Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures

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Award Finalist – Midwest Book Awards

Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures by Alex Acks

Captain Marta Ramos, the most dangerous pirate in the Duchy of Denver, is back and she and Simms are up to their goggles in trouble. Has General del Toro found a way to use the Infected as an army and can Captain Ramos work with her arch enemy, Colonel Geoffrey Douglas, to stop him? Can Simms join forces with the devious Deliah Nimowitz on a jailbreak, some sewer misadventures AND a high society soiree involving tea, a heist and sausages? And what about the Rail King and his nefarious plans? Can Captain Ramos and her crew stop him before he completes his latest dastardly deed, one that may result in Deliah’s demise? Check out the next installment of the exciting adventures of Captain Ramos and her valiant crew to find out more!

Wireless picks up where Murder on the Titania and Other Steam-Powered Adventures with 3 linked novellas, all set in or near the Duchy of Denver, in an American West that never was.

“Blood in Elk Creek” – When Captain Marta Ramos’s aeroplane is shot down over hostile territory, she has to work with her nemesis, Colonel Geoffrey Douglas, head of the Duke of Denver’s security division, to try and stop General del Toro’s plot to spread the dreaded Infection throughout the Plains tribes, thereby creating a monstrous private army. And the clock is ticking when Marta contracts the Infection too.

“Do Shut Up, Mister Simms” – While Marta is off having adventures, Simms involuntarily signs up for one of his own. He and the crew have to join forces with the lovely Deliah to break a crewmember out of the Duke’s prison. Then it’s off to visit two of Simm’s least favorite things: the city sewers and a high society tea party, whilst serving as Deliah’s escort. Make that three of his least favorite things.

“Wireless” – Marta returns from the Plains a changed woman and Simm’s plan to cure her gets Deliah kidnapped. Now the crew is racing against time to rescue her and stop the Rail King from executing his latest dastardly plan, with some help from some new and unexpected allies.

Listen to Alex do a short reading from “Do Shut Up, Mr. Simms” –

Additional information

Publication Date

April 15, 2019


978-1-7325833-3-7, 978-1-7325833-4-4


epub, paperback

12 reviews for Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures

  1. Queen of Swords

    Alex Acks has created an amazing, complex steampunk world and then created a fantastic group of ne’er-do-wells to explore it. I was immediately pulled into the adventure and by the time the story came to a close, I was already hoping for another ride.
    – Geonn Cannon, Author of the Riley Parra series

  2. Queen of Swords

    “I find myself falling more and more in love with both Captain Ramos and Simms’s muttonchops. I would happily settle down with either. Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures is a real treat, featuring fun heroes with depth of character, delightful turns of phrase, and a stallion named “Dolly.” These stories are each a rollicking adventure for both steampunk and fantasy fans.”
    – Robyn Bennis, author of the Signal Airship series

  3. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    “If you’re looking for fast-paced adventure, queer characters, strong female leads, pirates, large men with impressive mutton chops, I think you’d enjoy this book.”
    Read entire review at WordsWordsWords

  4. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    “I was absolutely delighted by Murder on the Titania when I read it last year, so I jumped on the chance to review the sequel Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures. This proved to be a wise move because I found Wireless to be equally enthralling.” Read Elizabeth Fitz’s entire review at Earl Grey Editing.

  5. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    “You may remember last year I LOVED Alex Acks’ initial collection Murder on the Titania and Other Steam Powered Adventures so I was delighted to have an opportunity to return to the world of Captain Marta Ramos who I saw as a mix of Irene Adler and Cat Woman delivering a series of fast paced adventures in a steampunk US made up of duchies and zombies. It was an absolute delight and I’m pleased to report that the next collection delivers even more in these three interlinked tales.” Runalong The Shelves Book Blog.

  6. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    “Mashing together the flavors of steampunk, Sherlock Holmes, Weird West and zombies is just too delicious to ignore.”
    Review of “Blood in Elk Creek” by John DeNardo, Kirkus Reviews

  7. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    “The worldbuilding, as you can begin to see from that quote, is terribly fun. Steampunk, pirates, same-sex relationships, and zombies, oh my! I’m not wholly interested in the Victorian aspects of the steampunk milieu, but this is more adventure than period piece.” Read the rest of the review at Errant Dreams.

  8. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    “For fans of steam punk, fans of mysteries, fans of adventure-you should add this book to your library.” Read the rest of the review here at QueerSciFi.com.

  9. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    F-Bom says:”Wireless brings us the same fabulous cast of dukes, refined ladies, men of honor…just kidding, it’s about steampunk pirate ne’er-do-wells, and it’s just as much of a romp as Murder was. I MIGHT like Wireless better though, for one simple reason: zombies.” Read the rest of the review here.

  10. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    Reviewer James Davis Nicoll says Wireless is “an enjoyable fast read.” Read the full review “Mechanical Marvels and Boxes of Tea” here.

  11. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    “Wireless and More Steam-Powered Adventures is a delightful collection of three novellas about Captain Marta Ramos – the most dangerous pirate in the Duchy of Denver – and her crew. It stands alone perfectly well, but ties in nicely with Murder on the Titania, the previous collection of stories chronicling these same airship pirates and their adventures.

    The middle story of Wireless doesn’t involve Captain Ramos at all – directly, anyway. It concerns a mission undertaken by Ramos’s right-hand man, Simms, and the good Captain’s romantic interest, Deliah. Deliah has her own objectives on this mission; she has more secrets than many nations, and she and Simms get along about as well as oil and water.

    All three tales are fun to read, and this book is a page-turner. If you enjoy these stories, I urge you to also pick up a copy of Murder on the Titania for more from these intriguing characters and the author that brings them to life.”
    Reviewer Bill B., DriveThruFiction

  12. Queen of Swords (verified owner)

    A lively, rollicking adventure with unforgettable characters!
    – Queen of Swords Press staff

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