I’ve been a long-time follower of the following author via his LiveJournal, so wanted to make sure I made a post letting others know about his most recent book. Check out all the information below!
The year is 1880, and Jack Baker is a young, driven student at Harvard University for Engineers. In this America, industry depends on “Creation” magic rather than machines, and most engineers are train repairmen, not inventors like Jack. Even his Creationist friend Clare thinks Jack’s genius is going to waste at Harvard.
There is one man who knows how to put Jack to use, however: famous novelist and sometimes spy Ellis Graveworthy, who wants Jack to come with him to England and build him a flying ship. Graveworthy has been ordered to cross the heavily-guarded coast of Australia, the “Dead Isle” which has no Creation, and which sealed itself off from the outside world more than twenty years before. Rumors abound that Australia is building a war fleet, intent on conquest, and it’s Graveworthy’s job to stop it.
Clare, exiled from Australia as a child because of her ability to Create, is determined to return to her homeland with Graveworthy and Jack, but their journey is not easy. Along the way the three of them will encounter the pirate Purva de la Fitte, con the wealthiest robber barons in Australia, meet surprising allies, and possibly touch off a long-awaited revolution.
Join Jack, Clare, Ellis, and Purva in an adventure spanning half the globe, in search of the answer to a centuries-old question: Why is there no magic in the Dead Isle?
The Dead Isle is for sale through Lulu.com:
Use the promocode SEPBOOKS12 and get 20% off!
The paper edition is available currently for $18.99; the ePub edition is $4.99. It is also available for free as a PDF download from Project Gutenberg. (Or will be — it hasn’t been approved yet but bookmark that page, it’ll be there when it is.)
More information about The Dead Isle by Sam Starbuck is available at http://www.extribulum.com!