The Falling Machine

The Society of Steam, #1

I liked the premise of The Falling Machine in that Fortified Steam is used by both a team of adventurers (and normal steam power by the villains) to enhance their abilities. I especially liked Tom the Automaton, Sarah Stanton, and how they worked together and apart.

While I really enjoyed reading the book and like Mr. Mayer's twist on Steampunk, I do have a quibble with the book. My quibble may come from an expectation of a more serious tone to the book while it came off (to me at least) as a bit cartoon-ish and a little comic book-y.

If that was the intention, then the book is first rate.

I do look forward to seeing what comes next in the next installment.

Book Blurb for The Falling Machine

In 1880 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. To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as The 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 clockwork friend.

The Falling Machine (The Society of Steam, Book One) takes place in a Victorian New York powered by the discovery of Fortified Steam, a substance that allows ordinary men to wield extraordinary abilities and grants powers that can corrupt gentlemen of great moral strength. The secret behind this amazing substance is something that wicked brutes will gladly kill for and one that Sarah must try and protect, no matter what the cost.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2011 4.00