If you're looking for a cracking example of the steampunk genre, look no farther. Set in the reign of George III this is the story of Brunel rise from a lowly stoker to the leader of the industrial churches. There are lots a famous scientists crammed into this alternative history, giving it that "could have happened" feeling. There are lots of different plots going on which all come together in the end. The only downside was that i felt some of the back stories went on a bit and i was constantly amazed at the level of visual detail a blind man could give in his personal memoirs (ok not as amazed- and rather funny- as to the reason why the king was called the mad king!). Definitely worth a read.
I have put off writing this review for a long time. As this is a fantasy novel there are certain plot devices which we know are impossible but are intrinsic to the story, like a character being able to "hear" the thoughts of animals - ok, fine, I can cope with that. Dinosaurs still around - grand, I can cope with that too. However there are other things which are just impossible but in a very WRONG sort of way - people injected with lead don't turn into vampires, they simply die, and a blind man being able to "see" by using echo location! There is one part which really annoyed me - steam driven "robots" being programmed with a simplistic braille type code to do something which the latest high-tech computers would find impossible.
There is another problem this book suffers from - it wasn't proof-read. A spell-checker is not a substitute for proper proof-reading! This book refers several times to "Convent Garden" in London instead of to "Covent Gardens".
Apart from the obvious flaws this book was not a terrible read although I am put off reading any more books by this author.
well done SCGreen. Your novel was a joy and what an excellent way of incorporating fantasy with steampunk, two of my favourite genres. The one star review you have on here, with the nasty comment about a child having wrote Sunken, is both as much of a shame as it is a paradox - as only a child would write such a review to a writers work without thinking of said writers feelings. Your story is very dark and gritty. Keep it up, I want to read more and look forward to becoming a serious fan. RTB.
The idea of a fictional version of the story of real people such as Isambard Brunel and Robert Stephenson was very enticing but soon this novel descends into gratuitous blood-thirsty violence. The story switches backwards and forwards including the stories of two well developed characters at sea but as the plot continues it becomes more difficult to care about the outcome.
A confused mash up of different genres that does not work. Started well, but quickly descended into a tale with no coherent thread underlying the narrative. SPOILER ALERT. Historic victorian characters in a steam punk environment, where the King of England turns into some sort of flesh eating monster that is also addicted to eating lead, some people with the ability to mentally hear and even control animals (including a sort of dragon), and engineers that can single handedly create steam powered robots from scratch in 3 days. This story spends so much time trying to tick boxes for the reader that it loses any sense of direction. I started off wanting to like this book and read right to the end hoping it would all come together somehow, but was sadly disappointed. I will not be following the story in the subsequent novel.