Monday, May 18, 2015

5 Star Review: Lifemaker by @deanfwilson #LMTour

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Written by Dean F. Wilson

Genre(s): Steampunk

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The Regime is on the hunt, forcing the Resistance to take refuge aboard the Lifemaker, an advanced submarine that houses a special cargo: a handful of women who can still give birth to human children.

To evade the Regime's own submersibles, all parties must work together, but tensions are high, and not everyone on board is looking out for the greater good.

As they descend into the deeps, they quickly learn that not all monsters work for the Regime.

Sharon's Review

Lifemaker continues the tale of Jacob, the contraceptive amulet thief. I find this continuation of the Iron Wars series to be even faster paced than the first book of the series, Hopebreaker. Dean Wilson's characters really come to life while they're all crammed together in a steam punk tin can of a submarine. The personalities of Jacob, Whistler, and Taberah are really fleshed out and believable, to the point that I don't think I like Taberah very much. I want to just push her out a porthole or something. She uses everybody, even her son Whistler, and lover Jacob, who actually care about her.

Although Hopebreaker is an excellent read, The first half of it is spent trying to explain who everyone is, and their back-stories. It gets a bit tangled and confusing unless you pay very close attention. Lifemaker is a little bit better, because I already know the major characters and what drives them before I open the second book. There is perhaps a little confusion, because there are at least a couple of diverging plotlines. However, I think that makes events even more exciting because there's always something bubbling beneath the surface that you can't quite put a finger on. I'm sort of prepared for that, from the pace at which things change in the first book, but what I'm not prepared for is a couple of very hard hitting revelations that blindside not only the characters concerned, but me as well.

Lifemaker's journey is fraught with danger, subterfuge and betrayal, same as Hopebreaker, but this time it's several fathoms underwater. The submarine is beset by whales, mines, and other subs. The last chapter is so visual and descriptive that it's a real nail biter. The suspense has me at the edge of my seat. I love this book!

If the first book in a series is a blockbuster, then the second book has very high expectations to satisfy. Lifemaker satisfies and then some. Both books are blockbusters. I give it a five. I can hardly wait for the next one in the series, Skyshaker.

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About Dean F. Wilson
 photo deanfwilson-authorphoto.jpg Dean F. Wilson was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1987. He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source. He won a TAP Educational Award from Trinity College Dublin for an early draft of The Call of Agon (then called Protos Mythos) in 2001.

His epic fantasy trilogy, The Children of Telm, was released between 2013 and 2014.

Dean also works as a journalist, primarily in the field of technology. He has written for TechEye, Thinq, V3, VR-Zone, ITProPortal, TechRadar Pro, and The Inquirer.

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