It is 1896. In an alternative history where Babbage’s mechanical computers have become an everyday part of life, Captain Charles Maddox, wrongly convicted of a murder and newly arrested for treason, is rescued from execution by a covert agency called the Map Room.
Maddox is given the choice of taking his chances with the authorities or joining the Map Room as an agent and helping them uncover a possible conspiracy surrounding the 1888 Ripper murders. Seeing little choice, Maddox accepts the offer and joins the team of fellow agents Church and Green. With help from the Map Room team, Maddox (now Agent Sterling) and Church investigate the Ripper murders and uncover a closely guarded conspiracy deep within the British Government. Success depends on the two of them quickly forging a successful partnership as agents and following the trail wherever, and to whomever, it leads.
An espionage thriller set in an alternative late 19th-century London, the Sterling Directive blends fact and fiction to create a historical thriller that will delight fans of espionage and historical adventure alike.
This book artfully plays with history, historical technology and humanity to great effect…a fast-moving thriller.Northern Reader, read more.
An exciting, intriguing and very clever tale.Historical Novel Society, read more.
A finely-wrought steampunk thriller.A.P. Langman, read more.