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A Dodge, a Twist and a Tobacconist (The Alexander Legacy) [Kindle Edition]

Sophronia Belle Lyon
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Florizel of Bohemia tries to live a quiet life as a London tobacconist. The mysterious gypsy beauty who invites him to a late-night meeting in the Bronze Cascade Hotel seems desperate for his help, but what can be a life-or-death matter to a socialite singer? An eccentric little inventor, calling himself by the absurd name of Oliver Twist, comes to collect him in a curious old mail coach. It only becomes an airship after it's too late for Florizel to disembark. 
How can a former street orphan, a Texas Cowgirl who rode a Giant Catfish across the Atlantic, a world-traveling abolitionist bearing "the Flail of God", a quiet country clergyman, a jungle tracker, and a Chinese merchant, track down a shadowy slave master who trains pickpocket slashers and fills freighter holds with human cargo bound for ports around the Empire? A poison maiden gives Florizel a kiss and an ominous warning: "Some ruler will rise and take the throne of a true Empire where the sun never sets and where the people will never be free."

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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.

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  • File Size: 4120 KB
  • Print Length: 346 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B009SG3WXO
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Findley Family Video (January 14, 2014)
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  • Language: English
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Dodge, A Twist, A Tobacconist... and A Winner! November 5, 2012
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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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Completely Different December 7, 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost makes the fifth star, but... November 13, 2013
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As I began reading this novel, it seemed the be a 'normal', if better written and edited than most, piece of Steampunk fiction. I enjoyed the literary references that kept popping up, while being concerned that the Steampunk aspects were merely an overlay on an historical novel... something that seems to occur too often. It's easy to throw in a few steam-powered gadgets (a fencing machine, or a towel dispenser, for instance), and then call it Steampunk, and those books are certainly out there. This isn't one, I'm happy to say. How often do you find giant mechanical catfish in the Thames?

Then I ran up against something that left me astounded. One of the characters mentioned God. That doesn't happen in Steampunk, or in much other fiction these days. Neither independent nor 'publishing house' authors include many references to religion, unless it's Wiccan or some other form of paganism in paranormal books about witches-- mainstream religions are verboten.

In Steampunk, that's simply wrong. One of the hallmarks of Victorian England was its religiosity; the Church of England, with its Evangelical, 'Broad Church', and Anglo-Catholic branches was endemic in British culture throughout the 19th Century. Missionaries were sent around the Empire and the globe, with funds being raised for them at home. The fight against the slave trade was primarily carried on by men and women guided by their faith, as was the support of the working classes at home. Biology, and especially botany, was dominated by Church of England clerics. To try to write Victorian Steampunk without Victorian religion is to deny an essential part of Victorian culture.

Thus, I had great hopes for this book. Except that Sophronia Belle Lyon (the perfect name for a Steampunk author!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk at its finest. November 27, 2012
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This is not my usual genre, but I really enjoyed this book. The unique characters and excellent writing kept me turning the pages. I think this may be a classic unto itself, modeled after the originals, but with a unique flair all its own.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Victorian fiction stew! July 28, 2013
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
Thank you from another Christian Steampunk! There aren't many of us here and I simply love how each person the Legacy encounters is offered the Good News of Christ! Read more
Published 4 days ago by yada
4.0 out of 5 stars Great idea and a nice introduction to steampunk
The concept for this book is really fantastic. Take League of Extraordinary Gentlemen and pull in some lesser known characters from literature, add a faith element mixed in... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David G. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars it's a little too fancy and clever for me
I enjoyed the read. Adding the characters from other books was merely a distraction for me. The constantly changing point of view was technically impressive, but only a bit... Read more
Published 4 months ago by David Bergsland
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
Great book, great characters and plot,.
I like the clockwork technology involved, fascinating. There are lots of twists and turn indeed.
Published 5 months ago by dave M
5.0 out of 5 stars All I can say is ENJOY!
Until I began reading Sophronia Belle Lyon's Steam Puck novel, "A Dodge, a Twist and a Tobacconist," I had no idea that some of the movies I'd enjoyed were created in the Steam... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paula Rose Michelson
1.0 out of 5 stars Steam punk lit
I only learned of the existence of steam punk lit in the past year. I bought this to see what it was like, but I found the story line too fragmented by the descriptions of all the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Diane E. Tatum
5.0 out of 5 stars A great steampunk novel.
This book was so full of great things to love. As a pastor I loved that lives of faith were lived out in the pages of the book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by George McVey
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this story
This story had several twist and turns that I did not expect. I enjoyed the time period and the steampunk theme. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Read - Fascinating Characters
The writer is obviously a reader. Many of the characters are named after famous characters in classic literature, like Oliver Twist and Peco Bill but the writer made them all her... Read more
Published 10 months ago by L. Redden
5.0 out of 5 stars I Have Just Been Turned Onto A New Genre
I must say I was not only surprised- but intrigued. I have never read much Steampunk it just didn't seem to reach me. However, I could not stop reading this little jewel. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Yvonne Mason
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More About the Author

Sophronia Belle Lyon grew up in the Catskill Mountains of upstate New York, reading HG Welles, Jules Verne and other classics. She dressed up and acted out scenes with friends much like Louisa May Alcott's beloved "Little Women," and got to be a cauldron spirit in Macbeth in fourth grade. She traveled to Italy by way of Iceland and Luxembourg. She's taken apart her share of clocks to study the gearworks and feels well-prepared to enter the Steampunk genre. Hundreds of cat friends informed her about Bagheera's attitudes and manners. Oliver Twist's oblivious, eccentric habits came from the Science-absorbed men in her life, and her love for weapons translated into the well-armed members of the Alexander Legacy Company. She travels widely, shoots when she can, collects swords and knives, but is so far too shy to be photographed.

New reviews for book one, and book two should be available soon!

***** "I must say I was not only surprised- but intrigued. I have never read much Steampunk it just didn't seem to reach me. However, I could not stop reading this little jewel. I cannot wait to see what Ms. Belle has in store for her readers next."

**** "This is a fun story but there were some strong christian references I didn't expect. If your a christian and like christian stories, they are great. I don't usually read christian fiction, so I was a bit surprised. The steam-punk/Victorian lit. connection is super fun!"

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*** 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.



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