Prior to the Facebook Extravaganza – Fantasy Sci-Fi Dystopian Steampunk Bargain Books Party
I am spotlighting each author taking part. Today I would like you to have a look the works of Award Winning author Jeffrey Cook. First up his Steampunk Trilogy Dawn of Steam. By the way, I have read First Light and loved it.
Dawn of Steam is a trilogy of alt-history, emergent Steampunk epistolary novels. It chronicles the adventures of Gregory Conan Watts and the crew of the airship Dame Fortuna as they open up the world. In the process, their journey helps lay the foundations for an age of enlightenment and technology to come. First Light covers the year 1815. In the aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars, two of England’s wealthiest lords place a high-stakes wager on whether a popular set of books, which claim that the author has traveled to many unknown corners of the globe, are truth or, more likely, wild fiction. Former aide-de-camp Gregory Conan Watts is hired to find out the truth. Along the way, he describes the journeys of the airship Dame Fortuna and its crew through journals and letters to his beloved fiancee. The first recruit is, necessarily, the airship’s owner: war hero, famed genius, and literal knight in steam-powered armor Sir James Coltrane. Persuading him to lend his talents and refitted airship to the venture requires bringing along his sister, his cousin, and the crew that flew with him during the Napoleonic Wars. Only with their aid can they track down a Scottish rifleman, a pair of shady carnies, and a guide with a strong personal investment in the stories. When they set out, the wild places of the world, including the far American West, the Australian interior, darkest Africa, and other destinations are thought to be hostile enough. No one expects the trip to involve a legendary storm – or the Year Without a Summer of 1815-1816. The voyage is further complicated by the human element. Some parties are not at all happy with the post-war political map. Most problematic of all, the crew hired by the other side of the wager seem willing to win by any means necessary.
You can purchase this book at the following outlets: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IOC6HNU http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dawn-of-steam-first-light-jeffrey-m-cook/1118848789
Gods of the Sun covers 1816 through the summer of 1817. Gregory Conan Watts’s chronicle of the adventures begun in Dawn of Steam: First Light continues—as does the Year Without a Summer. The crew of the airship Dame Fortuna travel to four continents and are embroiled in combat on three of them: conflict with New Spain in Britain’s American colonies, an ambush in Machu Picchu, and entanglement in the Maori Potato Wars in New Zealand. As they progress through darkened skies, Gregory gradually discovers that nothing at all was as he thought it was. All his assumptions are cast into doubt: what their orders are, which tales of foreign lands are true, and what parts of the social order as he knows it really are natural. Also in doubt is whether they will all survive the experience.
You can purchase this book at the following outlets: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00N5D9BK4 http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dawn-of-steam-jeffrey-cook/1120235204
Rising Suns covers the summer of 1817 through the summer of 1819. 1817 sees the first signs of recovery from the Year Without a Summer — and the beginning of the end of the journey of the airship Dame Fortuna. The crew first accept a unique offer from the Shogun of Japan, traveling with the Dutch contingent from the island of Dejima into the isolationist nation. From there, their travels will take them through the English colonies in Australia and India, into darkest Africa, and eventually home to England. Along the way, confrontations loom, and both personal secrets and national conspiracies are uncovered. By the time a future queen is born, nothing less than the fate of England and the direction of world events are at stake.
You can purchase this book at the following outlet: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00UIL0TOI/
But wait – there is more from Jeffrey Cook. An Action Adventure – Mina Cortez, From Bouquets to Bullets. She’d never said, “I want to join the Secret Police when I grow up.” Of course, Mina Cortez hadn’t known there were secret police. She just knew she’d rather be a ballerina than a florist. But in 2154, though the world has mostly recovered from the supervolcano, vocational education is still programmed based on aptitude testing. An implanted skill chip can give the recipient many things, but not longer legs. So Mina fully expected to end up inheriting her family’s flower shop and landscaping business someday. Like three generations before her, she had the nose for it. She didn’t expect one of her best friends to be kidnapped. She didn’t expect to be inducted into a covert organization by desperate authorities. She didn’t expect to have to be grateful for her other best friend’s ‘undead’ Chevy. She didn’t expect programmed spy information to come with the taste of aluminum on her tongue — or a burning sensation when she fought its impulses. She didn’t expect fights, car chases, family secrets, bureaucrats acting as espionage cheerleaders, electro-magnetic pulses, or the frequent scent of gun oil. She definitely didn’t expect to still have to deliver flowers while figuring it all out.
I hope you found these snippets from Jeffrey’s books interesting and don’t forget – join Jeffrey and me on 18th July for Fantasy Sci-Fi Dystopian Steampunk Bargain Books Party.
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