TITLE: Thomas Riley
AUTHOR: Nick Valentino
PUBLISHER: Echelon Press, LLC, 2010
ISBN 978-1-59080-700-2 (282 pages)
I readily admit I know very little about steampunk. It is one of those concepts my brain simply has a hard time wrapping around. That didn't keep me from enjoying Thomas Riley. It is a non-stop adventure ride reminiscent of the Indiana Jones entertainments with some Pirates of the Caribbean thrown in.
Thomas Riley, the armaments genius behind West Canvia's war effort, and his assistant/companion Cynthia Bassett are unexpectedly hurtled into adventure when the West Canvian princess is mortally wounded. Forced to perform a complicated and risky procedure, Riley finds himself needing the aid of Isaac Maier. Unfortunately, Maier is Riley's counterpart in the enemy camp, and to get to him, Riley and Bassett must travel deep into enemy territory, force Maier to cooperate, and escape with their lives and the princess'.
Valentino weaves a swashbuckling tale of intrigue, betrayal, and high adventure in Thomas Riley. If you like steampunk, this is a must-read. If you like adventure, this is a great read. If you just like a good story, you are in for a real treat. Two thumbs up on this one.