes no time in mounting her own expedition to track him down. On her newly-assembled team: a fanatical physician, a hopeless cartographer, a disgraced upperclassman and a meticulous accountant tasked with keeping the whole affair under budget. It is a motley crew, but fortunately, Eleanor has also enlisted the aid of James Alexander Steele, the world’s greatest hunter-tracker and a living legend. With no time to spare, the new Pryce Expedition makes for West Africa to pick up Sir Jonathan’s trail. At first, the task seems simple, but it soon becomes clear that the path ahead leads into a darkness and danger none of them could have foreseen.
From lies to theft to cold-blooded murder, more and more of Sir Jonatan’s secrets are uncovered and the members of the Pryce Expedition find themselves on an unlikely adventure. Told by the men and the woman who were there, Pure Steele is a tale of grand deception, ancient treasure, rampaging elephants and unpalatable French poetry.
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