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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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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). I know the sequel was recently published. I hope it gets narrated into an audiobook.

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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

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A fun steampunk adventure

I'm not a big fan of steampunk stories but found this one quite fun and enjoyable. The main character is a easily believable young woman strughling against the shocking turn of events in her life. Plucked from her family farm while she's a strong and resourceful woman shes not ridiculously morphed into a combat savant. Something I hate that is too often seen in lesser writers work.

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Full of Steam

My first experience with the steampunk genre, and definitely won't be my last. Great story and fantastic narration.

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For Steam and Country!

I think this book would make a great animated movie. The narrator sounds a little flat and takes a little getting used to, but don’t let that discourage you.

When you get to the escape, I suggest bumping up the speed to 1.25. The story loses a little ‘steam’ with reunions and conversations that I feel would’ve been postponed until a safer time. The increased speed should help you hold onto a sense of urgency.

The good out weighs the bad, so read For Steam and Country!

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