Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Prince Albert and the Doomsday Device

Have you ever been browsing in a yard sale or a flea market and come across some incredible, priceless item with a sticker labeling it only ninety-nine cents? You pick up the item gingerly, glance about furtively wondering if anyone else has noticed the outrageous, wonderful find. You were not planning on buying anything; you only came to browse. But you have a dollar in your pocket and the most precious object in your hands.

Naturally you make the purchase, and immediately afterwards you go and tell everyone you know about the brilliance of your day.

This is a little bit how we feel about our two new ebooks for July. We'll just start with one here, as we wouldn't want to overwhelm you with so much goodness. July 1st saw the release of our newest children's masterpiece, Prince Albert and the Doomsday Device, by the enigmatic Clive London. In the same way that the Harry Potter books and the Percy Jackson series found wide appeal across age groups, Prince Albert is a book for everyone.

Set in a steampunk version of the Victorian age, the book follows young Jack White (not the rockstar) across the countryside and into the city of London for the first time. Determined to solve the mystery of his father's disappearance, his search takes him to the newly opened Great Exhibition in the center of the city. There, he meets a clever engineer (who is more than he appears to be) and discovers the mysterious doomsday device set to be unveiled during the following day. Recognizing the device as an invention of his father's, Jack has to figure out where it came from and what it does if he has any chance of tracing it back to his missing parent.

And this is only the beginning. Double-decker steam trains, sword fights on rooftops, jail breaks, gun fights, and some very sketchy tea, all come together to make one rollicking ride. The first in a series, we're so excited to be able to offer this book at only $0.99, to whet your appetite and give you just one more reason to curl up with your Kindle (or iPad or . . .). Let us know what you think when you're done reading!


  1. The cover looks like something old that you might find in a yard sale. Good analogy. Lots of good reads out there. I lowered the price of my books to 99c for the summer.

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