I want to thank everyone from the bottom of my heart for their support in this journey. The first book, of which a sample is included here, is available on Kindle in ebook and paperback form on Amazon and is now enrolled in Kindle Unlimited. Much editing and gnashing of teeth has taken place since the first drafts were uploaded here, so I hope you enjoy. I will continue uploading Book 2 as chapters are completed.
Most people saw just another lunatic on the street that day, wearing strange goggles and swinging an invisible sword. But Jacob recognized a gamer.
After an unexpected job offer from the AR game’s creator, Jacob dons the steampunk goggles and watches as Seattle is transformed. Gone are the skyscrapers, replaced with towering Victorian monuments. Clockwork werewolves and steam-powered rabbits haunt the shadows, waiting to strike.
But what started as a game quickly turns lethal. Jacob gets caught up in a turf war over the most valuable sector of the transformed city. Will he capture Steam Whistle Alley, or will he meet a death from which he can’t respawn?
Maybe the onlookers were right.
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This story is great! With all of the VR stories around, this take on AR really puts a different spin on things.
The story is fun so far, and I’m enjoying the characters. There are minimal grammatical errors, and the story flows well.
It is good to see an Augmented Reality (AR) story starting up - there are a lot of VR stories out there and many of them are quite good, but something different is even better.
The writing is easy to read - the story, dialog, and scenes are easy to follow, no jarring transitions. The ideas in the story are introduced clearly before being used. Some people might find the idea intros a little long if they are already fully familiar with the ideas, but for newer readers the intros are a definite plus. The fact that the setting is near future US also makes the story easy to pick up - no major assumptions are needed for background knowledge, at least for people familiar with the US.
The only minus I have spotted so far is some of the characters reveal a little too much a little too fast. There may be good in-story reasons for this (e.g., in both cases I spotted the characters revealing to much were in stressful situations) but it still feels a little rushed. Not a big minus, just something to think about.
I have thoroughly enjoyed reading this story so far. I will admit that the premise of the story is what kept me going through the early slightly awkward prose of the first chapter or two and I am very glad that I stuck with it. The author has improved immensely in his style as he got deeper into the story and was very responsive to constructive feedback when offered.
It is clear that the author has envisioned this future Seattle extensively and does a good job of painting the scenery with his descriptive language. As a Seattlite it is very interesting to envision your city as both futuristic with flying cars and in Steam Punk garb with airships.
The plot is really what sets this story apart. How many of us would love to have some of the opportunities that the characters do to experience an augmented reality style game. There is just enough intrigue to make it interesting without over complicating the story. I am excited to find out what happens next!
...give me more! ...please.
Right, uh, the review. This novel is still fairly short as of the time of writing this (<150 pages) so no advanced review for you yet, but it would all be 5 stars anyways so I guess we're not really losing any details in any case.
The world and more importantly the way it is described (or rather, showed) is great, it feels vivid, alive. I've enjoyed the plot so far, and it seems solid, there are not many branches; it's focused and easy to follow. The characters all have a unique personality to them, and they show it consistently throughout their interactions. A previous reviewer already noted this, but what is somewhat off-putting at times is how quick they are to reveal information, or to build friendships. The evil guys are the evil guys, and the good guys all have white vests. Easy to read and light on the mind, but not a strong point of the story (so far!).
That's it, cheers, and I hope I'll get my next fix soon!
I picked up the first book and was amazed at how wonderful it was. So many twists and turns in it that I didnt see coming. The story got better and better as I went and ducked me in even more.
Very refreshing take on the genre of gamelit/litrpg that makes me want more.
The second book takes off right after the first and your thrown right back into the action and adventure without a thought and I couldnt love it anymore.
I will most definitely be following this story and buying 5he book when its released.
I can't really get enough! I've seen story telling and you've got it my man! Extremely recommended
I think Joshua Mason wrote an excellent novel for young and old alike. He has captured the essence of true story telling, his characters are awsome, Jacob is a excellent lead character "very whitty" a bit like the author, Jeni is a good supporting lead, Trick is a good second supporting character, Jameson is the kind of villan we all love to hate, everybody "boo's and hisses at the sound of his name" Jacob's monkey "Banjo" was smashing, he done a good job supporting Jacob, Iggy was the kind of guy we have all met in some place or another. I really think this should become a best seller or even a movie. The plot and characters gel together very well. It is very exciting read with twist and turns in the plot, it is a rollercoaster of a read and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope Joshua Mason continues to produce literary works of art such as Steam Whistle Alley. For all who have not read it I should stipulate that it worth a read as you will be throughly entertained by this great novel. Thank you Joshua Mason for the great novel, I can't wait for the next episode of Steam Whistle Alley. Excellent novel one of the best I have read in a long time, bravo to a trully literary storyteller.
This story is so vivid and beautiful! I found myself engrossed all the way through. I love everything about it! The characters feel real and deep and you feel the world coming alive around you more than you read about it. Very well crafted.