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Lost Things - Book I of The Order of the Air
     

Lost Things - Book I of The Order of the Air

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by Melissa Scott
 
In 1929 archeologists began draining Lake Nemi in search of the mysterious ships that have been glimpsed beneath its waters since the reign of Claudius. What they awakened had been drowned for two thousand years. For a very good reason.

Veteran aviator Lewis Segura has been drifting since the Great War ended, fetched up at last at the small company run by

Overview

In 1929 archeologists began draining Lake Nemi in search of the mysterious ships that have been glimpsed beneath its waters since the reign of Claudius. What they awakened had been drowned for two thousand years. For a very good reason.

Veteran aviator Lewis Segura has been drifting since the Great War ended, fetched up at last at the small company run by fellow veterans and pilots Alma Gilchrist and Mitchell Sorley, assisted by their old friend Dr. Jerry Ballard, an archeologist who lost his career when he lost part of his leg. It’s a living, and if it’s not quite what any of them had dreamed of, it’s better than much that they’ve already survived. But Lewis has always dreamed true, and what he sees in his dreams will take them on a dangerous chase from Hollywood to New York to an airship over the Atlantic, and finally to the Groves of Diana Herself….

The world is full of lost treasures. Some of them are better off not found.

Cover art by BOB EGGLETON

A Tie-in novel to the O.C.L.T.

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Editorial Reviews

Publisher's Weekly - Anonymous Reviewer
Scott and Graham avoid the pitfalls of conventional occult adventure thanks to their clean, well-crafted prose and their embrace of unconventional characters in unorthodox relationships. What could have been a mundane collect-the-plot-tokens supernatural thriller becomes a pleasantly intriguing story in their talented hands. -- Publishers Weekly
Geek Speak Magazine - Geonn Cannon
The story is equally spent between action and quiet character moments, introducing us to these people and this world while simultaneously moving the story forward. The end result is a vibrant and utterly believable world peopled by characters you can’t wait to see in action again.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940014734219
Publisher:
Crossroad Press
Publication date:
06/20/2012
Series:
The Order of the Air , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
536,818
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Melissa Scott is from Little Rock, Arkansas, and studied history at Harvard College and Brandeis University, where she earned her PhD in the Comparative History program. She is the author of more than twenty science fiction and fantasy novels, and has won Lambda Literary Awards for Trouble and Her Friends, Shadow Man, and Point of Dreams, the last written with her late partner, Lisa A. Barnett. She has also won Spectrum Awards for Shadow Man and again in 2010 for the short story “The Rocky Side of the Sky” (Periphery, Lethe Press) as well as the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer. She can be found on LiveJournal at mescott.livejournal.com.

Jo Graham worked in politics for fifteen years before leaving to write full time. She is the author of the Locus Award nominated Black Ships and the Spectrum Award nominated Stealing Fire, as well as several other novels, including the Stargate Atlantis Legacy series. Her next book, The General's Mistress, is highly anticipated from Gallery Books. She lives in North Carolina with her partner and their daughter. She can be found online at jo_graham.livejournal.com.

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Lost Things - Book I of The Order of the Air 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
DazThreeNine More than 1 year ago
(I’ll state for the record now that I got this ebook as an advance reader, and devoured it start to finish in one tingling run-through) Lost Things is quite possibly the best book I’ve read all year, and the definition of exactly what I like the most is as tricky to pin down as its subject matter. I’m not sure what enthralled me the most: the perfectly paced, desperate chase across 1929 USA, France and Italy (complete with the most exquisitely described Airship you could imagine), or the brilliant occult-based sections where the Lodge, comprising our Heroes Alma, Jerry, Mitch and Lewis, flex their powerful but loosely trained Hermetic and Oracular abilities, or the overriding plot that describes the dark designs of a demon that wore the skin of Emperors and villains past and seeks more power again, or perhaps it’s just the sheer level of detail that brightens this story to a gleaming finish without showing off how clever the research is. You really are in 1929 here: the flying of new, powerfully-engined mail and passenger planes, the clothes and fashions, the architecture, the pre-feminist social attitudes, the occasionally xenophobic, post-Great War spirit of entrepreneurialism – it’s all rendered in such rich detail that you are swept along as the plot unfolds and our group of willing but nervous Heroes pursue their quarry back to where it was first bound, with many twists, turns and clever interventions along the way. The underlying tale of romance, both present and past, and strong moral belief, keeps the group together in faith as much as hope, and arms them suitably for the final conflict. There’s a tie in here to the brilliant OCLT series – with references to Geoffrey Bullfinch, and you can see the streams of the occult flowing across the decades to the more modern titles in the series. A real seat of the pants ride, you’ll breathlessly follow the group as they use instinct and ingenuity to meet their challenges head on. Written with sublime skill and art, this book will appeal to fans of historical thrillers, magical adventure and occult fantasy alike.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm a long time fan of Melissa Scott, and a more recent fan of Jo Graham, so I started this book with high expectations, and I'm happy to say it lived up to them. While this is a fantasy story, not historical fiction, the authors' research appears to have been meticulous, lending the fantastic elements credibility. I'm something of a history geek, particular 20th century occult history, and they nailed the feeling and supporting details of their hermetic lodge perfectly, while avoiding the temptation to share all their research with the reader which bogs down so many historical settings. I found the characters both likeable and believable. There are no larger than life heroes here - all are believable, flawed people. They've survived the horrors of the first World War with scars of one sort or another - physical, mental or both, but they're going on with their lives, and committed to doing work they believe in. The plot flows naturally. The pressure on the characters to prevent disaster builds steadily, but manages to avoid having any of the increasingly hazardous setbacks appear to be contrived purely for the sake of adding tension. I'm looking forward to the sequel, which I understand is already underway, with impatience.
WriteReason More than 1 year ago
A very good tale set in the very early years of aviation, with characters that are so very real they come out to greet you. The details of early aircraft and dirigibles, and the very act of flying these machines, are incredible. These details are important to the tale, but the real tale is one of occult practices, and the struggle between good and bad by a band of semi-superhero's against an ancient demon set loose upon the earth by an archeological find in Italy. The character's fit into the historical atmosphere of the tale with finesse, and follow through the ever increasing drama they are thrust into with bravado. There did seem to be a few dry spots in the tale, that slowed the story to a crawl, much like the speed of the early aircraft within the story. However, these may have been intentional to give the feel of early flight, and to develope character and plot--a honing of these points to a tee. An incredible tale. Entertaining, and recommended for a stirring of the imagination.
Murasake More than 1 year ago
Post-WWI, hermetic magic, lodges, aviation.. Lewis Sugura is an aviator who, in the late twenties, hooks up, or falls in, with a small commercial aviation company who, it turns out, are the surviving members of a lodge. He's always had strange dreams; he's long known that some of them seem to be "true dreams;" they foreshadow things that he will really encounter later. One of those dreams led him to Alma Gilchrist, pilot, widow of Gil Gilchrist, part owner of Gilchrist Aviation. He doesn't at first know that she, fellow pilot Mitchell Sorley, and their friend Dr. Jerry Ballard, are the surviving members of a lodge of which Gil was Magister. What he finds out, when he's told Alma enough about his dreams, is that he's a powerful clairvoyant. The next challenge will be the mutual decision as to whether he will become part of their lodge. Meanwhile, Jerry Ballard has been presented with a little mystery----a recovered Roman tablet which he is offered an absurd amount of money to translate, by a member of another lodge. This is despite the availability of two other people in that lodge who should be able to translate it, without the absurd fee. Jerry's puzzle is enough of a puzzle that they decide they can neither ignore it nor send Jerry out to Los Angeles on his own. They fly there together, and Lewis starts getting an education in what the business of the lodge is, while Alma, Jerry, and Mitch become more and more alarmed. Some of Lewis's recent dreams are rather directly on point. And, good Catholic boy that he is, he needs to come to terms with the fact that he's apparently getting messages from the goddess Diana. When they discover they're facing a demon, they set off on a chase from Los Angeles to Chicago to New York to Europe. It's an exciting adventure, and a very convincing the early 1930s and early aviation. And it's just a lot of fun. Recommended. I bought this book.
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Looking forward to the next book
Jo Wyrick More than 1 year ago
Brilliant historical fantasy!  Well crafted action sequences and characters you really care about give a sense of urgency to an adventure plot that reminds me of Indiana Jones!
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Very well thought out plot and characters. If you are a history buff this book really hits the time frame well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read- well-written, fast-paced yet intelligent with vibrant characters, great historical detail from the early 20s, and intruiging occult flourishes. A great buy, and authors I would love to visit again. Can't wait for the sequel...or to check out the O.C.L.T. series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
if you love ships you will love this!!!!!
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A very good, fast read. Not what i expected but very enjoyable. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
woodySP More than 1 year ago
the story reflects the days of early aviation and the abandon with which they followed their dreams.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a dull story that drags on in when it shouldnt and when it should be more detailed it's a simple paragraph. I found it a hard book to read that was very confusing.