By Tim Akers
The first novel in Tim Akers’ desirable steampunk-noir sequence, The Burn Cycle.
Captain-turned-criminal Jacob Burn is the not going survivor of 2 zepliner crashes. the 1st destroyed his occupation as a pilot, disgracing his nobleman father and finishing his lifetime of privilege. however the moment threatens to damage Burn’s entire world—Veridon, an old terraced urban reborn in the course of the Church of the Algorithm’s contemporary advances in mechanics, know-how, and cog-work.
Moments ahead of the Glory of Day wrecked, a former underworld affiliate of Burn’s passed him an strange and complex cog for safekeeping. however the artifact-cog fast attracts Burn undesirable attention—too a lot of it, from too lots of Veridon’s strongest factions, casting doubt on even his closest allies.
A way more risky and unpredictable enemy has additionally joined the manhunt, carving a bloody path around the urban, whereas Burn’s frantic look for solutions simply results in extra questions. on the middle of all of it, the mysterious cog, which hides a mystery effective sufficient to shake Veridon to its very center, and recast Burn’s whole lifestyles.
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