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Gods of the Sun

(Dawn of Steam #2)

4.61  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  10 reviews
In 1816, Gregory Conan Watts's chronicle of the adventures begun in Dawn of Steam: First Light continues – as does the Year Without a Summer. The crew of the airship Dame Fortuna travel to four continents and are embroiled in combat on three of them: conflict with New Spain in Britain's American colonies, an ambush in Machu Picchu, and entanglement in the Maori Potato Wars ...more
Paperback, 321 pages
Published August 27th 2014 by Createspace
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Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jules Verne, look out!

Cook, a native of the Pacific Northwest, writes from a time period when that region lay vast and wild, untamed and mostly uninhabited. If I thought First Light was an adventure from the turn of the nineteenth century... Gods of the Sun was a veritable time machine!

So much of the steampunk genre focuses heavily on the mechanisms of the era, leaving the setting within the confines of Industrialized Victorian London. Cook, like Sir James Coltrane and his intrepid crew, dares t
Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
Oct 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Dawn of Steam:Gods of the Sun is the second book in this trilogy. I think the writing has definitely improved and is even more polished. I also felt like the flow of the story was very clear without diverting from the main story-line, but there are bits and pieces that add to it. There's are still hints of steampunk elements thrown in here and there, but it's not over the top. It adds more to the background of the story, rather than being the focal point, which is a very creative approach.

Brian Wilkerson
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Jeffery Cook asked me to read his novel "Dawn of Steam: Gods of the Sun". It is the second book in his Dawn of Steam series. I rated the first one highly and you can that review at this link. I was excited to read this and it fulfilled my expectations. I will examine Plot, Character and Polish and then assign a grade.


The main cast is continuing their exploration but in a significantly different context. The term Wham Episode is appropriate for a letter in the first arc of this book. Thing
Valerie Roberson
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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I enjoyed Gods of the Sun much better than First Light. There was more excitement with them returning to New Orleans and Sir James being taken hostage. York fled and headed to Peru, City of Gold. The group followed and was way more welcomed than York. A rescue attempt didn't work. York fled again and so did the group. They had to stop at New Zealand on the shores. York was no where in sight, but they knew he wasn't far. The group befriended the Maori people just in time for the best fight so far ...more
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I love this from the start as the narrator has a bold candor about her that I appreciate. Names are *not * changed to protect the innocent in this fun, ‘tell all’! It reads as honest and objective while still being humorous at times.

Gregory is a very well developed character; his devotion to Cordelia is endearing and although it is his POV we are treated to while this is revealed, it feels true that he does not have eyes for any of the other females out for his attention. His way of inserting hi
Sep 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is book #2 in the Dawn of Steam trilogy. It was a delightful read. It is quite possibly even better than the first book in the series.

Everyone that we met in the first book returns. The author does a great job filling in more details about the personalities and backgrounds of every character, while leaving the reader wanting more in book 3. There are still a lot of characters to remember but each one is so distinct that it takes little effort to remember who everyone is. A few n
EJ Roberts
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was as well-written and amazing as the first. There is more action and conflict throughout the entire book. I found myself wanting to look up and confirm the various peoples mentioned. I resisted though because I didn’t want to break the spell being woven in case they weren’t real. (Stops for a quick search now.) Okay. I can now say some serious research went into the writing of this book. I’m happy by that as I can now file the amount of information provided for future reference. It’s ...more
Rhoda D'Ettore
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Excellent and unique! A top Amazon reviewer loaned me this through Kindle lending. I am so glad she did. This is a unique work in that is not a continued narration, but a series of letters and journal entries by various characters. In doing this, we see the deeper point of view through these characters. Mr. Cook does an excellent job of bringing to life the delays in communication during the 1815 time period, and grips us from the very beginning.

I love this line "We have been shot at, hunted, am
Sheri J.
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This second book in the series does not drop off from the excellence of the first. It further enlightens us on the character of those we come to know and love in the first book and carries on the struggles and triumphs of their relationships and travels – to my delight!

Gods of the Sun again mixes in some ‘real’ history but spends even more time in the throes of full adventure. It’s built on the exploration of different cultures, and for the most part sets us right in among them. The one excepti
Jun 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book was awesome! The characters are fascinating, the plot riveting, and the writing's great, packed full of voice and style. I loved every second I spent with these characters, and I look forward to seeing how everything plays out in the last book.
If you'd like to hear more of my thoughts on this book, you can find the full review on Verbosity Book Reviews.

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Jeffrey Cook lives in Maple Valley, Washington, with his wife and three large dogs. He has lived all over the United States. He’s contributed to a number of role-playing game books for Deep7 Press out of Seattle, Washington, but First Light is his first novel. When not reading, researching or writing, Jeffrey enjoys role-playing games and watching football.

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