- Title: The Devil in Amber
- Author: Mark Gatiss
- ISBN: 9780743283960
- Page: 437
- Format: Paperback
The fabulous Lucifer Box returns for another round of spirited, pun heavy sleuthing in this devilishly decadent sequel to the acclaimed The Vesuvius Club Lucifer Box portraitist, dandy and terribly good secret agent is feeling his age He s also than a little anxious about an ambitious younger agent, Percy Flarge, who s snapping at his heels Assigned to observThe fabulous Lucifer Box returns for another round of spirited, pun heavy sleuthing in this devilishly decadent sequel to the acclaimed The Vesuvius Club Lucifer Box portraitist, dandy and terribly good secret agent is feeling his age He s also than a little anxious about an ambitious younger agent, Percy Flarge, who s snapping at his heels Assigned to observe the activities of fascist leader Olympus Mons and his fanatical followers, or Amber Shirts, in F.A.U.S.T The Fascist Anglo United States Trinity an acronym so tortuous it can only be sinister in snowbound 1920s New York, Box finds himself framed for a vicious, mysterious murder Using all of his native cunning, Box escapes aboard a vessel bound for England armed with only a Broadway midget s suitcase and a string of unanswered questions What lies hidden in the bleak Norfolk convent of St Bede What is the lamb that Olympus Mons searches for in his bid for world domination And what has all this to do with a medieval prayer intended to summon the Devil himself From the glittering sophistication of Art Deco Manhattan to the eerie Norfolk coast and the snowcapped peaks of Switzerland, The Devil in Amber takes us on a thrilling, delicious ride that pits Lucifer Box against the most lethal adversary of his career the Prince of Darkness himself.
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I was hugely disappointed with this book. I enjoyed its predecessor 'The Vesuvius Club' so much that I raced through it in a day and went straight onto the second in the series. Unfortunately it suffers by comparison. A lot.What made the first book such a good read was the dry humour of the narrative style and the characterisation of the delightfully bad Lucifer Box, but both of these key features were decidedly patchy in 'The Devil in Amber'. It has moments of brilliance (who could fail to be d [...]
Ah, Lucifer Box. Here, the Edwardian anti-hero who seemed so at home in the first decade of the 20th century is forced to contend with the far harsher world of the 1930s, as well as the more pressing concerns of the rise of pan-global fascism and being accused of a murder which – for once – he did not commit.I don’t think it’s really a spoiler to say he acquits himself very well, and proves more than a match for the genuine villains of the piece. Nor should it surprise people to realise [...]
The second book was a long wait for me, and when we got it, I had to wait to read it! Wait through long days of my husband's exclaimations of 'You bastard!', his gasps, his laughterd then, finally, he woke me up one afternoon and BEHOLD! It was my turn! I curled up and devoured it in a matter of days, and did the same thing. I adore writers that can make me audibly react to their writing--Mark Gatiss joins Plum in the very short list of authors that have achieved this honour. He writes the perfe [...]
Mark Gatiss' second go at the Lucifer Box character isn't as entertaining as the first, but provides an amusing distraction nonetheless.Abandoning the dawn of the 20th century Edwardian trappings of Empire from The Vesuvius Club, this book finds Box in a post Great War funk. Down on his luck, art has moved on, beginning to feel his age, and challenged by a younger rival, Box is tasked by his superiors to investigate the fascist agitator Olympus Mons. But Mons has greater ambitions than the stand [...]
Oops, didn't review this one. Perhaps because I'm still a little traumatised. Why does every side character I like end up dead??That's not as much a spoiler as it sounds, I swear.The second of the Lucifer Box novels is set post-Great War, making for a rather large shift in mental imagery from the last book. Lucifer, while still a marvelous dandy about town, has aged and survived a war that left many scars on him and those around him. He's also now in the US, away from his home soil of London, an [...]
I love Mark Gatiss' work and enjoyed the first Box novel so picked up this sequel. Time has passed and Lucifer Box is feeling his age with his art career over and the likes of ambitious young Percy Flarge being the new norm of his secret agent work. Here Box is sent to investigate fascist leader Olympus Mons in 1920s New York, where he finds himself framed for murder. Box is forced to flee for England and try and work out what exactly Mons' quest for world domination consists off. I thought this [...]
I came across this while looking for titles by Mark Gatiss on the library catalogue. I'd never heard of it before but I thought it sounded quite fun. It was totally Amazing! Imagine if instead of being a bit of a stuffy misogynist Dennis Wheatley had actually been a fabulous homosexual and you begin to imagine what this book is like. It is charming 20s style of pulp fighting fascists who are really occultists who want to summon the devil. The main protagonist is perfectly naturally queer, fancyi [...]
Oh Lor'. The second book in the trilogy of Lucifer Box is mind-bogglingly fabulous. It is a perfect successor to the introductory "Vesuvius Club" and lures the reader further into the world of depraved sophisticality and superiority while making it impossible not to adore old Lucy and his sassiness. Mark Gatiss is an incredibly talented writer and once you open the book, consider yourself a prisoner, because Lucifer will never let you go. Especially not if your behind looks fantastic in a pair o [...]
I've been a fan of Mark Gatiss since The League of Gentlemen and more recently writing/starring in Sherlock, so when I saw a book by him in a charity shop I knew I should read it. It was a good book, full of his usual witty/humurous style. Kind of like a James Bond escapade with even more double entendre (if you can imagine such a thing). It all got a bit crazy plot wise near the end which I enjoyed less but it was a good read nevertheless.
Perhaps my favorite thing about the Lucifer Box series is finding Gatiss-isms, turns of phrase like 'strawberry jam on the pavement' and 'all the nice girls like a solider', which have turned up in Sherlock. That apart, all the bisexuality is yet another reason I strongly feel John will be bi and Johnlock will be canon. Gatiss hasn't been shy about writing his Holmes-Bond character as bi, there's no reason he'd be shy about doing it on the big screen.
I can't believe how long it took me to read this as it's quite short in comparison to my usual reads. However I thoroughly enjoy the writing style and the somewhat "Tiger near death" approach Box uses throughout the story.
Mi ero divertita tanto con " Il club Vesuvio" che questo mi ha un po' deluso. L'ho trovato in alcuni tratti lento, nel complesso piuttosto banale. Considerando la scrittura di Gatiss, non certo uno dei momenti più felici.
Another brilliant book from Mark Gatiss. Very enjoyable. It seemed to go on and lacked the finesse of his first Lucifer Box novel, but was still a damned good laugh!
3,5 étoiles.Beaucoup aimé retrouver l'écriture et le style. Pour l'intrigue en revanche, j'ai été moins séduite.
A great man once said, “Modesty is for amateurs.” Clinging to the back of car with the wind whipping through his hair, Lucifer Box returns with relish in The Devil in Amber, the second Lucifer Box novel by British writer and producer Mark Gatiss. Never one to downplay his best features or feats of wonder and derring-do, Lucifer lunges into his latest tale years, a continent away, and an entire war after his last adventure. Things at the Royal Academy of Arts have changed--head of office Josh [...]
A superb follow up to the Vesuvius Club sees a slightly older Lucifer Box once again foiling diabolical schemes.
I quite enjoyed the first installment in the Lucifer Box series, but I could not warm up to this. Maybe the novelty has worn off, maybe I was just not in the right mood.The language was once more very engaging, but there was little to enamor me to the protagonist. He's self-absorbed (nothing new there) and incompetent, strutting through the world fancying himself a super-spy (er, THE super-spy) without, however, ever bothering to come up with a strategy or (dare I be so bold as to suggest?) payi [...]
I rarely find that I'm so torn with a rating. If a book is awful in my opinion, it is truly awful, and if it's brilliant I usually love it with a passion of a 1,000 burning suns, but The Devil in Amber as torn me in such a way. I feel like the writing from word to word was beautiful. It flowed like pure liquid poetry, but in the end (right at the last page I have to say) the writing let the book down. It got to the point where it had built up too much too be resolved in the 4 pages that where le [...]
Fast, cheeky, engrossing, and just as amusing as the original. Lucifer Box does it again, tangled up in another supernatural mystery that requires him to save the world, with the help of some very stalwart companions.If you're looking for a deep, complicated mystery that keeps you guessing until the last moment, the Lucifer Box novels aren't for you. If you're looking for a cheeky, witty, fast-paced thriller set between the world wars and incorporating a whole lot of British wit and wisdom (alon [...]
Lucifer Box in his second, big case. He's still seducing men and women left and right, despite being in his forties now. He has changed a little, still rushing about, mind you, but the times have taken their toll on him. Not as much as his old friend Christopher Miracle has, but they've had loses in the great war and they're not the same dandies of the naughty nineties and the Edwardian era anymore.The case itself is of a more supernatural kind and takes on a rather "Indiana Jones" like characte [...]
As usual a rip-roaring read. Very easy to complete in a short space of time- not quite as good as book 1
Lucifer Box - portraitist, and terribly good secret agent - is feeling his age. Assigned to observe the activities of fascist leader Olympus Mons and his fanatical Amber Shirts in a snow-bound 1920s New York, Box finds himself framed for a vicious murder. Using all his native cunning, Box escapes aboard a vessel bound for England armed only with a Broadway midget's suitcase and a string of unanswered questions. What lies hidden in the bleak Norfolk convent of St Bede? What is 'the lamb' that Oly [...]
I actually purchased this book before its prequel, The Vesuvius Club, but held off on reading it until I'd managed to locate that book. Reading the two books out of order wouldn't have had an effect on my understanding, but that's just the way I roll.Sadly, The Devil in Amber isn't as entertaining as its predecessor, although it is still enjoyable. Gatiss seems to have toned down the more foppish aspect of Box's character in favor of a greater emphasis on sex and action, and while the book isn't [...]
If you don't know Mark Gatiss, you should probably check out the British TV show A League of Gentlemen first, just to get into the right frame of mind for this romper. You don't have to read The Vesuvius Club first, although it is set about 20 years prior to this one. It might add to the amusement.First sentence of the book:"He was an American, so it seemed only fair to shoot him."And the 5th sentence of page 23 (I'm pretty sure you've done that before, too.):"Vetting recruits for evidence of tr [...]
Wow.I don't often go around and tout that sequels (or following books in a series) are better than the first volume, but wowI really enjoyed the Vesuvius Club, but I was able to put it down for months and then return to it whereas for THIS novel I had to finish it one sitting. And did.It's the same spy-thriller with all the punny-goodness that I so enjoy (and names that are actual words, which I also adore) only this time there is a healthy coating of the Occult. At first I balked at this, but G [...]
This book was fun to read. Seriously. Although he's a bit older now, Lucifer Box is still a brilliant narrator - hilarious, hugely vain, and absolutely ruthless. There are fights and chases and escapes in the nick of time, too. I just didn't like the PLOT. Until the very end, I was waiting for that moment when the villain tells the hero all the supernatural stuff was just a show and part of a clever plan to get at something entirely different. The moment didn't come. The last few chapters were j [...]
"He screamed and looked wildly around him, looking for support from his acolytes who, like loyal acolytes across the ages, were running to save their skins."loved it. less crass, less youthful and less wild than the The Vesuvius Club: A Lucifer Box Novel, yet still disgusting, libertine and funny enough. i liked the story, double-triple-or-quadruple-dealing, supernatural and several steamy events. incredibly easy to read, incredible fun all the way. i'll be reading more.
Much better than The Vesuvius Club; with fewer crass puns, and the pointless over-characterisation that marred it's predecessor. Having said that if it wasn't for the fact this was the second part of a Lucifer Box omnibus, I wouldn't have read it at all.Interesting aside (well, maybe not) - I note Box's sister (Pandora) bears a resemblence to Jessica Mitford's sister, Unity Valkyrie. Is that serendipity, or am I clutching at straws?
Lucifer Box is so far over-the-top, that he lands behind you, not with a crash, but with a bounce, as he rides roughshod across literary conventions and thrashes trite tropes.The characters are so shallow that they'd disappear if they turn sideways, and the outlandish plot would make even Dan Brown blush, so full is it of obvious holes and unexplained coincidences.But that's beside the point! Nothing between the covers is to be taken seriously (especially what Lucifer himself gets up to under th [...]
I believe this is the second book in the Lucifer Box series, and maybe I would have enjoyed it even more if I had read the first one, but it still worked by itself. Now, its not really the greatest book of all time, but I read it in about two days and it made me look forward to what would otherwise be boring long journeys on the bus and train.Its funny, very rude, shocking, well shocking for what you would normally come across in a detective story.I am bad with dates, so I can only say it is rou [...]
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