Michael Tierney writes steampunk-laced alternative historical fiction stories from his Victorian home in Silicon Valley. After writing technical and scientific publications for many years, he turned his sights to more imaginative genres. Trained as a chemist, he brings an appreciation of both science and history to his stories. Visit his blog at www.airshipflamel.com.
Charles Darwin has a puzzle. How is it that cultures all over the world have ancient myths of dragons? Could dragons have once lived alongside ancient man? Could dragons still exist? Professor Nicodemus Boffin and his airship Flamel take up Darwin's search for modern dragons. They travel to China where they are captured by a cruel warlord who seems to have a fierce dragon at his command.
When Nicodemus Boffin finds a secret laboratory notebook in which his mentor Michael Faraday has described incomprehensible experiments, Boffin wonders if his mentor has discovered a new science, or lost his faculties. Boffin's rival seeks to gain the notebook by any means necessary believing it holds the secret to the alchemist's Philosopher's Stone.
Professor Nicodemus Boffin heads a semi-secret British organization to further scientific knowledge for Britain. He and his crew are tasked to investigate the sinking of a British warship carrying a huge shipment from the Canadian gold fields. Aboard his advanced airship Flamel, he must uncover who or what is behind the disaster before tensions between Britain and the US lead to war.