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Power Under Pressure

(The Society of Steam #3)

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Steampunk superheroes in Victorian-era New York! The Society of Paragons is gonedestroyed from within by traitors and enemies. With the death of The Industrialist and the rebirth the Iron-Clad as a monstrous half-human creature known as The Shell, Lord Eschaton now has almost everything he needs to cover the world in fortified smoke and rebuild it in his imageeverything ex ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by Pyr (first published January 1st 2013)
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Vanessa
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: steampunk
In THE FALLING MACHINE we were introduced to Sarah Stanton and her father's team of heroes called the Paragons. In the sequel HEARTS OF SMOKE AND STEAM Sarah's life changes as she learns the difficult truth of what it really means to become a Hero. In Andrew P. Mayer's exciting conclusion, POWER UNDER PRESSURE, Sarah must become the hero, or else watch the people and the city she loves fall to the machinations of the villainous Lord Eschaton.


Lord Eschaton's plans are coming to fruition. He want
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Jay DiNitto
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
This is more of a review of the series than the final book. Spoilers ahead.

There's two hurdles with steampunk fiction: the gadgets (and to some extent, the fashion), and the alternate history. The former challenge is a highly visual concern and doesn't lend itself immediately to the prose format; it's more suited for a cinematic or graphic novel treatment. Mayer does a decent job of explaining the gadgetry without getting too technical for the casual reader, although an image search made clear s
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Milou
Aug 27, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a decent read for me. After the first two books I didn’t have too high expectations of it, but was still counting on an entertaining read. And that was exactly what I got.

The strong element in this book is the technology and the development of it. Tom changes and evolves throughout the series, something you rarely see in an automaton character. It is very cleverly done in this book, and explores interesting ideas.

This book very much follows the first two in its over-the-top everything.
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Kerry
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Published 2013. #3 in the Society of Steam series and in some ways the best of them all. The writing is more mature and Mayer does some introspection on the issues of equality, humanity, race without a bludgeon. There's not actually as resolution to the topics but I felt this gave #3 a deeper sense of writing. I described #2 in the series as "transitional" and I think that is true to the series (not just as the middle book) as there are some glimmers of #3's heavier concepts there. While I can't ...more
Favour Egbune
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
I have never been so relieved for a book series to end. The characters, though flawed, were seriously unlikable, including and especially Sarah Stanton. Her relationship with Emilio wasn't believable and I don't like how they were forced together. So many many people died, so many bad things happened, and it was almost unbearable trying to sit and read through it. There was no happy ending, nor was it bittersweet. It felt out of balance, and the only character I cared about, Tom, didn't get the ...more
Anthony
Apr 16, 2013 rated it liked it
I really did enjoy this final installment of Mayer's "Society of Steam" trilogy. But I didn't enjoy it as much as the previous installments.

The negatives first: to me, this story felt far more disjointed than the previous editions. In part, I'm sure this is due to the expanded size of the cast and more points-of-view to be represented, but it feels like Mayer handled the transitions much smoother in HEARTS OF SMOKE AND STEAM. I noticed this disjointed feeling especially in the second half of the
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Gabe Redel
Feb 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the third book of the Trilogy, and, yes, I read it first without reading the previous two. Why? Because my local book carrier didn't have book one of the series. They had book two and three, so I opted for three. To start, I was really excited to read a brand new steampunk novel, released only weeks into the year 2013. So, I went into reading it like a kid in a candy store. And I must say that the first 100 pages was not disappointing at all. I really enjoyed the technical side of the st ...more
Mark
Jul 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
I did enjoy this story and felt that it was a worthwhile read. I seemed a bit closer to a young adult story, bit there were a few adult themes that I think took it out of that catagory. some focus on death of enemies and the main character dealing with a family death.

I thought that the gadgetry was clever and the details about the "smoke" vs. "steam" was interesting.

I really liked the epilogue a lot! Very clever setup for a future trilogy!
Cecilia Rodriguez
Jan 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: andrew-p-mayer
This is the final book in the series. The story picks up the action of the previous book.
Sarah Stanton is recovering from the tragic loss of her father and the fall of the Society of Progress.
Mayer's plot skillfully combines influences from: "Deathly Hallows," Superman/Doomsday comic, Mary Shelly's: "Frankenstein," and Arthur C. Clark.
I liked that Mayer acknowledged the emerging Feminist movement at the end of the story.
Elizabeth Dodd
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fine finale.
I have enjoyed all three of the books in this series. They have interesting characters which includes a very resourceful young woman, fine evil villains, gallant young men, clever inventors, and mechanical wonders.
The "steam punk" aspects work well.
Nothing is resolved easily, that is for sure!
Eric
Mar 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Steampunk superheroes save the planet from a madman who wants to "purify" the human race. Gott im Himmell. Here we go again!

Full review here: http://superheronovels.com/2013/04/03...
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Amy
Sep 22, 2013 rated it liked it
It was a good ending to the trilogy overall. There was some stuff that was just weird, but I think the bad guy pushed the weirdness level to that point. This wasn't my favorite of the three novels, but I think it is a fine book.
Aloysius
Jul 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A good ending to this trilogy of steampunk super-heroics.
Cecile Christensen
Oct 18, 2015 rated it did not like it
Couldn't finish it. Didn't relate to the characters. There were too many to keep track of. This is book 3 in the series. Perhaps I should have started with book 1.
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Andrew P. Mayer is an author and video game designer.

His first novel series, the acclaimed steampunk superhero trilogy, The Society of Steam, was published by Pyr books.

He has published two volumes of "The Fool", a cross-dimensional fantasy series, and is currently hard at work on a new epic fantasy series.

Andrew currently lives in Portland, Oregon, where he crafts his novels on cloudy days.

Other books in the series

The Society of Steam (3 books)
  • The Falling Machine (The Society of Steam, #1)
  • Hearts of Smoke and Steam (The Society of Steam, #2)

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