Wireless & More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks (Book Review)

44416626Captain Marta Ramos, the most dangerous pirate in the Duchy of Denver, is back and she and Simms are up to their goggles in trouble. Has General del Toro found a way to use the Infected as an army and can Captain Ramos work with her arch enemy, Colonel Geoffrey Douglas, to stop him? Can Simms join forces with the devious Deliah Nimowitz on a jailbreak, some sewer misadventures AND a high society soiree involving tea, a heist and sausages? And what about the Rail King and his nefarious plans? Can Captain Ramos and her crew stop him before he completes his latest dastardly deed, one that may result in Deliah’s demise? Check out the next installment of the exciting adventures of Captain Ramos and her valiant crew to find out more!

Wireless picks up where Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures with 3 linked novellas, all set in or near the Duchy of Denver, in an American West that never was.

“Blood in Elk Creek” – When Captain Marta Ramos’s aeroplane is shot down over hostile territory, she has to work with her nemesis, Colonel Geoffrey Douglas, head of the Duke of Denver’s security division, to try and stop General del Toro’s plot to spread the dreaded Infection throughout the Plains tribes, thereby creating a monstrous private army. And the clock is ticking when Marta contracts the Infection too.

“Do Shut Up, Mister Simms” – While Marta is off having adventures, Simms involuntarily signs up for one of his own. He and the crew have to join forces with the lovely Deliah to break a crewmember out of the Duke’s prison. Then it’s off to visit two of Simm’s least favorite things: the city sewers and a high society tea party, whilst serving as Deliah’s escort. Make that three of his least favorite things.

“Wireless” – Marta returns from the Plains a changed woman and Simm’s plan to cure her gets Deliah kidnapped. Now the crew is racing against time to rescue her and stop the Rail King from executing his latest dastardly plan, with some help from some new and unexpected allies.

I received a free advance copy of this ebook from Queen of Swords press in exchange for an honest review. If you’d like to check out this small press and/or buy a book or two, click here.

Blood in Elk Creek

This one is interesting because we follow Captain Ramos by herself and Colonel Douglas in alternating chapters. They start at opposite ends of a mystery, and they eventually come together to solve the problem. The end is shocking and interesting, and it’s probably one of the most interesting points of character development for Captain Ramos from both books. We saw more of life outside the duchies in this novella, which I thought was really interesting. I enjoyed this story quite a lot, so I say 4 🦆🦆🦆🦆 out of 5 for the first story!

Do Shut Up, Mister Simms

Here again we have a surprising make up of players. This story follows some shenanigans of Delilah, Simms, and other members of the pirate crew. It was a lot of fun to get to know the other characters better. This story had a lot more humor than the first novella in this set, and it was a nice balance for the weightier first story. 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆 5 for this one! I just really love Simms.


The whole crew is back together in this one! It has more action and excitement. There are some really cool mechanical ideas explored in this novella. I was fully hooked on seeing how this one turned out, and it did not disappoint. 🦆🦆🦆🦆🦆  again!

Overall Thoughts

Wireless was different from Murder on the Titania because the three stories are actually much more intertwined. I can’t say that I liked one method better than the other because I was thoroughly entertained by both methods. I’ll be very interested to see where else the characters and story-telling methods go if there are more books to come.

If you’re looking for fast-paced adventure, queer characters, strong female leads, pirates, large men with impressive mutton chops, I think you’d enjoy this book.

AND you can get it in just 2 days! That’s right it comes out on April 15!

Happy reading, y’all!


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