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The Jupiter Chronicles:The Secret of the Great Red Spot by [Ramirez, Leonardo]
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About the Author

Leonardo Ramirez is a writer whose joy first comes from being a husband and a dad and enjoying life with his family. He's the author of the Haven: The Graphic Novel and Haven of Dante.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 297 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Leonardoverse (1 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008Y65J1M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #556,937 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I first learned of this book through my involvement with the British Steampunk community, and as my son (who is eight) is a prolific reader and keen on scifi and Steampunk I thought it would be worth a look.

Once the book arrived I read through it myself to make sure it was suitable which it most certainly is. When I showed it to him, he insisted on reading it immediately (he always gets excited over new books). Although he reads very well, like all children he enjoys having stories read to him, so we took it in turns; me reading a chapter and then him reading one to me. Usually we'll read two to four chapters in this fashion before bed, but in this instance he insisted on reading the whole thing straight through.

The plot is an interesting mix of old and new, with Victorian slums on Earth juxtaposed with steam powered rocket ships reminiscient of Flash Gordon. There is intrigue, a villain, space battles and everthing else a child could want, as well as a very down to Earth and believable relationship between the protagonists, siblings Ian and Callie, as they search for their missing father.

The book is relatively short, but this is not a bad thing as the pace of the tale maintains throughout and as it is the first of a series it's a good length for kids to be able to get through and keep a handle on what has gone before. The inclusion of both a boy and girl as main characters means this book should appeal to girls as much as boys, which is always a good thing.

I think the best way to sum up this review is by saying that my son, upon finishing the first book, immediately asked if there were any more in the series.
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The Jupiter Chronicles: The Secret of the Great Red Spot

The first book in the Jupiter Chronicles introduces the reader to the Callisto children: Callie 9, and Ian 12. They live in the late nineteenth century, and have had to suffer the mysterious loss of their father Peter. This has left the children fatherless and impoverished. While their mother struggles to provide for them, the children must face up to being the only children in school without a father. One night Callie, the curious one, accidentally triggers a secret device in the telescope that Peter gave to his son just before disappearing. The telescope is suddenly transformed into a steam-powered space-ship and whisks them away from their home and off across space to the planet Jupiter. The children find themselves in the beautiful steam punk Jovian Empire, they meet the sinister hissing Emperor Phobos and with the help of Stinky Frank, a robot, set out on a series of adventures to find their father who they discover is the First Petros of Jovian; their adventures herald the beginning of the Steam punk age.

I have to admit to being incredibly biased in this review - I LOVE steam punk and am not averse to occasionally dressing up a bit steam-punky and, of course, I do possess a very fine pair of steam punk goggles! For anyone not familiar with Steam punk, it is basically a branch of science fiction: alternative history/speculative fiction often with a Victorian/Edwardian aesthetic. Basically think Victorian Style with modern technology - brass computers powered by steam - that kind of thing. I LOVE IT. And the idea that someone had written with the intention of introducing the Steam punk aesthetic to children seemed like a fantastic idea!
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author for an honest review.

This is the first book in a new steampunk series for children. I loved it!

Ian and Callie Castillo are fun characters. Ian is twelve and Callie is 9. Ian is an extremely serious young man. It's not been easy growing up without his father. I absolutely LOVE Callie! She is more relaxed and has a funny sense of humour.

This is a fun steampunk novel for children. The story is an amazing adventure that see's Ian and Callie travelling to Jupiter and getting into all sorts of trouble after their father had disappeared five years before. The author's imagination in mixing reality and fantasy has created an exciting adventure that had me turning the pages! Steampunk is a relatively new genre for me, and I was amazed at how the author brought the concept into the story without detracting from the storyline. However, my analytic mind was a little skeptical as to how the weapons and other instruments worked with steam, considering the lack of water containment. But, since I am a little older than the target market, I suppose that mixing the two concepts - old and modern - gave this story an otherworldly feel. I loved Callie's little journal entries, which had me giggling - I could just imagine her saying these things and, although I don't have a brother, only two sisters, they would have been something I would have said as a youngster about an older sibling.
There are some really scary bad guys that sent a shiver up my back! I certainly wouldn't want to meet these characters in the flesh! Emperor Phobos is a megalomaniac of the first order and is not very nice.
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