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Hopebreaker (The Great Iron War #1)

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In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a
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Published December 15th 2014 by Dioscuri Press
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Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Science fiction is the most important literature in the history of the world, because it's the history of ideas, the history of our civilization birthing itself. ...Science fiction is central to everything we've ever done, and people who make fun of science fiction writers don't know what they're talking about.”
----Ray Bradbury, American novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, screenwriter and poet

Well I'm not a big fan of science-fiction books, but Bradbury's striking words are
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-to-review
Actual rating: 2.5 stars
I received an ebook copy of this in exchange for an honest review

Hopebreaker had an interesting concept, but I don't think that it was as executed as well as it could have been.

Firstly, I couldn't connect with any of the characters. Jacob, for instance, could have been a very complex character character, but instead he was bland and not very interesting. Taberah also had the potential to be a three-dimensional character, but instead was kind of boring. I also didn't like
Oh, Shiny! Another hidden gem to hoard! Set in an action-packed Steampunk world, Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson is a blend of science fiction, fantasy, adventure and just plain great reading!
In a world fueled by metal, steam and the lives of mankind, one does what they must to survive. Jacob is a smuggler, dealing in, of all things, contraceptive amulets, a highly priced and hard to get commodity in a world where humans are not allowed to birth other humans, where the unborn are traded off for a
Dec 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steampunk
First of all I would like to mention that Hopebreaker is a steampunk novel. The only thing I “know” of steampunk is the fashion accessories which can be very popular among the gothic growd. Needless to say, I was very excited to approach Dean on Goodreads and offer to review his novel.
Isn’t the cover already so fresh and unique? I love it!

I started reading Hopebreaker and I realized why I love reading so much. In every book there exist sentences that stop me in my tracks and thrill me. Their sim
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Publisher: Dioscuri

Publishing Date: December 2014

ISBN: 9781909356092

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.6/5

Publisher Description: In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.

Review: Jason is a smuggler with a smartass bent, living by the skin of his teeth under the crushing Demon Regime. When he gets caught moving c
Rob Slaven
Jan 25, 2015 rated it liked it
I received this book free for review from the author or publisher in exchange for an honest review. Despite the coolness of receiving a free book, I’m absolutely candid about it below because I believe authors and readers will benefit most from honest reviews rather than vacuous 5-star reviews.

The nutshell view on this one is... well, rather filled with definite articles and nouns. "The Regime" is at war with "The Order" and "The Resistance". The Regime makes the drug "Hope" that is required for
Jonel Boyko
Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: print
The well-developed plot of this novel made it a joy to read. Wilson’s complex story was easy to get into, all aspects being presented in a progressive & full-fledged manner that allows you complete access to this world. At the same time, this story is fun and easy to read. Wilson has penned a tale that takes you far from the everyday, allowing you to escape reality for a while. Creativity, imagination, and captivating topics all combine to make this a fantastic novel.

Wilson has filled this s
Andy Peloquin
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
The moment I opened the book, I was hooked. The villain was set up immediately, with just enough of a hint to make you fear him without really telling you why. I love a good mystery like that, so it helped me to want to read more.

My interest began to wane a bit in Chapter 2, and I was forcing myself to read by Chapter 3. The book was written well overall--very few typos, the occasional phrase I would never use, etc. There is a good amount of information given to keep you interested in wanting to
Pablo Padilla
Dec 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Ignorance was bliss until Jacob's eyes were flung open by a lovely warrior, who showed him the cruetly and sheer brutality of the world he inhabits. A talented thief and full of heroism, Jacob will struggle with the forces of rebellion to overthrow the Regime, a untempered shadow, that conquers the human world an inhibits them from being born.

Hopebreaker is my first adventure in steampunk writing fiction. Before such adventure I had been introduced into Miyazaki's Howl's Moving Castle, and must
I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

I was very curious about this book because I didn’t know a lot about it when I started reading. The opening portion of the book seemed a little slow. The narrative focuses on Jacob, who is swept up into the struggle between the Regime and the Resistance. I just wasn’t sure where Jacob fell in to the story, because it kind of felt like he was following others around and observing while they were parti
Jan 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
My original Hopebreaker audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson is the first in a series called The Great Iron Wars. It is a steampunk dystopian novel with a bit of science fiction mixed in. On the world of Altadas, a demon invasion led to a takeover of the human race. Instead of birthing normal human children now humans only have demon children. Jacob is a smuggler of amulets that can protect women from becoming pregnant. When Jacob is c
First : I recived copy of the book by good fortune of Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for my honest review :) So I really thank You both: Author and good fortune :)

About the book. I am not going to retell the story cause many have done it before enough. Just some thoughts I wanna share.

"Hopebreaker" has almost everything I seek in a good book : smooth language, funny dialogue, little romance, interesting characters and twists! :) And of course great story. This book is hard to put aside before fi
Midu Hadi
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Alisha Webster
Jan 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of Steampunk books. When I was offered this book for review, I took it as soon as I could get it in. Hopebreaker is a fun read, It's a book I would appreciate after reading a serious novel. Jacob's sarcastic humor was very enjoyable. I felt Taberah and whistlers relationship could have been built up more, Though, I'm sure Dean Wilson will build it up in the second book. Hopebreaker was different than most of the steampunk books I have read. I've never read a steampunk from a male char ...more
InD'tale Magazine

Mr. Wilson has successfully merged two genres that will give readers of both dystopian and steampunk thrillers immense enjoyment.

Read full review in the 2015 Holiday issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Larry Eissler
Dec 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
Hopebreaker was published by author Dean F. Wilson in December of 2014 . Hopebreaker is a well written steampunk book that takes a dystopian feel and drags it straight to Hell and I love every minute of it.

I'd like to thank Mr. Wilson for asking me to review his book and allowing me to post about it on my blog. Hopebreaker is Mr. Wilson's first publishing in "The Great Iron War" and I look forward to seeing the direction that he intends for his characters.

When I said that Hopebreaker takes the
Carrie Slager
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
[Full disclosure: I received a free ebook copy in conjunction with the blog tour in exchange for an honest review.]

Two years ago I really couldn’t have told you what steampunk was but it’s really been growing on me, particularly of late. So when I had an opportunity to read Hopebreaker, I leaped at the chance. It sounded like some pretty good steampunk from the blurb and it turns out that I was not wrong in trusting the description.

What is really striking about the world of Wilson’s The Great Ir
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
*Disclaimer: I received this book complimentary in exchange for an honest review.*

First I would like to say thank you to the author for sending me a copy of this book.
Now as for the book, I was really interested to see what this genre was about. I had never heard of the steampunk as a book category before. I have heard of the steampunk fashion, but not anything to do with reading. Or maybe I had and overlooked it, but as far as I can recall this was my first steampunk book. So this is my review
Michelle Woods
Feb 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews

Hummm...on the fence about this one. One thing I can say for Wilson's Hopebreaker is that despite this not being a book type I normally read it held my attention. Which any reader knows is difficult for a writer to accomplish. Having said this I do believe that a few more responses to situations of the emotional variety would have made this book much better. I would say too that Jacob (Our Hero) being a 35year old was surprising as I felt the voice was much younger and it surprised me
Ash Rowe
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received the ebook for my honest review

For me this is one of those books that I looked at the cover and decided I have to read this. I mean look at the cover! Its simple and has a cool tank like vehicle for me it was an attention grabber. Then I read the synopsis, a book about a world were there are no more human births and unborn are being replaced by Demons, unless you get an amulet that has to be smuggled in. Also these Demons survive on a drug called Hope. Yup, you got me. I have to read i
Martin Allen
Mar 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was given a free copy of this book so that I could give an honest review.

I'll start with the negative, as I have to start somewhere and as there was only three things I noticed here I thought I'd better get them down before I forgot them (obviously the author when reading that will wish I left them to last). I found the description of various scenes to be somewhat lacking, I didn't really get a good vision of the places described. That being said, it did fit with the overall bleakness of this
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actual rating: 2.5 stars

I received a digital arc directly from the author in exchange for an honest review.

I started reading Hopebreaker without knowing a thing about its plot. Dean F. Wilson contacted us through our email (which is available to anyone who wants to contact us, whatever the subject), offering his book in exchange for an honest review. I accepted and went to the unknown.

I’m going through a complicated phase in my li
Biswanath Banerjee
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, sci-fi
It is the strange world of Altadas-where the rule of human has been replaced by the rule of demon fifteen years ago. A cruel brutal regime which came into power controlled the birth of human. Now very few have been left who were born during the iron regime. it
In this world of darkness the thing that in great demand are no, not gold and jewelry-but contraceptive amulets. Women are mad to buy these at any amount of iron coils-a currency of the iron emperor. But all has not been lost for the human-
Reader's Hollow
Oct 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
**We received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through Red Moon Book Tours**

It begins with an interesting twist. Two people meeting in a jail cell. Jacob is a smuggler, and maybe a bit of a mercenary when the opportunity suits him. He's a very Hans Solo type, with the quick wit and devilish smiles. He also has a conscience and I think that Whistler, Jacob's teenage cellmate saw that right away. With the help of Whistler's companions (members of a resistance), Jacob is pu
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Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a good beginning to the series. IT was fast paced and full of adventure and danger. You will understand the view of Jacob and as his thoughts and ideals change so will yours.

Dean Wilson does a great job in persuading you as his characters view changes to have yours change with his.

Jacob and Whistler are my favourite characters. Whistler because he is so innocent and sweet. He sees the good in all. Gives everyone a chance. Jacob because he starts out as looking out only for himself. As th
Sam - Spines in a Line
Jan 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this through a Library Thing giveaway. I don't normally read dystopian/apocalyptic novels, though I know that's the hype now with the Hunger Games, but I really enjoyed this novel. I found it was a unique take on this genre and the use of Hope as the villains' weapon was an ironic but interesting change.

The characters were all well-written engaging, and as another reviewer here put it the dialogue followed a natural flow. Though the story mostly takes a 3rd-person account f
Gayathri Jayakumar
May 20, 2015 rated it liked it
“What kind of world is this, Jacob thought, where light is dangerous and Hope is an enemy?”

For mankind, since time immemorial, light has been a relief, a safer place and hope a word powerful to instill life and desire for survival. “Hopebreaker”, Dean F Wilson’s new work of fiction opens to us an alien world where everything we held dear to us as a symbol of joy or safety mutates itself into the very emissaries of evil. Darkness is the new safety for humans and destroying Hope, the new method to
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Hopebreaker is a showpiece of steampunk fiction writing that drew me in from the first words. The grim world of Altadas is portrayed by the author in a blend of myth, reverie, excitement, and mystery; a blend that, alongside the title and the cover, creates a wonderful reading experience for all book lovers, dystopian fans or not.

Dean F. Wilson created a mesmerizing world in Hopebreaker, a world nothing like others we encountered in similar books or movies. Both mysterious and revealing, the st
Marigold Dicer
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, favorites
Steampunk! I don’t read it nearly as often as I should, mostly because I found a couple of pretentious books that tainted my view of the genre. Not this one! Hopebreaker made me think of a ‘western-style’ steampunk (I think it’s the deserts), but it’s so much more than that – a great blend of otherworldly fantasy comes into this tale that I think will appeal to lovers of demons and more urban-fantasy types. This could be a great book to introduce the steampunk genre to my friends.
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Feb 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was ecstatic when I learned Wilson had a new series out--a steampunk adventure, at that, and upon finishing the book without being able to put the book down, my excitement was certainly not let down!
From the lively cast of characters---who warmly invite the reader into their adventures as if we were walking and hiding right beside them with every battle and mission---to the beautiful imagery and world building, you’ll be waiting, not so patiently perhaps, for the next installment to this stor
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USA Today & Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author

Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11.

He is the author of the Children of Telm epic fantasy trilogy, the Great Iron War steampunk series, the Coilhunter Chronicles science-fiction western series, the Hibernian Hollows urban fantasy series, and the Infinite Stars space opera series.

Dean previously worke
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