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The Icarus Plot by [Schwartz, Jenny]
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Length: 58 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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Ivana March runs a very special toy shop in the heart of Victorian London. The last person she expects to see enter it is an earl. Not that she has time to entertain him. Someone is stealing children, and the street kids whisper tales of a “Metal Man”. Ivana must find the monster, rescue the children, and if the earl really wants to help, he can come with her. Only, no one warned her she’d have to venture to places better left unexplored. A good thing, then, that the new Earl of Somer is a noted explorer. When the two of them join forces, what could possibly go wrong?

A short Steampunk novella

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2947 KB
  • Print Length: 58 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jenny Schwartz (30 December 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RM8FHUQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #287,263 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Demelza Carlton TOP 50 REVIEWER on 21 January 2015
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A short, sweet steampunk mystery romance that's good for light reading, though it touches on darker issues of how veterans and post traumatic stress disorder are treated today. Not to mention differing ideas about what's good for children...

Plenty of suspense fuels the mystery as the romance is more of a glaze over the top of this story, which is well worth a read.

Five stars.
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Amazon.com: 4.5 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars good concept but lacks depth 6 May 2017
By Devann M. - Published on Amazon.com
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[this review was originally posted on goodreads on 1/9/17] this was a good concept but the whole thing felt kind of awkward and rushed and just ...too convenient i guess. it started really well but then it felt like she just went 'oh i guess i should finish this now' and tied everything up in a few pages

like at the end when they catch the guy he's just like oh well let me give you my entire backstory/evil plot without you really even asking and then i'll conveniently run off and commit suicide so as to save you the moral dilema of what to do with me. i would have liked to get some more insight into the metal man and the icarus imagery but it's basically brought up and discarded again within a few paragraphs.

and the whole romance angle. like this woman that doesn't trust men - and for good reason - is just also going to spill her entire tragic backstory and secret life to some guy she just met. the whole thing was like 'oh i've been hurt in the past but thank god he's here to show that ~not all men~ are like that'. and then she's just gonna run off with him after knowing him for literally a day? ugh. pass.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great lead-up to a complete letdown. 8 March 2016
By GW - Published on Amazon.com
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I was so incredibly disappointed by the ending of this story. I understand that it's a short story, not a full novel nor a moderate novella, but the completely sudden and cut off climax, with what felt like not three paragraphs of resolution was a huge disappointment. The details and thought that went into the beginning, with vivid descriptions and characters that had real personalities rather than mere masks of identity completely hooked me.
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But when the Metal Man simply dropped into the sewers, without really any sort of fight, I felt cheated. His story of how his past as a general created his idea for the "Icarus plot" began well, but how he even vaguely went about such wasn't considered. I didn't feel as if the character would have surrendered to the sewers so easily. Also, the mention that his claws seemed to have moved independently opened such an entire new avenue to be explored, but instead there was only a plot line drop-off and ending.
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable thrill ride period piece with a metal monster to boot. 29 March 2017
By Madame - Published on Amazon.com
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It is hard not to root for or fall in love with the main characters as they take on the mantle of knighthood to protect the preyed upon innocents. They are thrush into a situation that is nightmarish and way out of their league. But they never waver as they mature and play by ear on confronting and defeating the evil that comes their way. All while overcoming their personal demons, shortcomings and heartaches.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quick, eerie, and with a hint of romance 6 January 2015
By Whiskey in the Jar - Published on Amazon.com
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"It’s the traces of his humanity that add horror to the madness.”

Children are disappearing from the streets of London and the whispers carry the tale that a "Metal Man" is to blame. Ivana runs a toy shop that has helped her gain the trust of the street children, so she is the first that they turn to for help. When Andrew, the newly minted Earl of Somer, goes to the police station to ask for help in finding his late cousin's bastard son the over worked coppers direct him towards Ivana claiming she would be the best bet in finding the child's whereabouts. From there our leads team up in an ominously mysterious steampunk novella to save the children from the Metal Man.

As mentioned this is a novella and certain intriguing story threads simply didn't have room to fully develop, I became hooked and wanted more. The story threads of Ivana using her toy store as a front to develop instruments of protection for women, who "The Chemist" is that was helping the Metal Man in his schemes, and Andrew and Ivana's relationship were hinted at and discussed and were immensely engrossing, this story definitely could have been made into a full length novel. Even with the short amount of pages the author managed to create a villain that was ghoulish and menacing but also showed a hint of humaneness.

Ivana is the stronger of the characters as more of her past and personality are shown but Andrew works as a terrific accompaniment. Their partnership in finding the children flows gently and believably into a romantic relationship. The reader can feel something tangible between them and they are a pleasure to read about, even though their story ends rather abruptly.

If looking for a quick eerily fantastic steampunk novella with a hint of romance, then The Icarus Plot would be a great choice to spend an hour or two.
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing! 8 January 2015
By Brenda Telford - Published on Amazon.com
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Ivana March stormed out of the police station in anger, frustrated by the police and their uncaring attitude toward the local street kids. Reporting and requesting assistance was a waste of time; she had suspected it would be but now she knew for certain she would have to find the monster named “Metal Man” who was taking young kids off the streets of London herself.

Andrew, Earl of Somer was in the same police station, also looking for a lost street kid. The sergeant directed him to see Ms March as she knew the street kids and they trusted her. Surprised at where he would find her, he arrived at the Toy Shop in the heart of London to find a suspicious and untrusting Ivana. But when he explained his mission it seemed they had a common goal.

What would happen when they began their search through the slums; the evil smells rivalled the rats that ran up the alleys – but there was more evil out there than that. Could they stop that evil? Would the innocent children be safe?

This short steampunk novella by Aussie author Jenny Schwartz is thoroughly enjoyable. An intriguing plot about the street urchins of Victorian London and the horrors of the shadowy slums; a hint of romance and a whisper of the suffragette movement - all in all an excellent if ominous novella that I have no hesitation in recommending.

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