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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Rosswyvern Press, LLC (June 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0985790709
  • ISBN-13: 978-0985790707
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,453,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Michael Eckhardt on July 24, 2012
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Superficially this appears to be a Steampunk book but after reading it I would categorize it more as an alternative history. Sure there's brass and gears but the latest advancements are in electric power, not steampower. There are no death rays, lightning guns or steam driven clanks. Everything is very grounded and as a consequence feels very familiar and "real". Dealing with the world wide race towards a working submersible and hence, superior naval power, it appears Britannia has the upper hand with Nikola Tesla and his gifted lady cousin working for them. Our protagonist, Ian Rollins, seeking redemption and a new purpose becomes commander of the secret project and seeks to unravel mysteries behind the sabotage attempts and the feminine enigma that is Danjella Tesla.

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.
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Great book for those who love steampunk or have never heard about it. It has the wonderful gadgets and rich culture you expect in a steampunk novel but it also has believable characters. I agree with a previous reviewer that the world is plausible and has a nice mix of historical fact mixed with fiction. The characters will draw you into the story and by the end you are rooting for them to overcome the various attempts at sabotage.

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.
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I am a very picky reader. I detest plot holes and other obvious over sights from author's. This book was a blast to read, and kept my mind turning. The characters have depth and quirks you become attached to as the story progresses. This is one of those books you can't put down and end up saying, "I'll stop after the next chapter" until it is 3 in the morning and you realize you have to be at work in a few hours. When you buy this book don't start reading until a Friday evening and don't make plans to do much else. I can't wait for the sequel!
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When someone tells me a book published by a small press, I immediately have certain expectations about its content. I know I shouldn't pre-judge, but I'm only human and have been burned before in the small press realm. Allow me to clarify by saying it's not that the books I've read are bad, it's that this area of literature tends to be plagued by a bad habit of under-editing. As a fellow writer, I understand completely the urge to rush work out there, to declare it good enough and get on with the publishing process so as to finally be able to hold your baby in your hands, to flip its pages and see its cover in a place of honor on your own bookshelf. Unfortunately, that enthusiasm can lead to oversights in both story editing and copy editing that result in an uneven pace and a reading experience hampered by frequent typographical errors.

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.
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My love for Steampunk has often been tempered by my dislike of the implausible. Many authors start from an existing world where everything is amazing and fantastic, with no grounding in reality at all. I don't want a world where the only reason it is steampunk is a quaint manner of dress.

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.
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I had the opportunity to speak to the author at a recent SF convention and decided to give his book a read. Two days later I was done. It was well worth my time. He developed his characters, had an engaging plot and well researched, plausible application of technology of the time. I enjoyed his characters, even their idiosyncrocies. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

A very happy reader! Kim S.
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