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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
ebook, First, 125 pages
Published May 5th 2012 by Paganarchy Press Ltd
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Trish R.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it did not like it
DNF at 20%..

I guess, since I loved the only 2 steampunk books I’ve ever read, I was going to like the third. This one is a DNF for me instead.

Here’s why: Mister Bale, the second mate, is always drunk, with a constant bottle of rum in his hand, or high on opium. The ship’s captain decides that’s a good idea and goes to his cabin and gets high on opium, too. Then he dreams of having sex with a goddess only to find out it’s the stowaway cabin boy, who happens to be the youngest daughter of the far
March McCarron
Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Debra Dunbar
Feb 09, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Jun 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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Shelves: june-2012-reads
13 stars:)

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
Sadie Forsythe
Oct 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a2r-done
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
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Denise Liebig
Jun 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I started to read “The Wake of the Dragon,” without knowing what to expect but was quickly drawn into the tale. The story is beautifully written in a style that seems almost classical, and the adventure it leads the reader on is nothing short of imaginative. The loves, fears and addictions of the main characters help them come to life, making it easy to become caught up in their journey. My favorite part was the steampunk aspect that added a different dimension to the traditional pirate tale. Li ...more
Harrison Davies
Aug 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lively and imaginative.
Zach Tyo
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nathan Tullis
Jun 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I have very limited experience with Steampunk books. I’ve only read 2 or 3, one of which I loved, while the others I barely finished. That being said, I really love the concept of steampunk in novels and enjoy it in other mediums, so I keep trying. This book seemed more in the fantasy Genre than the others I had read, which is why I decided to give it a try.
The story opens on an airship with Captain Horatio Bonny behind the wheel. The Pirates had just st
Christopher Kellen
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, indie, steampunk
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
S.R. Howen
Oct 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jan Raymond
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first steampunk book that I’ve read. I didn’t know a genre like this existed before this book. A friend of mine read the book and felt that I would enjoy it and she was right. I do like steampunk or maybe I like this one.

This book led me on a fantastical, magical world of pirates and floating ships. I felt at times that I was caught in a bit of a spin-off from the movie Stardust and I couldn’t help but have Robert de Niro in my head as Captain Bonny. And a little bit of Jack Sparrow
Nov 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Wake of the Dragon is pure high-flying airship pirate adventure. It includes pirates that like to indulge in rum and opium, a captain that calls on his goddess Aide to defy the weather, a spy, an industrious clerk, and insane man of questionable business ethics. Multiple story lines interact in farcical precision. These characters will take you on an adventure that will be hard to forget!

For the most part, I enjoyed the narration on the audiobook. Kevin Marchant nicely voices a variety of ch
May 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pirates, steampunk
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
Jun 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The cover does a great job of conveying the contents and drew me in before I had even opened a page. A pirate ship under a dirigible? Cool and add to that a pirate captain every bit as charismatic as Jack Sparrow and there stands Captain Bonny, who has just stolen a whole load of opium.

The story flows above various areas of England and France as various characters interact with each other. They are pirates for the most part so can't be expected to behave as if in polite society encountered below
Allison Kohn
Aug 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Marina Fontaine
Aug 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Bev Stout
Aug 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
E.M.G. Wixley
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
An extremely entertaining and fun adventure!
Jaq D Hawkins writing skills immensely impressed me. The pace of the writing took me sailing through the air into a fantastical but convincing world. You enter the heart of each character, Captain Bonny, the luckless clerk Dudley, prostitutes and many more. The author painted such a vivid picture that this adventure stayed with me long after I put the book down. If all steampunk is like this then I’m a fan. I would highly recommend this as an escapist
Jalpa Williby
Jun 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was interested in reading this story because I've never read a Steampunk adventure. What an interesting read! Right when the story starts, my curiosity was aroused. The characters were nicely developed as well as the plot. I've always been intrigued by pirates, so that was also fun for me.

This book was a fantasy and an adventure. The author did a nice job with getting inside her characters' heads. As readers, we could sense their inner conflicts and turmoil.

The ending surprised me- definitely
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
Oct 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I've never really read much steampunk, but I found that I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot of the story was well-paced and kept me interested till the end. And I really liked the fact that you knew what the outcome was going to be a little while before the end, but you didn't find out how until the very final page. Brilliant! Highly recommended!
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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.

Her Spirits of the Elements series spread her reputation across a wider
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