Free-Wrench - Joseph R. Lallo


By Joseph R. Lallo

  • Release Date: 2014-07-16
  • Genre: Science Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 609 Ratings


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.


  • <3

    By Candise Wendland
    Loved everything about it
  • Awesome

    By COBOL God
    Just a fantastic book ! Steampunk meets airships !
  • Steampunk success!!!!!

    By The Irish Sniper
    So impressed!!! Quick paced, fun, and intense all at the same time!!! Plan on reading more of this authors work!!!
  • Free-Wrench

    By Gr8tweeker
    Man, how stupid am I? For about three days, off and on, (more off than on), I read at this frickin' book. Just a waste.

    By HTTR_4_LIFE
  • Very well done

    By Lejos Vagando
    I was not expecting much but it just kept calling me back every time I put it down. Once you pick it up don't make plans you cannot break.
  • Great Book

    By Reader6978
    A rollicking good adventure with really great world building and colorful characters. This book was a fun immersion into the world of steampunk airships, boilers, gears, wrenches, and the ilk. I'm looking forward to reading the sequel.
  • I judged the book by its cover,

    By Lord Humongous
    As a mechanic, I was curious about the steampunk world from the mechanical perspective, and these books nail it. I can't follow the hard chemistry of "The Martian" making rocket fuel, but I share Nita's views on redundancy and simplicity to increase efficiency. I appreciated the mechanic as artist development.
  • Free wrench

    By Sci-fi dude
    Thanks for a great story. Loved all the players
  • You like "real steampunk"?

    By Austin is music
    A delightful subject and story that's different from start to finish. I love true science and science fiction and burn through books prodigiously. This kept my interest by being a bit of both while also bring unlike anything I've read before and that's saying something. If you are a fan of any such you'll love it!