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The Perils of Prague (The Adventures of Crackle & Bang) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 27, 2017
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About the Author
Doc Coleman is a writer, podcaster, and voice actor. His work has been featured in The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences’ Tales from the Archives podcast and short story collections, the Way of the Gun Bushido Western Anthology, and the Steampunk Special Edition of Flagship magazine. The Perils of Prague is the first book in the series The Adventures of Crackle and Bang. Find out about all of Doc’s projects at Swimming Cat Studios (http://SwimmingCatStudios.com). When he isn’t juggling projects, making a living, or mainlining podcasts, Doc is a gamer, an avid reader, a motorcyclist, a home brewer and beer lover, a fan of renaissance festivals, and frequently a smart-ass. He lives with his lovely wife and two cats in Germantown, MD.
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"I was sure we were going to be overwhelmed by our little attackers when I stepped forward while striking at a bird and my foot accidentally pinned another of the creatures, which Miss Bang knocked to the ground. As my weight came down, crushing the small creature the others abruptly broke and banked off, scattering in all direction...
"Could you be so kind as to lift your foot, my lord?" he said and squatted down next to my left foot. I looked down and realized he was looking at the foot that crushed one of the odd birds, causing its fellows to flee the scene...
"We are attacked by Budgies of Doom and now you're making friends, Professor Crackle?" I craned my neck to try and www what he found so fascinating about the small form he tucked into his handkerchief. "Don't you see?" he said smiling like a child with a new toy. "It's a clockwork. It is a work of art. Someone built this incredible replica, no, not a replica. An automaton, correct down tot he minutes detail..."
Art is where you make it, in Doc Coleman's world. "I sidled up to Miss Bang as well followed and asked, "Does this sort of thing happen often? Automata? Buildings collapsing. Attacks in the park?..." Readers will have to buy the book to find the answer to that question. I found it well worth the price.
As all reviewers should confess when they have a personal connection to a book, I admit that I was a Beta reader of Doc Coleman's new novel during its development, and I've known Doc for some years. I also purchased the published copy of the kindle, so I'm a paying customer. - David W. Wooddell
When he finally arrives at the opera house he expects to find his uncle displeased at his tardiness, but instead discovers he will be sharing box seats with Doctor Harmonious Crackle and his lovely companion Miss Titania Bang. But the evening goes awry when the singers turn out to be clever automatons that bring down the opera house in an attempt to kill the heir to the British throne.
Doc Coleman builds an interesting alternate world, where the Eternal Empress Victoria has ruled for over a hundred years. After the devastating attack against the nobility, his lordship becomes a reluctant companion of Crackle and Bang as they strive to ascertain who engineered the attack, and from what direction the next such murder attempt might come.
This is an entertaining adventure, filled with derring-do, humor, and as unique a set of characters as any I have ever encountered. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and look forward to the future adventures of Crackle and Bang.
Our dashing lord is visiting with his uncle in Prague at his parents direction before traveling on to his next relative in another country now that he's graduated. However, things blow up. Well, the Opera House blows up after he meets a strange man and gorgeous woman in his Uncle's booth. And things get more complicated after that.
We have a few main characters. There is our main character and POV we live through, the Lord. See, I can't tell you his name as it's not one that people expect to hear. And... many are offended by it. It was a way for his great-great grandfather to shake up the social politeness of society and a string of profanity. Then we have Professor Crackle who seems a bit absentminded from time to time. However, there is something very special about him. We get hints and my curiosity is kept guessing about him. We do learn, in the end, what is so special about the professor. You'll like it. Lastly we have the lovely Miss Bang. She is a colleague of Professor Crackle's and handy in her own right and mind. This is a pair that are brilliant together and the Lord gets to see and participate with them in this adventure.
Can I tell you I love these names? I love that they are different and seem to fit the characters personalities. They roll off my tongue easily too.
Doc Coleman takes us on adventures on land, above land, and below ground. All cool in their own rights. I can't imagine where the characters could go in future books, in other cities, with all they lived through in this one! Wow, I didn't think we'd go through all that! lol.
There are many cool elements brought together here. I love when steampunk is used in the book and not just a surrounding in the setting. Steampunk is used here and something I enjoy. The adventures and actions that happen are well done in moments we need them, keeping the story higher paced. The moments where we learn details is done in a way that kept me interested as I didn't know what was going to be shared. It was all arranged to keep me interested and turning pages.
There are many additional attracting elements here as well. The crew of people we see, very neat! Another member of Crackle's crew, which we don't see as often here, is a very special woman. You have to meet her. The idea of immoral is very interesting. The Queen is the one and only. But is she really? This is interesting as it's explained and could become a bigger problem for others when you learn what you do.
Doc Coleman has set a high bar in this book and I look forward to seeing what he does in the next city as we carry on with Crackle and Bang.
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