- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1807 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Publisher: Golbin Publishing; 1 edition (28 Dec. 2013)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0080UVQIW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #382,689 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Wake of the Dragon: A Steampunk Adventure (Airship Mechanoids Steampunk series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
While The Wake of the Dragon might not be all heart stopping action, it is very good and well worth a read. If you like steampunk in the slightest I would recommend picking it up. I'm definitely up for reading more of Hawkins' writing.
The thieves head off in their airship, captained by the incredible Captain Bonny, while the luckless Dudley, clerk of the dubious victim, Mr Wyatt gives chase.
The character of Captain Bonny is extremely well developed as he tempts the faits with his flirtations with Aide, goddess of the storm winds, always sailing a little too close to a storm so that he might feel a connection with her.
I thought this was a really well put together story that drew me along entertaining all the way. I look forward to exploring other books by this author.
I must confess, however, that I lost that enthusiasm along the way. The content is interesting and the writing is error-free (more or less), often even lyrical and witty, which is why I've given the book 4 stars. It is, technically speaking, a good novel. But for a number of reasons I found it difficult to really enjoy.
My biggest complaint is that the story telling is so reliant on exposition and internal monologue. The characters are ever thinking about all of their options, weighing and measuring, and internally stating things which are already evident. If you were to break this book down between "showing" and "telling" (a distinction that I'm not always in favor of, and shouldn't be viewed as a hard and fast rule, but, in this case, I believe is valid) you would find almost nothing but telling. All of this exposition and thinking serves to drastically slow down the pace of the book and gave it an overall feeling of being bloated and poorly balanced, in my opinion.
Despite the fact that we spend so much time in the heads of the characters, I didn't feel terribly attached to any of them. My biggest problem was with the treatment of the single female character, whose only characteristic seems to be a disturbing level of sexual promiscuity.
**DON'T READ THE NEXT SECTION IF YOU ARE OPPOSED TO SOME MILD SPOILERS**
That character, Ann, is initially presented as a feisty trouble maker.Read more ›
Jaq D Hawkins opens up a wonderful, strange and weird world where you can lose yourself in a fantasy of airships, pirates, pitchfork wielding villagers, and battling businessmen. It starts out with a pirate like adventure in the skies, in a setting that reminded me of Victorian London. Captain Bonny, is in charge of the pirate airship that takes off with someone else’s warehouse full of opium. Almost everyone enjoys chasing the dragon and drinking a little rum.
There is a hint of a love interest, and lots of adventure, with solid characters.
We read about a fictitious battle for wealth, conducted by industry, traders and outright crooks. In particular we observe a battle for the trade in opium and other nefarious goods between all parties from the huge East India Company, down to the lowest of pirates. We are not though, as history would lead us to expect, at sea. We are in the skies above East Anglia, London, Cornwall and eventually Paris. Pirates in airships and other inventively interpreted steam age technologies add a magical layer to Victoriana. Imagine Montgolfier balloons with wooden pirate ships as baskets. Not an exactly new artistic invention, that's true, but newly drawn. With the trade in intoxicants, the presence of spies, prostitutes, crafty merchants and a generous supply of other maverick souls we follow the in the wake of the Dragon. Some of Hawkins characters almost walk out of the words, or at least they do for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jaq D Hawkins writing skills immensely impressed me. The pace of the writing took me sailing through the air into a fantastical but convincing world. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tarian Green
I started to read “The Wake of the Dragon,” without knowing what to expect but was quickly drawn into the tale. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2015 by Denise
This is the first steampunk book that I’ve read. I didn’t know a genre like this existed before this book. Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2015 by jan raymond
The cover does a great job of conveying the contents and drew me in before I had even opened a page. A pirate ship under a dirigible? Read morePublished on 9 Jun. 2015 by Book Lover
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