Monday, January 26, 2015

Book Tour Review: Hopebreaker: A Steampunk Dystopian Fantasy (The Great Iron War, Book 1) by Dean F. Wilson

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Genre: SciFi / Steampunk / Dark Fantasy / Dystopian
Book Blurb:
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.
When 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.


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*** 5/5 Stars ***

Can't beat a well written steampunk fantasy set in a dark dystopian world. Our main dude is a roguish, snarky, and likable smuggler who brings in magical pendants that can block a human woman giving birth to a demon. The demons have taken over, harvested, and ruined the world. Now acrid desert covers the lands and the Regime rules while the Resistance fights back and builds their army. Jacob is brought into the folds of the Resistance after being imprisoned . After being whisked away to safety with his cell mate, Whistler, Jacob is suddenly faced with a multitude of adventures from the leader's bed to in the middle of desert in a sputtering truck. Stuck in the middle and witness to the nastiness of the production of the drug Hope, the factories slaves work in, Jacob helps to end the Regime's horrors in a steampunk machinery filled battle.

Fun, entertaining read with quirky characters and a good cross over of genres. Well written with a slew of adventure, this story was a pleasure to read.



Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source. He won a TAP Educational Award from Trinity College Dublin for an early draft of The Call of Agon (then called Protos Mythos) in 2001.
He has published a number of poems and short stories over the years, while working on and reworking some of his novels. The Call of Agon is his first published novel.
Dean also works as a journalist, primarily in the field of technology. He has written for TechEye, Thinq, V3, VR-Zone, ITProPortal, TechRadar Pro and The Inquirer.

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