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Revenge of the Mad Scientist (Airship Adventure Chronicles #1)

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When Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the High Lord Minister of Urbannia is kidnapped, all clues point to the mysterious country of Gandiss and the world is thrown into political upheaval.

Arabella is convinced the more sinister nation of Carabarras is to blame., urged on by a mad scientist seeking revenge. So, she sets out on a perilous airship journey across a variety of
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Kindle Edition, 245 pages
Published 2012
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Ian
Dec 11, 2014 Ian rated it it was ok
After her father is kidnapped Arabella hires the Millennium Falcon to chase after the evil kidnappers. Together with Twiki and V.I.N.CENT she finds herself in a race against time to save her father and stop a war. Then the Flux Capacitor blows and without a sonic screwdriver to fix it she needs to find another ride.

Lucky for her the Serenity is docked close by and she engages the services of Mal Reynolds. But before too long she is kidnapped by Cyclons who plan to sell her to Cyberdyne Systems.
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L.A.
Article first published as Book Review:Revenge of the Mad Scientist: Book One by Lara Nance on Blogcritics.

A bit archaic yet eminently popular, Steam Punk is a genre of writing all on its own. Full of inventions or the possibility of inventions from the early 19th century, writers have taken to using the backdrop for novels of adventure and mayhem.

In Revenge of the Mad Scientist by Lara Nance we are introduced to a world of steam power and gaslights, one of differing nations vying for supreme p
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Kim Hansen
Dec 04, 2012 Kim Hansen rated it it was amazing
So, steampunk novels are not usually what I would read, or even look at for that matter - but this one changed my mind! For those of you that don't know about steampunk, Wikipedia defines it as:

A sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery,[1] especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternate history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild
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Carla-Book Monster Reviews
Nov 29, 2012 Carla-Book Monster Reviews rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

Book Monster Guest Review by Michelle M.

Lara Nance is a new-to-me author and I can honestly say I will be reading more of her work. My first thought on finishing this book was "I wonder how long it will be until the next one is out, if it isn't already..." and I'm going to find out as soon as I finish typing this!
I have a tendency to split Steampunk books into two types - 1) books that rely heavily on machines & inventions and 2) those that use technology to enhance existing plots.
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Flipoutmama
Oct 29, 2012 Flipoutmama rated it it was amazing
Our next book review is one called "Revenge Of The Mad Scientist", and it is book one of the Airship Adventure Chronicles. When we got the chance to review this book, I immediately thought of my niece. She is a bookworm and she loves to read, so I thought that this one would be perfect for her! This book is set in a much older time, a Victorian era, with airships and steam carriages and such things as that. I wasn't sure how much this book would hold my niece's interest, so I decided to try to r ...more
Cocktails and Books
There are so many things that I love about steampunk books, but my absolute favorite thing is the setting. Being an off-shoot of the science fiction genre, steampunk novels are generally set in a unique and alternate 19th century Victorian England or American Wild West world. Some of them are futuristic, and some even border on a fantasy like world. Regardless, they are always fascinating and indescribably fun.

The world that the author has painted in this story is wildly creative, taking us to a
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Michelle
4.5 Stars (I'm rounding up cause it deserves more than 4) :)

Lara Nance is a new-to-me author and I can honestly say I will be reading more of her work. My first thought on finishing this book was "I wonder how long it will be until the next one is out, if it isn't already..." and I'm going to find out as soon as I finish typing this!

I have a tendency to split Steampunk books into two types - 1) books that rely heavily on machines & inventions and 2) those that use technology to enhance exis
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Dianna G.
Dec 05, 2012 Dianna G. rated it it was amazing
This book has just enough juxtaposition of danger and romance in it to keep it thrilling. The characters are strangely realistic. I could imagine all of it! There's so much adventure packed into this small novel that it's almost breathtaking. This is a book that I would read again. It's a quick read that would be fun for teens. Be aware that there are a few mature situations in it, and the book touches upon issues such as prostitution and slave trade. If you give this to your teen, it might prov ...more
Kami
Jun 09, 2014 Kami rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure
Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the High Lord Minister of Urbannia is kidnapped in the middle of a ball and the country of Gandiss is framed for the crime to stop the signing of a peace treaty with  Urbannia. Belle suspects that something else is going on and when she finds a mysterious clue left by her father, she runs off to the rescue of her father. Belle is an independent business woman, she invented steam-powered spinning wheels. I really like steampunk and I like strong female characters ...more
Mangrovejane
Jan 13, 2014 Mangrovejane rated it liked it
This book is just a good, fun romp. Fast paced, often obvious but it had that feeling of constantly leaping from one situation to another. I liked how the ending led to the next book in such a way that I immediately bought it on Kindle. The characters were pretty average, with none of the usual snappy sarcasm I love, but I still liked them. The steampunk setting was well done with enough well described gadgets and weaponry and dirigibles to satisfy. I liked it.
Janet Logan
Ms. Nance needs a competent editor. Her work is enjoyable, but would be much more so with decent editing and proof reading.
Sandy
Jan 15, 2013 Sandy rated it really liked it
REVENGE OF THE MAD SCIENTIST (Airship Adventure Chronicles #1) by Lara Nance

ABOUT THE BOOK: Released August 2012

When Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the High Lord Minister of Urbannia is kidnapped, all clues point to the mysterious country of Gandiss and the world is thrown into political upheaval.

Arabella is convinced the more sinister nation of Carabarras is to blame., urged on by a mad scientist seeking revenge. So, she sets out on a perilous airship journey across a variety of exotic locale
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Lillie Roberts
Aug 28, 2012 Lillie Roberts rated it it was amazing
Lady Arabella's father is kidnapped and by the very people he was hoping to arrange a peace treaty. Is it hopeless? Would the ambassador from Gandiss really attempt to kidnap her father? Belle doesn't think so. But to prove this, first she must confront those whom everyone assumes to be responsible. And to does so, she'll have to travel across the desert regions to the true kidnappers and assassins, Carabarras.

An airship is her only course of action to solve her problem. Unfortunately, not very
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Grampy
Oct 19, 2012 Grampy rated it it was amazing
“Revenge of the Mad Scientist” by Lara Nance is my first real introduction to Steampunk, and I have to say I’m sorry I waited this long. To call this an adventure would be a misnomer; it’s more like 8 or 10 adventures, one after another, built into a single story.

At a celebratory dance, preparatory to the signing of a new peace treaty between Urbannia and Gandiss, Lady Arabella Trunkett thought to herself how the events of the next 24 hours would change the fate of their world. Little could she
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Penny Minding Mom
Dec 19, 2012 Penny Minding Mom rated it really liked it
When her father, Sir John Trunkett is about to sign a peace agreement with a neighbouring nation he is kidnapped thrusting the world into political upheaval. Everyone believes the country of Gandiss to be the culprit but Lady Arabella believes that the nation of Carabarras is at fault. She will risk everything to save her father...and the world as she knows it.

The captain of the airship that she eventually hires is Captain Everett Brockton ("Rhett"), a man that she has hated for the past eight y
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Pam
Jan 28, 2013 Pam rated it really liked it
Lady Arabella Trunkett’s father, the High Lord Minister of Urbannia is kidnapped during a party. Arabella or Belle as she goes by is convinced the country of Gandiss is not to blame as everyone likes to think. She knows someone doesn't want a peace treaty signed and this is a great way to stop it. Belle also receives a message and a ring from Lord Ismatan the ruler from Gandiss. He lets her know he had nothing to do with the kidnapping and gives her the ring in case she needs his help. Belle mus ...more
Markus
Dec 31, 2014 Markus rated it really liked it
This was a free book from Kindle I downloaded a long time ago. It's a steam punk story, where technology is steam driven, as if it was the same science fiction that Jules Verne or HG Wells would write. I think that adds to the fun. I should be a steam punk fan, except the authors always seem to do something over the top gruesome or disturbing that has turned me off.

This book didn't do any sort of craziness which I'm thankful for. I enjoyed the book almost to the end. The story is of a girl who g
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Ruth Hill
Jan 28, 2013 Ruth Hill rated it really liked it
This was my introduction to steampunk novels, and I have to say that if all of them are like this, I am indeed hooked. You don't know about steampunk? Thing Jules Verne and the old TV show "The Wild, Wild West." I actually was familiar with these, but this genre has evolved into something very special. The story is written well, and Lara Nance's twists and turns throughout did not disappoint. I loved the strength of Belle and the roguishness of Rett. The ending was a bit of a surprise, but it wa ...more
Sylvia
A fantastic novel, but unfortunately somewhat ruined by a lack of proper editing. Every time I hit a grammar error or a typo, it threw me out of the story, as did the occasional continuity errors. It's really a pity, because I wanted to love this book. I'm guessing this book was self-published, which can be very hit-or-miss for the readers. The best self-published authors I've read, invest in having their book professionally edited. Others send out copies to a dozen or more beta readers. This no ...more
Kara Prem
Aug 04, 2014 Kara Prem rated it really liked it
Revenge of the Mad Scientist takes place in a steampunk world - and I haven't read that many books that do so. This book follows Belle as she races across the world to rescue her kidnapped father. She is joined by the boy -genius that she has adopted as well as her faithful butler Jasper. They pick up help along the way from a variety of people including airship captain Rett, a former friend who left her at the alter thinking neither of them wanted to be in an arranged marriage.

It's not just tha
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Kristine
Nov 24, 2012 Kristine rated it really liked it
This novel was my first foray into the steampunk genre. I even had to look steampunk up to see what it's all about. After reading a detailed entry on Wikipedia, I was a little concerned that I would have a difficult time getting through this novel, but I did not at all. Revenge of the Mad Scientist was a fast, fun read and I would like to continue the subsequent books to see where this series ends up. I would recommend this book for a teen audience.  The characters were well developed and there ...more
Elli
Apr 08, 2013 Elli rated it liked it
This is science fiction which I don't usually read. But it had an adventuresome plot which kept you going for most of the book involving take-offs in the characters of past and present, such as the assassins in the earlier middle east, bazaars, chase on chase, heroes and villains, and the most prominent to the story are well portrayed. It has it's warm fuzzies and it's disappointments in the story. Possibly it could be young adult, too, but it's been a while since I handled those books, so my ex ...more
Liza O'Connor
Jan 15, 2013 Liza O'Connor rated it it was amazing
Revenge of the Mad Scientist is a non-stop action adventure steam punk from beginning to end. The strong resilient Lady Annabelle and her odd assortment of compatriots attempt to find and rescue her father and prevent a world war. However, some of their efforts come with a cost, so have tissues nearby when you read this book. All Lara's heroic characters are three dimensional and easy for a reader to love. The story plot is clever, and believable in a steam punk world. However, be warned. You sh ...more
Rachell Nichole
Dec 10, 2012 Rachell Nichole rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
I loved this book. It was go from page one. Packed with adventure and charming characters, it was a fast and enjoyable read. I particularly loved how many fun people Lady Arabella encounters on her adventures. There's a romance between Belle and Rett, pirates, espionage, kidnapping. This book is chock full of excitement and enjoyable from start to finish. Belle is a relatable, strong heroine who kicks butt and never backs down. I also really love her charge Benji. He's a great secondary characte ...more
Kimberley
Oct 20, 2012 Kimberley rated it it was amazing

My review:
I think this book is awesome. I mostly recommend this book for teens. I say if you think your teen will like it go and buy it for them for Christmas right now. (((:

Stars I give this book:
***** (5)

(I have personally reviewed the product listed above. I did receive a free product to try out so I could evaluate and use it for my review. My thoughts & opinions in this review are honest and your opinions may be different than mine. I am not responsible for delivery of any giveaway item
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Chris
Apr 05, 2013 Chris rated it it was amazing
The Airship Chronicles - The Complete Trilogy by Lara Nance is a fantastic series. At times you felt as
if you were actually there with Lady Arabella and her friends in her adventures. How she managed to get
out of so many tight spots still amazes me. The books were well written, they followed directly after
each other with seemingly no break in the action. Ms Nance has a great imagination, if I didn't know
better I'd think that this was actually adventures she'd been on herself. I definitely rec
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Lyra
Jan 10, 2013 Lyra rated it it was amazing
A rollicking steam punk adventure lies on this book. Nance's alternate world is well thought out and I love that the book includes a map. I'm a sucker for those. I enjoyed the characters. The interplay between the hero Rett and heroine Belle reminded me of the love-hate relationship in Raiders of the Lost Ark-this is a good thing. As they search for Belle's father in Rett's airship they face slave traders, pirates, a well meaning butler, assassins and a boy genius in the throes of puppy love. En ...more
Lisa Shafer
Apr 18, 2013 Lisa Shafer rated it really liked it
Shelves: action-adventure
This was quite a fun little read. It was very much a comic book in style, with every single escape being of the deus ex machina variety, but the characters were nicely done and were likable. There was a hint of romance, but only one really uncomfortable scene (involving the slave trade).
The writing needs a good copy edit for commas and hyphenated adjectives, but it's otherwise fine for this type of fun adventure.
This is steampunk beach reading: fun with nothing really serious going on. It has a
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Kathy Duncan
May 16, 2015 Kathy Duncan rated it did not like it
Ugh. If this hadn't been assigned reading for a book club, I wouldn't even have bothered finishing it. I sincerely wanted to throw this book across the room every time I encountered something trite or predictable, which was pretty much every page. And I sure don't care to follow this up with the two sequels! Thank the Lady for skim reading. I suppose the best thing I could say about it is it led me to consider how to rewrite this mess, maintain the general story while actually putting out someth ...more
Allen
May 24, 2014 Allen rated it it was amazing
I didn't know what "steampunk" was until I started reading this story and had to go back and look it up. It is interesting that in this version everything is driven by steam. Land travel is by horse or camel or horse drawn carriage but in contrast they have helium blimps driven by steam and coal. I think the title is a bit misleading. I found 2 errors, one of which was repeated at least 3 times. Coats rest on hangers, aircraft rest in hangars. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, even if the people ...more
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