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The Falling Machine
The Falling Machine
Author: Andrew Mayer
Twenty-year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when the leader of the Society of Paragons, New York's greatest team of gentlemen adventurers, is murdered right before her eyes. To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known a...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781616143756
ISBN-10: 1616143754
Publication Date: 5/24/2011
Pages: 305
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.

2.9 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Pyr
Book Type: Paperback
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A steampunk novel featuring superheroes - The Paragons (the good guys) and The Children of Eschaton (the bad guys) and the new invention of steam power. What started out as an interesting concept quickly fizzles when the leader of the Paragons was killed and the infighting and back-stabbing began as they chose a new leader. It rapidly descended into boring territory and became a rather tedious read. Until slightly more than half way through, then the action started and I couldn't put it down. With everyone wearing masks it was impossible to tell who was the traitor. It will be interesting to see where the story goes now. I must say that the idea of grown men running around in silly costumes with masks was slightly ridiculous.

I liked Sarah Stanton but disliked her father and step-brother. They had that "women belong in the kitchen" attitude which was condescending and irritating. Sarah may not have been a Paragon but she lived with them since she was a little girl and knew almost as much as they did. Alexander Stanton's attitude really annoyed me and I was glad when Sarah ignored his edicts.

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Sarah Stanton (Primary Character)
Alexander Stanton (Major Character)
Tom the Automaton (Major Character)