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A Dodge, a Twist and a Tobacconist (The Alexander Legacy Book 1) Kindle Edition

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Length: 402 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled


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***** Goodreads "Leaping Catfish! An adventurous tale that fills you with wonder and excitement Victorian era story. Flying coaches sinister plots around every corner. Favorite characters join in a mysterious hotel to fight for God's truth and justice basking in wonders and beauty.
Visually overwhelmed. I admire that you have chosen to make them all Christians Christians can work together to fight for justice, truth and bring peace to others. "
***** Goodreads "I love this book. I even read it in the street My first venture into Steampunk brought to mind classics Wells, Verne, but entirely original. Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Kipling, woven them so seamlessly into a cohesive whole.  Each character is three dimensional and entirely believable. They live and breathe. Don't miss it. This is a gem.

From the Author

Step aside "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen". I wanted a tale of literary characters faithful to the spirit of the originals. I also wanted strong moral purpose and a war on human trafficking. And I had my own dream team of crime fighters in mind. No superpowers, but God's power changes hearts, especially those who have been fighting evil so long they have forgotten that anyone can be redeemed.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2906 KB
  • Print Length: 402 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Findley Family Video (January 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: January 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009NV1DMG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,121 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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Sophronia Belle Lyon drinks tea, creates mechanicals, shoot when she can, travels widely, and writes Steam Pulp Literary Tributes. A certain mysterious man with fabulous shoulders is the genius who inspires her never say die heroes and eccentric inventors. She was a Cauldron Spirit in 4th Grade and has taken apart her share of clocks. Airships carried her to Italy by way of Iceland and Luxembourg. She was privileged to miss the Swiss Alps due to the misfortune of steaming through them at midnight in pitch darkness.

Characters made the leap from classic 1800s novels to band together against human trafficking and the rise of a slave empire. Implacable villains mean to turn the social order on its ear, creating a web of deceit, domination, and debauchery. These adventurers combine steam and gear technology with families, friendship, faith, and fortitude.

Note to Readers:
You asked, and Sophronia listened. Reviewers said they preferred a unified point of view instead of the "reports," and thought the heavy dialects and accents a bit much. She has consented to unify the structure of the books with an extensive new edit, placing Florizel squarely in the narrator's chair and letting no one take the reins of the adventure from him. She hopes readers can better understand the softened cockney, Russian, and western dialects, relying more on cant than contractions, and enjoy the adventure all the more!

A Dodge, a Twist, and a Tobacconist:
"Not only surprised but intrigued. I have never read much Steampunk it just didn't seem to reach me. I could not stop reading this little jewel. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Belle has in store for her readers next."

"I don't usually read Christian fiction, so I was a bit surprised. The steam-punk/Victorian lit. connection is super fun!"

Illustrated version:
"Very entertaining read that had me chuckling throughout. The illustrations were great too, & it added extra flare."

The Pinocchio Factor:
"There's good books and then there's great books, and I've had the pleasure of reading one of the great ones recently. For a Christian who loves Steampunk and the Classics this kept me going from beginning to end and then I wanted some more!"

"So entertaining and faith inspiring that I'm going on to get the first book."

"Loved it! Such fun...It's really wonderful. I know how hard it is to keep the pace and the sense of fun in a sequel. And you did! Perfectly!"

"So much to love about the characters and the story line. Being a Christian I love the way Sophronia wove our beliefs into the story.I need more ...Please! I see she has planned for more novels in the series and I can hardly wait!"

"Another great episode. I wasn't happy with the ending but like all good books it was entertaining even while I was sitting at my kindle screaming NOOOOO!. A great piece of steampunk fiction with a clear christian message. Loved it from page one to the end."

Goodreads reviews for the first book:
*** Goodreads for the Illustrated version
Cleverly written in Victorian era where characters lives cross paths and meet. And there the fun begins! Very entertaining read that had me chuckling throughout. The illustrations were great too, & it added extra flare.
***** Goodreads "Leaping Catfish! An adventurous tale that fills you with wonder and excitement Victorian era story. Flying coaches sinister plots around every corner. Favorite characters join in a mysterious hotel to fight for God's truth and justice basking in wonders and beauty. Visually overwhelmed. I admire that you have chosen to make them all Christians Christians can work together to fight for justice, truth and bring peace to others. "
***** Goodreads "I love this book. I even read it in the street My first venture into Steampunk brought to mind classics Wells, Verne, but entirely original. Dickens, Louisa May Alcott, Kipling, woven them so seamlessly into a cohesive whole. Each character is three dimensional and entirely believable. They live and breathe. Don't miss it. This is a gem.

Do drop by for tea and mechanicals! facebook.com/SophroniaBelleLyon

View an image gallery for the illustrated version here: elkjerkyforthesoul.wordpress.com/a-dodge-a-twist-and-a-tobacconist-image-gallery/



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Rose and the Campbell Clan the leaders of a secret society? Oliver Twist an eccentric inventor ahead of his time? Mowgli and Bagheera tracking a villain through the streets of London?
What if the characters from your favorite Victorian-era classics crossed paths with one another? What if the heroes from those books had to work together to defeat a singular villain from one of those books?

Such is the case with "A Dodge, A Twist, and A Tobacconist." Sophronia Lyon cleverly matches characters from the works of Dickens, Stevenson, Kipling, and even Alcott, all in the setting of a London "crime drama" that will have the reader guessing from the very start. Combined with a well-placed "steampunk" vibe, Sophronia maintains the integrity of these well-loved authors, while remixing them into an entirely new adventure in the high-action, well-developed style of "The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen." She not only adopts the style of the authors, but continues their "legacy" of social and moral values. The issues raised in this adventure are treated with the same conviction as the ones who personally witnessed the corruption and wrote about it.

I adored the old books, and reading this one was like a reunion of them all. The original authors would be proud to see their characters treated with such tactful respect, in a novel that also deals with the same social evils the authors themselves tried to speak against.

Sophronia has begun excellently, and I look forward to a continuation of the series!
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Think along the lines of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, just with different characters drawn from Victorian fiction. This time, there's Prince Florizel, Oliver Twist, Pecos Bill, Mowgli, and other characters brought together in the Alexander Legacy Company to fight evil. This first in the series is written from the perspective of exiled Prince Florizel of Bohemia, whose throne was stolen when he was a young adult by his nefarious uncle. They are fighting their arch-nemesis, known only as Dodge, who seems to control all of the criminal activity in London and perhaps even elsewhere. There is a very strong Christian element to the characters' work, much saving of souls and winning people over to Christ.

The premise of this book is a good one. However, I felt that there wasn't enough explanation as to why these particular individuals were chosen. For example, there are several mentions that Prince Florizel, after leaving Bohemia, fought against evil forces, but it is never made clear exactly what that meant. What exactly did he do that brought him to the attention of the Alexander Legacy Company? The addition of a decided steampunk element (Oliver Twist is a genius inventor, and of course, there are automatons involved) was a nice touch. The novel contained an excerpt from the second in the series, which is written from Oliver Twist's perspective. Just reading that excerpt got me incredible confused having just read over 300 pages from Florizel's perspective, but perhaps by the time I read the second novel that will have worn off.
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This is the first book I've read in this genre. I downloaded it as a freebie and am not disappointed. It was slow at first and I found myself distracted by many different first person point of views, however, I kept reading because I understood the author was trying to build the story. The author did an excellent job of describing her characters, so even if you aren't familiar with all of them, you can still get into this story. All the expectations I had going into this adventure were realized, plus more. I'm loving the ending as it makes me now want to read the next book in the series, so all I have to say now to the author, if she reads this, is get writing please. Great job!
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My review is - Refreshing! Published as Christian Steampunk, so I don't know why anyone would expect it to be otherwise. Christians-even in novels-talk about their faith. Great blending of characters into new relationships. Slightly modern dialogue but not bothersome. Just so nice to read a book that's about Christians, in a fantasy setting, but still within the realm of possible. It's so hard to find an author that writes from a Christian point of view, that's not writing Amish stories or about the end of the world. I'm certainly looking forward to the next installment - "The Pinocchio Factor".
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This was a completely different style of literature than I normally read. Still, the title intrigued me and so I curled up on a wintry evening and began to read. It turned out to be a very enjoyable evening. It is a fine book and I recommend it. It might even get me into reading some more steampunk.
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This is a story about a prince who is betrayed, loses everything (including his family), is spirited out of his country by friends, and eventually, after a period of time as a poor mercenary, lands in Victorian-era London running a tobacco shop. But not our London; rather, a London where he is befriended by a number of familiarly-named literary characters who are ….. somewhat different from what we might remember. Think Oliver Twist as an inventor of some fantastical machinery!

This is a really good read, with much imagination and thought put into the characterizations and the story. There is excitement, adventure, mystery, drama, even a love story, all bound by a pretty heavy Christian influence. I found the story hard to put down. But for me, it wasn’t all fun and games.

As much as I enjoyed the story, there were some disappointments. Or at least some difficulties with suspension of disbelief. Some of the devices and machines described were a little too fantastical for me. For instance, an airship which could be disguised as a coach and six? An “iPad” that’s gear-driven? With WiFi? Which can be used to control the airship? Pure fantasy, sure, but steampunk? Admittedly, my take on steampunk is that the technology is at least almost believable, given the lack of certain taken-for-granted technologies today, like electronics. Possibly if the author had provided some rudimentary explanations for how these inventions worked, I might have been better satisfied. But some of these things are just too far away from implausible possibility for me to take seriously their existence anywhere except in a very advanced technology. Nit-picky? Well, maybe, but I like to get an idea of how stuff might work, and with a number of these inventions I had no idea. Even so, it did not overly detract from my enjoyment of the story.

So go on, read, enjoy, escape reality for a while with this installment. — David Reynolds
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