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Revolution of Air & Rust: Empires of Steam & Rust - Adventures in Steampunkery
David Lee Summers
Hadrosaur Productions, 82 pages

Revolution of Air & Rust
David Lee Summers
David Lee Summers is an author, editor and astronomer living somewhere between the western and final frontiers. His latest novel, Dragon's Fall, released in five parts, is from Sinful Moments Press. His wild west/steampunk collection Owl Dance is Flying Pen Press. In addition to his work in the written word, David works at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

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A review by Sandra Scholes

Well known for his short stories written in the Steampunk and science-fiction genre, this one is a standalone novel by David Lee Summers where General "Black Jack" Pershing is the only one who stands in the way of Pancho Villa and his revolutionary army. While the battle is about to rage, Pancho is taken to a parallel Earth where he meets an ally who has the best technology available that could turn the tide of this war.

David Lee Summers isn't new to novel writing, his four other series have garnered interest far and wide; Old Star/New Earth Series (The Solar Sea, The Pirates of Sufiro, Children of the Old Stars, Heirs of the New Earth), Scarlet Order Vampire Series (Vampires of the Scarlet Order, Dragon's Fall: Rise of the Scarlet Order), Clockwork Legion Series (Owl Dance & Wolf Posse and Full-Throttle Space Tales Anthologies (Space Pirates & Space Horrors).

At 82 pages this is a nice bite size novel. Pancho Villa might think he can handle this war, and has remained hidden before the battle has started, but there are those who know him by sight alone, sympathizers who believe he has the right to create a revolution against General Pershing's army. When Pancho gets taken from his own time, he feels out of sorts in a new environment, especially when a young woman, Alethea, holds him at gunpoint, wanting answers. She isn't the only one though as Pancho needs to find out where he is so he can get back to his own time, and for once he is vulnerable, acting as though he has never felt that way before. Alethea is unsure of Pancho at first, but admires his tenacity for intending to start a revolution. She wants to help his "noble cause" but he only wants to find his way back to a home he is more familiar with.

The Earth Pancho has landed in isn't the one he remembers from back home. It has become polluted, the air unbreathable, so much so anyone who lives on the planet has to wear a breathing mask. Revolution of Air & Rust gives readers of his work an idea of what it would be like for a legendary revolutionary hero stepping into an alternate universe Earth. David Lee Summers lets the tension build up when Alethea meets Pancho. She starts out as being unsure of his motives as to whether he would kill her or not, but she sees him in a different light when she notices his more gentlemanly side later. The story doesn't unfold the way you would expect but as Pancho's circumstances are different, his quest for his revolution has been put on hold. David has managed to create a readable part of a history that didn't happen, but could have by steampunk terms. If you liked this novel, the other novels in the Empires of Steam & Rust series are by Robert E. Vardeman, Stephen D. Sullivan and Sarah Bartsch.

Copyright © 2013 Sandra Scholes

Sandra is currently posting on Twitter as @sandrareviewer and finding that there's too many people on there to chat to when she should be writing. When she has chance, she writes for The British Fantasy Society, Fantasy Book Review and Quail Bell Magazine. Magazine.

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