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A steampunk sci-fi story about the adventures of a soldier in intergalactic service, after being shipped off to a very remarkable planet.

Sailing will never be the same again...

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Published: June 29, 2011
Words: 135,130
Language: English
ISBN: 9781466018617
About Paul Kater

Paul Kater was born in the Netherlands in 1960. He quickly developed a feel for languages but did not pursue a career in those as his native language, Dutch, did not offer many options in that time.

After learning far too much about computers he started to make a living with them. During all that time he always wrote short stories, little things to entertain family and friends and also himself with.

Since 2003 he's been writing more seriously, first posting his scribblings on an amateur writer's mailing list, and then publishing shorter and longer stories on the internet. Due to the international character of the Internet, all Paul's stories so far are written in English.

Paul currently lives in Cuijk, in the Netherlands, with his two cats, his books and the many characters he's developed in the past years, who claim he is a figment of their imagination.

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Review by: Jeff Oaster on May 25, 2012 : star star star
I came into this book with pretty high hopes, and was a bit disappointed. Don't get me wrong - it's a good book, with an entertaining story and lots of action, but the storytelling was a bit off - it might have worked better as a series of short stories and novellas. Maybe Paul Kater was attempting to write in the style of some of Clarke's books (2001 or Childhood's End) where everything followed the same storyline, but it wasn't one continuous story. Whatever his intent, the story feels a bit choppy. Still, I read through the book quickly, and it has a lot of the qualities that make for enjoyable steampunk (although there could have been more dirigibles 8^)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Amanda Fisher on Jan. 26, 2012 : star star star star star
Very good steampunk story. Well-written. Can't wait for the sequel.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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