Decorated artilleryman Edgar Mason was forced to find new work when the British Empire replaced its foot soldiers with monstrous machines. Now he waits on the Liverpool elite as a personal servant. He has just one rule: he won't work for fashion-addled dandies.
Agamemnon Frost, however, is far from the foppish man-about-town he appears to be. He's working to protect the Earth from an alien invasion being planned by a face-changing creature known as Pandarus. And on the night he plans to confront the aliens, he enlists Mason to assist him.
For a man to love a man is a serious crime in Victorian England. But when Mason meets Frost, his heart thunders and his blood catches fire. And when Pandarus drags the two men into the torture cellars beneath his house of death to brainwash them, Mason's new passion may be all that stands between him and insanity.
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What a disappointment!
Not as advertised
Which particular genre - there are two overt genres here.
Anger and disappointment.
Homoeroticism and steampunk don't really mix, at least not in this novel. If you enjoy homoeroticism you'll probably be disappointed, and if you enjoy steampunk you'll certainly be disappointed. And, it follows, if you enjoy both then you'll be doubly disappointed! The book itself doesn't seem to know what it wants to be and consequently fails at both. Add to that a very ponderous writing style and an equally ponderous narration and you get something very difficult to listen to. Even with my iPod on a 'fast' playback setting I still couldn't stick with it to the end.
I won't be buying any more in this series.
- D. Donnelly-Wood
Steampunk and Martians, just superb