- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1839 KB
- Print Length: 236 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1291470085
- 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: #629,070 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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This book led me on a fantastical, magical world of pirates and floating ships. I felt at times that I was caught in a bit of a spin-off from the movie Stardust and I couldn’t help but have Robert de Niro in my head as Captain Bonny. And a little bit of Jack Sparrow maybe. Like these swashbuckling pirates, Captain Bonny is full of style and bonhomie and is a very entertaining character.
I know that all the characters are larger than life because of the magical setting but each of them is multi layered and interesting. Whether it is the irritating clerk, the stowaway, everyone has their own little story which melds into the whole.
There may not have been much of a plot or rather it is a well used plot, but mix it with the magic and it is raised to a whole new level. And the ending is worth the wait. I think I may be into steampunk after this book. If you’re into steampunk, read this book, you’ll love it. If you have no idea what steampunk is, read it, you’ll love it.
No-one in their right mind would deliberately fly an airship into a storm – unless, of course, you’ve got the goddess of air travel on your side. Honestly, the plot is as daft as that – and it’s fabulous.
Anyone who loved and still remembers mad old Lionel Jeffries’ role as the eccentric grandpa in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will know what I mean. He inhabited his own crazy world and he would have loved it here.
I just know he would have got on well with Captain Horatio Bonny, Merchant Airman.
And yet this is no children’s mainstream blockbuster. Oh no. Apparently it’s a Steampunk Adventure. Now I’m not going to lie to you. I had to look that up. For anyone as ignorant as me it means a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam powered machinery.
Anyway, it’s an exceptionally good read.
The story flows above various areas of England and France as various characters interact with each other. They are pirates for the most part so can't be expected to behave as if in polite society encountered below and that makes them so much fun. The leap out of the pages, each with a very credible life and personality.
I haven't read a lot of steampunk books, but of those I have, this stands in my high regard. There is something inherently fun about the genre and the intrepid characters featured. This book may well turn out to be my favorite read of the year.
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.
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.
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