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4.0 out of 5 starsIt's worth the price of admission and then some.
Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2015
I'm a very simple person, every time I read a book I ask myself some questions at the end. Was it worth the cost? When I finished the book was a i glad that I read it? I thought this book was a bargain at it's current price and I was was happy while reading the book and happy when I finished it. But I liked the first book in this series better. At the beginning of the first book the author wonderfully described Nita's job working in the volcano, that's what hooked me and caused me to buy the novel. The end of the first book i felt had a superior ending by not only tying those loose pragmatic ends together but by tying up those loose emotional threads and some how giving a firm foundation for more of Nita's thrilling adventures to come. Truly I felt the author had wrapped things up extremely well with the novel Free Wrench and better than 98 percent of the books that I've ever read, and I've read a lot of books. Also in Free Wrench, Nita's skills as an engineer were showcased to a greater degree and I always like the engineers in any story. Scotty from Star Trek was my favorite character. Mister Lallo just set the bar extremely high with Free Wrench and to me this book while wonderful just didn't quite match it. So I am being extremely unfair and only giving it four stars.
5.0 out of 5 starsDoes not disappoint, another good one
Reviewed in the United States on November 22, 2018
As good as one could expect of a straightforward rock-'em-sock-'em adventure story. I bought this book after having enjoyed the first volume, and this one is definitely up to par. Just the right balance of action, humor and with to keep things going. If you think of the Firefly series taking place in an airship, you get pretty close to the idea of the series. Except I think this is more fun to read. Looks ng forward to getting the next one.
Nita is still just as delightful as in the first book but I did like the first one better. We still have the same crew but a new adventure with Nita being put in a fug prison. I wasn't as crazy about the story line in this one but I'm still keeping it on my Kindle as a favorite so I can reread again.
If you enjoyed Free Wrench you should definitely give this one a try.
I have loved Joseph Lallo's writing style since his very first book and Skykeep, his latest offering is no exception. The story moves at a believable pace and the characters are as real as old friends. One of the things I love best about Lallo's writing style is his ability to describe characters so fully that you could recognize them walking down the street. For instance, the Mayor of Lock, the port town that stars in the first part of Skykeep.
"At the door waited a portly man with a wide smile on his face. He was well dressed, with a matching jacket, slacks, and vest along with a heavy overcoat and a matching pocket watch. He'd made the unfortunate choice of connecting his mustache to his sideburns, which became more unfortunate once his slide into middle age had cost him the hair on top of his head."
This descriptive ability makes Skykeep come alive and combined with believable dialogue and motivations make it a very worthy entry into the Steampunk universe. I can't wait to read more of the adventures of Captain Mack, Amanita and the rest of the crew of the Windbreaker.
The first book in the series, Free Wrench, set up a diverse and interesting cast in a world of struggle. The writing was crisp and compact, and almost every sentence drove plot and character. I was looking forward to seeing the characters grow in the sequel. Sadly, I was disappointed. The first half of the book is tedious exposition and chitchat that serves only to repeat what we learned (more enjoyably) in the original. The characters are exactly the same as in Free Wrench. I could overlook one flaw, but not both.
Reviewed in the United States on November 14, 2016
Joseph Lallo has become one of my favorite authors of fiction. I love the way he writes enough that rather than skimming the mundane parts (which is my tendency) I find myself reading everything. I have read all his books, except the Big Sigma series which I just purchased. I hope he continues to write refreshing new books. I would recommend him to anyone that loves an excellent fictional read.
5.0 out of 5 starscapture, escape, but oh what a HUGE escape plan!
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2015
Again, Nita gets herself into dangerous situation - this by by just walking into it, not knowing she was in a lick of danger. I loved the plot to get her out of trouble, both her part on the 'inside' as well as her team's work from the 'outside'. After all, who can really get out of a jam by themselves? Now I'm just sitting around waiting for more steam-punk style reviews. That capture and escape in this book was kind of huge so I'm wondering what's next... intercontinental war perhaps? If so, I'll be reading it, happily.
As I wrote in my review of Free Wrench steam punk isn't my usual cup of tea. I prefer science fiction or fantasy, but this has really grabbed a hold of me. The characters are believable and in my minds eye so are the mechanics of the story. The whole steam powered flight and gadgetry is plausible and it grabs my attention and drags me into this world. I can't wait to read the next edition in the series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 22, 2020
I enjoyed the first book in the series, "Free Wrench", which prompted me to read the second, Skykeep, and while it was entertaining, it didn't quite have enough to it to make me want to read the third book, so I think I'll just leave it there. It's basically just light reading, and there's nothing wrong with that, but there's a lot of other good stuff out there.
Not sure how I managed to overlook these stories, but I'm glad they finally caught my eye. I've very much enjoyed Joseph Lallo's writing since I first read the Book of Deacon series some time ago, and devoured pretty much every other book since (I especially like the Big Sigma books). This does not disappoint. Great characters, a plot that belts along, and great writing that tells a super story. Can't wait to read more of this series.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 28, 2017
This set of stories is great for an introduction to another role and its various inhabitants. The main plot continues with the 'fug folk' getting taught an invaluable lesson. What that is you will enjoy in this book as the storyline moves forward.
4.0 out of 5 starsGot the 1st book free and enjoyed so much I committed to buy the next one ...
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 22, 2016
Got the 1st book free and enjoyed so much I committed to buy the next one - this is the 1st time I have ever bought a follower because the freebie is usually rubbish. Have enjoyed Number 1 and now read number 2 - will complete book 3 soon! Best described as enjoyable escapism.