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The Wake of the Dragon: A Steampunk Adventure

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No sane airshipman will fly near a storm, but the cover of storm edge offers effective concealment for airship pirates who can strike quickly from above before anyone knows a ship is near. With the protection of Aide, the goddess of air travel, one airship defies the elements to seek fortune for the rag tag aerialists who make up the pirate crew.

The elements are the least
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ebook, First, 125 pages
Published May 5th 2012 by Paganarchy Press Ltd
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Christopher Kellen
I’m a huge fan of history, and one of the things that I like about steampunk is its alternate view of the Victorian age of England (usually). A well-imagined steampunk tale should feel authentic, and Wake of the Dragon delivers authenticity in spades. It can be a bit awkward when an American writer takes on the Victorian age, but it feels warm and fuzzy when a British one does.

The characterization in this book is its strongest point. We are delivered a bountiful cast, from the opium-addicted pir
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Debra Dunbar
A warehouse full of opium is stolen away in the middle of a stormy night by a band of airship pirates. The opening is really promising in this nicely written steampunk novel, but the plot moves rather slowly, meandering around a cast of characters whose fates are intertwined by the theft of the opium. Things start to pick up about 50% in, and I enjoyed seeing how the paths of these characters crossed and diverged. As strong as this book was in discription and character motivation, the plot just ...more
March McCarron
I was quite excited to read The Wake of the Dragon, as I've recently gotten into steampunk and I've always loved adventure stories, especially historical ones. The book starts off with a bang--air pirates conducting a drug heist. Between the fun plot and the quality of the writing--which is quite good--I began the tale with enthusiasm.

I must confess, however, that I lost that enthusiasm along the way. The content is interesting and the writing is error-free (more or less), often even lyrical and
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Mallory Heart Reviews
Jun 09, 2012 Mallory Heart Reviews rated it 5 of 5 stars
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An exciting, adventurous, engrossing adventure, a Steampunk thriller, delightful in every aspect, “Wake of the Dragon” is a superbly-written story that will surely appeal to readers of all stripes of genre interest. Yes, it is Steampunk, but it is rich in historical background; the thrill-a-minute pace will appeal to readers of adventurous thrillers; and the sheer excitement of the airships, the piracy, the many chases, mobs, and the upending of normal consensus reality to paint a real
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Sadie Forsythe
The Wake of the Dragon follows the events directly following a large air-pirate heist. While this provides an interesting back-drop for an adventure story, it feels as if it could be just any old day at the office for the people involved. There is no feeling that this is "the big one' or 'the final one' or extra important in any way and therefore worthy of note. I was a little disappointed about that. But the writing is very good (if repetitive at times), the steampunk technology interesting, an ...more
C.M. Gray
In a steam punk world reminiscent of Victorian London, a world where steam powered airships roam the sky and it would seam everyone and his mother succumb to the tempting embrace of opium and rum, a robbery sets the story for an adventure around the skies.

The thieves head off in their airship, captained by the incredible Captain Bonny, while the luckless Dudley, clerk of the dubious victim, Mr Wyatt gives chase.

The character of Captain Bonny is extremely well developed as he tempts the faits wit
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S.R. Howen
The Wake of the Dragon: A Steampunk Adventure by Jaq D. Hawkins is a Steampunk story. Recently I have ventured into the world of Steampunk with, of all things, a YouTube series called Dirigible Days.

The Wake of the Dragon follows the rules of the genre quite well, airships and gadgets set in a Victorian setting. It starts out with a pirate like adventure, but on airships. Captain Bonny, and I love the picture that name presents, takes off with a warehouse full of opium. At times I am reminded of
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Zach Tyo
For this review, author Jaq D. Hakins reached out to me about her novel The Wake of the Dragon: A Steampunk Adventure. When I was younger I watched a few different animes that were in the steampunk genre, but I'd never read a novel.
The story opens on a pirate ship, though the high seas are miles away. The ship is in fact a steam powered air ship piloted by Captain Bonny and manned by one of the best, and most unorthodox, crew around. Each one so full of opium and rum they should not be able t
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Netanella
First paragraph:

The airship hovered low over the city. The dark silhouette might have been seen against the darker storm-filled morning sky despite the thick smog, had there been anyone foolish enough to be on the streets at that hour to look up and see it. But the rat-infested lower end streets defied even a watchman to brave the hours just before dawn, when only the pirates and night-crawling thugs dared walk them. The law would not travel where enforcement equates to suicide. Like their seaf
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Allison Kohn
Coming out of an opium induced hypnotic allure can be enjoyable or catastrophic depending on the conditions around the dragon at the time. Air pirates, riding an airship, lighter than air - looking for the goddess Aide, in an opium dream - find it exhilarating in a strong wind.
This book tells of an adventure where the captain of the ship, a mysterious fellow, enjoys the dragon so much he becomes the merchant of stolen crates of opium. Jaq D Hawkins describes the lifting of the crates so well th
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Masha K.
This is my first steampunk read, and it's just possible steampunk is not for me. The setup sounded really exciting, but it's not particularly action oriented. I would say it's more character based, as you follow different players and see their interaction as well as get inside their heads. My problem is I never found any of them particularly likable; some are nicer than others but that's about it. No heroes, no villains. It's well presented and edited so if it's "your thing" you might very well ...more
Sharon Desruisseaux
This is the first steampunk book that I have ever read and I am hooked. The author gives the characters such warmth and depth as to appear vivid before one’s eyes with each word! She brings adventure from the first page to the last for the reader to dred putting the book down. The storyline flowed with such fun that I loved it from the start to the very last page! She writes such a descriptive scenario that it is easy for one new to the genre to follow with ease. I am looking forward to more of ...more
Bev Stout
The Wake of the Dragon is the first "Steampunk Adventure" I have read. I enjoy historical fiction as well as some science fiction novels, so this seemed like it would be a nice combination of the two genres.

The book was very well written. The historical time frame seemed reasonable, given the steampunk element added to Victorian England. The characters were well-developed, yet I did not connect with them, and the ending left me depressed. I'm sure, given the quality of the writing, another read
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Harrison Davies
Lively and imaginative.
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Jaq D Hawkins is a British author in the genres of Steampunk, Fantasy and the occult. Her first published book, Understanding Chaos Magic (Capall Bann, 1996), was the first book on chaos magic to bring a general understanding of the subject to a wide audience, and earned her a place among the best known writers on chaos magic.

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