Maiden Voyage of the Rio Grande by Michael Coorlim

CoorlimMaidenVoyageOfRioGrandeWhy I Read It: Steampunk goodness with my favorite river in the title attracted me to this book.

Where I Got It: Review copy from the author (thanks!).

Who I Recommend This To: Need a little lunch break and want some steampunk adventure? This is a worthy one.

Narrator: Wayne Farrell

Publisher: Self-Published (2013)

Length: 55 minutes

Series: Book 2 Galvic Century (Goodreads) or Galvanic Century (Amazon)

James Wainwright, a man captivated by physics, finds himself at the center of a murder aboard the largest airship to date, the Rio Grande. An engineer has been murdered in a gruesome fashion, and James is blamed by captain and crew. Yet, James’s associate, Alton Bartleby, points out the unlikelihood of his guilt, convincing the captain to let them look into it further. From there, we get swept up in sabotage and the possibility of fiery death to crew and any city the airship careens into.

While this is technically Book 2, and I thought I had listened to Book 1 by listening to Sky Pirates Over London (which is actually Book 5), it stands alone just fine. So, don’t shy away from picking it up if you run across it. I really enjoyed the steampunk background, and on an airship. I found this book to be more tightly written than Sky Pirates Over London, perhaps because it all takes place in one location. Michael Coorlim filled this novelette with plenty of action, which I enjoyed seeing through James’s eyes – after all he uses physics to calculate the swiftest ways to incapacitate his foes, which appears pretty vicious to those who don’t know him.

The narrator, Wayne Farrell, gave a clear and crisp performance, including both English and American accents. He was a treat to listen too. Additionally, this audio production included epic music at the beginning and the ending.

What I Liked: Steampunk atmosphere; one on one combat; airships; great cover art; better fighting through physics.

What I Disliked: No female characters. Were there even any females mentioned?

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