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Product Details

  • Series: The Society of Steam (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616146966
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616146962
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #836,555 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for The Society of Steam:

"Written with the sort of breathless, excited narration you'd expect from a Victorian adventure novel. . . . A damn fun read."
- io9

"The Falling Machine is quite simply the coolest steampunk superhero book I've ever read. . . . Imagine if Gangs of New York had been directed by Jules Verne, instead of Martin Scorsese, [and] you're probably not too far off."
- Portland Book Review

"If Stan Lee had lived in the 1880s, this is the book he would have written-steampunk superheroes."
- Clay and Susan Griffith, authors of the Vampire Empire trilogy

"After the breathless beginning, the book keeps moving fast and furious, and it delivers. . . . Highly recommended for any steampunk lover."
- Fantasy Book Critic

About the Author

Andrew Mayer currently lives high atop Potrero Hill in San Francisco, California. He often stares out across the city and wonders just how it is that no matter how far he goes he always ends up back here.
 
When he isn't dreaming up new worlds of his own, he works as a Digital Media Strategist, helping people to create and recreate their own interactive realities.

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Andrew P. Mayer is an author and experience designer. Over last 20 years he's worked on every kind of game you can imagine, some you can't, and a few you wouldn't want to.

These days he's focused on creating engaging characters and building captivating worlds.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 8, 2013
Format: Paperback
In New York, the assassination of Sir Dennis Darby on the Brooklyn Bridge by the Automaton devastated the Society of Paragons. Sir Dennis served as the groups' social compass; without his ethical leadership, the Society collapses as individuals chose self-interests over the good of the group.

Former member Sarah "the Adventuress" Stanton possesses the steel clockwork heart of her killing friend the Automaton; having hidden the mechanical beater in an obscure Brooklyn junkyard. Craving to gain favorite status from Sarah though he knows her heart is filled with revenge for the deaths of her father and mentor, Emilio vows to reconstruct the Automaton over the objection of his angry victimized sister Viola. Also needing the steel heart to complete his plans to industrialize the world under a thick blanket of smog is Lord Eschaton. His plans near fruition with the creation out of death of the Shell and the capture of Nathaniel, Eschaton must prevent the Adventuress from thwarting his scheme; while she must find a way to bring back together the Society of Paragons enhanced by reformed supervillains and still crazy mad scientists to forge the Society of Steam dream team to stop her adversary from achieving his world domination objective.

The third Society of Steam Steampunk Victorian fantasy (see Hearts of Smoke and Steam, and The Falling Machine) is an exciting tale as the frustrated beleaguered heroine wonders if she made a poor decision when she left high society to join the Paragons with vengeance now filling her heart. Readers will appreciate this entry as Fortified Steam serves as the technological base for a fast-paced alternative nineteenth century New York thriller.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader on January 11, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I've enjoyed the heck out of this series. Love the world, love the characters, always eager to read what happens next. I especially like that the women aren't just cardboard cutouts for the men to save or betray and then save. Men usually don't write women well, but Mayer handles the job skillfully. Nice.
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By Amazon Customer on June 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
I have enjoyed all three of the books in this series. They have interesting characters which includes a very resourceful young woman, fine evil villains, gallant young men, clever inventors, and mechanical wonders.
The "steam punk" aspects work well.
Nothing is resolved easily, that is for sure!
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Format: Kindle Edition
The story had a nice, clean resolution but also set the stones for more come. This book ended the first story arc very well. If you're looking for a fun read to help you pass the time, this will definitely do it. The characters are each human yet distinct enough to not just mesh into one blob. It kept me wanting to see how everyone would get out of the next predicament.
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By Corey J. Bramlett on December 19, 2013
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Minus one star because this is the end and there are a lot of questions still out there. If Mayer does not take up the writing again, maybe someone else will. Facinating concept, but the writing style is hard to get use to. Such as he tells the same story from different characters perspectives and sometimes in the beginning of a chapter I wondered if I missed something. This jumping also means that the story timeline is much shorter then what you might expect from a book this size.

Good point is that I wanted the story to continue which means that I was into it
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