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The Thunderbolt Affair Paperback – June 28, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
Nothing about this book is as outlandish as most steampunk books and the characters, plot and story feel real world. Well written with a nice sense of dry humor (whimsy?), "The Thunderbolt Affair" combines history with fiction for a book that will leave you hungry for a sequel.
The British's first attempt at a submarine is fraught with sabotage and good old boy network of sailors who want nothing to do with a submersible. The submarine is a chance for redemption for Ian Collins after a serious accident that almost ended his career. Add into the mix Nicola Telsa and a very talented but strong willed female cousin and poor Mr. Collins has his hands full with trying to keep his men safe from sabotage, his demons from the accident and trying to figure out how to rethink his notion of a proper lady.
Thus, I was pleasantly surprised when The Thunderbolt Affair not only exceeded my expectations, it completely revised them! From his subversion of genre tropes to his sense of historical detail, Mr. Mandragora has crafted an engaging and worthwhile read.
This book is steampunk, but it's a take on steampunk not often seen. The history of this world is parallel to our own until the First Boer War, at which point it diverges when the British lose and are pushed out of southern Africa. With no land holdings, the British worry that they will be blockaded from sailing around the Cape of Good Hope, the aquatic passage linking them to their Asian colonies and trading interests. It is this fear that leads the British Navy to invest seriously in the research and development of submarine warfare, a decision which sets in motion the events of the book.Read more ›
This book feeds my need. The world is rich but believable, the events are based in history not made of whole cloth, the characters behave in realistic ways, and are themselves amazed at turns of events. For a new author it is a surprisingly polished story, never slow paced, but not rushed. A ripping tale...
Please, sir, write on. I look forward to your next book.
A very happy reader! Kim S.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bravo! A well thought out story, well written. Tom Clancy walks into a steampunk barPublished 2 months ago by Dave Hornung
Highly entertaining alt history. Submarines! Sailors! Secret agents! Tesla! What's not to love?Published 2 months ago by Dawn P
Nice story line and well paced. I had a hard time putting the book down . Nice alternate universe.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Do you like hard science fiction? The Thunderbolt Affair is hard steampunk. Like a lot of steampunk it is actually early electrical age, and Geoffrey Mandragora paints ca. Read morePublished on May 7, 2014 by Richard R. Roberts II
I'm a somewhat picky reader, but I just had a lot of fun with this one. It does a great job keeping enough of the Victorian mood to stay in period while breaking the mold just... Read morePublished on September 22, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Picked up a copy at Worldcon and started reading it this week. Well formed characters, a plausible movement towards steampunk and it is plainly obvious that the author has put in... Read morePublished on September 12, 2013 by Alan S
Gripping tale, enjoyable despite the often random use of commas, confusion over homophones, the misuse of breathe when what was meant was breath, et cetera.Published on June 28, 2013 by Amethyst