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Review: Copper Centurion

copper-centurion-800-cover-reveal-and-promotionalCopper Centurion (The Steam Empire Chronicles) (Volume 2)
by Daniel Ottalini
Modern Papyrus

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN-10: 148400843X
ISBN-13: 978-1484008430

(Barry’s score 4 1/2 stars out of 5)

Available for purchase through Copper Centurion (The Steam Empire Chronicles) (Volume 2)

Product description:

Rome Seeks Vengeance

In his Award Winning Debut Novel Brass Legionnaire, author Daniel Ottalini introduced us to the world of Roman Steampunk as Julius Brutus Caesar and his royal commanding officer Constantine Appius fought to save the city of Brittenburg from total devastation. Now, Rome looks to avenge the actions of the Nortlanders and invades the north. But saddled with political oversight, inept leadership and a resourcefully cunning enemy, the expedition walks a fine line between glory and destruction. With their technology failing, it will be down to swords and shields in the next novel of the Steam Empire Chronicles, Copper Centurion.

My thoughts:

For those of you who want a little something other than the usual Victorian London steampunk, have I got something fresh for you. Image a world where Rome did not fall, a world of Roman steampunk technology. That’s what you will find in Daniel Ottalini’s Steam Empire Chronicles — Copper Centurion.

It’s all there, steam-powered automated creatures, Roman weapons, armor, and airship battles.

High above the battlefield, Constantine gripped the railing of the H.M.A.S. Scioparto. Though temporarily blinded by ash and smoke, Constantine could hear the sounds of war. He walked through the haze, keeping one hand tight on the warm metal rail. He could feel the ship turning below him, and suddenly they were out of the smoke and into the bright morning sunshine.

Below him lay a tapestry of fire and explosions. The air fleet had received orders to secure the airspace above so-called Vulcan’s Island. There had been no opposition as the squadron dropped into optimum targeting range, low over the settlements and forts. The ash and smoke from the burning villages around the island was proving more challenging than the island’s defenders.

The characters are well-written and believable. The pace of the story is crisp and fast. The cover art and interior art are excellent. I didn’t have any problems picking up the story with part two, although, I am sure that I would have gotten more out of it if I had read the first book. I strongly suggest reading Brass Legionnaire (Volume 1) first. I’d also suggest reading through the TERMINOLOGY at the end of the book. Having said that, Copper Centurion is an excellent read.

I enjoyed every minute this ebook and I highly recommend it. I give it 4 1/2 Roman airships out of 5.



Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from the author Daniel Ottalini. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 
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New spiritual title: A Mystic Garden

A Mystic Garden: Working with Soil, Attending to Soul

The book has been out for about a week and I thought that those who are interested in gardening and spirituality would like a heads-up.

This lyrical primer on the spirituality of gardening reflects on the relationship between a gardener and his or her garden. Meditating upon how interaction with the earth opens the heart, schools the mind, engages the body, and embraces the soul in a world of increasing detachment from the natural realm, this book affirms a garden as a soulful space where people can take root and experience the changing seasons and the enduring cycle of renewal. Filled with the joy of living, this enchanting spiritual guide will speak to those who yearn to find the holy in the place they call home.

A Mystic Garden: Working with Soil, Attending to Soul

 
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New steampunk title: The Havoc Machine

The Havoc Machine: A Novel of the Clockwork Empire

As I understand it, this is a standalone novel of the Clockwork Empire.

In a world riddled with the destruction of men and machines alike, Thaddeus Sharpe takes to the streets of St. Petersburg, geared toward the hunt of his life….

Thaddeus Sharpe’s life is dedicated to the hunting and killing of clockworkers. When a mysterious young woman named Sofiya Ekk approaches him with a proposition from a powerful employer, he cannot refuse. A man who calls himself Mr. Griffin seeks Thad’s help with mad clockwork scientist Lord Havoc, who has molded a dangerous machine. Mr. Griffin cares little if the evil Lord lives or dies; all he desires is Havoc’s invention.

Upon Thad’s arrival at Havoc’s laboratory, he is met with a chilling discovery. Havoc is not only concealing his precious machine; he has been using a young child by the name of Nikolai for cruel experiments. Locked into a clockwork web of intrigue, Thad must decipher the dangerous truth surrounding Nikolai and the chaos contraption before havoc reigns….

The Havoc Machine: A Novel of the Clockwork Empire

 
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