Review of The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols

The Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols: Adapted from the Journals of John H. Watson, M.D.

I didn’t warm to this novel initially and it took a good chunk of the book before I became rather engrossed. However, the Adventure of the Peculiar Protocols by Nicholas Meyer grabbed my attention after 20% and there was no turning back.
This is a very clever, well-conceived and true to form hommage to Arthur Conan Doyle. This mystery involves foreign espionage, travels and a telling look at the origins of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Beyond that, the familiar characters of Sherlock Holmes, Dr John Watson return along with some equally distinguished characters from history. The tale is gripping, fullsome and wonderfully historically engaged. Meyer is adeptly able to adopt the voice of Conan Doyle and spin a tale that resembles the shape of the Victorian hero we have all come to know. The biggest challenge to this is the wide variety of actors who have portrayed these same characters. In this, you get to choose who you see when you read.
Meyers skills are well demonstrated and fans of ACD as well as Meyers’s own creations will find this a superb read.
Heartily enjoyed and recommended!

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