- File Size: 1795 KB
- Print Length: 272 pages
- Publication Date: March 27, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JB1DU9C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,340,846 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
HAWTHORNE: Chronicles of the Brass Hand: Mystirio Astronomiki Kindle Edition
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A roller-coaster ride of a story, "Hawthorne" follows the adventures of Edgar Hawthorne, sent by his father to investigate a remarkable discovery at an observatory in South Africa. The journey doesn't go as planned, as Edgar and his companions aboard the airship Stratos find themselves traversing the jungles of Africa in search of provisions. It is in these jungles that Edgar stumbles upon a discovery that will challenge what he believes to be true and pushes the course of his adventure in a direction he is not prepared to go in.
The story is fast-paced, moving swiftly from thrilling moment to the next. The protagonist is well-developed. Edgar is a character with a backstory that readers can sympathize with. However, Edgar's backstory does more than just provide readers with a sense of who the character is and where he comes from. It actually pushes the story forward in a way that readers might not expect.
An adventure story told as if written in the 19th Century, "Hawthorne" is a blast! The narrative style transports the reader to a place they can only get to if told by a 19th Century writer or by a writer with the skills of Christopher C. Meeker. Finding a writer that can recreate the style of a 19th Century writer as authentically as Christopher C. Meeker has done would be a tall order.
The author has paid careful attention to keep Edgar's narration in the style of the times, which means it is often verbose and circuitous by modern standards. Though it initially grates upon ears accustomed to today's streamlined and often staccato prose, it is not much more difficult to plow through than the writing of Jules Vern, H Rider Haggard or Edgar Rice Burroughs, and it does provide a rewarding immersive experience for the reader.
Edgar's trip from England to the southern tip of the Dark Continent is anything but uneventful, and he encounters everything from airship pirates to an army of Great Apes to a mysterious Egyptian who seems to control time and space. Anyone who has read the adventure novels of the Nineteenth and early Twentieth Centuries will recognize the many nods to past masters of the genre. Likewise, you will encounter many of the same themes and archetypes, but the author incorporates enough new ideas (or successfully reworks old ones) to provide a reading experience that is as novel as it is exciting.
This is the first volume of a projected series, thus it's not unexpected that the story ends on a note that sets up for the next book, but the story told within these pages is in itself a tale that can stand on its own. If you're looking for a steampunk-themed book which recalls the great adventure stories of years' past, this might be a good choice for you.
Meeker tells a story with skill and finesse and creates interesting characters you will want to hear more about (and I trust there will be further offerings in the series soon). The adventure tale is sufficiently unusual with its Victorian period inventions and mystical villains to amaze and intrigue without being trite or overly stylized. It moves along with a sort of edge-of-your-chair readability but also supplies food for thought if you’re willing to look for it. A puzzle, a mystery, a struggle, heroism, exotic locals, a romantic element, a hint of magic, a fantastic airship, brutish creatures—what more could you want? Fans of pulp fiction will appreciate Hawthorne. Younger readers (and by this I mean anyone under 50 or anyone who never read a Tarzan novel) will be introduced to a straight forward adventure that need not rely on vampires or zombies for its thrills.
Whether or not Meeker’s writing falls under K. W. Jeter’s term, “steampunk” or not will be up to the reader. The airship, as I recall, is steam-powered. But it doesn’t matter. It is a satisfying read that will charm you and leave you asking for more. The descriptive prose will carry you into a realm where you will suspend disbelief. I recommend this book whole-heartedly and give it five bright shining stars.