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The Kaiser Affair (The Drifting Isle Chronicles Book 1) (English Edition) Kindle版
The thrilling chase proves taxing for a young woman who relies on her cane and her steamcarriage to get about, but that's where a good husband steps in. While Bettina picks locks and interrogates suspects, her beloved Arjuna defends her from the most brutal and bizarre assassins in the steampunk city of Eisenstadt, but in the quiet moments in between they make time for a little romance!
As the clock ticks down, Bettina finds too many mysteries still remain. How did the thief escape from prison? How can he afford to hire so many killers? And why would he go to the magical Drifting Isle only to steal a giant beetle? Discover the answers in the fast-paced mystery thriller!
The Drifting Isle Chronicles (a steampunk series collaboration):
- Black Mercury by Charlotte E. English
- The Kaiser Affair by Joseph Robert Lewis
- The Machine God by MeiLin Miranda
Amazon Categories: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Alternate History, Steampunk, Paranormal, Thriller, Mystery, Suspense
- ASIN : B00BQ4XM6I
- 発売日 : 2013/11/21
- 言語 : 英語
- ファイルサイズ : 2772 KB
- 同時に利用できる端末数 : 無制限
- Text-to-Speech（テキスト読み上げ機能） : 有効
- X-Ray : 有効
- Word Wise : 有効
- 本の長さ : 233ページ
The start of the book is all about introducing this unlikely couple. Bettina is the brains of the outfit: prim and proper in her immaculate attire and with her cat-head cane to aid her walking, since she has one injured foot on which she cannot walk very long, or at least not without pain. Arjuna is the muscle, young and handsome, though by no means stupid. Together they work for the Ministry of Justice, and they are called on to apprehend one Ranulf Kaiser, a fraudster who has escaped prison by means and on motives unknown.
The book is essentially that: one long chase to catch Kaiser, but it is a highly entertaining ride against the steampunk backdrop of an industrialised city, Eisenstadt, on the shores of a lake and in the shadow of the mysterious Inselmond, a great island which floats in the sky a mile above Eisenstadt and circles it once a year.
The prose is laced through with humour, and the relationship between Bettina and Arjuna is wonderful and endearing. The story unfolds at the right pace, and none of the revelations feel contrived or untimely. The ending was unexpected, yet appropriate to the story and the characters, and whilst there wasn't a huge amount of depth to it, I enjoyed the book from start to finish.
Light and entertaining, I heartily recommend it.
I really liked Joseph Robert Lewis's Zelda Pryce books. This book has some of the same elements, but doesn't grab me in the same way. The characters make a romp around the entire setting hunting after a fleeing villain and his stolen loot. The story does mesh with the other Drifting Isle books in places, but "in secret".
In anyway, it is worth a read, but if you are not so into the theme look at Zelda Pryce.
More about this book. I liked the thrill of the chase that was the major part of the story. Each time they got close you had to wonder, is then they'll finally catch them? I thought the pacing was perfect. Not too drawn out but not over before you know it. It was also fun to have the events occur in drastically different locales with incredibly different modes of transportation....horse, boat, autocarriage, and autogyro!!! I didn't see the ending of this book coming which is a good thing because I can usually predict the outcome of a lot of stories.
While I absolutely loved this story and hope the author brings us more of their adventures, there were a couple things that detracted from the book, ever so slightly. First, there were a few times when the author went back and forth from steampunk style words to regular...most notably going from "autocarriage" to "car" when describing the same vehicle. "Car" seems so very out of place in a world that is suppose to be Steampunk. This actually leads to my second thing, that I didn't hate too much but others might. I specifically set out to find a Steampunk novel to read...pretty much for the first time...and well...it didn't feel Steampunk to me as much as it just felt like the story took place late in the 19th Century. I didn't feel as the author did enough in describing the setting to get me to feel like I was joining the characters in a steampunk world. Granted there were "coil guns" and 1 "autocarriage" and some Victorian clothing....but that didn't feel like it was enough. For me, it didn't make me like the book less. Better done, it could have made me like the book more.
I definitely recommend this book to anyone, no matter what your prefer to read. I usually do sci-fi fantasy but enjoy a change once in a while.
Bring on the next adventure!!!