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The Kaiser Affair: A Drifting Isle Chronicles Steampunk Thriller (The Drifting Isle Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joseph Robert Lewis
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Book Description

When a master thief escapes from prison, brilliant detective Bettina Rothschild must put him back behind bars before the scandalous fiasco destroys the Ministry of Justice. Her investigation leads from decaying cemeteries where talking ravens conspire to booby-trapped warehouses where wondrous flying machines are built in secret, and even to a legendary island in the sky where an ancient tomb hides a deadly secret.

The thrilling chase proves taxing for a young woman who relies on her cane and her steamcarriage to get about, but that's where a good husband steps in. While Bettina picks locks and interrogates suspects, her beloved Arjuna defends her from the most brutal and bizarre assassins in Eisenstadt, but in the quiet moments in between they make time for a little romance!

As the clock ticks down, Bettina finds too many mysteries still remain. How did the thief escape from prison? How can he afford to hire so many killers? And why would he go to the magical Drifting Isle only to steal a giant beetle? Discover the answers in the fast-paced steampunk thriller!

The Drifting Isle Chronicles (a steampunk series collaboration):
Black Mercury by Charlotte E. English
The Kaiser Affair by Joseph Robert Lewis
The Machine God by MeiLin Miranda

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About the Author

Hi, I'm Joe. I write books. Lots of books. Mostly fantasy and science fiction. I like to create new worlds where history, mythology, and fantasy collide in unpredictable ways. And I think a good story should be, you know, fun. Although it never hurts to learn something cool, too. I also like writing about heroines that my daughters can respect and admire, characters who blaze their own paths with fierce personalities, bright minds, and unbreakable spirits. Find out more on:

Product Details

  • File Size: 377 KB
  • Print Length: 233 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482743779
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Copper Crow Books (November 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BQ4XM6I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,564 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and Rich World - Well Paced. June 30, 2013
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4.5 stars.

Very imaginative world with solid, dynamic characters. The two protagonists are well-written, and play well off of one another. Definitely one of the better examples of a married couple shown in a dynamic and positive light. This is a well-paced book set in a vivid and well described world. Lewis does it again in this book. Must have. Looking forward to reading other books in this collaborative world, namely Black Mercury by Charlotte E English and The Machine God by MeiLin Miranda.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's just OK November 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book as a part of a Kickstarter project I backed, and was excited to continue deeper into the world of the Drifting Isle. Unfortunately, this book kept me at arms length, and I couldn't lose myself in it as I did with The Machine God.

In my opinion, the book reads like a first draft. I found a few editing mistakes, and the whole flow of the book felt unpolished and forced. There were cliches abound and head scratching moments. Case in point, The Machine God makes it clear that an interpreter is needed to communicate with the citizens of Inselmond. One of the members of the military state they could only understand every third word the islanders said. (They were eventually able to learn the language, but that was due to it being an earlier form of the language they currently spoke, and because they'd be on the island for four months. It should also be noted that by that time other interpreters had been sent to Inselmond as well.) However in this book the two main characters are able to freely converse with the islanders after a few stumbling blocks. The husband attributes his understand of the language due to it's similarity to his wife's, who is from Eistenstadt,which is like saying I can speak Italian because I know Spanish. His wife is able to understand it because she tries to understand the meaning and not the words themselves.

Bettina has a badly healed ankle that requires her to use a cane and be in constant pain, which sounds like House now that I think of it, but the reason behind her ankle being in the shape it's in isn't explained until more than halfway through the book. By the time it was mentioned I no longer cared. The same goes with Arjuna. We get a rushed explanation of his back story and why he's in Eisenstadt.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun enjoyable adventure August 28, 2013
By Chris
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Overall, I found this to be...a fun enjoyable adventure indeed. I thought the story was well written (with only some minor point..more on that later) especially regarding to the main characters; Betty and Arry. I really enjoyed the playful banter between them. You could feel the love, respect and admiration they shared for each other. I thought they played off one another perfectly with her more serious side and his charming, playful adventurous side. Add in some coil guns and jobs as detectives and they're like the perfect couple. I'm hoping the author chooses to write more books about them. There were definitely plenty of things they could expand on from this particular story...things like The Shadows, Inselmond and the Minister. I'd love to see what happens when Arry finally takes her back to his country. Will she really still bring all her dresses and jackets and still wear them as she said at the end? even though she'll be sweltering...?

More about this book. I liked the thrill of the chase that was the major part of the story. Each time they got close you had to wonder, is then they'll finally catch them? I thought the pacing was perfect. Not too drawn out but not over before you know it. It was also fun to have the events occur in drastically different locales with incredibly different modes of, boat, autocarriage, and autogyro!!! I didn't see the ending of this book coming which is a good thing because I can usually predict the outcome of a lot of stories.

While I absolutely loved this story and hope the author brings us more of their adventures, there were a couple things that detracted from the book, ever so slightly. First, there were a few times when the author went back and forth from steampunk style words to regular...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great book by the author March 7, 2013
By Willow
Format:Kindle Edition
I have read all his books & loved every one of them. This one is no exception. It is very well written & once I picked it up I did not stop until I finished the book. This author is the biggest reason I became interested in steampunk novels. I read one & wanted more. Keep them coming please!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By MelHay
Partners on the job, and in life, Bettina Rothchild and Arjuna Rana race through their home town, Eisenstadt, on a wicked chase. The Ministry of Justice's Minister, Minister Kaiser, has an urgent and sensitive case for them... her brother, Ranulf Kaiser, has stealthy escaped prison. He only had twenty-three days until his release. Why? They don't know. Also Gisel Kaiser's appointment as Minister will be under review in two weeks. To keep her in position things need to stay quiet, or she'll be replaced with a politician with no criminal investigation background. The duo work the case through their home town, in all areas with dangerous thugs of that aren't Ranulf's usual partners, to the drifting Isle above the city and back again, with the help from a talking raven looking for a crow who attacked him. And the secret dark magical society, the Shadow's on their tail pushing the stop of visitors to the Isle.

Action, fights, guns, carriage chases, and mystical floating islands. All part of an amazing world with unexpected turns as to what we will see next in this world. Even a touch of what feels like magic as well. So many great elements blended together in one little package. There is a feel of steampowered as well!

Bettina and Arjuna are exactly what I've been looking for in a couple. Refreshing. They have a "proper" banter between them, teasing and flirting...and married! There are always things that couples need to discuss, and that comes to light here - every marriage is work. But they are not the couple that falls apart and teases us on whether they will be together or not. I love their relationship. They work together, tease each other, and compliment the other both on the job and in comments.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting concept
First of this series that I've read. Pretty good, and I like the concept of different authors providing stories to the series.
Published 1 month ago by JerseyJeff
5.0 out of 5 stars What have I been missing?
The first Steampunk book that I have read and that's saying something as I will be 67 next month.Good stuff.
Published 6 months ago by Grecian 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining steampunk romp
I have not read the first book in the series, so I started this book at a disadvantage. While I was familiar with steampunk, I was not familiar with the world. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Sasse
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
The story line was drawn out a bit, but I enjoyed the book. It is very nice to see how many good independent writers there are which you can access through Amazon, this is one of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Bubbie
5.0 out of 5 stars I Love Kindle Free
I love to read Kindle, but obviously I cannot read them as fast as I can find them but it is fun trying!
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Got me from the first page!
One of the most engaging stories I`'ve read in a while. The talents given to others pale beside the abilities of the main characters.
Published 9 months ago by Paul B
3.0 out of 5 stars Kaiser AAair
A little slow in plot development but an interesting read anyways. Worth the effort though. An iinteresting parallel world story.
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
A fantastic novel full of action and suspense! I loved the main characters and their sense of humour. Read more
Published 10 months ago by madamediotte
4.0 out of 5 stars A book I enjoyed
The book, despite other reviews, held my interest, and I was intrigued by the characters and their stories. Arry's s story seemed a little rushed and forced though. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amber
5.0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable read!
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! I would be very interested to read more about the floating island, what secrets are hidden in the catacombs, about Arjuna and more about Bettina! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Correao
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More About the Author

Joseph Robert Lewis enjoys creating worlds in which history, mythology, and fantasy collide in unpredictable ways. He also likes writing about heroines that his daughters can respect and admire, and he's trying to save the world from cookie-cutter stories about the same types of characters and settings.

He also writes modern YA fantasy, like the arcane adventures of Zelda Pryce and the dystopian thriller Ultraviolet.

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