Title: The Falling Machine (Society of Steam #1)
Author: Andrew P Mayer
No of Pages: 284
Published: Jan 24th 2011 by Pyr
Hello fellow bookworms and page turners, we meet again! welcome back to Steampunk week in today’s post we are looking at The falling machine which is the first instalment of the Society of Steam, the action packed super hero Steampunk romp to end all romps by of course Andrew P Mayer.
The Story starts in 1880 before the age when women were allowed to vote, enter gentlemen’s clubs, and long before they could play golf not to mention adorn a uniform and fight crime. However our protagonist Sarah Stanton.. didn’t really get the memo that she couldn’t become a hero. The story follows Sarah on her journey brought on by tragedy as she watches a man die before her very eyes. In order to uncover the truth Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as The Automaton. Together they unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the Paragons that reveals the world of heroes and high-society is built on a crumbling foundation of greed and lies.
Well now you know the plot, or at least as much as I am willing to give away, all that is left to give you my opinion this book to me is Part Justice League of America, Part Sherlock Holmes and ALL Steampunk. It’s a fast paced and good read. Not is a breath of fresh hair from the usual wealth of Steampunk that is currently being produced today, there is no magic or Vampires not even a Werewolf with a mighty fine moustache. Instead the focus is on the Technology and its importance to the story, and how it assists the characters through their decisions and help them grow into interesting and complex characters.
Anyone that loves pulp concepts with a superhero twist in a Victorian era setting should most definitely take a look at The Society of Steam series. The Falling Machine comes Highly Recommended!.
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