"To be a hero, you don't have to step forward. Everyone else just needs to step back."
In this mystery novel, the whimsy of Steampunk is combined with the tropes of classic Cyberpunk.
In 1875, Inspector Ol’Barrow of Dover’s borough police is still coming to terms with the advent of radio dramas when confronted by a murder mystery. During their investigation, he and his colleague Bigsby come eye to eye with an assassin with otherworldly origins.
Spurred on by his sense of duty, and a desire to redeem himself, Inspector Ol’Barrow collaborates with a clandestine organization called the Association of Ishtar. They claim to be mere advisers who aid the authorities in containing anomalies known as Rifts. These are in themselves harmless gateways to other worlds that provide access to the many threats lurking inside the multiverse. Ol'Barrow's eyes are opened to a reality in which Napoleon used futuristic weapons to bombard England. Companies have been developing out-of-this-world technology. And worst of all, everyone is taking the progress it created for granted.
Humanity is advancing into an increasingly technocratic future. Where will it end? As far as certain groups are concerned, biology is a dead end, and humanity needs to ascend.
Publisher: HCS Publishing
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What is the Association of Ishtar?
Created in the wake of the Napoleonic Wars, the Association of Ishtar is a clandestine organization of volunteers who have taken it upon themselves to explore the Multiverse...
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