by Dean F. Wilson
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The Great Iron War - Book 1
Publication Date: December 15, 2014
Publisher: Dioscuri Press
Genre: Steampunk Fantasy/Scifi
Print Length: 191 pages
Available from: Amazon
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 chance capture, and an even more accidental
rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power.
Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain
indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental
landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not
win a war.
Hopebreaker by Dean F. Wilson
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 demon to be born. The Regime has a chokehold on the world of Altadas, and their absolute power and control are the only thing that matters. Where there is an oppressive leadership, there will be rebels, fighting to free the masses. In Altadas, the Resistance is the underground faction that is attempting to bring down the demons by snuffing their lives at the very source of their sustenance. Ironically named Hope, it is the food that ensures the demons lives, and without it, they will crumble.
The soldiers of the resistance have reluctantly saved Jacob from certain death. Is it his ability to blend into the shadows they need? His talent at smuggling? Whatever he has that they want, Jacob wants no part of, until one beautiful and fierce warrior opens his eyes to the reality of the world he lives in and shows him there is more to life than his simple pleasures.
Heavy topics, heavy tensions, heavy action, all tempered by the creative talents of Dean F. Wilson. Mr. Wilson adds attitude, humor and fabulous banter and dialogue between his characters. I mean, seriously, should I be laughing while his world is being destroyed? Speaking of Mr. Wilson’s world, it feels stark, bleak and beaten down, but he leaves enough room for the light at the end of the tunnel as his heroes embark on a mission to save Altadas and the human race.
I love characters with snark, they feel real to me, because what better way to deal with constant danger than humor? The action is rapid-fire, I felt I was in tunnels, rushing through blood-soaked halls, my heart raced at the fear of being discovered and, at one point, I swear I could smell one of the foul rooms. When Hopebreaker arrived? I could hear the music, feel the last ditch effort and hoped for the best! But is the war over?
No matter what you normally read, Hopebreaker is going to suck you in like water through a straw and leave you ready to go to war against the demons, but next time, I want to drive Hopebreaker!
I received this copy from Dean F. Wilson in exchange for my honest review.