Rise of The Steampunk Empire
Double Dragon Publishing 2011
A group of astronauts are on a mission when their International Space Station enters an area that causes an anomaly. The crew is concerned; but Colonel John Mitchell is more concerned with maintaining radio contact for his upcoming interview with BBC on Earth. Not long after the first anomaly occurs, more occur, and the ship is plunged back in time to 1832.
They are captured and held by the First Lord, Lord Desbois, who is a fanatic that is interested in power and is convinced he is doing everything in the name of God. He accuses the crew of being spies and saboteurs and forces them to show him their knowledge from the future in an attempt to gain control of the world. He uses the knowledge of the future in an attempt to become the reigning power and has no problem with destroying anything or anyone in his path.
This is a fast reading novella that will make you cringe at the craziness of this man and the way he justifies everything in the name of God. It is scary in the respect that you are able to see what happens when power, money, greed, and technology get in the hands of the wrong person. Especially one who has no idea what he may be unleashing. For that matter, does not care. The storyline was fast paced, but flowed nicely through the eyes of Sarah Phillips, the only female crew member on board the space station. Lord Desbois is a despicable man who puts Hitler to shame. He is not only a bigot; but has no remorse for anything he does. If you are into Steampunk, this is a definite read for you. This was actually my first attempt at Steampunk and I would not be averse to reading more. I just would not make a steady diet of it.
I wish to thank the author for providing me with a copy for reading and reviewing purposes. I was not required to write a positive review. I was not compensated in anyway except for receiving the book to review.
I give Rise of the Steampunk Empire 4 out of 5 stars