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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 9/8/16 2:36 am
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A superb finale for Jonathan Barnes’ series of Holmes’ box sets. The show trial scene is well-written, particularly the testimony of Watson’s third wife Eleanor in the Society's show. It’s such beautiful and moving resolution to that arc. Holmes shows his nobility and heroism even as he faces death.

Beyond that, superb sound design continues to impress as the climatic scenes are brilliantly brought to life. The story brings the entire 13 episode run of Jonathan Barnes’ Sherlock Holmes stories to a brilliant and satisfying conclusion.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/31/16 9:34 pm
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This episode begins with a bit of a cheat and then continues with Holmes acquiring the assistance of the thoroughly modern Miss Vivienne Scott, who is a nice addition to the series while Watson learns the truth about the new head of the Society.

To be honest, this story leaves me with mixed feelings. The performances are superb and there are plenty of tense moments that are thoroughly well-executed, as well as some spine-tingling moments. At the same time, some of the plot twists are just over the top and in a way that's quite jarring compared to the 11 hours of Holmes stories that have come from writer Jonathan Barnes' pen before. It's performed well, but it just doesn't fit with the Sherlock Holmes we've heard recently from Big Finish.
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Reviewed By: kfb2014Review Date: 8/29/16 6:10 pm
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The initial episode of this four part drama, starts with Sherlock and Watson encountering The Society, the organisation who want to change the post WW1 world, and turn the United Kingdom back to the more Victorian and Totalitarian super state that is the one whom dictates the worlds balance, as long of course as that it is in the balance of The Society. The initial episode introduces us to the relationship again of Holmes and Watson, it is however not soon before Watson who is having a domestic with wife No.3 is drawn into a twisted a dastardly plan of terror, bomb explosions, kidnapping and blackmail. Add into the mix Holmes who is trying to work everything out at once, in his savant with OCD pre-occupation of detail and try and take on the entire issue and come up with a deduction and all the answers so that we can find out whom is really behind the destruction, and attempted terrorist acts that are gripping the capital. In turn who the society really are.

It is easy to draw comparatives right from the off with this release. There are obvious elements of The Society, and some of the less un-savoury terrorist cells that have committed acts of terror in todays society, unfortunately, we don't have Sherlock and Dr John Watson at our beck and call, what is more the baddies in this world of early century have "rules" as do all Victorian melodrama criminals and must conduct themselves with impeccable manners expected of the evil entities. You of course have to forgive Johnathan Barnes, it cannot be easy to write a new adventure and not parallel modern societies wrongs, and the issues which now form part of everyday events, and use them as a inspirational tool for this release of Prophet in the Rain. To be fair, Johnathan as done a rather good job, of mixing it up, and giving the listener an adventure that simply pulls you into the action. Briggs and Earl are excellent, and in audio form, they have to be by now amongst the most established and also most well versed, that have been thrown into the foray of this genre, and that relationship, and the effortless way they are Holmes and Watson shines through, they are so completely at ease with each other and with the parts they are playing the relaxed simplicity immediately takes you in.


With a women changing into a monster, and Watson discussing martial difficulties, the City of London and it's government on the brink of disaster and destruction, with The Society batting heads with the establishment, and trying to determine the future of not on the UK's society but potentially the world, we are on the start of promises and delivers a exceptional experience.
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Reviewed By: adamelijahReview Date: 8/24/16 9:32 pm
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Most of the second part is slower paced as we get some solid character development. While Holmes remains sharp, his being out of step with the time is shown in a few places, including where he thinks he's found a key clue but he has a far harder job of it because the city's been built up substantially from when he remembers. At the same time, we get to know Colonel Stoddart and the debate Holmes and Stoddard over fighting fanatical evil is very well-done as well as timeless. Doctor Watson's strained relationship with his third wife adds a wrinkle to his character, and she's a sympathetic character because of the trouble she has in being compared to his earlier wives.

At the same time, the plot moves ahead with suspense being built throughout the episode with many hints of what lies ahead. The story isn't without faults. Even within the limits of Victorian melodrama, Rackem's speech was a tad much. Still, besides that, the story has a lot to commend it including another fantastic cliffhanger.

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