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The Queen's Martian Rifles

The Queen's Martian Rifles [Kindle Edition]

ME Brines
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Does the secret to the origin of Mankind lie within the Great Pyramid of Mars?

In this alternate steampunk adventure, the technical genius, Nicola Tesla, invented an anti-gravity coil that made steam-powered spaceships possible in the last decades of the 19th century. By 1899 the British Empire not only covers much of Africa, North America, Asia and the Pacific but also includes a moon base and a protectorate with the French over the backward civilization native to the planet Mars. But that empire, and those of the other western colonial powers have powerful extraterrestrial enemies no one even suspects exist – enemies that have renewed an age-old secret war against Humanity using all the supernatural powers at their command.

The cast of characters is sprinkled with historical personalities such as Aleister Crowley, the famous occultist history remembers as “the wickedest man who ever lived,” and Viscount Sir James Bryce, British statesman, author, world traveler and mountaineer who claimed to have discovered Noah’s Ark on a mountain in eastern Turkey.

His granddaughter, Lady Rebecca Bryce, is a militant suffragette and unorthodox scholar of antiquities determined to search the Martian pyramids of Cydonia for evidence of her theories on the extraterrestrial origin of human civilization. An educated and intelligent woman in a world that relegates females to insipid garden parties, she yearns to “set the male dominated science of archeology on its head.” She doesn’t believe she needs a man to fulfill her. But will she discover on Mars what she really needs?

Recent college graduate David Mclaughlin wants to make a real difference in the world, not just “host tea parties for old ladies.” So he abandons his parents’ plans for him to become a clergyman and seeks adventure as an officer in the Queen’s Martian Rifle regiment. But snubbed and scorned by his “betters,” can David persevere and save the Earth from destruction?

We also meet little Din, David’s personal servant and a member of the Martian Untouchable caste. His clan has patiently suffered in slavery awaiting a promised savior. But after more than three millennia, has God forgotten them?

Can Aleister bring down Western Civilization? Who are the Ascended Masters? What really happened to Atlantis? The answers lie within The Queen’s Martian Rifles!

About the Author

The author, M.E. Brines, spent the Cold War assembling atomic artillery shells and preparing to unleash the Apocalypse (and has a medal to prove it.) But when peace broke out, he turned his fevered, paranoid imagination to other pursuits. Designer of more than twenty sci-fi wargames and The Struggle of Nations play-by-e-mail game (all available at he spends his spare time scribbling another steampunk romance occult adventure novel, which despite certain rumors absolutely DOES NOT involve time-traveling Nazi vampires! A member of the British Society for Psychical Research, he is a long-time student of the occult, a committed Christian, and author of two dozen books, e-books, chapbooks and pamphlets on esoteric subjects such as Alien Abduction, Alien Hybrids, UFOs, Conspiracies, Mind Control the Falun Gong, esoteric Nazism, the Knights Templar, astrology, magick, the Bible, the spear of Longinius and Christian discipleship. His work has also appeared in Challenge magazine, The Traveller Chronicle, Weird Tales, Empirical magazine, Midnight Times, The Outer Darkness, Tales of the Talisman, and The Willows magazine.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 205 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0063ULB8Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price 4 Sep 2012
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For the most part, this book is exactly what you imagine from the title and the imagery. It deviates in two ways:

1.) There is a running debate about Christianity throughout the book. It's a little out of place and at times clunky, but it is a debate, not a sermon or diatribe, so it shouldn't really offend, but neither does it particularly add.
2.) The middle of the story is at the beginning of the book and the beginning is in the middle. Thankfully the end had the good sense to remain at the end. I could see no reason for this other than because the author chose to arrange it this way.

I suspect that the author is American, or writing for same, so Brits might find that some of the language jars. There's some questionable history, even allowing for the deviation, and don't spend too long thinking about the physics.

These are generally minor points, and for a couple of quid you are getting a fast paced adventure story of Victorian soldiers on Mars that mostly delivers.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh dear 28 Nov 2012
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I would not normally trouble myself to write a bad review but I bought this based on the ratings and that was a mistake.

This book is very poorly written, the core concepts (though fine in themselves) jar so badly it just fails to work. The characters are utterly two dimensional and behave according to the requirements of the plot, not the other way around. There may be action in the story but there is no drama at all, and the protagonist is just a Mary Sue.

There is also the more-than-usual lack of real understanding of British Victorian society when written about by Americans - sorry but even the good non-British writers (even the Canadians) manage to get it wrong to some extent (and their editors don't notice because they're not British either). Usually it's tolerable but in this case it's just ignorance without any attempt at understanding.

I admire anyone who actually gets a book finished but that doesn't mean it's good enough to publish and this is a case in point. Ultimately this book is just a badly put-together vehicle for the personal viewpoint of the author.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Undemanding Sci-fi -poorly researched 16 Aug 2013
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Recently got into this "steam-punk" Sci-Fi and read the reviews on this "book". I did enjoy the story very much -however, I think the author may be American who doesn't "do" research. There are a number of incorrect historical references here which certainly jar and detract from the story. The construction of the book is also weird as well. This was obviously written using a Wordprocessor that the author is unfamiliar with. There are large white spaces where paragraphs have been kept together as well as different sized fonts employed. The author also uses Bold and Underline to add stress to a particular word. New chapters also begin in odd places. This was very obviously not proof-read before printing (I'm surprised the publisher allowed this to go to print in this state). 4 stars for the story, minus star for book construction.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Some good ideas here 12 Oct 2014
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It started off well but in my opinion left too may questions unanswered. Maybe I am missing the point but I could not decide if the God vs. Lucifer conflict was the biblical Heaven against Hell or simply two opposing factions of ancient and extremely advanced aliens. The fact that human life evolved on Mars (which bears some resemblance the Barsoom of Edgar Rice Borroughs) and then spread to Earth suggests, to me at least, the Ancient Astronauts argument. The author introduces some interesting concepts such as Noah was the equivalent of a Martian backyard spaceship builder!

I liked the steampunk setting and for a light read on the sort of Boys Own level, it was fun right up until the final chapters but it seemed to come to a juddering halt just when the story was starting to get really interesting. I would I think read a sequel if these outstanding issues were resolved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fun steam punk ish 19 May 2014
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Good strory I like the steam /punk setting and it took me to a diffrent world and era a crose zonra book
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 14 May 2014
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Started well, but even for the genre, ludicrous. We can accept alternative interpretations in SF, but this belongs in the Jules Verne era, flying in the face of what is known about the planet Mars. Then when it dawns on you that this is just a clumsy evangelical christian polemic, it collapses even further into the absurd. A writer to be avoided at all costs.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed the book for the most part. 31 Dec 2013
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This review is based on an advance review copy, supplied the the British Fantasy Society review team by the author.

This was a very interesting one to read. Had I realised going in that the author's book contained a fairly heavy Christian, Creationist message, I might not have bothered. Having already started the book, I decided that, since I was quite happy to read horror novels in which Christianity played a great part in rallying the forces of good against the supernatural evil, it would hardly be fair of me to let my personal atheist biases prevent me from giving this book a fair chance. I'm quite glad I did.

M.E. Brines is by no means a bad writer. He creates an interesting steampunk scenario, in which Earth sent colonies to Mars in the late 19th century. It has to be said that, while there are indeed several Earth nations competing for whatever benefits they might glean from this situation, the integration with the primitive Martian population is a lot more diplomatic and respectful than real history suggests would have been likely.

The hero, David McLaughlin, is a likeable character. He joined the Queen's Martian Rifles regiment, rather than follow his parents wishes to enter the clergy, out of a need to do more good than he could see himself achieving from a pulpit. Refreshingly, he's not the typical square-jawed, athletic hero, in fact he's quite "portly", as the author puts it. He soon finds that the rest of his regiment is in a sad state, having been allowed to fall into slovenly ways, due to their snobbish, drunken officers not doing their job. McLaughlin runs into a lot of class-based prejudice from his superiors. Brines does a reasonable job of arguing against this sort of social bigotry, along with sexism and racism.
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I was expecting something a little more interesting. It was not a bad story but the religious allusions did it no favours.
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I'd just like to thank you for publishing this book. After reading TQMR I've decided to have a go at Kindle publishing myself.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Good potential but too preachy.
Firstly, anyone from Victorian Scotland would spell color with a 'u'.

Secondly, what I thought was going to be a steampunk/archeology adventure turned out to be pretty... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Steam punk varient of Sci Fi
A good story that was my very first excursion into books on the Kindle, I found it well structured and written, poses the interesting view of the Victorian British empire as a... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sharpe in Space!
Enjoyable undemanding read. Steampunk trip to Mars as the British Empire reaches beyond the Earth, an old fashioned boy's own adventure.
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What could have been a rattling good yarn spoilt by a lack of knowledge of British spoken english and British military around the turn of the last century. Read more
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