In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive. Between these two warring factions lies Jacob, a man who profits from smuggling contraceptive amulets into the city of Blackout. He cares little about the Great Iron War, but a chance capture, and an even more accidental rescue, embroils him in a plot to starve the Regime from power. When Hope is an enemy, Jacob finds it harder than he thought to remain indifferent. When the Resistance opts to field its experimental landship, the Hopebreaker, the world may find that one victory does not win a war.
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 He started writing at age 11, when he began his first (unpublished) novel, entitled The Power Source.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.
He has published a number of poems and short stories over the years, while working on and reworking some of his novels. The Call of Agon is his first published novel.
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.
The Story is Unique and flows pretty naturally and is very entertaining.
Im not a huge Steam Punk fan but I do read it obviously so when i was ask to review this book I took the offer,
The book was exciting, captivating and entertaining that kept you turning the pages. I found it enjoyable, it takes place in the world of Altadas. There are no more human births. the Regime has replaced the unborn with demons while the Resistance is trying to destroy the drug called Hope that the demons need for survival.
not too many spoilers here so well just talk a bit about character here. Jacob the smuggler of amulets in the city of Blackout. he cares little about the Great Iron War. then you have Taberah the seductress, then you have Tommond , the leader of the Resistance. So this is now where you have constant action with the Resistance against the latter organization the Regime.
Its not all blood and fighting and horrors of combat as most steam punk books are. the terms of warfare are discuss in terms of a worthy cause. and there is also a philosophical view within reach.
Then with Jacob caught between the two factions getting tangles in a war he cares nothing about and now has to make a huge decision to save the humanity of his world.
The atroy line is fantastic, different and a just pull you right in and taking you on a roller coaster ride. although the book was good there aare a few short comings , Altadas back story would be a perfect example. not enough or strong. Jacobs narration was shattered a bit. But the characters development was not bad and with a second book coming i’m sure after all the cliffhangers, Mr Wislon will have plenty of time to fix any mistakes or anything missed.
all in all I give it a 4 star.