Gears of a Mad God: A Steampunk Lovecraft Adventure is a 98 page novella. I actually like reading novellas, especially when it comes to reading new genres or authors. This way I can test the waters to see if I'm going to like a new genre, instead of being hooked into reading a full length novel that I may or may no end up liking in the long run.
Well, I definitely liked the cover art for Gears of a Mad God: A Steampunk Lovecraft Adventure, but as for the novella itself... Well, it wasn't so great. It contained a lot of action, action, action, and more ACTION! Okay, so this novella is action packed to the hilt, which keeps the story going forward at a quick clip. BUT due to the over use of action, the storyline and character development are severely stunted and lacking at its expense.
The storyline for Gears of a Mad God: A Steampunk Lovecraft Adventure, takes place in Canada during the 1920s, primarily in Victoria, British Colombia. Colleen, the leading lady in Gears of a Mad God, learns that her Uncle Rod dies mysteriously dies and drops everything and travels across Canada to learn the circumstances... Other than finding out the basics of her Uncle's death and a little about his life, much is left unanswered. Including, this mysterious cult and the cult members out to kill Colleen for information they think she knows. Colleen teams up with agents from both the US & Canada to fight and kill the cult members who are after her and the information they think she knows... So much detail is left unanswered that would explain things to the reader... All there is is an abundance of action. The story fell short.
I'm giving Gears of a Mad God: A Steampunk Lovecraft Adventure by Brent Nichols a rating of 2 stars out of 10 stars. Suffice it to say, I will not continue reading the rest of the books in the series.
Until my next post, happy reading!!