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Thomas Riley

3.49  ·  Rating Details ·  159 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
For more than twenty years West Canvia and Lemuria have battled one another in a constant war. From the safety of his laboratory, weapons designer Thomas Riley has cleverly and proudly empowered the West Canvian forces with his brilliant designs. But when a risky alchemy experiment goes horribly wrong, Thomas and his wily assistant, Cynthia Bassett, are thrust onto the fro ...more
Paperback, 277 pages
Published November 15th 2010 by Echelon Press, LLC (first published October 1st 2009)
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Aug 04, 2010 Maria rated it liked it
I’m worried that this review is going to sound negative and over critical because I enjoyed this story, and I adore its Steampunk characteristics, but I have many concerns with how it was written and subsequently edited. It has been said that the devil is in the details, and this story, which is interesting and action packed, suffers because of the many little problems that plague it. I am well aware that this is a work of young adult fiction meant for the 13+ crowd, but I find this group to be ...more
Carena Wood beimler
Jan 10, 2014 Carena Wood beimler rated it it was ok
I met the Author and he seems very nice. I bought my book from him. He has a wonderful SteamPunk persona he wears to Cons. That being said, this was not a very good novel. The editing errors happened frequently enough where I kept falling out of the story line. The characters never really had much depth to them. The characters had unbelievably high levels of fighting prowess for inventors. The female seemed like she may have more than passing fondness for the main male, but then that never gets ...more
Terri Grimes
Apr 28, 2010 Terri Grimes rated it it was amazing
This was the first Steampunk novel I've ever read. I'm hooked! If you are new to the genre of "Steampunk" this is the novel for you. Valentino's first, of what I hope to be many Steampunk novels. I was caught up in the story of Sir Thomas and his wily assistant Cynthia from the very first page. I don't want to give away the premise of the book, since it's an exciting journey to discover where your loyalties lie in this world, but I was hooked! I'm proud to call myself a member of the flight crew ...more
Apr 07, 2011 Donna rated it it was ok
This novel never really grabbed me. The descriptions of steam punk devices were much too in-your-face; instead of creating a cool steam punk world, the author bashes you over the head with endless descriptions. Also, the plot just wasn't very interesting and the story seemed to pinball from one action scene to another for no good reason.
May 06, 2010 edifanob rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-books, 2010-reads
Straight and steamy.

Full review in progress
colleen the convivial curmudgeon

I'm a bit torn on how to rate this one, to be honest.

On one hand, it was a decent story and concept, overall, filled with lots of action and, even better, a lot of fun, steampunky gadgets. The main characters were pretty cool - though they don't really have much in the way of depth to them... but since I've decided to read this as, predominantly, an action story, well, action characters aren't known to have much depth, so I'm being forgiving on that account.

(That said, there was one point w
Catherine Fitzsimmons
Sep 07, 2012 Catherine Fitzsimmons rated it it was ok
The author of this book was down the same hall as my table at Fan Expo a couple years ago, and truth be told, I mostly picked it up because I was intrigued by his own steampunk gear and table setup more than out of any particular interest in the book itself. It's the story of the title character and his assistant, weapons designers in a country in the midst of a long war, who embark on a grand adventure after an alchemy spell goes wrong.

Honestly, it was not easy even getting through the first fe
Jun 15, 2010 Ian rated it really liked it
Shelves: adventures, steampunk
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Gail Gray
Feb 25, 2012 Gail Gray rated it it was amazing
When I first met Nick Valentino at the SC Literary Convention, I knew just a little about steampunk. I recognized his connection with the genre by his goggles and became enthralled by the genre after our conversation. I've never read a YA novel and was surprised at how involved Thomas Riley was in plot and steampunk technology. The novel is a fast paced wild ride through varied landscapes and near scrapes for Thomas and Cynthia, who are a likeable pair, with their odd little quirks and dedicatio ...more
Karina Harris
Jul 06, 2010 Karina Harris rated it liked it
I just finished Nick Valentino's "Thomas Riley". A friend and I met the author at a Book Fair in April. My friend purchased the book because Valentino did such a wonderful job of creating interest! Neither of us are typical fans of science fiction--so that is saying something that we both wanted to read his novel.

The story tells the high adventure of Thomas Riley and Cynthia Basset; weapons designers for the country of West Canvia. When an alchemy experiment goes awry, both are caught up in a mi
Mar 04, 2010 Rachel rated it really liked it
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May 03, 2010 Aaron rated it it was ok
Shelves: steampunk
An ok steampunk novel. The characters are good and the world is interesting, but this is a young adult oriented novel and I was unaware of that at the time of starting the story (probably my own fault and I shouldn't hold it against the novel, but the world isn't fair hahaha).
The author spends too much time driving the point home that this is a steampunk story with heavy handedly pointing out their clothing and that they are riding in a zeppelin again and they are wearing goggles and the zeppeli
Oct 21, 2010 Gemma rated it really liked it
Shelves: i-own-it
I met Nick Valentino at the Southern Festival of Books a couple weeks ago, and his enthusiasm was so infectious I bought his book. He signed it, too.
Anyway, about Thomas Riley. I haven't had this much fun reading a book since Mississippi Jack. This was my first foray into steampunk, and now I'm addicted. If anyone can recommend another good one, please tell me about it. Valentino has come up with the most inventive book I've read in a long time, though the flow of the story got hung up on the de
Feb 20, 2012 Mareena rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy
Recommended to Mareena by: Nick Valentino
Thomas Riley is a West Canvian scientist who, along with his wily apprentice Cynthia Bassett, has built weaponry and technology for their country's twenty year war against its neighbor Lemuria. When an alchemy experiment goes horribly wrong, leaving the soul of Thomas' patron's daughter in Cynthia's body, Thomas and she must kidnap their Lemurian counterpart - a mad scientist - to help them retrieve the young girl's spirit. It will take all of Thomas' scientific skills to escape from Lemurian so ...more
Doreen Dalesandro
Really 3.5 stars.
Read the Kindle edition.

Thomas Riley and Cynthia Bassett, the protagonists of Thomas Riley, design weapons for use by West Canvian in its fight again Lemuria. When Thomas is ordered to save West Canvian's princess, things go very wrong. The adventure starts when Thomas and Cynthia head to Lemuria to right this wrong.
Sep 30, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for romance, and the way this particular story handled the primary romance was a little bit of a cop-out. Other than that, the technicality of the steampunk mechanisms and flying mabobs was really well handled. The plot was great! The characters were a little underdeveloped, but I enjoyed it. The end was also really quick and left some things unresolved. Not sure if there's a sequel with these characters or not. I hope so!
Elizabeth Darvill
May 09, 2011 Elizabeth Darvill rated it it was amazing
Thomas Riley is an amazing steampunk adventure novel that keeps you entertained and on the edge of your seat from the first page to the last! Nick Valentino does an amazing job drawing you into the steampunk world and developing characters that are exciting, yet human enough to relate too. I highly recommend this book!
May 22, 2012 David rated it really liked it
Overall, I enjoyed this novel that mixed mad science, alchemy and airship pirates. I think the novel would have benefited from a thorough edit and careful proofreading. Nevertheless, I found it a fun and diverting steampunk adventure, which is what I was looking for when I started it.
Aug 20, 2010 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
This book deserved better copy editing, but I enjoyed it nonetheless--it was a fun, escapist read, with feisty scientists, airship pirates, alchemy gone wrong, nonstop action, and lots of cool gadgets.
Eben Anderson-Ciccone
Oct 17, 2010 Eben Anderson-Ciccone rated it really liked it
I am going to take a break from this. It's good, but it just dosnt catch me.if you get it be pataint.
May 29, 2010 Chad rated it it was amazing
Very good novel for you Savage Worlds players out there. This book will give you thousands of ideas for running a steampunk game.

I love the flying battleships and exploding acid bullets!
Mar 07, 2016 Melody rated it liked it
It was a very enjoyable book, BUT it seemed to rushed especially near the end. If you like quick enjoyable cheese, then this is for you.
Mar 31, 2014 Dymanyte rated it it was amazing
Very good book! I have never been so hooked on a story from start to finish, it was hard putting it down to get back to work. My favourite so far.
Nov 07, 2013 Victoria rated it did not like it
I met the author at SteamCon a few years back, so I bought the book. Bummed that I could never get past the middle of the book.
Frank Shedd
Feb 18, 2011 Frank Shedd rated it really liked it
i liked this book very much i don't know if it is a typical steampunk novel or not but
i will be reading more from this author
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