Expedition to the Mountains of the Moon (#3)

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It is 1863, but not the one it should be. Time has veered wildly off course, and now the first moves are being made that will lead to a devastating world war and the fall of the British Empire.

Caught in a tangled web of cause, effect, and inevitability, little does Burton realize that the stakes are far higher than even he suspects. A final confrontation comes in the mist-shrouded Mountains of the Moon, in war- torn Africa of 1914, and in Green Park, London, where, in the year 1840, Burton must face the man responsible for altering time: Spring Heeled Jack! 


“Hodder, with an encyclopedic grasp of period detail, tellingly brings these disparate, oddly familiar yet eerily different worlds to fecund life. Enthralling, dizzying and as impressive as they come.”

Kirkus, Starred Review

“This isn’t just a book for steampunk enthusiasts, though they will certainly enjoy this work [...] It will also entertain anyone interested in a pair of characters as fun as Sherlock and Watson.”

Portland Book Review

“The […] cognitive dissonance, relativism, and rapid obsolescence feel more slipstream than steampunk. Hard SF fans may get impatient, but everyone else will be well entertained.”

Publishers Weekly

“My favorite so far […] I am getting very fond of these characters.”

Critical Mass

“The entire series has done to the Steampunk genre what The Sopranos did for gangster movies […] in each case, both series have taken all of the best elements of their respective genres and wrapped them up in one comprehensive package.”

Astro Guyz

“Overall, Mark Hodder’s Burton and Swinburne trilogy has been one of the few pleasures of [steampunk] genre literature. When goggles and the anti-authority scamps who wear them is a primary scenario and plot-driver of most books, his meditation on time, fate, Scientism, Libertarianism, and the malleability of personhood by historic contingency is positively delightful.”

Voyages Extraordinaires

“Epic masterpiece […] I definitely recommend.”

Steampunk Chronicle

“As with our previous outings with Burton and Swinburne, characterization is great, pacing is break-neck, and imagination soars through the stratosphere. […] Awesome. Just awesome. What more can I say? Buy these books. Read them multiple times. May this only be the beginning of [Hodder’s] long and illustrious career.”

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Awards & Accolades


Sidewise Award Finalist: “Alternate History”