Friday, October 2, 2015

Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #4

Tales from the Archives, Vol. 4: #4

By:  Philippa Ballantine & Tee Morris

Written by:  Tim Dodge
Narrated by:  Tim Dodge

Format:  Podcast, 42:56 minutes

Genre:  Fantasy, Steampunk

Series:  4th in Tales of the Archives Vol. 4 podcasts, part of A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series

Recommendation:  Nice way to meet new characters and authors in this steampunk-ish world particularly if you enjoyed the book; A Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences Novel, Phoenix Rising.  The archives are full of stories to be told.

Down by the River

Agent Brandon Hill of the Ministry meets Agent Bill Wheatley of the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical meet up in Afton, New York. The House of Usher is moving a large and dangerous weapon through this small town, and it is up to the agents to track it down. However, not all the residents are quite the same as they seem.

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*I listened to this short story for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Agent Brandon Hill meets Agent Bill Wheatley at the train station of Afton, New York. He's hear as he's heard word of a danger that will be coming through town. The House of Usher will be transporting a destructive weapon through this town in the cover of dark.

Agent Hill and Agent Wheatley are to find the weapon and stop it. But there may also be locals that are involved. Can they find them and arrest them?

Tim Dodge narrates this story himself. As he's well spoken and his words are clear, his voice is a bit laid back for me. Pauses make the story feel easy and relaxed and feels it breaks up sentences. This is a cadence that I feel doesn't flow consistent for me, but many might like.

This story feels to be a slower start in a calm, little town. It didn't feel like much of a big event, and the man who brings the weapon seems to not be expecting the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences along with the Office of the Supernatural and the Metaphysical to be present in this small village. So it was easy to overtake him.

There are a few neat robots here. The Afton Inn has a robot that takes luggage up to your room. And we see Agent Brandon Hill use night goggles.

Would you like to listen to these? For a taste of the characters or in addition to the book... Visit The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences.

You can find these for your Reading pleasure in any eFormat you would like at Smashwords.

You can find the Archives: Amazon Kindle ~ Tales from the Archives Scroll through the list for them all, and the ones you still need.

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


  1. Definitely sounds interesting. I like the idea of the robots that carry the luggage up. When can we start seeing those around these parts? LOL

    1. Glad you like the sounds of it, Jaclyn Canada. :) They are free to listen to. ;)


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