The Falling Machine by Andrew P. Mayer
(The Society of Steam, Book One)

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This new steampunk series opens in 1880, when women aren't allowed to vote, much less dress up in a costume and fight crime. But twenty year-old socialite Sarah Stanton still dreams of becoming a hero. Her opportunity arrives in tragedy when the leader of the Society of Paragons, New York's greatest team of gentlemen adventurers, is murdered right before her eyes.

To uncover the truth behind the assassination, Sarah joins forces with the amazing mechanical man known as The Automaton. Together they unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the Paragons that reveals the world of heroes and high-society is built on a crumbling foundation of greed and lies.

When Sarah comes face to face with the megalomaniacal villain behind the murder, she must discover if she has the courage to sacrifice her life of privilege and save her clockwork friend.

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About Andrew P. Mayer

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Andrew P. Mayer is the author of The Falling Machine and Hearts of Smoke and Steam, books 1 and 2 of the The Society of Steam trilogy. He is also the author of a short comic story titled "Creepy: Om Nom Nom" published by Dark Horse Comics that was anthologized in Myspace Dark Horse Presents, vol. 3, and in New Creepy Anthology. He is the chief creative officer for Mob Science games, where he creates social games for Facebook. Previously he worked as a game designer and creative director for Sony Psygnosis, the Cartoon Network, and PlayFirst. Visit him online at
Published June 21, 2011 by Pyr. 285 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tom and Darby's student Sarah Stanton decide to investigate the circumstances behind Darby's death as the Paragons are distracted by an internal power struggle and infiltrated by evildoers.

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The highly stylized cover for the Society of Steam: The Falling Machine does little to show the coolness of the main two characters and their world.

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Book 1 of The Society of Steam, The Falling Machine introduces readers to New York in the 1880s, where an energy source known as Fortified Steam powers a group of heroic vigilantes known as the Paragons.

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In the interim, Alexander Stanton, otherwise known as The Industrialist, becomes the new leader of the Society, a man whose long history and friendship with the late Sir Darby is more than a little checkered, and whose beautiful, headstrong, 20-year-old daughter Sarah takes it upon herself to inv...

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For me, it gave the book a very comic book feel and I was not surprised to find that the author also writes comic books.

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Portland Book Review

Stanton, imprisoned by the expectations of her gender in Robber Baron-era society, takes it upon herself to investigate the murder of the scientist who formed The Paragons.

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Miss Sarah Stanton doesn't want to be a society belle.

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Though this is the second book in this series, don’t let that fact stop you from picking this book up.

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