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The Falling Machine
     

The Falling Machine

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by Andrew P. Mayer
 

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This new steampunk series opens in 1880, when women aren't allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime. But twenty year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when the leader of the Society of Paragons, New York's greatest team of gentlemen adventurers, is murdered right before her eyes.

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Falling Machine 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was drawn in by the concept of this book and the female take on the story. Although a lot of action happened quickly the character development struggled for a while. Just when I was really getting engaged, it was "done", at least for now. Hopefully, book two will start out strong and finish with a real resolution.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1880 New York as the bridge to Brooklyn is being built, members of the secret Paragon society are stunned with the murder of their chief, Sir Dennis Darby. However, even more frightening is his inventions have been stolen by the killer. Darby's prize creation Tom the AI automaton is considered excess junk by the Paragon who internally squabble over replacing their leader. Aware of what he is and what happened to his inventor, Tom unites with Darby's top mentee twenty year old Sarah Stanton to investigate what led to the homicide and who killed Darby. They distrust the cabal that they belong to as those loyal argue over positions of authority and the use of Fortified Steam; while they fear evil adversaries have gained access to the inner sanctum of the Society of Steam. The opening act of the Society of Steam historical amateur sleuth fantasy sets the New York world from the beginning at the Brooklyn side of the bridge construction when Sir Dennis asks Tom the Automaton whether he is bored. Thus readers will believe from the start and never feel otherwise that we are in a late Victorian age NYC. Although very few subplots are ended, readers will enjoy the teaming up of the beautiful intelligent Sarah and Tom the brilliant AI Automaton as they investigate the murder of their beloved mentor. Harriet Klausner
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Maeve_Green More than 1 year ago
Action, Science, Superheros and an Automaton set in the Age of Steam -- could ask for more?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story concept and there are some interesting characters such as the Automaton. It takes a few chapters the get rolling but it is worth the wait. Looking forward to the sequel.