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….
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Praise for the Clockwork Empire Series “Harper creates a fascinating world of devices, conspiracies, and personalities….Filled with danger and narrow escapes, Alice and Gavin fight to survive and to find love in this steampunk coming-of-age story. Harper’s world building is well developed and offers an interesting combination of science and steam.”—SFRevu
“Action, adventure, dirigibles, and mad scientists, oh my!”—Night Owl Reviews
“The Clockwork Empire books are changing what we know as steampunk!...An exuberant novel that takes the reader on an action-packed adventurous thrill ride.”—Nocturne Romance Reads
“An exciting adventure thriller that starts off with action and never slows down.”—Genre Go Round Reviews
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Our Review, by LITERAL ADDICTION’s Alluring Angel – Kathy: --Actual rating 4.5 Skulls The Havoc Machine by Steven Harper is a steampunk gem. It is the 4th book in his The Clockwork Empire series, but is written in such a way that The Havoc Machine could be read as a stand alone. A plague has swept across the world, turning it’s victims into slowly dying plague zombies, with a few victims becoming mad geniuses referred to as clockworkers. Thaddeus Sharpe’s son is killed by a clockworker, and so he dedicated his life to finding and destroying clockworkers and their horrible creations. The Havoc Machine is a fast paced, action filled adventure with an unexpected amount of heartfelt emotion. I truly enjoyed The Havoc Machine.