Waiting on Wednesday: Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper by David Barnett

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper by David Barnett
Expected publication: October 13, 2015 by Tor Books

In an alternate ninteenth century where a technologically advanced Britain holds sway over most of the known world and the American Revolution never happened, young Gideon Smith is firmly established as the Hero of the Empire.

Back in London, Gideon and his colleagues: journalist Aloysius Bent, airship pilot Rowena Fanshawe, and Maria, the mechanical girl to whom Gideon has lost his heart, are dragged into a case that is confounding the Metropolitan Police. For the city is on the edge of mass rioting due to the continuing reign of terror by the serial killer known only as Jack the Ripper, who is rampaging though London's less salubrious quarters.

While chasing the madman, a villain from their past strips Gideon Smith of his memory and is cast adrift in the seedy underbelly of London, where life is tough and death lurks in every shadowy alley.

With mob rule threatening to engulf London, the Empire has never needed its hero more...but where is Gideon Smith?

Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper is the latest in David Barnett's riproaring steampunk adventures about a Britain that never was...but should have been.

Looking quite a ways ahead again this week, but with David having just revealed the cover, now seems as good a time as any to celebrate the return of Gideon Smith. The first two books in the series have been a ton of fun, and the Ripper storyline is one I've been waiting for him to get back to. Can't wait to land an early copy of this!


  1. I do love me alternative history!

  2. Oh that's a new to me one! Sounds intriguing too! I enjoy a good alternative history twist! Hope you enjoy it once you read it!

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  3. I read and liked Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl. I have a paperback copy of Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon at home and after reading your post I preordered a copy of Gideon Smith and the Mask of the Ripper.

    Thank you for bringing up the book to my attention.

  4. I haven't read this series, but I've heard good things about it. Plus, the red on that cover is seriously beautiful!

  5. I haven't heard of this before but it does sound exciting! Thank you for putting it under my radar, I hope you enjoy this read once it comes out - great pick <3

    <3 Benish | Feminist Reflections

  6. This is new to me and it sounds really good, I hope you enjoy it!

  7. Somehow I let the first couple Gideon Smith books go by and missed all the fun, but I've definitely found the premise of this series intriguing!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  8. I've not read these, but then I don't have the best history with steampunk for some reason.

  9. I haven't heard of this book before now but it sounds quite interesting.

    A nice WoW! Sharon – Obsession with Books


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