Iron & Blood (Jake Desmet Adventure #1) by Gail Z. Martin and Larry Martin

July 13, 2015 Review 0

Iron & Blood (Jake Desmet Adventure #1) by Gail Z. Martin and Larry MartinIron & Blood by Gail Z. Martin, Larry Martin
Series: Jake Desmet Adventure #1
Published by Solaris on July 7th, 2015
Genres: Adult, Steampunk, Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
Source: NetGalley
Sexual Content: N/A
Reviewed by: James
4 Stars

A Steampunk novel set in the fictional city of New Pittsburgh.

New Pittsburgh in 1898, a crucible of invention and intrigue, the hub of American industry at the height of its steam-driven power. Born from the ashes of devastating fire, flood and earthquake, New Pittsburgh is ruled by the shadow government of The Oligarchy. In the abandoned mine tunnels beneath the city, supernatural creatures hide from the light, emerging to feed in the smoky city known as 'hell with the lid off.'

Jake Desmet and Rick Brand, heirs to the Brand & Desmet Import Company, travel the world to secure treasures and unusual items for the collections of wealthy patrons, accompanied by Jake's cousin, Veronique 'Nikki' LeClerque. Smuggling a small package as a favor for a Polish witch should have been easy. But when hired killers come after Jake and a Ripper-style killer leaves the city awash in blood, Jake, Rick and Nikki realize that dark magic, vampire power struggles and industrial sabotage are just a prelude to a bigger plot that threatens New Pittsburgh and the world. Stopping that plot will require every ounce of Jake's courage, every bit of Rick's cunning, every scintilla of Nikki's bravura and all the steampowered innovation imaginable.

IRON & BLOOD has it all. It’s an excellent murder mystery novel filled with steampunk airships, vampire witches, clockwork zombies, tesla rays, and much more, all thrown into an alternate history taking place in New Pittsburgh.

IRON & BLOOD had an Indiana Jones meets James Bond feel. A lot of the book revolves a couple of lost ancient artifacts that Jake and his two cohorts, Rick and Nicki, are trying to recover before the enemy does. The rest of the book is filled with high speed carriage chases where the carriages have gattling guns, bullet proof glass, and other accessories. Jake also has his own Q. Adam Faber works with Tesla and is a genius in his own right, and he is always giving Jake and his friends all kinds of top-of-the-line crazy equipment.

IRON & BLOOD really does have it all, but it could of done it all and cut out a few scenes. There were too many chapters that could’ve been cut because they were repeating information or giving away too much of the antagonist’s plans. However, I still highly recommend IRON & BLOOD, and look forward to reading more of the Jake Desmet Adventure series.

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