Jesse Winthrope is a self-made millionaire who has quickly risen from his own humble beginnings. Rocketed high into the upper echelons after the invention of his high efficiency Winthrope Steam Engine, Jesse is poised to take on the Western Frontier, starting in the city of Diablo.
Jenny Boone is from a hard-working farming family, living off the land far from the city and its technological marvels. However, circumstances beyond Jenny’s control force her into the clutches of a highly judgmental population.
Going to work in one of Winthrope’s factories, the two find each other and along with it a love that crosses both finances and prejudices.
Can their feelings for each other survive, or will society get the best of them, dousing the fire in their hearts?
– REVIEW –
Confession: I love anything to do with the steampunk culture, so when the opportunity arose to read Golden Czermak’s The Steam Tycoon, I grabbed that brass ring!
It is four hundred years after the Great Burning — a time when the depletion of fossil fuels lead to the collapse of civilization, bringing about death and disease — and the world now relies on the power of water as its source of energy. Both good and evil factions within the cities of the supercontinent, Eaugen, are on a constant search for technology that will enhance their methods of producing a sustainable power source.
Jesse Winthrope is at the helm of Winthrope, Ltd., one such energy producer. A young and noble soul, Jesse inherits Winthrope, Ltd, after the murder of his father, Maximilian. Headquartered in the city of Diablo, Jesse’s company is the proprietary manufacturer of steam capsules, as well as the prized WHESE (Winthrope High Efficiency Steam Engine). Young Jesse sees the good in the elevation of all citizens, not just the elite. He has distain for the repression of a people based upon their situation in life.
Across town, Lucas Frost, owner of Frost Industries, represents the greed and evil faction that has no use for the downtrodden. An abusive tyrant, Lucas has longed to be rid of Jesse, along with Jesse’s moral code. Lucas has coveted Winthrope’s technology and waits for the day he can claim it as his own. In order to do that, he needs to rid the world of Jesse Winthrope.
Golden Czermak’s The Steam Tycoon is the first entry of his new Steam Tycoon Series, and I loved it. More science fiction than romance, Czermak has incorporated the tenets of steampunk philosophy and culture into a suspenseful and imaginative story. While rife with heroes and villains, the main character of the story was, for me, all the great steampunk! We have steam propelled weapons, goggles that allow sight through clouds, flying ornithopters, bowlers and corsets! We have bots for pleasure and bots for work, holotubes for communication, cogs and gears for currency! And let’s not leave out the camelos and lutrines! Czermak’s detail in the construction of his steam society is fantastic, and his characters all serve to enhance the author’s steampunk universe. Heroic Jesse Winthrope stands true to his beliefs, and for that, he gains the love of Jenny Boone — a woman who society would label lower class, therefore an unworthy match for him. Again, the author holding true to steampunk philosophy regarding the necessity of rebellion fueled by class repression.
I could go on and on about the details and characters in The Steam Tycoon, but if you’re unsure about the whole steampunk culture, think of this story as a bit of Jules Verne meets The Wild, Wild West — it’s an adventure, a romance, a fast-moving ride through the steampunk universe. Hitch a ride on an ornithopter and enjoy!
Golden Czermak’s The Steam Tycoon contains scenes of graphic violence and sex, and is for mature audiences.
*ARC provided by FuriousFotog via The Next Step PR in exchange for an honest review.*
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In the beginning, Golden worked the standard corporate rat race, completed college for a Chemical Engineering Degree, and began a small photography company on the side.
Since then, and the growth of the FuriousFotog brand, Golden became an internationally published modeling/fitness photographer and eventually began working as a book cover model.
Having been in the industry for at least four years, he has interfaced and networked with countless authors and other clients. As part of his work as a photographer, he worked with them to create book cover images – now numbering well over 400 at the beginning of 2017.
Learning the ins and out of the book world, along with being an avid reader and storyteller himself, Golden finally decided to write and publish his first book, Homeward Bound, in June 2016. This paranormal adventure romance will span a total of six books and new ideas for other stories are in the works as well.