Title: The Strange Fate of Capricious Jones
Author: Robert C. Roman
Publisher: Decadent Publishing
Rating: You Could Read
Reviewed By: Janelle
The Triple Alliance, led by Kaiser Otto II, struck without warning. The combination of Prussian military might, Austrian clockwork, and Ottoman funding cut through the unprepared Entente powers like a chainsaw through Brie; hamstringing Britain, pinning Russia, and very nearly destroying France. The year is 1908, and the Entente is almost defunct. One base in the south of France is all that remains in Entente hands. All that remains to defend freedom are three Engineers.
One is an ingenue.
One is crippled.
One is dead.
I have no idea what I just read. What is there is good, but it makes no sense. There is no context. There is no introduction, not to the characters or the setting or the technology. The reader is just dropped into the middle of the story and expected to understand the world. There is a war going on, but who is fighting and why is never addressed.
The purpose of a story blurb is to interest the reader. It is not to take the place of the story's opening.
Overall, this story needs an opening.