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The Peacemakers (The Nemesis Engines Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Olivier Blanchard
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Book Description

1915 – While all eyes are on Europe’s battlefields, scientists, anti-war industrialists and financiers all around the world are vanishing without a trace, and rumors of a plot to provide Germany with devastating new weapons have forced Britain’s intelligence services into a frantic, desperate race to hunt down and stop a new faceless enemy.

Thrust together by fate and pursued half way around the world by ruthless killers, four unlikely allies will risk everything to keep these mysterious new machines of war from falling into the wrong hands: Gustav Steiner, the visionary industrialist determined to stay one step ahead of an assassin’s bullet; Alexandra Meade, the haunted young woman desperate to escape her gilded cage; Harbert Pencroft, the idealistic young American aviator on a mission to save the woman he loves; and Archie Whitfield, the lethal British agent, betrayed and left for dead, now driven by a relentless thirst for revenge.

An homage to the novels of Jules Verne and H.G. Wells, “The Peacemakers” is the first volume in “The Nemesis Engines” series, which weaves epic adventure, historical fiction, science-fiction and a dash of steampunk into a spell-binding, one-of-a-kind, deeply human roller-coaster ride that promises to keep readers on the edge of their seats.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1700 KB
  • Print Length: 535 pages
  • Publisher: 99th Room Books; 1 edition (19 Mar. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #611,865 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable, thoughtful & clever 15 April 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Rarely do I remember characters names so well after reading a novel, this just proves how well you get to know the people and connect with them so quickly. This is not the type of book I would normally chose to read, I was interested to read a fictional novel from someone I had read a business book by. I was really impressed by all the historical accounts and such vivid attention to detail throughout. Can really recommend this book to anyone, it's a very accomplished debut novel and I will be sure to read TNE2 & 3 when they are out. Great work, written with real emotion & passion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I kept page-turning to the very end! 18 Jun. 2014
By DebTeb
Format:Kindle Edition
My reading matter of choice is generally crime/thriller genre and so The Peacemakers (The Nemesis Engines) was a bit of a departure for me. I read it on recommendation and was a bit doubtful as to how I'd get on with this.

I absolutely loved this book!

Brilliant writing, gripping plot, great characters - written by someone who has a brain and had genuinely considered the plot and where it was going. There are quite extreme characters in this book and there are passages where these characters explain their 'motivations' and I found myself being swayed by their arguments, even though in my head I knew that they weren't actually rational arguments!

If I were to compare (it doesn't quite) then it's written in a similar vein as Dan Brown and the DaVinci code. It blends fact with fiction in a believable way. Because I read it on the beach in Portugal I scan read it, but it is definitely worth a re-read to cover off all the bits I missed the first time.

Download and read. It's a great read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read...a book that could establish an author's career 24 Mar. 2014
By Rusti - Published on
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Cutting to the heart of the matter, The Peacemakers (TNE) is an extraordinary debut novel. Those who may be familiar with Blanchard's informed, articulate and expressive writing style from his blogs or his book, Social Media ROI, might expect no less--but a novel? a trilogy of novels? For some/most of us, that would be a whole different ball game. But Blanchard doesn't disappoint. He's knocked it out of the park.

The Peacemakers is storytelling at its finest. A well-crafted first person narrative is a joy to read. It's often done so poorly that my default opinion of the technique is generally not positive.This time, the protagonist's narrative engaged me from the start and held me throughout. I've since puzzled, why? On reflection, The Peacemakers has the feel of a labour of love that was reflected in Harbert's telling of his story in such luxurious language and exquisite, richly descriptive detail--of his environment, his personal journey and adventures, and the characters/his relationships. At the same time, depth of detail is not used as a substitute for real-time dialogue or action, of which there is plenty.

The Peacemakers has it all: A blend of history and alternate history. Mystery, suspense and intrigue. Action and adventure, by land, sea and air. Masterminds, evil megalomaniacs...or not. Mad or not-so-mad scientist-inventors. Fantastical inventions. Gothic romance. And zombies. Does it get any better than that?

Steampunk (dieselpunk?) aficionados will appreciate The Peacemakers as a top-notch breakout novel in speculative fiction. As successful as I suspect it will be in that genre, TNE merits a much wider reach. For anyone who wants a darn good read, The Peacemakers delivers.

The Peacemakers is a long, action-packed book that you won't want to put down--it begs for a marathon, speed read. But in terms of its focus on relationship and character development alone, it's well worth taking the time to savour. Either way, it's the kind of novel where you do and don't want to reach the end. The only solution--for me, anyway--is to read it again while waiting for Part II.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read, and the beginning of a tremendous journey 20 Mar. 2014
By Margie - Published on
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Towards the end of Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, Sam reminds Frodo that the stories that stick with us the most are those that tell tales of characters who could have given up but didn't because they are holding on to something. Tolkien may have been doing some reflection upon his own work at that point, wondering if this entire world he had created and the quintessential struggle between good and evil would be enough to make people remember the story years after he was gone to another plane. He was on to something, of course, although Sam's little speech does not tell the whole story.

The stories that stick with us, or at least with me, are the ones that first immerse me into that new reality. I can see what the characters are seeing, hear what the characters are hearing, and even smell what the characters are smelling. Most importantly, of course, I can feel what the characters are feeling, even if the author does not give away in words exactly what those emotions are. The stories that matter are the ones where the characters, even the evil ones, become your friends. You look forward to following their tales, and it seems implausible, as you read, that the tale could ever really end, because that would mean your new-found friends would have to disappear.

All of this begins to explain the enjoyment you will find in reading the first book of The Nemesis Engines trilogy, The Peacemakers. The first person narrative draws you in from the beginning, and you see that young Mr. Harbert has demons both internal and external to fight. As you watch him evolve over the course of the book you find yourself increasingly pulling for him while also wondering how he could possibly come out of this adventure unscathed spiritually and certainly physically. Along the way, you meet countless other characters who each make you ponder their complexities and their interrelationships with all of the other characters you've come to know. The book becomes an intricate dance with characters weaving in and out and changing their steps as circumstances themselves become more complex and difficult.

The Peacemakers is the kind of book you take your time with. It is like a decadent piece of fudge. You want to make sure you take note of all of the details, and you want to enjoy the rich language which is so hard to find in novels these days. As we mark the 100th anniversary of World War I this year, it seems appropriate to wonder how the world, in such flux, could alter the lives of ordinary people. This book gives you a glimpse of that historical perspective tied together with Verne-like adventure. In addition to calling to mind Tolkien and Verne, I think you will enjoy this book if you enjoy the rich language of the likes of Fitzgerald and more recently, David Mitchell of Cloud Atlas fame. Blanchard's character studies are also reminiscent of Fitzgerald with the additional sentimentality, perhaps, of Dickens and Steinbeck. It is an astonishing debut into the world of fiction writing. The only downside is that you will have to wait longer than you want for book 2.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Change is inevitable... 23 Mar. 2014
By Lisa M Frame - Published on
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“Every person we meet, each relationship we forge matters a great deal. A life, and therefore the whole of the world can be changed by a single encounter, a single smile, a single hand shake.”

Relationships, no matter what they are, are the building blocks of our life. A song and dance old as time itself.

The Nemesis Engines Part 1 “The Peacemaker” teaches us these relationships, no matter what we don’t know about them, or find out, are to be cultivated. They guide us through our lives, taking us down roads we never imagined traveling.

Blanchard has done exactly what all writers want to do with their words. He pulled me in so deeply I didn’t want to set the book down. And for three days, I attempted to sneak around everything I needed to do in order to read.

While I’m not a fan of the steampunk genre, and have never particularly cared for H.G. Wells, I went into this novel with an open mind, pushing aside any preconceived notions. Immediately, I was drawn in with the first person narrative, however it took a few pages for me to get the rhythm of the language. The main character, Harbert, lived many of his early formative years in Haiti, where there is a strong Creole/French background, as well as his French grandparents, who also influenced his language. Once I adjusted, the rhythm was natural, effortless, and it helped me really “hear” his character.

I was amazed at actual historical research and facts that have been woven into the story, which made it so much more realistic and gripping. Combine that with Blanchard’s knack for dialogue, as well as his descriptions of sights, smells, sounds, and ability to make each character distinct and you have a must-read. (At one point, I felt a little sea-sick it was so well written.)

I lived the lives of these characters. Some I loathed, others I loved, and personally, I found an inner ferocity which surprised even me. Now I’ll pick up Wells again, with a new appreciation and mindset. “The Peacemaker” teaches us, for better or for worse, change is inevitable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page swiper, er, turner! 12 Aug. 2014
By Molly Cantrell-Kraig - Published on
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I found myself reading ahead in a rush to find out what happens to Mr. Pencroft as he made his way through his dangerous exploits. Olivier Blanchard exceeds at weaving a narrative that hits all the right notes: thrills, spills and chills. Include a love story with an unconventional triangle, and you've got a recipe for a gripping first installment of a series ~ one I'm anxious to continue reading as soon as possible!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is he good is he bad...I just don't know 29 May 2014
By Traci A. Browne - Published on
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I like a lot of books that I read, but I love very few. This one falls into the loved it category. The author's descriptions are so vivid you can imagine perfectly the fantastical settings in this book. They are a wonderful mix of reality and imagination. I also like that he gives just enough description of his characters but not too much, meaning he gives me enough description to imagine what they look like and then stops so that I can complete them in my own mind.

The dialog is amazing. While some is so long that in lesser hands it could be considered a speech or even preachy, not the case here. Each character is so real and persuasive I found myself thinking, "see, he is an evil person." Only to have my mind changed a few chapters later thinking, "well, maybe not...he has a point."

And, now that I've finished the entire thing I'm still not sure. Which is pure genius. So many authors take the easy way out and create villains who are pure evil and heroes who can do no wrong. These characters are "real" people who have conflicting emotions, opinions and struggles.

This is a story you get completely caught up in and don't feel as though you are reading it, but instead, standing there amidst the action and boy is there a lot of action.

When I started this I did not know if was the first part of a trilogy. The closer I came to the end the sadder I felt. I didn't want to leave his world just yet. I am thrilled to death to find that I won't have to. I plan on buying the second installment the second it is released.
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