Publisher: City Owl Press
Publishing Date: December 2016
Publishers Description: Pillage and plunder is what air pirates do, but for Albion Clemens, that will have to wait. The Manchu Marauder needs to find his American stepfather, Captain Samuel, lost to the wayward winds of a Steam Age Europe. Unfortunately, Captain Samuel has stolen the Laputian Leviathan, a powerful pirate artifact that’s got agents of Queen and calamity sniffing at his coattails.
Review: Initially this was a whole lotta fun to read. A world of dirigibles set in the steampunk genre, air pirates and some mild sexual tension. Plying the air with good and ill intent and a grand mystery plus the search for a missing person whom may not be missing at all.
About 2/3 of the way through, the story line started to get jumbled and lacked cohesion in terms of the story line. It is hard to fill in the gaps when there is no informational content that can lead to an absent conclusion. Just a weird mishmash of high paced movement coupled with good scene descriptions and lacking in logical progression. You just kind of find yourself spit out, and damn it, you just have to accept it.
This really was a lot longer than it needed to be and gets a bit tiring with the hot pirate chick flashing her creamy boobs with jangles in her hair and beribboned corseted attire fitted with hidden recesses for knives. There is also a somewhat annoying shifting point of view, chapter to chapter and you sometimes have no idea who’s POV you currently reside in. Still, there is fun to be had. A mild three stars.