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The Perils of Prague (The Adventures of Crackle and Bang, #1)

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It is the reign of Her Eternal Majesty, Empress Victoria the first. Steam power is still ascendant and the digital age never arrived. While the people feel safe in their homes under Victoria’s Peace, ambitious men and woman plot to gain power without incurring the wrath of the Eternal Queen and her lightning powered armies. Onto this stage comes Professor Harmonious Crackl ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published April 25th 2017 by Swimming Cat Studios
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Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my humble opinion, reading a book by an author as yet unknown is like meeting a person for the first time. Rather than sizing that individual up by their dress or demeanor, that first impression comes within the confines of a few paragraphs. If those paragraphs scream read on, it is a pleasure to make the acquaintance. The first paragraphs of THE PERILS OF PRAGUE did so scream, most loudly. It felt like the start of a beautiful new friendship.

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction and fa
Morgan Hazelwood
Aug 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
If you're looking for a super-fun steampunk adventure, look no further than The Perils of Prague!

This madcap escapade starts at the opera and enjoys toying with the tropes of the genre: goggles, a proper empire, airships, colonies, automatons, steam-powered machines inspired by various levels of sanity, and a ticking clock of an adventure.

The characters are three-dimensional, the world is thoroughly fleshed out, and properly invokes the pulp-iness of the original Indiana Jones movies.

5 stars bec
Melissa Hayden
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, steampunk
Doc Coleman takes us on adventures on land, above land, and below ground. All cool in their own rights.

*I read this book for my own enjoyment and in exchange for an honest review.

Our dashing lord is visiting with his uncle in Prague at his parents direction before traveling on to his next relative in another country now that he's graduated. However, things blow up. Well, the Opera House blows up after he meets a strange man and gorgeous woman in his Uncle's booth. And things g
Valerie Griswold-Ford
This book is a fun romp through the streets (and underneath) of Prague, which is not your normal setting for a steampunk. This Prague is under the control of Victoria, the Eternal Empress, who has been on the throne of the British Empire for 175 years at this point. Yes, you saw that right. This world is a world dominated by the British Empire in all her glory, complete with lighting rifles and the might of the Eternal Empress. The technology is fascinating, mostly because we are experiencing th ...more
Jeanette Thompson
I'm really bad at book reviews but I'll try since I feel it's important for authors. This one will be spoiler free.

This was a really quick read. That's NOT a bad thing at all. I really just didn't want to put it down, even though I had to. The only reason it took me five days to finish this one was that I had limited reading time.

The action grabbed me from the start and it kept up for most of the book. I enjoyed the reveals and, personally, did not see what they revealed coming. That speaks wel
Sam Odiorne
Doc Coleman delivers a classic steampunk adventure of the highest order, breathing new life into traditional tropes and proving that the genre is so much more than gears and aether-guns. At no time does the plot lag or meander unnecessarily, and the author demonstrates a mastery for describing complex machines with enough detail to make them vivid in the reader's imagination without becoming bogged down in the minutiae. For newcomers to steampunk and veterans of the genre alike, this novel remin ...more
Sara Testarossa
The Perils of Prague is full of rich worldbuilding, excitement, action, and humor (through both prose style and humorous situations).

The cast is varied and interesting. I especially adore Miss Bang - her characterization is so great.

This novel is also really well constructed - the main plot of course, and also amusing callbacks, some of which are important and sometimes have big payoff besides humor.

This is an excellent first book in a series, in a universe I'm looking forward to seeing more of
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fantastic find for lovers of Steampunk and Fantasy! Very fun ride, with humor and peril. I loved the fact that the narrator is saddled with a name that is a horrifying string of curse words, apparently; we never get to learn what they are, but everyone who hears them is horrified. I read this in one sitting, and wished for more! I look forward to the next book in the series!
Cindy Matera
Oct 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great steampunk book. Well written, fun read, hard to put down.
Gordy Barker
May 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am currently reading this and will soon right for review
Michael Ventrella
A clever Steampunk romp fulfilling all the requirements those of us who love the genre look for!
David Wooddell
Doc Coleman's latest novel has the charm of an era gone by, the mechanical genius of a true mad scientist, and the suspense of a Hitchcockian film gone off with the clankertons! In short, it is steampunk sendup and high fun, and at times resembles Hitchcock's "The Birds" meets Young Frankenstein:

"I was sure we were going to be overwhelmed by our little attackers when I stepped forward while striking at a bird and my foot accidentally pinned another of the creatures, which Miss Bang knocked to t
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May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adored the plot and setting of this novel. The main character's situation is intriguing, and the people he interacts with are colorufl and varied. It's a great mystery and adventure to sink into, and I recommend it. ...more
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May 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steampunk is not a genre I’m very familiar with. Prior to The Perils of Prague, I’ve only read and enjoyed one other story. I’m happy to say I’m 2 for 2 now, and happy to explore the genre further.

The Perils of Prague is book one in the Adventures of Crackle and Bang, and it is an incredibly fun joyride. Set in a surprising era, and in a fantastical world of sophisticated low-tech, the tale is as much a noir detective story as it is an exciting spy thriller that evokes the League of Extraordinar
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Shelves: wrote, steampunk
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Doc Coleman needs to update his bio. It doesn't look like he has touched it in a couple of years. I know this, because I am Doc, and I just looked at this bio and said, "Man, I need to update this thing."

Doc is really proud of his book The Perils of Prague. It has gotten really good reviews. You should take a look.

He also is in a recently published anthology called Paradise Found: Tales from the L

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