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The Queen's Martian Rifles

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Does the secret to the origin of Mankind lie within the Great Pyramid of Mars?

In this alternate steampunk adventure, the technical genius, Nicola Tesla, invented an anti-gravity coil that made steam-powered spaceships possible in the last decades of the 19th century. By 1899 the British Empire not only covers much of Africa, North America, Asia and the Pacific but also inc
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Published November 5th 2011 by Smashwords Edition (first published November 4th 2011)
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Gordon Harris
Nov 12, 2012 Gordon Harris rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
I now have completed reading this book. It had similarities with a Burroughs-type of adventure, and you just have to let reality go and let the story take over. If you can do that, I think you'll like this book. The plot concerns a British army officer who is on his way to his new posting at a nondescript Martian outpost.On the way there, he meets the daughter of a disgraced archaeologist who is going to Mars to try to redeem her father's reputation.

They arrive to find a squalid planet with rebe
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Critique de Book
Nov 18, 2012 Critique de Book rated it it was amazing
What I liked: This was my first steampunk novel, and I was a little reluctant to read it. What I found, however, was a completely original, eclectic story – including travel to Mars! – with a pleasantly twisting plot and characters I really got into. The story moves quickly, and doesn’t take too long to be told.

What I didn’t like: There is some religious stuff that I could have done without. Doesn’t detract from the story, though.

In sum: This book convinced me that steampunk isn’t a genre to sca
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Ronald Tobin
Jan 05, 2014 Ronald Tobin rated it really liked it
THE QUEEN'S MARTIAN RIFLES is presented as a Christian Steampunk Romantic Adventure. I think it lives up to most of that billing. Perhaps I use a different definition regarding 'romantic,' that aspect I really did not see. The story is set in an alternate 1899 in which Tesla invented a coil that allowed the construction of ether ships. The Mars in this book has a dying civilization and it also turns out the Martians are in fact humans. This Mars is of the sort envisioned by Jules Verne, with can ...more
Marijan
Dec 18, 2014 Marijan rated it it was ok
I really liked it untill the very ending-which spoiled everything. I lost any interest in reading anything even remotely connected to it ot it's author.
Clay Davis
Oct 31, 2013 Clay Davis rated it it was amazing
It read like a 1889 Space story. Wonder if Din's first name maybe Gunga. Good use of scripture in this book.
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M.E. Brines spent the Cold War assembling atomic artillery shells and preparing to unleash the Apocalypse (and has a medal to prove it.) But when peace broke out, he turned his fevered, paranoid imagination to other pursuits. Designer of more than twenty sci-fi wargames and the Fantasy Nations play-by-e-mail game (all available below) he spends his spare time scribbling yet another steampunk roman ...more
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