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Length: 170 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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With the Great War hanging in the balance, the love of a doomed inventor tempts a time traveler's daughter to forsake everything she believes.

About the Author

Bruce Hesselbach lives in Newfane, Vermont, and works in nearby Brattleboro.   His steampunk novel, Perpetual Motion, has recently been published by Cogwheel Press.  He is also the author of a hiking memoir, High Ledges, Green Mountains (Bondcliff Books 2005).    To date 62 of his poems have been published in the small presses.  He also has published seven short stories and two essays.  As a member of the Londonderry Poets, he contributed to their two anthologies of poetry.

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  • File Size: 528 KB
  • Print Length: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Cogwheel Press; 1 edition (March 24, 2013)
  • Publication Date: March 24, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0Z5S3M
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Bruce Hesselbach lives in Newfane, Vermont, and works in nearby Brattleboro. He is the author of a poetry collection, Roving Enchantments (White Violet Press 2014). His steampunk novel, Perpetual Motion, was published in 2013 by Cogwheel Press. He is also the author of a hiking memoir, High Ledges, Green Mountains (Bondcliff Books 2005). To date 62 of his poems have been published in the small presses. He also has published eight short stories and two essays.
Bruce maintains a writing website at http://www.hesselbachwriter.com and a hiking website at http://dickenshiking.bravehost.com .

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Paul Freeman on April 10, 2013
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Sybil is a girl on the cusp of womanhood, living in a difficult time for women, indeed a time of great change, and impending doom. It is the end of the nineteenth century, as Germany tries to make its mark on a world dominated by the old colonial powers. The great war looms on the horizon as technological advances allow the creation of bigger, better and nastier weapons. Sybil will have to make a choice, as she falls in love with a young German inventor and aristocrat.

The story opens with Sybil and her parents boating on Lake Constance, a large lake between Germany, Austria and Switzerland. They spot a boy in trouble in the water. Her mother, apparently, rather coldly suggests they leave the boy to his fate, but her father rescues him anyway. Sybil soon discovers a great family secret and the reason why her mother did not want the boy rescued. They are time travellers, and from an era far into the future. As time travellers they have to be conscious of every action they make, as there may be dire consequences. Such as rescuing a young German inventor who has the ability to build machines that could change the outcome of the First World War.

So begins Sybil's adventure and education, as she becomes aware of her parents secret and learns how to travel through time, and use an array of advanced devices.

The language and tone of this book were perfect for the story and the era it was set in. The author's power of description and natural feel for the past had me trapped inside the pages and the adventure.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H. S. Miller on January 5, 2014
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It's not bad, not bad at all, but I didn't realize I was letting myself in for a Young Adult book with a decidedly Christian predestination plot to it. The author doesn't hammer on the Christianity, but it pops up enough to be mildly jarring to me, and I do happen to be a Christian myself. Just not used to it being used as a plot device of any kind.

That said, it's well written, characters are fairly well fleshed out as far as it goes, and you do have sympathy or even empathy for their dilemma. I'd say read it and enjoy it, now that you've been forewarned so you don't get blindsided like I was.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth G. Macalaster on May 28, 2013
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Sybil Hardenbergh is a privileged teen living in the late 1800s in Switzerland with her parents. But behind the mansions and parties, maids and shopping, her time-traveling parents fight to prevent history from taking a wrong turn. Against their better judgment, they save young Fritz von Lassenberg from drowning in Lake Constance. Only Fritz, a brilliant inventor, was supposed to die, and now, he's being groomed to help Germany gain technological advantage to win World War I. The result? An exciting tale of invention and a race to change history.

But beyond the fabulous technology that distinguishes this steampunk novel, is the subplot of two young people who desire to be together--despite the consequences. A timeless, satisfying storyline that stayed with me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By WitchyD on October 31, 2013
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"Perpetual Motion" is a unique and intriguing read. I'm not sure how to place it exactly. It certainly is a steampunk novel, with time travel elements as well. It is also a Bildungsroman and very much a story of family. But I think what struck me the most was the dilemma that exists at the core of the story: there is a battle between the secular humanists (depicted--somewhat vexingly as evil atheists!--by The Grange) and the Christian religious faction of which Sybil's parents are a part of (The Sons of Liberty) whose members will do anything to stop The Grange from changing history and preventing a future apocalypse. I'm surprised none of the other reviewers mention it.

It seems a bit odd to bring in this much religion to a steampunk novel and I can't say that overall I would peg this Perpetual Motion as being a "Christian fiction" novel (at least not yet), so I guess it will be interesting to see where the author takes this plot narrative. Given that the main character is literally named as a prophetess, seer, or oracle, and that she is coming of age and beginning to question everything (perhaps even the beliefs her parents have instilled in her), this could prove an interesting development in future books in the series, and a good way to examine that the concepts of good and evil are not quite as simple as we might think.

I did confess to wanting more of this story and agree that it ended somewhat abruptly. This book felt like mainly setup for something more, and I'll be watching for future releases.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By suzanne on March 29, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book, with his words, Mr. Hesselbach creates a visionary for you to be lost in the story, I feel as if I have actually been to the places he described. I am interested to see what comes next on Sybil's adventures. I think it would make a great movie~~thank you for the journey.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Austin on January 11, 2014
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This tale of a group of folks from the 40th century or so operating in the late 19th century to prevent changes in history falls pretty flat. Narrated by Sybil Hardenbergh, age 17 going on 5, the style is simplistic. The basic premise, that a bunch of atheists are trying to change the course of history to prevent Armageddon, is a disaster. If I'm an atheist I don't believe in god (any god for that matter) and therefore I don't believe in Armageddon. So why try to stop it if I think it's just a figment of religious imagination and isn't going to happen? Anyway....
The plot is pretty consistent but the characters are dull paper cutouts.
Another annoying point is the cliffhanger ending. While not as bad as some, nothing is really resolved, so go out and get the sequel. I don't think so!
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