Steampunk! Sir Ambrose travels via airship and portal to Victoriana, a parallel universe. The two worlds have an alliance against "the Hun," the German Empire. But documents are stolen. His and the beautiful Lady Permellia's train to London is sabotaged. A motor pirate kidnaps them. With the fate of universes hanging in the balance, the two must survive. And just who is Lady ...
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Steampunk! Sir Ambrose travels via airship and portal to Victoriana, a parallel universe. The two worlds have an alliance against "the Hun," the German Empire. But documents are stolen. His and the beautiful Lady Permellia's train to London is sabotaged. A motor pirate kidnaps them. With the fate of universes hanging in the balance, the two must survive. And just who is Lady Permellia really?


In a growing panic, Ambrose ran pell-mell down the length of the observation deck. He practically dove down the steep stairs at the end. Pausing at the bottom only long enough to take one, much-needed breath, he then dashed down the hallway to his stateroom. Fumbling with the key in his haste, he finally managed to unlock and fling wide the door.

The satchel lay open on the floor and there were his documents strewn about the stateroom. Someone, and Ambrose strongly suspected the midshipman, had rifled through the papers, perhaps taking pictures with one of those new-fangled, tiny cameras. They were another piece of otherworld knowledge.

As he stared at the mess in dismay, Ambrose heard the distant cry of someone above, shouting, “Man overboard!”

Crossing to the port window, he was just in time to see what looked like a large, billowing, white sheet descend out of sight, disappearing below his field of view. Ambrose had no illusions about what this meant. The culprit was absconding with photos of Her Majesty’s top-secret documents.

And so starts Ambrose's adventure into the parallel universe of Victoriana, ally to his own world against the Great German Empire and "the Hun" who seek world dominance. But events don't seem to get better for Ambrose.

After his documents are stolen while aboard the airship, he then meets the beautiful Lady Permellia, a government diplomat. As if a woman in government isn't strange enough for him, there follows a succession of stranger events. Their train to London is sabotaged. They are taken captive by a motor pirate. And through it all, Ambrose is at a loss as to what is really going on. But when he learns there are various factions, that the war his government is fighting is spreading up and down the world lines, Ambrose must make a series of difficult choices.

And through it all, there is the enigmatic Lady Permellia and her strange sidekick, Bertie, a hulk of a man. Just who are they? What is their involvement in all this? And just which side are they really on?

Ambrose must find answers to all these questions, for the sake of his own future, that of his world, and countless others. And then there is the slight problem of his falling in love with the Lady Permellia...

Engine Of The Gods is a complete story, one set in the Crown And Empire Worlds War series. A fast-paced, adventure-filled tale, it is done in the true style of steampunk, with great care taken to make the background settings historically correct and lavish in detail. Even references to motor pirates have a basis in fact. Carefully woven, this tale is an exciting and fun story.
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Editorial Reviews

https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/46586#longdescr - George Kempland
A rollicking good adventure tale, a perfect Steampunk novella! I loved it. In a Victorian setting, this tale has it all, airship battles, bat men, parallel universes, love interest with the beautiful but mysterious Lady Permellia, motor pirates, the "dreaded Hun"--you name it, this tale has it. There is even a touch of witchcraft and something called a "super soul." (Read the tale to find out what this is. I won't give it away.)

A fast-paced action tale, woven with convincing detail!
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015911640
  • Publisher: GKRS Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Series: Crown And Empire Worlds War, #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 58 KB

Meet the Author

Rob Shelsky is an avid and eclectic writer, and averages about 4,000 words a day. He has several novels to his credit, two out now, Veracity In Truth, a Regency romance, and Lost Echoes, a time-travel romance, as well as one contracted for pub¬li¬ca¬tion in 2010, Faith and Fallibility. These are all under the penname, Rose Renee Shelly. Rob has written science fiction articles for such magazines as The Internet Review of Science Fiction, numerous articles for AlienSkin Magazine, Neometropolis, Midnight Street (UK), Doorways, and other publications. Rob has had short stories published with Jim Baen’s Universe, Aberrant Dreams, AlienSkin, Gateway SF, Fifth Dimension, Continuum SF, Sonar4, Uncial Press, Planetary Stories, Pulp Spirit Magazine, Sex & Murder, and many more. He has a novella coming out in early 2010 with Aberrant Dreams Magazine’s first hardcover edition anthology, The Awakening. Rob’s novella, Avenger Of The People, will appear there alongside the works of such sci-fi greats as Alastair Reynolds, Ian Watson, Jana Oliver, Robert Madle, and just so many others. There is even an introduction by Jack McDevitt. Rob has a short story, Green Waters, now out with Sonar4’s Phase Shift anthology, and a paranormal story, Light On The Moor, coming out with Midnight Showcase.
Now, Rob Shelsky is not only a writer, but an editor for Red Rose Publishing, a contributing editor for Currate.com travel articles, as well as being a reviewer for Novelspot. He is also a resident science fiction columnist for AlienSkin Magazine.
Although widely traveled and continuing to travel, Rob now lives in North Carolina. He enjoys contemplating ideas for new stories while watching the sunsets over the mountains and sipping a glass of red wine, preferably a decent Merlot.
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