The Forever Engine



✅ [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Forever Engine By Frank Chadwick ⚣ – E17streets4all.co.uk London His Majesty s airships troll the sky powered by antigrav liftwood Iron Lords tighten their hold on Britain choked by the fumes of industry Mars has been colonized Clockwork assassins stalk Eur LondonHis Majesty s airships troll the sky powered by antigrav liftwood Iron Lords tighten their hold on Britain choked by the fumes of industry Mars has been colonized Clockwork assassins stalk European corridors of power Far to the east, the Old Man of the Mountains plots the end of the world with his Forever EngineJack Fargo, scholar, former American special forces agent in Afghanistan Aided only by an elderly Scottish physicist, a young British officer The Forever Kindle - of questionable courage, and a beautiful but mysterious spy for the French Commune, Fargo must save the future, the universe, from destruction Author created steampunk role playing game Space.The Forever Engine

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  • The Forever Engine
  • Frank Chadwick
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  • 15 September 2019
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  1. says:

    Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews The Forever Engine by Frank Chadwick is a genre bender novel that mixes equal parts steampunk, alternate history, science fiction, and fantasy to create something new and interesting Please understand going into this read that Mr Chadwick co created a role playing game called Space 1889, and this novel is set in the steampunk world of that game In fact, this book is very much like a Dragonlance or Forgotten Realms novel in that it almost serves as a Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths Reviews The Forever Engine by Frank Chadwick is a genre bender novel that mixes equal parts steampunk, alternate history, science fiction, and fantasy to create something new and interesting Please understand going into this read that Mr Chadwick co created a role playing game called Space 1889, and this novel is set in the steampunk world of that game In fact, this book is very much like a Dragonlance or Forgotten Realms novel in that it almost serves as a walk through of the role playing world, giving a reader fantastic details of this alternative reality Victorian England of Space 1889 and its vast history Do not think, however, that this book is all source book material, because it definitely has a fast paced and action filled story In fact, the plot lines move forward so fast that it readslike a movie screen play than a book, and some reviewers description of The Forever Engine as a gritty and raw work is probably very accurate.The book begins with Jack Fargo, ancient history professor, being called in as a consultant on a secret experiment being conducted in England Even though Jack is just there to consult on a mysterious Roman coin, he gets caught up in an unfortunate accident that sends him shooting backwards through time to the year 1888 However, not only has Jack slipped backward in time but he has also left our reality for a parallel one Once our brave professor regains his bearing, he finds himself in an alternative turn of the century Victorian England, where the South has won the American Civil War, flying steamships dominate the skies, space travel is an accepted part of every day life, and there is even an earth colony on Mars Not only that, but Jack immediately finds himself immersed in a convoluted political situation, forced to choose sides in this world s conflicts, and finds himself actively fighting to save this world from its own problems even as he desperately seeks a way back to his own time.Overall, this book is just what I assumed it would be an action adventure tale wrapped in the standard steampunk surroundings of steamships, gadgets, airships, and Victorian England withthan a dash of intrigue added The characters in The Forever Engine were mostly interesting, even if they were a bit one dimensional at times, and Mr Chadwick does a good job of adding in famous people from the time period albeit changing them enough to suite their alternative reality world The action sequences in the book were adequately described, and a measure of suspense was maintained throughout the novel However, where Mr Chadwick excels is in the massive amount of history and background material that he provides about this wonderful steampunk world Here a reader is given vast amounts of information on the world, its history, and its weapons of war until the setting becomes as real to you as our own modern day reality With all that being said, I had some issues with The Forever Engine that I d like to explore briefly Feel free to stop now and not have to read anything negative about this novel if it is a favorite of yours If, after carefully consideration on your part, you decide to continue reading, please do not get upset by any criticisms you might see in the next few paragraphs, because like Stephen King at the end of The Dark Tower Saga I am warning you that you might not like the ending here.1 Jack is way over powered and his skill set too conveniently correct for his adventure I realize that is a strange things to say, but let me explain what I mean You see, it was just chance that brought Jack Fargo to the secret laboratory on that fateful day when he was sent back in time, but in all honest, it must have been fate, because no other time traveler could have beensuited for the trip ahead Who else except for Jack Fargo would have had the exact sort of skills that he needed to survive in this alternative steampunk world I can t think of anyone And not only does Jack survive but he excels I mean, once he is in the alternative world, Jack uses his vast knowledge of history, physics, political persons, era specific military equipment, and his linguistic ability to survive and vanquish his enemies All I can say is Thank God the lab accident happened when a man so immensely suited to this time traveling predicament just happened to be there I mean, think what would have happened if the janitor had been sent back through time.2 Setting aside the issue of Jack s skill set for a moment, let us turn to his characterization in this novel Basically, Jack is your classic Hollywood action adventure hero This guy pops out of nowhere claiming he is from an alternative world, but instead of being labeled crazy or whatever, he is quickly accepted into the cool group Not only is Jack in the cool group of people, but somehow, he is also the smartest guy in the group, the toughest guy in the group, the guy with the most modern, enlightened sensibilities, and the cool guy who gets the most beautiful, bad ass female as his girlfriend I mean, Jack has it made How could he fail 3 This novel is told from Jack s first person perspective I generally do not like first person narratives It is a personal issue I have Now, I admit that there have been first person narratives that I have liked See Mark Lawrence s Prince of Thorns, but most of the time, I find these types of novels disappointing Unfortunately, The Forever Engine was one of the first person narratives I did not enjoy Just one of those things, I suppose.4 As I mentioned above, this novel is filled to overflowing with details about this richly imagined steampunk world As a lover of history and alternative history, I adore this sort of stuff However, an author has to walk a fine line when spoon feeding a reader vast quantities of lore, because if you provide too much the book readers like a role playing campaign source book, and to me, Mr Chadwick went past this unseen line, becoming so determined to regurgitate facts that the actual plot and characters became lost in the world building.Even with its many problems, I decided to give The Forever Engine three stars It is probably closer to 2 stars, but I am giving Mr Chadwick credit for the marvelous alternate universe he has dreamed up This imaginative world is well worth reading about, and hopefully, in the next story, the main character will not be so over powered and have to actually struggle with the problems facing him All in all, the novel is a solid first book in a new series Does anyone actually believe this is a one shot and it definitely has potential going forward.Netgalley and the publisher provided this book to me for free in return for an honest review The review above was not paid for or influenced in any way by any person, entity or organization, but is my own personal opinions

  2. says:

    Time travel is always a tricky thing, and sometimes the use of an alternate reality or alternate history can do as much to accentuate the problems as it can to provide a safe path for the story to take What I mean is that it is often relied upon as a crutch or an easy out, bypassing all the paradoxical complexities Where it works best and that is where The Forever Engine finds itself is when the crutch is turned on itself, using time travel as the excuse to explore the alternate reality Time travel is always a tricky thing, and sometimes the use of an alternate reality or alternate history can do as much to accentuate the problems as it can to provide a safe path for the story to take What I mean is that it is often relied upon as a crutch or an easy out, bypassing all the paradoxical complexities Where it works best and that is where The Forever Engine finds itself is when the crutch is turned on itself, using time travel as the excuse to explore the alternate reality.Frank Chadwick is a name that may be familiar to some readers, and probablygamers He was one of the originators of the modern steampunk genre with Space 1889, and this novel is his opportunity to play out the world he helped to create.Jack Fargo, our hero, is a modern day history professor, called back by the Army to assist with a top secret science experiment An accident in London catapults him back in time to 1888but not to our 1888 Here, the South won the Civil War, steam powered airships fill the skies, man has already been to space, and there are dinosaur remnants walking the Earth Trapped in a history he s unprepared for, with political alliances he can t really trust, Jack finds himself forced to work as hard at picking friends from foes as at trying to find his way home.The characters here were a bit thin for my liking, and the narrative itself could have benefited from a littledescription, but it was still an enjoyable read It s a large scale, steampunk adventure tale, complete with witty banter and sarcastic asides that help provide a bit of an edge There are no real surprises here, and little in the way of actual suspense, but Jack s triumphs and escapes are no less enjoyable for being predictable or convenient There is some legitimate attempt to drive home Jack s divided loyalties, having become invested in the cause, but still desperately missing his daughter back in the present, and I think that conflict is what kicked his character up a notch.It s not the strongest steampunk tale I ve read this year, but The Forever Engine was enjoyable enough to keep me reading late into the night It s kind of like a glossy b grade adventure movie with a big budget you know the flaws are there, but you re having enough fun to overlook them Originally reviewed at Beauty in Ruins

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    Its fineish I guess Less interested in character than world building but doesn t really even deliver on that promise as much as it should could have The main character is largely a hyper competent bog standard protagonist He s a historian AND was in the military AND speaks a variety of Middle Eastern languages AND knows kendo Nor does he have much in direction or drive He has a singular motivation but very little interior conflict around that or interpersonal conflict with any other charact Its fineish I guess Less interested in character than world building but doesn t really even deliver on that promise as much as it should could have The main character is largely a hyper competent bog standard protagonist He s a historian AND was in the military AND speaks a variety of Middle Eastern languages AND knows kendo Nor does he have much in direction or drive He has a singular motivation but very little interior conflict around that or interpersonal conflict with any other characters What there is is either neglected narratively or ultimately actively undermined by the end.Look Martian colonies bar the implications of alt universe colonialism rad French commune rad So why don t we explore these placesIt also has basically one female character who naturally is a femme fatale not that that s an inherently bad archetype but when its your only one

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    Is choosing a life path which subordinates you own sense of person to someone else s a form of suicide Very rarely do I ever enjoy a good time travel tale The logic isn t always there, like in say Bioshock Infinite But for a book so steeped in hard science, The Forever Engine manages to make an intelligent leap in physics Speculatively speaking, of course.Jack Fargo is the narrator of this tale, an ex soldier turned history professor called back to help in a top secret science case Well, hIs choosing a life path which subordinates you own sense of person to someone else s a form of suicide Very rarely do I ever enjoy a good time travel tale The logic isn t always there, like in say Bioshock Infinite But for a book so steeped in hard science, The Forever Engine manages to make an intelligent leap in physics Speculatively speaking, of course.Jack Fargo is the narrator of this tale, an ex soldier turned history professor called back to help in a top secret science case Well, help might be the wrong word Threatened, then forced into events that are far from his control But he s a smart cookie, and decides that instead of moping, or doing the good thing, he s going to get home I really liked this take on an unfortunate time traveler It was his knowledge of every single plot point that was grating Now, I can understand when people see a random dinosaur in the 19th century, and spout off the name of a famous fossil But when you know the scientific name of said dinosaurand seven languagesand oodles of physicsand obscure Roman and Middle East historyand how to beat a few soldiers with just a pipe, the character becomes too powerful A minor fault, though.When it comes to characters, you would expect caricatures in what appears to be a fast paced, pulpy action romp Instead, I received a depth and intelligence to both characterization, world building, and plot The Forever Engine s cover is just a facade There s betrayals, motives, heroics, normalizations, and twists aplenty from each member of the cast The antagonist, side kick, and femme fatale are three of the biggest that could ve been simple creatures, but turn into frighteningly real people because of how Chadwick has crafted them Nobody can be trusted, and everybody s being played Amazing.I m also going to make a request for a story about the South Carolina slave turned military man He neededpage time, that s for sure Such mystery behind his eyes that needs tellingI could save her, somehow But would I be able to face her afterwards, knowing what I had had to do to accomplish that I could say characterization is the strongest thing Chadwick has going for him, but then I would be lying He s a world building whore, and I m happy with that I mean, for crying out loud, the Victorian British colonized Mars Who thinks of this stuff It s amazing and fresh, from the smog riddled streets of London to the soaring heights of an airship The man knows how to breathe life into a setting The South winning the Civil War, and the bias that goes along with it, may have been a tad clich , but I ll let him off because of the rest.As I said, there s depth here if you re looking.Not only is it in the made up details, but with the historical references, too From Prince Albert to Tesla to Kelvin and , the tiny names and even Roman emperors were setting my inner history nerd a flame with excitement It s just the icing on the cake in what was a fun Steampunk storyGordon looked at me as if good hearing was for sissies However, there needs to be a fair deal of praise in his plotting The book starts off strong, catapulting the narrator into a different world, disorienting him and the entire cast We have a chase, shoot outs, and other fine filler, but it s the end, or climax to be specific, that really takes center stage Every little twist and turn leads up to an explosion, quite literally in fact, just the way I like it There are a few points of disbelief here and there, but like the South, it s nothing much The last chapter, unfortunately, kinda tapers off And the middle of the books slags in pacing If the book didn t tell rather than show, and Chadwick had better control over dialogue, I could see him becoming a favorite of mine He has the plotting chops, especially when the idea about the Forever Engine is revealed Mind boggling But the story is still rough around the edges, like the fight scenes that move from brilliant and atmospheric to muddled and dark Chadwick s a fun writer with depth, just not enough pop and smoothness Maybe it was the no nonsense writing that seemed to verge randomly into sentimentalism I m not sureIt came from the notion that if you had an interesting enough story to tell, you would get to finish telling it But you don t always

  5. says:

    Disclaimer I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you Baen I wanted to like this book, really I did I am faroften reading and liking steampunk, so when I hear the words time travel, steampunk, and Nikola Tesla I was all over this book But in the end it was just boring.Read the rest of this review at Written Among the Stars Disclaimer I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Thank you Baen I wanted to like this book, really I did I am faroften reading and liking steampunk, so when I hear the words time travel, steampunk, and Nikola Tesla I was all over this book But in the end it was just boring.Read the rest of this review at Written Among the Stars

  6. says:

    I like it when I find a new author that I enjoy I love it when I find a new writer that makes me want to go findof his books cause they are just that good a read I hate it that my prospective read list has grown againlol Frank Chadwick did all these to me Nice kickass adventure SiFi Steampunk story with really good main and secondary characters Now I got to get onand buybooks Very recommended

  7. says:

    It s obvious from the first page or two that this story isn t really meant to be a book this is a movie in book format The action moves very quickly and we get little backstory If you love action military stuff like any police TV show or the Temeraire book series you should give this one a go.Things I loved about this book some really cool pseudo science and real science steampunk setting of alternate Europe POV of veteran soldier that includes interesting details you don t see in most act It s obvious from the first page or two that this story isn t really meant to be a book this is a movie in book format The action moves very quickly and we get little backstory If you love action military stuff like any police TV show or the Temeraire book series you should give this one a go.Things I loved about this book some really cool pseudo science and real science steampunk setting of alternate Europe POV of veteran soldier that includes interesting details you don t see in most action books such as that after a gunfight, everyone s faces are bright red because the blood comes rushing back, etc cool and clever female lead who uses a shotgun and kicks butt dinosaurs Things I disliked about this book Mainly that the protag comes off as author proxy Gary Stu, and this book is an American white male ego trip Now, I think that MOST people probably wouldn t even notice this, especially white males, so for many people the book would be great But as a critically thinking woman who happens to have a master s degree in English and used to routinely rip to shreds the works of stale pale males, it s all glaringly obvious.Let me explain Jack s the smartest guy in any situation, always putting the pieces together before everyone else even though he s not even FROM this place or time He rarely makes a mistake or gets confused, and he s always patiently explaining physics and politics to other scientists He also is better at fighting than anyone else because of his modern military tactics, which is actually really interesting to read about If you like movies or video games where one guy takes down dozens of soldiers and barely gets scratched, this is for you Jack makes a point of being a decent guy to blacks, Muslims, and women, and while this ought to be a good thing, there s a clear contrast being made Jack is always looking down in disgust at his comrades for being so narrow minded It reads like the author patting himself on the back for how much he America has evolved beyond these foolish 19th century Europeans Gabrielle is almost the only female character Jack remembers a dead wife and living daughter he loves and misses, but not much is said about his family And although Gabrielle is cool, clever, and badass, she is not as cool, clever, or badass as Jack, and basically exists to be the love interest and make him look good This she does in two ways first because she s gorgeous and smart and picked him coupled with everything else, this is practically beating the reader over the head with the whole alpha male thing , and secondly because she gives Jack many opportunities to show what a kind and respectful gentleman he is to women Gabrielle is alsoof a modern woman, which allows her to have a casual dalliance with Jack once again, showing this isof a movie than a book where are her Victorian sensibilities However, all my complaints about Gabrielle are undermined or at least complicated by a plot twist three quarters in view spoiler she has Asberger s hide spoiler.Anyways, fun read, recommended for undiscerning American white males, lovers of action movies or TV shows why are so many action leads named Jack , and English students who need to write a feminist essay about a recently published novel I could do ten pages on this one in my sleep

  8. says:

    The Forever Engine is an alternate universe Victorian England steampunk with an interesting premise and many ideas But the first person perspective ended up falling a bit flat and a deus ex machina plot line stretched credibility In the end, the author becomes so engrossed with all his carefully researched details that the main character pretty much became a walking textbook with no personality and a solution for any problem.Jack Fargo is a university ancient history professor called upon to a The Forever Engine is an alternate universe Victorian England steampunk with an interesting premise and many ideas But the first person perspective ended up falling a bit flat and a deus ex machina plot line stretched credibility In the end, the author becomes so engrossed with all his carefully researched details that the main character pretty much became a walking textbook with no personality and a solution for any problem.Jack Fargo is a university ancient history professor called upon to authenticate a Roman coin of mysterious origin In the process, he ends up thrust into the past of a fantastical nature turn of the century England where Mars has been colonized, steamships rule the airways, and famous persons of the era have completely different agendas As Fargo gets caught up in the new world s politics, he will have to fight to save that world all the while trying to get back to his daughter in his own time.Right off the bat, we have a main character who time travels and is named Fargo get it , who specializes in ancient history but spends most of the book either using his Kendo techniques, discussing high end physics, being knowledgeable about all kinds of English politicians and world personages, holding discussions about era militia and military arsenal and equipment, and speaking some 15 languages all of which come in handy at various points in the story His background He was a soldier in Afghanistan and is a teacher of history Throw in a sexy Frenchwoman foil and an uptight and inept rival Fargo can ridicule often and it was all a bit much.But we are also subjected to tedious discussions of minutiae from specific ordnances recognized from afar to Bavarian politics and politicians If the Victorian era people need an answer Fargo s got it, in detail, and we will have to read it.I appreciate the work the author spent into the era But at the same time, I really don t want to read about every single piece of it I wish the author had beencircumspect about the research or at least not made his main character so knowledgeable and perfect that it strained credibility far too much That, or an editor had reined him in a bit so we get a story and not a dissertation.In all, I give this three stars because I m sure there are many who wouldn t mind trolling through an alternate universe Victorialand But for me, I m looking for characters I can relate to who actually don t have built in solutions to every problem The story was so passively told that the main character was mucha construct than the robotic clockwork assassins he has to fight.Received as an ARC from the publisher

  9. says:

    I remember the old Space 1889 advertisements in Dragon Magazine, in times of yore The clean lines of the David Deitrick art teased a story and setting steampunk whose words I didn t even know It combined a sort of Barsoomian adventure with colonialism and imperialism in an intriguing mix that I ve never quite gotten over.Never bought the game Always regretted that there wasn t a fiction series to go with it.This book isn t framed as part of Space 1889, though it imports most or all of the I remember the old Space 1889 advertisements in Dragon Magazine, in times of yore The clean lines of the David Deitrick art teased a story and setting steampunk whose words I didn t even know It combined a sort of Barsoomian adventure with colonialism and imperialism in an intriguing mix that I ve never quite gotten over.Never bought the game Always regretted that there wasn t a fiction series to go with it.This book isn t framed as part of Space 1889, though it imports most or all of the setting and ideas Meant to be sort of a prequel, I guess Unfortunately, theintriguing flying ironclad ships on Mars elements are barely mentioned.It recalls the Oswald Bastable adventures, or Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, where a man from our world inadvertently falls into an alternate history The Lord Kalvan connection is strong Jack Fargo is uniquely skilled to meet this world s problems His competence seemingly balloons during the events of the story, starting as wisecracking smart guy and historian, to all round asskicker This is in tune with an intriguing theme Aadvanced history presumably our own near future hasthan a purely technological leg up on this 1888 Fargo is a product of modern military training, especially tactics, stress response, and combat psychology It may be wish fulfilment to say that a soldier with this background would make mincemeat of roomfuls of Victorian era thugs, but the way that Chadwick applies this knowledge makes me want to believe it, and cheer as Fargo steps out of his opponents combat stress tunnel vision and proceeds to mop the floor with them.Chadwick, in fact, writes with a technical edge that I haven t seen in the steampunk area A discussion of momentum transfer in theoretical particle physics in regards to this world s liftwood airships boring at the time pays off in spades when revealing the meaning behind the title and the threat being posed

  10. says:

    Forever Engine is a steampunk adventure to an alternate dimension Stranded in an another reality, American Jack Fargo fights to survive, struggles with unfamiliar politics and return to his daughter The story is gritty and raw and the lines between friend and foe blur Sometimes the actions were over described, slowing the stories pace but over all I found Forever Engine a wonderfully dark romp into a fabulously undiscovered steampumk world.I received an ARC copy of The Forever Engine from Bae Forever Engine is a steampunk adventure to an alternate dimension Stranded in an another reality, American Jack Fargo fights to survive, struggles with unfamiliar politics and return to his daughter The story is gritty and raw and the lines between friend and foe blur Sometimes the actions were over described, slowing the stories pace but over all I found Forever Engine a wonderfully dark romp into a fabulously undiscovered steampumk world.I received an ARC copy of The Forever Engine from Baen Books in exchange for a honest review This book is set for publication January 7, 2014.Written by Frank ChadwickPage Count 352 pagesPublisher BaenPUublication Date January 7, 2014ISBN 10 1451639406ISBN 13 978 1451639407Rating 4 StarsGenre Steampunk, Science FictionFind this book onBarnes Noble

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