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  • File Size: 746 KB
  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,070 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Evan is a Canadian author who has been writing both original and fan fiction works for more than a decade, and finally decided to make the jump to self-publishing with his techno-thriller "Thermals."

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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Have you ever wondered what would happen if history was a bit different? How about a lot different? Can you imagine how history would change if the Romans had used steam power? I was intrigued with Evan's concept so I bought the book and started reading. I didn't know what to expect seeing as Evan has proven himself as a top notch Science Fiction writer. Soon I was caught up in the book and read it in a day and a half. His main character, in keeping with his tradition of featuring a strong woman, didn't disappoint. Her supporting characters were strong and believable. The action is intense (as it is in all of his books) and descriptive. Several times I thought I knew where he was taking me only to be proven wrong. I wasn't disappointed though as his version was just as satisfying. I won't spoil the book but I will say it ends well yet leaves plenty of room for sequels. Hell, it leaves plenty of room for sequels to the sequels. This concept could keep Evan writing for the rest of his life.
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!
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Sorry to be the first to give fewer than five stars, but I had to take one off for some of the writing. Don't get me's as much of a page-turner as his other books, and once things start really happening, it just keeps on moving. Even the "down time" when they're preparing for the next battle is smooth and fast-paced, with little bits of foreshadowing that keep you from turning off the lights and going to sleep. My only complaint is that the dialogue sounds like it is trying to be ancient, and the author didn't really pull it off at all times. Sometimes, you've just gotta use the natural speech you're familiar with and not try to write like you're translating from Latin.

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.
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This book has an interesting premise and some good ideas - the whole steam engine thing is great. The idea of a woman being the leading figure is also good and just barely possible in the period.
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)
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The plot of this book reminded me somewhat of "The General" series by S.M. Stirling/David Drake or the Belisarius series by Eric Flint, but instead of the main character being inspired by alien computers, the main character (a female noble from Sparta) is inspired by the 1st century scientific/technological knowledge present in Great Library in Alexandria (yes, THAT Great Library for you Civilization players).

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 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.
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