Boxer Earns his Wings, by Douglas Van Dyke Jr. has a certain flair to it. It opens by putting you smack dab in the middle of action and Van Dyke does a great job of continuing the level of excitement throughout the book. It was an easy read and not overly long which is nice, but also promises more in another fun realm Van Dyke writes in.
His other books are fantasy and have a very Forgotten Realms kind of feel to them, this one is more steam-punk, and his characters and settings feel very much like Han Solo in a western/steam kind of world. Boxer felt very much like the first two books of A.C Crispin’s Han Solo trilogy, which I absolutely loved (and was one of the few books I eagerly awaited new installments of, checking for new releases each time I visited the stores—before we could follow authors on the internet.)
If you’ve got a taste for steam and adventure, pick up Boxer Earns his Wings! I received a free copy for review at my blog, Inside the Inkwell.