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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