The Lazarus Gate, which is the first book of the Lazarus Gate series, was an interesting read. I liked the mix of historical fiction and sci-fi. It had a great overlying mystery throughout most of the book and some intense scenes, which seemed nearly impossible for the hero to survive. John was a very gentlemanly character that tried to do his best but seemed to either be stuck in a tight spot by others, or ends up erring because of a foolish decision. I like the final interaction between John and the artist, while other parts were frustrating if this is not to have a sequel, but since this is only the first book, the reader can continue on to the next novel for more. All together an interesting premise and a good read.
Captain John Hardwick returns home after being a POW, embittered and adrift. He hopes to find something to occupy him in his retirement, but when he receives an invite to a secret men's club that turns out to be more than what it seems, he must join and become one of it's unlikely heroes. While working on a case, he realizes that there is much more going on. There’s another mirror world that wants to conquer his own.
London, 1890. Captain John Hardwick, an embittered army veteran and opium addict, is released from captivity in Burma and returns home, only to be recruited by a mysterious gentlemen’s club to combat a supernatural threat to the British Empire.
This is the tale of a secret war between parallel universes, between reality and the supernatural; a war waged relentlessly by an elite group of agents; unsung heroes, whose efforts can never be acknowledged, but by whose sacrifice we are all kept safe.