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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Invasion of Lochambria: Annals of the Five Moon Fleet by Charles Remington is a dazzling adventure that lovers of science fiction and steampunk will adore. Hocky Saguk thought he had put his old life behind him until his former boss shows up with a new assignment. Hocky has only one choice: to take the assignment or die after his boss poisons him. With an antidote that only lasts for thirty days, Hocky must comply with the Spymaster’s wishes. Chris Trevellian is working on finishing his medical training when he discovers his old friend being arrested for inflammatory literature, which pulls Chris into the middle of an impending invasion after he’s taken into custody by the Intelligence Service. Meanwhile, his fiancée, Mary Routledge, wants nothing more than to join her brother in attending a meeting with the FFN. James Routledge has received the exciting news that he is Communications Officer and is to join the spaceship crew, which will allow him to explore their planet’s five moons. All these journeys connect as General Gul grows in power with a threat that could destroy them all.
The world is lovely and breathtaking with elements that bring steampunk to life through airships and a Victorian attitude blended with thrilling science fiction in a story with conspiracy, warships, and action-packed fight scenes. The world has various elements that factor into the conspiracy. Various organizations include the Intelligence Service, the FFN, and Gul’s men with each one pulling the characters into a thrilling adventure. The story is told from various perspectives with all the characters connected to each other. Each one is placed directly into a larger conspiracy and in the way of General Gul’s plans. Charles Remington delivers breathtaking elements of adventure as the story is character-driven in the way the characters all connect. Each plays a part in going against Gul while also facing their own personal journey. The Invasion of Lochambria is a thrilling read that delivers action-packed moments, stunning character adventures, and an amazing steampunk world.