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The Engineer

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"We are born in the shadow of fading memories and fallen dreams, living our days within the decaying bones of an age long gone."

When the Engineer, Actaeon, arrives at Pyramid in the heart of Redemption, nothing goes according to plan. Mysterious raiders pursue him relentlessly across the shattered remains of the ancient metropolis, and the leaders of his homeland pay no h
Paperback, 600 pages
Published December 15th 2017 by The Engineer's Press
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Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is a really well-crafted fantasy novel, and is well worth the investment to read.

The world is vivid and detailed, with a distinct and comprehensible socio-political structure. The author does try to include spirituality, although, given the personalities of the main characters, there is little room for this to be explored in detail. (This is an oft-shortchanged component in fantasy novels, and one I find to be the most interesting. I really appreciate that the author does seem to have a vis
Aline Maya
Aug 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I first saw “The Engineer” I was curious to know what was it about, especially because it is not common to see an action-packed story featuring an engineer. And I was surprised to find such a great story, from this excellent writer, Darran Handshaw, which is growing quickly in fame. It is one of the most engaging fantasy novels I have read lately, and it only took a couple of pages to realize this was something you don’t want to miss. The story takes place in a dystopian fantasy world, wher ...more
Amanda Williams
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I felt myself transport through time and worlds reading this. Very immersive storyline and the world building is impeccable. Very nicely written.
Stan Slaughter
Nov 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written characters

Well written characters, each with their own strenghts and weaknesses in a world that is a combination of fantasy and science.
Kevin O'Malley
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a not perfect but very good story in the style of Jack Vance.

Perhaps not as perfectly formed as Jack Vance, but that is an unfair expectation for a new series. While reading, I was constantly reminded of Vance's way of telling a story, and of the complete worlds that very human characters occupied in them, and wondered why none of the billions of self published fantasies ever tried to do anything like that. The reason why is because it is ridiculously hard to write like that. Mr. Handshaw
Lauren Macelveen
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Amazing job by Darran Handshaw!!! This book was absolutely incredible! Tons of action and romance all around! I definitely recommend it!
Joseph Williams
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Make no mistake, this is a monster of a sci-fi/fantasy (mostly sci-fi I think) novel that is worth the effort. The author here has crafted a world with disparate elements and cultures that erupt like popcorn at the cinema and is no less addictive. The action centers around Acteon, a quirky engineer that lives in a strange post-apocalyptic type society which is focused on survival.

The strengths of this book are 1) the world building -- The author has developed an intriguing world that entices th
S. Thomas
Feb 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eighty years after the citizens of Shore, Rellios, and their entire world awoke to a world of ancient technological ruins and society wide amnesia, Actaeon hits the scene. Everyone has made the best of life, implementing what tech was easy enough to figure out and simply lining a pre-industrial life. Actaeon however, loves the possibilities that the scientific method employs and fancies himself an engineer. This is the story Actaeon finding his place in the world and taking on projects to make i ...more
Taylor Watkins
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Mr. Darran M. Handshaw contacted me mid-April and requested that I review his novel, and I am extremely pleased that he did! Readers, I really enjoyed this book! It was interesting and held my attention the entire time I was reading it. Additionally, the inspiration for the story is really unique and SUPER cute! But I'll let y'all read the prologue to see for yourselves--I won't spoil the origin story!

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This really is SUCH a great
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. Beautifully written. I really enjoyed reading it but a bit too long and certain parts can feel a little dragged.

In the beginning, the mentioning of the fact that the book is about how the author met his wife in an RPG, sapped away all my enthusiasm for starting a new book. I thought ‘great, another sappy love story, that too game-based’ and sort of wished that I wasn’t aware of the fact.
But it didn’t take me more than two chapters to get lost in the fascinating world of Redemption so
Cassandra **The Bibliophagist**
First, the cover reminds me of something I would see from Lord of The Rings or another great classic fantasy novel. You can see the various levels of residence here, beginning with tents. In the lower right corner is a shadowy figure that I assume is Actaeon. The cover is intriguing and I find it complex but not overbearing.

Things I didn’t like:

Too many names for the main character
This confused me initially. The main character is named Actaeon but we also see him called the Engineer. Within on
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Darran M. Handshaw is the author of The Engineer - his debut novel. In addition to writing, Darran works as an R&D Engineer where he designs and invents new products and holds more than 20 patents. In his spare time, Darran is also a firefighter and EMT with his local fire department where he was recently elected as Assistant Fire Chief. When Darran isn't writing, inventing things, or respondi ...more
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