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Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure

(Sigmund Shaw #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  31 ratings  ·  15 reviews
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Turn of the century London, a gritty world of steam and clockwork. Sigmund Shaw wants nothing more than to care for his sister and his niece, even if it means occasionally exceeding the law. Although reluctant, his penchant for gadgets and creativity makes him a successful thief – until he is accused of a crime he actually didn’t com
Published June 29th 2015 by Smashwords
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Disclaimer: I was sent a copy of this book by the author, Mark C. King, for an honest review

Opinion: Readers, Readers, Readers! I have been away for so long, but fear not! I have a review for one AWESOME steampunk adventure series, Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure (book 1). This is one of those stories that adults, teens, pre-teens, men, women, queens and commoners will love.

The reader follows the main character, Sigmund Shaw, on an adventure into a unique 19th century London where carriages
Annelise Lestrange
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from the author in exchange of an honest review. Let's go :D

The story

In a steampunk London, Sigmund Shaw is a common young man – almost. Born into a middle class family, it was his duty to look out for his sister Alex after his father’s death. As a couch driver, his earnings not always were enough to put food into their table, so Sigmund started to master another skill: stealing. However, there’s a tiny
Nerdish Mum
Jul 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, read-2015
I received an e-copy of Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure directly from the author Mark C. King in return for an honest review. Thank you Mark.

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I have never read a steampunk book before, but I have always wanted to delve into that world and see what all the fuss is about. I love the Victorian time period and I'm intrigued by the machinery and fashion relating to steampunk so I thought it would be a good fit of genre for me. Sig
Annette (booknerderie)
Thank you Mark, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

What do you get when you cross a thieving good guy and an Empire who is about to strike back? {yeah, I went there}. You get Sigmund Shaw and Britain in the late 1800's. I'll be honest, I didn't know what I was getting myself into when Mark approached me about reading his debut book. But once I dug in, I was pleasantly surprised.

This novel had so many kick ass elements. First, it was a period piece...2) She
Jul 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I like the way this book was written, the characters were well thought out and the storyline was as well. Sigmund Shaw loved his sister and would do anything for her but he loved his niece Sarah who from birth has been unable to walk. Sigmund is shocked after returning from taking his niece for a 'walk' in her wheelchair and seeing her to bed he's shocked by a request from his sister and her husband. They want him to steal something that may allow Sarah to walk again. After the initial shock of ...more
Nov 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this as an e-book from the author
thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to read this beautiful book

*General thoughts
I never read a steam punk advanture before but I was pleasently surprised and in fact I loved the story, it has everything I like in a story and it never was boring in fact it was unpredictable ,filled with twist and turns and it was gripping from the beginning

The story is about a man that he don't love anything more than his sister and neice an
H. Taylor
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This was my first ever steampunk fiction which is crazy because i’ve always been fascinated by steampunk so I don’t know why I haven’t branched out to it in my literature. It was really exciting to delve into written steampunk which was an entirely new experience for me!

Set in England in the late 1800’s Sigmund Shaw was a period piece that really hit most of the marks. I felt that there was a bit of disunity between some of the period aspects, in that it almost
Lissa {rabidreadings}

Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure was admittedly not my usual type of read, it is actually quite good if you like books that are a bit mysterious, center around political events and slowly reveal information throughout the course of the book. Unfortunately I didn’t find these qualities all that enjoyable and if it wasn’t for my curiosity pushing me to keep reading I probably would have DNFed the book around the 20% mark. That being said one thing I did like about the book was the focus on
Pau Gutiérrez
Nov 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
So after a month on trying to squeeze in some reading time now and then, after two stressing weeks of handing in projects and presenting exams, I was finally able to finish this book.

Sigmund's story got to my hands after the author, Mark sent me an email asking me to read it. The summary was very appealing and a steampunk adventure —as the title says— set in London made me say yes. I read the few reviews I was able to find and was not only more convinced but eager to finally start it.
The stress
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
If you like adventure, then you will like this book! Mystery, action, suspense - it has it all.

The main character, Sigmund Shaw, is not a perfect man, but tries hard. His family had experienced hardship but on the cusp of overcoming it all, a new tragedy befalls them - Sigmund is setup as a traitor!

I don't want to give up too much, but what ensues is very enjoyable and fun. The steampunk machines, the dirigibles, and the imagination of this alternate Victorian London kept me interested through t
May 17, 2016 rated it it was ok
Sorry but I couldn't finish this - too many things annoyed me. For a start if a book is set in England surely it should use English terms, such as "footpath/pavement" instead of "sidewalk", and "waistcoat" rather than vest. People who help others are "aides" not "aids". And the phrase is "quid pro quo" not "Quid quo pro". Then there are the lack of apostrophes in places....

If you can put up with these inconsistencies and inaccuracies then it is probably a good read. For me, the annoyances outwei
J. Griff
Aug 10, 2015 rated it liked it
This was an impulse buy & was pleasantly surprised. The being was a bit predictable, but as the story went on there were a few surprises I didn't count on.
Mar 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the Steampunk aspect of this book. It was the perfect foundation for Whispers of Bedlam Asylum.
Holly Sparks
Apr 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book. So full of intrigue and so much character development that even through circumstances in the world created, I still found myself wanting to live in this book! Even though this isn't my normal genre...I loved it!
Clay Davis
Bad title, Almagum Cubes would be a better title. Another edit was needed to get the typos. Good battle scenes at the end.
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Mark King is an easy-going writer with a talent for finding enjoyment in most any situation. He’s a lifelong reader whose literary interests include science fiction, adventure, thriller, and mysteries, to name a few. When not working or writing, he can be found watching movies, kayaking, associating with friends, and of course reading.

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