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The Sterling Directive

Tim Standish

In an alternative Victorian London where mechanical computers are commonplace, a fugitive army Captain is rescued from execution by shadowy agency The Map Room. As Agent Sterling, he must quickly forge a partnership with fellow agent Church to uncover a closely-guarded conspiracy deep within the British Government, following the trail wherever it leads. “A finely-wrought steampunk thriller.” (Pete Langman)

It is 1896. In an alternative history where Babbage’s difference engines have become commonplace, Captain Charles Maddox, wrongly convicted of a murder and newly arrested for duelling, is rescued from execution by a covert agency called the Map Room. Maddox is given the choice of taking his chances with the Bureau 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 Patience.

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.

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