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Cover & Synopsis: THE RETURN OF THE DISCONTINUED MAN by Mark Hodder (Plus: Cover Gallery)

Amazon has the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel The Return of the Discontinued Man, the upcoming Burton & Swinburne Adventure by Mark Hodder. Jon Sullivan is the cover artist. The designer is Jacqueline Nasso Cooke.

Here’s the synopsis:
(A larger version of this cover plus a series cover gallery posted below.)

Explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton and poet Algernon Swinburne return in a new series of wildly imaginative steampunk adventures.


It’s 9 p.m. on February 15, 1860, and Charles Babbage, the British Empire’s most brilliant scientist, performs an experiment. Within moments, blood red snow falls from the sky and Spring Heeled Jack pops out of thin air in London’s Leicester Square. Though utterly disoriented and apparently insane, the strange creature is intent on one thing: hunting Sir Richard Francis Burton!

Spring Heeled Jack isn’t alone in his mental confusion. Burton can hardly function; he’s experiencing one hallucination after another–visions of parallel realities and future history. Someone, or something, is trying to tell him about … what?

When the revelation comes, it sends Burton and his companions on an expedition even the great explorer could never have imagined–a voyage through time itself into a twisted future where steam technology has made a resurgence and a despotic intelligence rules over the British Empire!

Cover Gallery

Here are the first four books in the series. Jon Sullivan is the cover artist for all of them. The designer is Jacqueline Nasso Cooke. Nicole Lecht designed the first three books. Jacqueline Nasso Cooke on the later ones.

And here’s a larger version of the cover for The Return of the Discontinued Man:

Book info as per Amazon US:

  • Series: A Burton & Swinburne Adventure
  • Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (July 8, 2014)
  • ISBN-10: 1616149051
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616149055
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2 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: THE RETURN OF THE DISCONTINUED MAN by Mark Hodder (Plus: Cover Gallery)

  1. David Greybeard // October 31, 2013 at 6:18 am //

    I’ve got to read this series!

    • I had never read anything steampunk until The Strange Affair of Springheel Jack. Totally hooked. Mark is an amazing writer!

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