Free-Wrench by Joseph R. Lallo


By Joseph R. Lallo

  • Release Date: 2014-07-16
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 135 Ratings
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The islands of Caldera are a shining jewel in a rather bleak world. A terrible calamity in the past had blanketed much of the world with a toxic "fug." Those who survived were forced to take to the mountains and the skies in wondrous airships. Life has since been a struggle, with only the most ruthless and crafty able to survive. To spare themselves the same fate, the Calderans erected a battery of guns to fend off the airships of the mainland. They isolated themselves from the madness of the world, choosing instead to focus on the pursuits of art and creativity. Few believe the technologically advanced but socially barbarous outsiders have anything to offer. Amanita Graus, though, is hoping that they do.
Nita's mother has lost her livelihood and perhaps soon her life to a terrible disease. Already the black sheep of the family for embracing engineering rather than art, Nita resolves to leave the safety of her home and do whatever it takes to find a cure. For a price, the bizarre crew of an airship called The Wind Breaker are willing to grant her a meeting with their mysterious benefactors, and thus a chance to procure the one thing with a chance to save her mother.
Free-Wrench follows Nita’s adventures in a steampunk world of airships and lunatics. Helping her in her journey are an eccentric crew of smugglers; the gruff Cap’n Mack, the simple but enthusiastic Lil and Coop, the arrogant marksman Gunner, the surly surgeon Butch, and the irritable mascot Wink. To survive and find what she seeks she’ll need to earn their trust, follow their rules, and meet face to face with the people who pull the strings of their society.


  • Good

    By tfishe
  • A slow start to a high adventure

    By Circle of 3
    This is one of those free books that you wonder about. It was sitting on my reading list for months before I actually opened it up. Once I got the gist of the story, and the subplots,I couldn't put it down. The best part of the story is it's only the beginning, and the next two books dovetail nicely with the original story and characters. A good yarn, with some suspense and mystery thrown in for good measure. As the setting is not anything that is able to be replicated, your imagination can fill in the blanks. All the good attributes of an excellent story being told are utilized to make this a five star recommendation.
  • Fun

    By Ducatiphill
    This is a fun and easy book to read with a great story.
  • Steam punk is fascinating.

    By SLACKER888
    I've always been fascinated by steam punk stories. I've seen movies and tv shows that depict it. But this is the first book I've ever read about it. It was exciting, funny and such an interesting world. A great read for anyone who enjoys science fiction.
  • A Hidden Gem...

    By Yogi FJ
    What began as a boring morning scrolling through books turned into an entire day of non-stop reading when I got this. Having just finished it, I immediately bought the second. An entertaining steampunk narrative that I would recommend to anyone looking for some light yet enjoyable reading. Reserving a 5-star rating in hopes the series continues and gets better with every passing book.
  • A simple story but well written

    By odnok
    It was exciting to be captured on an adventure like steam punk.
  • A fantastic Steampunk adventure book

    By Sighhhh....
    Have to give this five stars. From start to finish I was totally engrossed. My first experience in Steampunk and I'm glad it was Free-Wrench. Well done Joseph, please make this a series.
  • Great Little Book

    By tingrin21
    Really enjoyed this book. It’s got a great story line and heaps of space to expanded on and looked around. As a steam punk books it’s one of the most fun I’ve read.
  • Awesome steampunk novel

    By Lohan2
    It's a good adventure story in the steampunk world. Im hoping there's a sequel in the works in the future!
  • Good book

    By Emerald...
    I love the creation of steampunk worlds, really like the idea of this story and also the characters. It's a good read.