Kevin's Book Reviews
Falling Against Gravity by Geoff and Michelle Genge
The Terra Obscura Chronicles Book 2 : Falling Against Gravity 5 Stars Pages: 297 Genre: Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Alternate History Paranormal investigator and rogue adventurer Charles Fort is obsessed with getting his prototype airship into the sky. As the first test flight fast approaches, Fort is confronted by enemies from his past who remind him of the uncanny origins of his Nimbus airship and what it has cost him. Fort is forced to reconcile his youthful adventures in Aurora, Texas - where he naively investigated an extraterrestrial crash - with the present-day consequences of his blind dedication to the mission. With his life unraveling, Fort must choose between his closest relationships and his goals. His unorthodox team faces mortal threats that span from sabotage to mad science to - ultimately - each other. As the laws of physics are bent and broken, Charles Fort must face his greatest threat to date: his own determination. ABOUT THE TERRA OBSCURA CHRONICLES An adventure set in the early 1900s, the Terra Obscura Chronicles follow Charles Fort, the world's first supernatural investigator, as he hunts for proof of what science refuses to accept - the existence of the paranormal. With an eclectic crew of allies and support, Fort travels this breathtaking world at the pinnacle of the Gilded Age investigating classic paranormal cases and hunting for the truth behind the legends. Review Starting just a few weeks after Charles Fort was rescued following his adventure into the tunnels of the future Grand Central Station on the trail of the elusive Molemen. Once again Geoff & Michelle Genge have caused me to put aside an entire evening and early morning to devour the adventures of Fort and his associate Leroy Ripley. What, on the surface, seems like a dull tale of fixing up a steampunk airship for Fort’s much anticipated trip to Egypt following rumours of a ‘living’ mummy, is not dull in the slightest. The masterful way the authors blend the current airship project with the telling of Fort’s previous investigation of an ‘Alien landing’ in Aurora, Texas keeps you engrossed throughout. With a small but rich cast of characters that reveal their personalities and motivations as we get deeper into the series, this was a joy to read. Throw in the usual pro and epilogues with the journalist researching Fort in the present day and you’ve got yourself an excellent well plotted story that drops in its secrets at exactly the right times.
What more could we need to heighten the expectation for book 3? A cliffhanger you say, well that’s exactly what we get – and it’s a doozy (no spoilers from me – you’ll have to read the book)