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THE MILAN JOB
Steampunk Gaslamp Fantasy
BY KRISTA CAGG
Socially inept, stubborn, but confident in his abilities, Laurence Kane isn’t exactly attractive to prospective job offers, especially since his skillset is somewhat, well, specific. Naviwerks is the only game in town for those with expertise in Horology and Chrono-engineering-or at least it used to be.
A Naviwerks Captain, Alexandria de Sade, has gone rogue, stolen Chrono-ship #25, and now she just needs someone with an axe to grind who also happens to be a hotshot chrono-engineer. Undercut a nefarious monopoly while helping to reclaim lost artifacts from the past? And they say the perfect job doesn’t exist.
Only, there are certain risks he didn’t foresee. As Naviwerks shows its rusty underbelly, it soon becomes clear that more than gold coin and stiff competition is at stake.
With past, present, and future threatened, it’s up to one un-employable chrono-engineer, and a ragtag pirate crew turned family to keep the world the way it should be.
First order of business for the newly christened ship, The William Hunt? Retrieve the working model of Leonardo da Vinci’s Gran Cavallo from Milan, Italy 1490.
Now, they just have to be the first ones to reach it.
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- ASIN : B0C79VTWYS
- Publisher : Chaos Publications; 1st edition (July 4, 2023)
- Publication date : July 4, 2023
- Print length : 226 pages
Laurence finished his descent and stumbled backward away from the ladder. His head was craned back so he could look back up to the catwalk. A quiet sound of astonishment huffed out of him as he felt a little lightheaded. It would have been impossible for him to have brought his cases down with him.
He was startled out of his reverie when a large hand gripped his shoulder and the smell of sweat invaded his senses. Laurence turned to find himself face to chest with Mr. Reynolds. He raised his eyes to the brute, who pressed his lips together into a disapproving line before he gave the Horotech a push toward Mr. Wellington. Turning, the man proceeded to practically fly up the ladder to the catwalk. Laurence shuffled towards the Historian and felt more than a little intimidated and overwhelmed. Honestly! The man was a gorilla! Laurence huffed to himself.
Laurence turned to Mr. Wellington with an apologetic and weak smile on his face. “I’m afraid I am not making a very good first impression. I admit I get on better with machines than I do people, so I promise you a ride in the ship to be smoother than a conversation with me.”
Nigel lifted from his lazy lean as he gave a friendly sound of amusement to his newest fellow crew member. He guided Laurence to the ramp with a casual touch of his hand to his shoulder. “Never fear, Mr. Kane.” He smiled down to the little man. “Geri openly despises everyone with equal measure, save the Captain. If he does suddenly seem to like you then you need to start worrying and sleep with one eye open.”
Laurence was not reassured.
According to her mother, Krista has lived in her own imagination since birth. The real world let her down. It was, frankly, boring beyond belief. After she discovered fantasy novels and comics there was no going back. This didn’t win her any popularity contests (or dates) until after high school. Art school introduced her to other geeks and the wonderful world of D&D (Dungeons & Dragons). A love for RP eventually led to LARP (the goth/vampire era of her life). Finally, sci-fi/fantasy/fandom conventions introduced her to the beautiful world of Steampunk. Music. Clothing. And books. She dove into the books she took a shine to and absorbed them. But something was missing. She wasn’t satisfied. During her recovery from neck surgery something she’d heard somewhere stuck out in her mind: “If you can’t find the stories you want to read then write them yourself.” On a couch in Savannah, GA. with Sons of Anarchy playing in the background, The William’s Hunt began.
Currently, Krista lives in her home town in Pennsylvania with five cats and a husband.
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