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The exciting debut of a steampunk masterpiece from legendary game author and creator of the staple steampunk role playing game, Space: 1889. The stunning unveiling of a perfectly formed steampunk past, from an author who helped define the genre.

London 1888. His Majesty's airships troll the sky powered by antigrav liftwood as a cabal of Iron Lords tightens its hold on a Britain choked by the fumes of industry. Mars has been colonized, and clockwork assassins stalk the European corridors of power. And somewhere far to the east, the Old Man of the Mountains plots the end of the world with his Forever Engine.

Enter Jack Fargo. Scholar. Former special forces operator in Afghanistan. A man from our own near future thrust back in time - or to wherever it is that this Brave Victorian World actually exists. Aided only by an elderly Scottish physicist, a young British officer of questionable courage, and a beautiful but mysterious spy for the French Commune, Fargo is a man on a mission: save the future from irrevocable destruction when the Forever Engine is brought to full power and blows this universe, and our own, to smithereens.

©2014 Frank Chadwick (P)2020 Tantor

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  • Mr Nightingale
  • 07-22-20

Every Cliche Imaginable.

Cowardly, bungling British army officers, mad European scientists, beautiful French femme fatale and the heroic, tough as old leather, expert at everything, all American hero. Utterly depressing, if only for the black hole of an imagination that this represents.

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  • Jim Hawes
  • 02-22-20

Very enjoyable

I have to admit I purchased the book because of the narrator Gildart Jackson rather than the author but I was pleasantly surprised as it has a good fast-paced story with some interesting characters. Anyone who has read the Alex Verus or Gas-lit Empire novels will probably enjoy this one.