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For Steam and Country

The Adventures of Baron von Monocle, Book 1
Narrated by: Katie Wright
Length: 10 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (38 ratings)

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Her father's been pronounced dead. Destructive earthquakes ravage the countryside. An invading army looms over the horizon. And Zaira's day is just getting started....

Abandoned at an early age, Zaira von Monocle found life as the daughter of a great adventurer to be filled with hard work and difficulty. She quickly learned to rely on only herself. But when a messenger brought news that her father was dead and that she was the heir to his airship, her world turned upside down.

Zaira soon finds herself trapped in the midst of a war between her home country of Rislandia and the cruel Wyranth Empire, whose soldiers are acting peculiarly - almost inhuman. With the enemy army advancing, her newfound ship’s crew may be the only ones who can save the kingdom.

For Steam and Country is the first book in the Adventures of Baron Von Monocle series by top-10 Amazon best-selling space-opera author, Jon Del Arroz.

©2017 Jon Del Arroz (P)2018 Jon Del Arroz

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An entertaining steam punk adventure

For Steam and Country is an entertaining steam punk adventure about a girl who inherits a military steamship from her missing father. The lead character often acts without thinking through the repercussions of her actions, and I had to remind myself she is just a teenager. That said, it's a pretty good book, and it would be a terrific choice for teen and YA listeners and readers.

The narrator is a good choice for the story as she sounds young enough to successfully portray the character.

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Couldn't stop listening, can't wait for Book 2.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. The characters are well developed and enjoyable. The story moves along at a good pace. I did not want to stop listening and eagerly await the next book in the series.

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Steampunk action

This is a fun read. I had not read any steampunk before this and I wasn’t sure just what to expect.
What I got was a excellent story that left me wanting more.
I wholeheartedly recommend it.

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Fun Airship Fantasy Action

If you could sum up For Steam and Country in three words, what would they be?

airship fantasy action

What other book might you compare For Steam and Country to and why?

Lindsay Buroker's Balanced On The Blade's Edge. Both steampunk fantasy with a lot of good characters.

Have you listened to any of Katie Wright’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, but Katie did a great job. She sounded perfect.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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Good steampunk

I enjoy steampunk every now and then and this is the second steampunk book I’ve picked up this year. I follow the author on social media & figures I’d give it a try.

I really enjoyed this story! The characters were 3D and the way Mr Del Arroz turns phrases is interesting. I also thought the world was well drawn.

It did take me a while to get through this book, though I can’t say that’s on the author or narrator, though I did, at times, feel that the narration was a little stiff. I read primarily through audiobooks so maybe my standards are exceptionally high on that front, still, the narrator was pleasant to listen to. Overall, 4-stars. I’ll definitely be picking up the next books in the series.

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steampunk escape.

For Steam and Country is everything the title promises. It's and an airship adventure with a dangerous mission and the outcome of a war in the balance. The rallying cry for the crew is the titular "For Steam and Country."

I loved that this wasn't straight military fiction. The story had fantasy elements and a great coming of age plot.

the narrator did really well, making each character their own voice and infusing personality into the reading.

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Wonderful story

This is a great take on the Steam Punk genre. The writing and concepts were excellent. the narrator did a very good job, keeping you engaged and attentive. well worth the read and listen.

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Great for daddy & daughter geek time on the road.

Great for daddy & daughter geek time on the road. Reccomend to anyone with a need for good fiction with a female lead to inspire a young adult.

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  • Richard
  • Miami, FL, United States
  • 08-23-18

I hope audible has more

I hope audible puts out more audiobooks by Jon Del Arroz. I do not consider myself a fan of steampunk, but enjoyed this story. It had elements that reminded me of Girl Genius and Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (a personal favorite).

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Fully enjoyed this audiobook

Bestselling author Jon Del Arroz, delivers in this wonderful tale. I look forward to reading his other works