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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.
Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy that allows a writer to strike out in myriad ways. It requires a clever, no, ingenious mind to take a robot filled with circuit boards and turn it into an automaton filled with gears and springs and pulleys. In the steampunk universe, every creation is a Rube Goldberg perfected.
Professor Harmonious Crackle and Miss Titania Bang have a Holmes and Watson feel, and there is a distinct homage throughout the book that Whovians will certainly appreciate. Of course, there is also an archvillain to keep things interesting.
THE PERILS OF PRAGUE is narrated by an unnamed first person who, through no particular effort of his own, becomes a companion to Crackle and Bang.
Steampunk can be as simple as the mention of goggles and gears, or it can be intricate descriptions of steam powered systems. As I read the descriptions of intricate collections of pipes and hoses, gears and levers, complete with tubes and dials, I had a vision of Doc Coleman's workspace containing intricate diagrams of just how all these things worked. There is an amazing amount of detail about the various nefarious devices foisted upon our heroes, all of which made some mad sort of sense.
In the grand scheme of steampunk, Doc Coleman falls somewhere in between China Mieville and Shelley Adina (both of whom I have read and enjoyed). If you haven't experienced steam, THE PERILS OF PRAGUE is certainly a good choice for dipping in a toe and testing the waters. I, for one, can't wait to read the next episode in the Adventures of Crackle and Bang.
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