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Sunstone: A Steampunk Reality by [Barbo, Holly]
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About the Author

Holly's world is shaped by her love of family, the beauty of the natural world and an irrepressible creative drive. She has always been curious and sees life through questions. These four characteristics color her writing voice and her stories frequently evolve from her asking “What if....?” Her tales tend to have non-urban settings with nature contributing to the plot, building discordant themes inside a seemingly peaceful refrain. Holly weaves alternative worlds with threads from today.

Product Details

  • File Size: 973 KB
  • Print Length: 212 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Paper Gold Publishing Ltd; 2 edition (January 29, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 29, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01AMKZV8I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,022,867 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This was my first time reading Steampunk and it certainly will not be my last if this book is any indication.

This book focuses on the Steam-powered civilization Myrn and three elemental stones blessed by the Goddess Navora. These stones are wanted by corrupt businessmen for greed and wealth. But there is still people working for the better good of the civilization and it is up to them to get to the stones first to protect Myrn.

I really enjoyed this book and the characters in it. There was such a great mix of characters from different fields working together and it was very ironic on how the book ended.

Kes and his adopted father M'nacht are both working in the scientific fields and notice different things happening that leads them to try and discover what is really going on and who is behind it.

There was so much unrest in Myrn that it was really interesting and I loved all the gadgets that they used for information and all of the secrets panels!
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I loved the book! A lot of parallels to today's world. A lot more people should read this to see what is happening . Holly always writes what she feels and I love that about her books. She is a born storyteller and make all her books fantastic. This particular book grabbed my attention from the first sentence. It was riveting and believable and, in some cases scary, because of the parallels. It gives us hope that maybe some things in our world can be changed. At least, in this book, there was a happy ending, maybe we can achieve that in our world today. I cannot say enough positive about this book. Every character had their own distinct personality and quirks. The last paragraph of each chapter made you want to keep going. I finally had to read it in one sitting. I kept saying that after this chapter or that chapter I would quit for the night, but I ended up reading straight through. Kudos to Holly Barbo. Another winner!!
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Wow, I loved this book. It just got better and better as it went along. All of the characters had their own quirks and idiosyncrasies, but all of them were strong and powerful in their own way and this was brought out on the pages of this wonderful story.

Thanks Holly Barbo, I thoroughly enjoyed being on this journey as it took me right into the story.
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Beautiful end of the story, civil unrest fading to return to peace. This is the end I pray our planet to reach.
Most of the fabric of society depicted in this steampunk reality reflects accurately what is happening in 2016 Earth time. Same political structure. Same corruption. Banks, corporates and 10 of the richest family dynasties pull the strings behind the scenes.
The Council of Elders now exist only in remote tribes powerless to help the modern world. A few whistleblowers manage to heard briefly until the media bury them in shame and constructed villainess.

I note a few differences though: the people of Myrn all believe in one deity: the goddess Navora (huge positive compared to our religious factions all claiming theirs is the only real god); no recreational drug and no mind control/virtual reality spread by tv, movies, digital games, cyber world, amusement parks; nature is left untouched but the contamination of water by a huge corporate pharmaceutical entity. And there is no army, only a faction of guards.

Sunstone's story brings hope that maybe, just maybe, our fate can be changed overnight with a shift of paradigm, with th consciousness that this planet is our Home and what affects one concerns all.
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Again, Holly writes with clarity and creative wisdom, without making the story sound "plastic" or "canned". Holly's style requires one to pay attention to what is written. The reward is an intricate and building excitement. Sunstone is worthy of attention...it has something important to say for our time!
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In an alien world, social injustice still finds its way through the machinations of the corrupt. Sunstone is a fantasy, futuristic, mystical yet nostalgic thrill-ride on a steam car. On Myrn, as in any other place in the universe, governments rule, but the greedy seek power, and the good struggle to maintain balance. Both have to operate in the shadows while everyday citizens just work to survive oblivious to the plots always bubbling up to undermine their world although increasingly aware as their corporate overlords enslave them through wage cuts while raising prices for food and housing. Civil unrest abounds between people, the Council, and business owners, and the bank holds the markers. Something must give or war will break out. Meanwhile, the spiritual/mystical in the form of Sunstones (navorites) created by the goddess, Navora, eons before hold the key to either the salvation of Myrn or its destruction depending upon who gets their hands on them first. No one knows the whereabouts of all, but each will be revealed. A history as old as time repeating itself in a future world so unique, Barbo had to create new words to identify the gadgets used in this industrialized steam engine society. I got lost on Myrn...in the best possible way. Remember Avatar? Well, this book is on par with that movie by way of fantastical descriptions, but darker, and I'd dearly love to see it on the big screen. So curl up with a cup of kris (read the book. You'll get it), and take a trip to another world and get sucked into thrilling political intrigue.
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