Friday, June 17, 2011

Tales from the Archives - Five

Tales from the Archives - Five

By:  Pip Ballantine & Tee Morris

Written & Narrated by:  PC Haring

Format:  Podcast, 40.54 minutes

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk

Series:  5th in Tales of the Archives podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Recommendation:  Yes. Nice way to meet new characters in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising. This podcast touches on what many would love to find, the mystical history everyone wants ~ the lost golden city that brings power and wealth to the finder.
The Seven

Agent Brandon Hill is on assignment in South America, enjoying the local culture and women, when a mystery that could lead to El Dorado falls into his lap. Before the intrepid agent knows it, he is the jungle uncovering a plot but the devilish Illuminati. He will need all his monkey knife fighting skills to survive this one.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Eliza and Wellington look into another case in South America...

Here we have Agent Brandon Hill who was sent several months ago by Director Mr. Sound on a lead on El Dorado, the city of gold.  Hill has found no leads, but he has been enjoying the fun side of life with visits to the brothels and one in particular woman he visits.  On his latest trip he sees she has a new vase in her room.  This vase has a story of it's own, relating to El Dorado.  Then things become deadly...

There is a touch of steampunk and machinery as Hill walks through the tinker part of town, but my favorite it the knife system Hill has.  This is very neat and appears toward the end of the story.  It is a nice six blade holder on his arm that rotates and releases.  Hill regards himself later as a Monkey Knife Fighter.  As you can guess there is fighting and action present in this short podcast.

I enjoyed this story as it has brought touches of the book Phoenix Rising into here with these vases.  No need to read the book, but it just touches on items present in the book to relate the characters, book, and podcasts together.  But in doing this has started my wheels turning and thinking, things that may never come to light but you never know as a reader with a creative wondering mind.  And I like when I start to wonder about books.

I really am enjoying these short quick podcasts!  The are a whole story and I get to listen to them.  Just fun for me.

Would you like to listen to these? For a taste of the characters or in addition to the book... Visit HERE.

There are short stories always added to the listing. So keep checking back!

I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.


Blodeuedd said...

I want the book :( *sits in the corner sad*

Ok I am not sad, I just want it

Martha Eskuchen said...

This sounds interesting - I love steampunk! Now I have to figure out if I can download it to my Zen or have to listen on the computer?? Can you let me know please?
Thanks for the head's up!

luanne said...

I added this to my iTunes to put on my iPod. Sounds fun.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Blodeuedd - Hmm, I'm going to have to get this book and send it to you so you can join me in these podcasts. ;) I do hope you enjoy it when you get it. :)

MarthaE - Hi! :) So glad you like the sounds of these podcasts. I'm not sure what a zen is. They do have these set up through itunes so you can sign up for them there. And I believe they have them in mp3 format on the sight. I do hope you are able to listen to them and enjoy them. :)

Luanne - Oh good! :) I hope you enjoy these fun short stories. :) Thank you!

Tee Morris said...

Martha E — You should be able to subscribe to the podcast with your Zune by accessing the main feed which, if you go to and look just above the book trailer, you should see an RSS link that says "Subscribe." Point your Zune there, and it should work fine.

Another option is to visit our site and hit the "Play" button on the "Tales from the Archives" entries.

Thanks again for your interest in us, and we hope you enjoy the podcast.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Tee, Thank you so much for the comment for MarthaE. I'm behind in some of the technological stuff. *wince* I must get caught up with all this stuff! :) Thank you!