TBR reviewer: B.H.
Captain James Hartwell rebels against the abhorrent plans of his commanding officer to run a private slave trade. In doing so, he seemingly signs not only his own death warrant but
that of his sister and loyal crew. All seems lost, until a blazing fireball hits the ocean.
Escaping on an obsolete galleon, Hartwell must evade the chasing English forces, protect his sister and his crew and deal with his near-overpowering attraction to a flesh and metal woman found floating in the ocean where the fireball fell.
Can they survive on the ancient, rotting galleon? What is happening to the crew as they develop frightening, almost demonic, powers? What part does the enigmatic Lady Mechatronic play in their transformation?
Pirates, flying saucers, a cyborg alien, steampunk and passion collide in the Caribbean. At least Hartwell has some absinthe to keep him sane. But this is just the beginning.
The comma overload and run-on sentences nearly ended this book before it began. There’s also a lot of pov changes in the middle of scenes (head hopping). All this could be fixed and should have. It was a nuisance catching these things while trying to immerse myself into this tale.
I kept reading though, the plot is intriguing. As soon as we meet Captain Hartwell the action begins. Despite the much needed editing, Ms. Wyatt does a great job of reeling the reader in. I felt the betrayal and the courage shown by Hartwell as well as his crew. I absolutely loved the description from the Captain when we first meet Lady Mechatronic. Very well done, Ms. Wyatt really painted an amazing visual.
The story progresses as Captain Hartwell and those loyal of his crew are pursued by the ‘bad’ guy. The pace is perfect. What really takes away from the story is once again, the editing. Every time I snuggle down and start to get into the unique story unfolding, a head hop butts in. Such a shame because this book is turning out really great.
The crew begins to experience changes, physically. When they went to rescue Lady Mechatronic they absorbed the technology from her world and are showing some very cool abilites. This adds another great element to the story. I can’t help but love this plot. It’s so unique and the characters well developed.
Now it has a rather quick ending but it was satisfying knowing there will be more in this series. I, for one, can’t wait to read them. Because of the poor editing this is rated 4 stars, otherwise, it would have been 5.