The Falling Machine: The Society of Steam Bk.1
by Andrew P. Mayer
Prometheus Books Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781616143756
Date: 01 July 2011 List Price £14.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
A lot of publishers I speak to are very lukewarm about Steampunk, which is a sub-genre I'm particualrly fond of. Hats off to Pyr therefore, whose strong support all things clockwork and brass brought us the recent Philip K. Dick award winning book The Strange Affair of Spring Heeled Jack by Mark Hodder, and now offers up The Falling Machine, the first in a new series sub-titled The Society of Steam by first time novelist Andrew Mayer.
"...a rip-roaring steam-punk adventure that will have you one the edge of your seat to the very last page. In 1880 women are not allowed to vote, much less dress up in 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 adventures, is murdered right before her eyes. To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as Automaton. Together they unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the Paragons that reveals the world of heroes and high society is built on a crumbling foundation of greed and lies. When Sarah comes face-to-face with the megalomaniacal villain behind the murder, she must discover if she has the courage to sacrifice her life of privilege and save her mechanical mate. "The Falling Machine" takes place in a Victorian New York transfixed by the discovery of 'Fortified Steam' a substance that allows ordinary men to wield extraordinary power and which can corrupt even the strongest. The secret behind this amazing substance is something that evil men will gladly kill for and one that the redoubtable Sarah must try and protect no matter what the cost."