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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: ROC (19 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 045146429X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464293
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 2.8 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Aug 2012
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"The Doomsday Vault" is the first novel of an extraordinary new series set in an alternative Victorian age where a disease called "The clockwork plague" has brought both death and terror on an enormous scale and massive technological advances.

The series as published to date or coming out shortly consists of

1) This book, "The Doomsday Vault"
2) The Impossible Cube (Clockwork Empire Novels)
3) The Dragon Men: A Novel of the Clockwork Empire (due for publication late 2012)
4) The Havoc Machine: A Novel of the Clockwork Empire (due out in 2013)

As "The Doomsday Vault" opens Queen Victoria has been on the throne for about 20 years, so the date appears to be around 1857. (William IV had succeeded George IV in 1830, the same year as in our history, so Victoria must presumably have succeeded William in turn at about the same time as she did in real history e.g. about 1837.)

In the world of the Clockwork Empire, history up to about the time of the Napoleonic Wars was the same as in our world, but then all the countries of the world have been affected by an illness known as the "clockwork plague." 90% of people who contract it simply die, which is what had happened to the mother, brother, and fiance of the heroine of this book, The Honorable Alice Michaels.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Detra Fitch TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Jan 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Set in London. (Seems to be the Regency Era.) After the plague. Before the secret at the end of the world.

The Honorable Alice Michaels is caring for her dying father, Arthur, Baron Michaels. They are basically penniless and, as the daughter of a baron, it is socially forbidden for Alice to find paying work, no matter how many useful skills she has. Most of her family died from the clockwork plague, so Alice is not considered to be a good choice for one to wed. At the age of twenty-one, Alice has an unladylike interest in automatons. Alice is surrounded by little automatons that she has assembled. (Her interest in engineering is another unladylike habit.) The automatons had arrived in pieces for Alice to assemble from Aunt Edwina over the last five years. Alice's companion (and favorite automaton) is Click, her clockwork cat.

People are used to seeing plague zombies stumbling around, especially at night. Zombies are to be avoided at all costs. One touch from a zombie can pass the plague. Every so often, perhaps one time in a hundred thousand, the plague did not destroy the brain. Instead, it makes the brain work with a wondrous efficiency. Mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry - even some forms of art - become mere toys to these rare and particular plague victims. The geniuses are called "clockworkers". They create amazing inventions, many of which defy universal laws. Clockworkers create with great glee and do not think about repercussions. This is why a clandestine organization, the Third Ward, searches them out, gives these geniuses a place to create their gadgets, and keeps their work in check. Of course, all the inventions are harvested to serve the Empire. (England rules most of the known world.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
This is the Steampunk I've been looking for! 31 Dec 2011
By D. C. Brotherton - Published on Amazon.com
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The Doomsday Vault is a rollicking good adventure that takes place in Harper's very own Steampunk universe, the first novel of The Clockwork Empire trilogy. I've felt for some time that Steampunk has enormous untapped potential, and this is the first novel I've come across that I feel truly makes this emerging genre shine.

This adventure story has it all--airship battles, Victorian political intrigue, secret police, conspiracy, clockwork automatons of all sorts, mad scientists, amazing Steampunk retro-futuristic gadgets, a surprisingly good romance, and, lest I forget, zombies!

While I personally felt the first chapter was the lowest point of the whole book, the novel really takes off at chapter two and just keeps getting better. Both of the main characters are very likable and well-realized, and you really get into their personal motivations and want them to succeed. There are some fantastic twists towards the end of the book that really set up well for the sequel, The Impossible Cube, that's coming out in May 2012.

I've not written an online book review before, but I don't see this great novel getting the attention I feel it deserves and I want to spread the good word so other folks can have the chance to enjoy it as much as I did. Highly recommended!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Steampunk! 8 April 2012
By Stephanie Leroux - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Is it just me or is the steampunk genre becoming more popular these days? I'm not very familiar with the genre since I've only read a few books, but I think I'm becoming a true fan. So far, I've enjoyed all of the steampunk novels that I've read, and The Doomsday Vault is no exception.

Obviously set in a Victorian London, this novel takes us on an adventure through balls, pirate attacks, zombie attacks and crazy clockworker meltdowns. When I first started reading this book, I thought it was going to be a mix of steampunk and pure paranormal but the paranormal aspect is limited to zombies. The clockwork plague is what created these zombies, infecting people on contact and spreading the disease through the streets of London. However, some of the infected people don't become zombies. Quite the opposite - they become clockworkers, geniuses with great analytical skills and the ability to create and invent remarkable things. In this world, Mozart was actually a clockworker, creating the most amazing music while infected by the disease in the last year of his life. Automatons, the many robots encountered in this book, were also invented by clockworkers. These geniuses remind me of autistic children who are evaluated as savants. Almost to intelligent, the clockworkers end up going through a meltdown as the disease kills them after a few years of being infected.

I truly enjoyed the idea of the plague and the clockworkers, but I think it's the main characters that really brought the story together. Soon to be Baroness Alice Michaels would love to be an independent, free thinking woman, but at twenty-one, she's not getting any younger. Pressured by her father to look for a wealthy husband, she acts as the dutiful daughter and accepts the first marriage proposal she is offered. However, the only things that Alice likes about her new fiancé, Norbert, is his ability to pay off her father's debts. Deep down, she knows her heart belongs to Gavin Ennock, a poor American airman stranded in London, that she saved from her aunt Edwina's strange and dangerous house. The ever absent Edwina, who inspired Alice's unrefined interest in automatons and engineering, has gone missing and Alice feels it's her duty to find her.

But overall, my favorite character has to be Click, one of Alice's automatons. In the shape of a cat, Click has humanlike qualities even if you find him licking his paws and illuminating dark halls with his bright green lights for eyes. Rarely saying anything, he still has a big part in this story. Automatons and machinery play a big part in the novel and Steven Harper had done a wonderful job in describing everything. Also, I believe he has thoroughly researched the physics of sound and music, a reoccurring and important element in the book.

Because I love the colours of this cover, I just need to say a few things about it. It's actually the main thing that drew me to the book while I was browsing my library. I think the contrast between the yellow London fog and the sharp blue of her dress was a good choice. Of course the little elements like the automaton cat and the strange pistol are positive additions. I especially like the foggy background that includes the ever popular airship (dirigible) that seems to dominate the steampunk genre.

This novel has many layers and it guarantees you non-stop action. From science, to dirigibles, to politics, to social norms of Victorian England, I believe this book is the true definition of steampunk. A great start to an imaginative series, I strongly suggest this book to fans of the genre. Its sequel, The Impossible Cube, comes out in May 2012.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
First in the fascinating new "Clockwork Empire" series 13 Aug 2012
By Marshall Lord - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Doomsday Vault" is the first of an extraordinary new series set in an alternative Victorian age where a disease called "The clockwork plague" has brought both devastation and death and enormous technological advance.

The series published to date or due to come out shortly consists of

1) This book, "The Doomsday Vault"
2) The Impossible Cube (Clockwork Empire Novels)
3) The Dragon Men: A Novel of the Clockwork Empire (due for publication late 2012)
4) The Havoc Machine: A Novel of the Clockwork Empire (due out in 2013)

As "The Doomsday Vault" opens Queen Victoria has been on the throne for about 20 years, so the date appears to be around 1857. (William IV had succeeded George IV in 1830, the same year as in our history, so Victoria must presumably have succeeded William in turn at about the same time as she did in real history e.g. about 1837.)

In the world of the Clockwork Empire, history up to about the time of the Napoleonic Wars was the same as in our world, but then all the countries of the world have been affected by an illness known as the "clockwork plague." 90% of people who contract it simply die, which is what had happened to the mother, brother, and fiance of the heroine of this book, The Honorable Alice Michaels. Many of the rest become "zombies" - not actually undead but ghastly shadows of their former selves who have lost the power of speech and higher rational functions and are gradually rotting away. They are extremely dangerous because their least touch can spread the plague. A small number of plague victims survive with their minds intact but may be crippled, which is what happened to Alice's father, Baron Michaels.

A much smaller proportion of those who catch the plague become, for for the brief time left to them, insane geniuses known as "clockworkers" and from their unbalanced minds flow inventions far in advance of what you might reasonably expect from 19th century science. Charles Babbage, having become a clockworker, perfected clockwork driven computers which provide the brains of the android servants which are now a vital part of Britain's economy. Other clockworkers have provided the technology for successful dirigible airships and other devices which make the technology of this mid-19th century world equal or even superior in some ways to that of the 21st century. But the deaths caused by the plague and the impact of these new inventions has caused a great deal of social upheaval. Some of the effects are good - for example, more equal rights for women have are a century ahead of where they were in our history though this is still controversial with the die-hards of both sexes - others much less so. The world of the Clockwork Empire is a strange and dangerous one.

Alice Michaels' family face social and economic ruin, as society regards them as unlucky because of their losses to the plague. Alice has one last chance to rescue her family fortunes with an advantageous marriage, when she learns that her aunt has disappeared, leaving her a dangerous legacy. Meanwhile Gavin Ennock, a young American boy who is a crew member on an American airship, faces first attack by air pirates, then kidnap, before events throw him and Alice together.

Alice and Gavin attract the attention of the "Third Ward," a powerful government agency which tries to use the inventions of the clockworkers for the good of the Empire. This agency has dangerous secrets - and in more than one way, Alice and Gavin may have difficult decisions to make about where their loyalties lie ...

An extremely exciting book with some brilliant worldbuilding and many plot twists some of which are likely to take you by surprise. I can recommend this book and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Amazing New Steampunk Adventure! 5 Nov 2012
By Avalee - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book on a whim after reading some good reviews on it and I absolutely loved it! I didn't want to put it down and this one definitely got me through hurricane Sandy! I fell in love with the characters and the love story between Gavin and Alice. I have read a few steampunk novels that are so hard to get into because the author doesn't do a good job of explaining their world, but this wasn't the case here. This was easy to follow and the story was great and left you wanting more. I will definitely be continuing with this series!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Awesome 13 Feb 2013
By Bradley S. Hartman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
If you've ever wondered what Steampunk is, this is the booj series to get your answers. This is the best series in the Steampunk/Sci-Fi genre written to date. If you like thrills and chills written in a new world and with fantastically inventive weapons and gizmos, this is the way to go, throw in a dirigible or two and man you cannot beat it. The characters are well written and take you away easily into the tale. so don't be a prude by sticking with the usual, discover something breathtakingly new and dive into Steampunk and the world of Lady Michaels.
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