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- Print Length: 241 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 18, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007VOMU2E
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author
Since then Evan has turned out novels in the Warrior's Wings series, the Odyssey One series, and the first book in an alternate history series set during the height of the Roman Era. From ancient Rome to the far flung future, Evan enjoys exploring the possibilities inherent when you change technology or culture.
Evan has been writing most of his life in one format or another and, though his post-secondary education in computer sciences and has worked in the local lobster industry steadily over the last decade, writing has always been his true passion. In his own words "It's what I do for fun and to relax, there's not much I can imagine better than being a storyteller."
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Top Customer Reviews
Evan has shown to be a very versatile writer who is just as comfortable fighting a war light years away as he is travelling the past, rewriting history. Keep up the great work, I will be there to read it!
Other than that minor nit-pick, this book has everything you'd expect from Currie: a strong female character, great action sequences, tight plotting, and fun moments when people have to abandon their preconceptions and accept that someone is much more than they thought they were. Having just finished a lengthy trilogy with a huge cast of characters and complicated story arcs, I was looking for something fast and furious, and "Steam Legion" hit the spot. I recommend it to anyone looking for a good time.
However the Spartan traditional upbringing bit is historically unlikely by the first century AD although I won't insist it is not possible.
The real failing for the book is in the language of the people and in the formatting of the text.
If you are going to write an alternate history book at least get some of the BASIC things right. Roman legionaries carried Pila (Pilum in the singular) not Phylums....
In all the historical texts I have read they did not refer to their formations as Legion in the manner this book does, nor did any military force I can think of refer to different troop types as proper nouns ... eg it should be the cavalry not the Cavalry like it they were the Praetorian Guard or something for instance.
The battle scenes are Ok given the premise but she wouldn't be telling the cannon crews to move their weapons 'x' degrees this way or that - she may have some sort of mechanical sight and know how to use it but the crews surely don't....
Anyway, it was an OK read but clearly was over-priced for a book that needed to be properly edited by a professional and revised by someone with proper academic knowledge of the period.
Peter Rhodan BA (AncHist)
As I said, the main character is a noble from Sparta who is an apprentice to the scientific masters in the Library (hence technologically advanced herself) plus, as a noble from Sparta, is a warrior maiden as well. When Alexandria (and most of the southern/eastern Roman empire) is threatened with revolt, our main character (Dyna) rallies the local militia and meager remaining legionnaires and, together with "advanced technology" developed in the Great Library, defends Egypt.
It's a pretty entertaining setup and story. The book is mostly battlefield action and moves at a brisk pace. There is just enough character development to get you involved with the characters...you root for their success.
If there is one flaw, in my opinion the book could use a bit more character development of the main character and more on some of the secondary characters as well. If there are going to be sequels, I for one will want to know more about the characters' background, values, needs and wants, etc. Now this was the first book of an apparent series, and I congratulate the author for not bogging us down in boring "setup"; but for the next installment, I think a little more insight into the characters would be appropriate.
Looking forward Book #2.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is fantasy, not history. It moves well and looks at the Jewish rebellion through Alexandrian eyes; Pagan, not early Christian or Jewish. Read morePublished 3 months ago by KMacK
As historical fiction goes, I don't read much of it. However, I enjoy everything Evan Currie writes. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Rick
This is a very interesting alternate history story. If the Roman Empire had better technology what would have been different? Read morePublished 5 months ago by Terry Henson
What a great surprise. One of the most fun enjoyable reads I have had lately. Good job Evan! Which is has to come under science-fiction, you could actually believe that it could... Read morePublished 5 months ago by F. Desk
The main character Dyna, is memorable. The inventions are an unusual twist.Published 5 months ago by Gilbert Moss
For an historical kind of story it would be better to have the name of the enemy correct; instead of a modern interpretation. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J.D.
I read the entire Odyssey One series and the entire On Silver Wings series - both by Evan Currie - both amazing. Read morePublished 7 months ago by San Antonio Reader
I had considered reading this book a while back, but something put me off. Last week I decided to give it a try, and it was better than I expected. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Batman3030
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