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Dawn of Steam: Gods of the Sun (Volume 2) Paperback – August 27, 2014
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Author Jeffrey Cook lives in Maple Valley, Washington, with his wife and three large dogs. He was born in Boulder, Colorado, but has lived all over the United States. He’s contributed to a number of role-playing game books for Deep7 Press out of Seattle, Washington, but the Dawn of Steam series are his first novels. When not reading, researching, or writing, Jeffrey enjoys role-playing games and watching football. Co-contributor Sarah Symonds also lives in Washington. Born and raised in Seattle, she left for college and promptly came back. Sarah has been writing for fun since high school and tends towards short-shorts or novels. When not working on her own novels, Sarah enjoys costuming, fiber arts, and making Jeff explain football.
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So much of the steampunk genre focuses heavily on the mechanisms of the era, leaving the setting within the confines of Industrialized Victorian London. Cook, like Sir James Coltrane and his intrepid crew, dares to circumnavigate the world and show us the hitherto "untouched" regions beyond the "known" world of the time, in all their native glory. "First Light" took us westward and south across the Americas, and now the mission brings us East across the Atlantic to Australia and Southern Asia.
In his mission to expand the world of early-nineteenth-century Earth, Cook does not neglect his characters. We have been introduced and become acquainted already; now connections are drawn or withheld as we become friends with some characters and count others as enemies.
In addition to the natural dangers involved with flying a dirigible around the world, Cook brings human emotions through his narrative: there is betrayal and uncertainty, sorrow and vindication, camaraderie and cold shoulders. Just as the relations between the characters are changing, the mission changes in the wake of unforeseen tragedy. An astonishing revelation completely shifts Gregory's initial perspective on the entire journey and the people involved.
All of this is lovingly and faithfully recorded in true journalistic retrospect. Honestly, in reading some of the more harrowing accounts I felt like I was in that time period, reading of current events, and I had to remind myself more than once, "Well, he's writing about all this stuff that has already happened, so I know they survived!"
Granted, this installment felt quite a bit longer than the last one, but maybe that is because things are not so fresh and new and exciting, and, like Cordelia, we are sensing the impending end to this marvelous journey and now only wish for a safe return for the ones we have come to love!
This is the second book that follows our heroes across the globe in their quest to be the first to...well....cross the globe. The catch? There's some "bad guys" that are also trying to achieve this heralding achievement -- keep in mind, this is Regency Era where a lot of the globe is still unmapped, or at the very least, mapped by less than reliable sources.
There's a few twists and turns that play with your emotions, but never in a negative way. If anything, it galvanizes you to these characters, and you find yourself rooting for them, despite all the dangers they face.
There's one more to read after this, where we finally learn if they were successful or not. Very well may have to drag it out from under the weight of my TBR pile and knock it out, sooner rather than later.
I will admit I had a more difficult time reading this book than the last. Maybe it was because I read it right after the first. These books do seem to require slowing down to absorb the large amount of information being given to you. Perhaps it was because of several major life changes that happened right as I began this book. I guess I won’t know for sure until I read them again in the future.
I am excited by the fact the rest of this series is to be released soon. I can’t wait to read what happens next!
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