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Danger looms on a foreign continent... Zaira von Monocle is getting the hang of commanding her airship, when crisis hits her homeland, Rislandia. Caught in a terrible cycle of withdrawal from their power-serum, Wyranth soldiers are ravaging the countryside in a berserk rage. The Grand Rislandian Army has been unable to slow their bloodthirsty advance. The Wyranth's serum has its origin in legend, a children's tale about giants roaming the land of Zenwey, far across the ocean. Zaira must take the Liliana and her crew to this faraway land, in hopes that she might find a cure before the Wyranth take even more lives. When Zaira arrives on Zenwey, she finds the continent to be a mysterious and hostile environment. She must navigate her way past savage jungle warriors, fantastic creatures and terrors, and evil forces that have flying machines of their own. Before she can try to save Rislandia, she has to survive!

271 pages, Kindle Edition

First published August 10, 2018

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Jon Del Arroz

77 books363 followers
Jon Del Arroz began his writing career in high school, providing book reviews and the occasional article for the local news magazine, The Valley Citizen. From there, he went on to write a weekly web comic, Flying Sparks, which has been hailed by Comic Book Resources as “the kind of stuff that made me fall in love with early Marvel comics.” He
has several published short stories, most recently providing flash fiction for AEG’s weird west card game, Doomtown: Reloaded, and a micro-setting for the Tiny Frontiers RPG. Writing and reading Space Opera is his life!

Star Realms: Rescue Run is his debut novel. You can find him during baseball season with his family at about half of the Oakland A’s home games in section 124.

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Profile Image for Charity Ayres.
Author 10 books15 followers
August 15, 2018
I will start by saying, I loved book 1: "For Steam and Country." I loved the main character, Zaira von Monocle because she struck me as a real teen persona dealing with issues in life that were beyond what some teens deal with. This novel, which happens after Del Arroz's novella "Knight Training" is an excellent addition to the series and shows personal growth on the part of the author as well as the character.

In this novel, Zaira continues in the footsteps of her father by taking command of the airship, the Liliana. Though the Wyranth has been (mostly) defeated with the loss of their secret serum in the first book, the army continues to be aggressive and war-like toward the people of Rislandia. Zaira has an unexpected guest who poses questions and answers that seem plausible and push her and the airship crew off on an adventure to get answers about the mythical giants.

Zaira must face her feelings for her childhood friend, find the truth about a race of mythical creatures, face down factions that see her as a lesser being and enslave her, and still manage to get back in time to help save Rislandia.

This book was non-stop action and movement. There were points when I wondered if, while running alongside Zaira, I would ever catch my breath. When I say I inhaled this book because I wanted to find out what happened next, that is no exaggeration. I read this in a day because I couldn't stop. I can't wait to read the next book. I'm also now going to go back and read "Knight Training" to get a better look at a possible love-interest for Zaira in her childhood best friend.

Put out the next book already. I'm ready to find out what happens now!
9 reviews
August 24, 2018
Couldn't put it down

Clear you schedule before you start because you will have a hard time putting this down. This is tightly scripted story that continues to develop the characters we have come to know and love and the Kingdom of Rislandia.
53 reviews2 followers
September 30, 2018
Solid sequel

Honestly, I liked the characters far better in the sequel than in the first. They have developed nicely. The action is solid and its a fun tead.
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7 reviews
May 9, 2020
I would give this book a 3.5 out of 5.

I really loved the adventure Del Arroz laid out here for Zaira. It definitely had some Star Wars influences, mostly from the prequels (but maybe that's just how I imagined it all), as well as some Final Fantasy elements that stand out with the weapons they use as well as the aircrafts themselves. Marina continues to be one of my favourite characters in this series and I loved her development over this book as well even if she wasn't there for the bulk of it.

A few things I had to mention however, I feel like there were a lot of missed opportunities when it comes to humour. Like, for example (sort of spoiler) when Zaira grabs a bag of explosives and fails at throwing them the first time, that could be great comedic relief in the midst of the dire escape situation they were all in. I appreciate the action and fun adventures, but I feel like good humour does make it all come together.

There is one part in particular where I didn't feel like Zaira was really the hero we saw in the first book. Like when she let Rhys start the escape when she told him they had to go now and he refused, then he came back essentially saying she was right but sort of leading the charge himself. I understand he knows the place better than she does, but if Zaira thought it was the right call at first, she should have implored him to escape when even she noticed they couldn't wait anymore, no? At least, that's what I feel like Zaira would have done.

Hoping we'd see how Marina would react to the potion Rhys gave her before they left the Nightmen's underground city, maybe in the 3rd book? I kinda was hoping to see her go berserker and kick some ass (not that she already doesn't).

I always say I find love triangles dumb, but I feel like it's done in a tasteful way here and again, not the focus of the story which is nice.

Still, very entertaining read, I feel like with the right amount of humour a bit more assertiveness from Zaira when it comes to leading her own crew would have made this a 5-star book.
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Profile Image for John Davies.
494 reviews11 followers
December 3, 2019
This is the second book in the main story line, but the 3rd overall. Zaira von Monacle is visited by the enemy of Rislandia, the Iron Emperor himself. He claims that the Wyranth soldiers he commands are becoming more feral due to the destruction of the giant blood in the end of the first book. He suggests for both countries sakes that they send Liliana, the airship Zaira commands to the Zenway continent, to see if rumours of giants still living there are true.

The Liliana makes the journey, and comes under attack by the Nightmen, a group of almost human beasts that are stronger and as it turns out, related to giants, several times. While exploring, Zaira, and several of her companions, including James and Ethan from the second book, get sold into slavery to the Nightmen. They manage to escape with the help of Rhys, a human who lived with the Nightmen, but who is a scientist who thinks he may have developed a cure. They travel back to Rislandia, only to discover that the Wyranth troops have attacked Rislandia while the Liliana has been gone, removing one of the effective tools the Rislandians had of fighting back. The story ends with the Wyranth moving closer to the capital.
Profile Image for Robert Defrank.
Author 6 books14 followers
November 24, 2018
Del Arroz ups the action in this second installment, where the reprecussions of the first adventure has some unexpected and unwelcome consequences. Consequences that take our heroes to a strange and savage land.

On the plus side, we've got new vistas, new enemies, and a lot more airship action.

On the con side, there's more modern slang than I like, and what's the deal with that Emperor? His scenes just don't ring true to me. Fortunately, he's only in there for a little while at the beginning, then the crew of the Liliana takes off.

For Steam and Country!
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95 reviews1 follower
October 1, 2018
Keeps Getting Better

Every book in this series is better than the last. The feel of old-school young-adult adventure remains, but the main character is more sympathetic this time and the romantic complications deeper and more complicated. The story rarely goes in the direction you expect, making it all the more rewarding. Really looking forward to the next one!
23 reviews
November 18, 2018
Enjoyable read!

Great story! Fascinating characters, intriguing plot and breathtaking scenes. This book has it all from action and suspense to betrayal and romance.
2 reviews1 follower
April 14, 2019

Wonderful read! Great character development and world development. A nail bitter from start to finish. Can’t wait to read the next!
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299 reviews4 followers
August 12, 2019

Fun and lots of harrowing adventure! Love the characters and the story line. The steam punk aspect full of gears and flying ships is really cool!
Profile Image for Jon Preston.
41 reviews
September 30, 2019
Not a complete story...

Another promising author who resorts to “cliff hangers“ to sell books. I’m not going to be a party to the wiles of 2nd rate writers.
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206 reviews6 followers
November 11, 2019
Love the writing style and the heroine. Would love to see the airship mapped out and I eagerly await her next adventure.
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