Exhaust from the Tin Woods, paperback
Take a gripping journey into Alberta Canada’s alternate past with Grouard as the Provincial Capital. Exhaust in the Tin Woods takes us on a trip through a dangerous adventure of mystery and destruction in northern Alberta of the 1895's where science is a strange master. Eric J Kregel takes our minds through a portal into another possibility which could have been. Eric delivers us a suspenseful gripping story through a vocabulary of his own, yet we understand.
Enter into Eric's alternate history in this steampunk novel,where one reader says:
"Exhaust from the Tin Woods is a quirky, compelling read. Eric Kregel brilliantly suspends reality, leaving the reader wondering who really wrote it and why? It left me oddly off balance and insatiably curious as to the rest of this truncated story set in an almost familiar world. It was like reading a fragment of an ancient scroll that leaves one hanging on a roller coaster that almost made it to the top, the mad race down the rickety track teasingly out of reach. It is a frustratingly well-played ploy to leave the reader craving for more of the tale. This is however, more than just a simple story, there is an intriguing social commentary underlying Eric Kregel’s steam punk world. Sorry, no spoilers. Even if steam punk isn’t your go to genre – it isn’t mine – read it."
Bill Erlenbach, of B.C., Canada
Review of “Exhaust from the Tin Woods” “‘Exhaust from the Tin Woods’is an imaginative romp into a world creatively assembled out of what feels like spare historical, geographical and literary parts. Kregel's steampunk tale centres around Brambley Williams, an orphan that joins a cadre of other young students under the tutelage of an industrial and scientific mastermind, Dr Pieter Van Allbrung, in a hidden steam-powered mansion deep in the Canadian wilderness. This Dickens-esque ensemble story is filled with eccentric characters, quirky scenarios and quick, witty dialogue. Amidst the unique assembly of extravagance and fantasy, Exhaust is held in balance by surprisingly rich commentaries on matters of humanity, heart and faith which are skillfully woven throughout the fast-moving story. All-in-all, this novel is sure to provide a pleasant ride to all who climb aboard and hang on!”
By Nathan Carroll.
Exhaust from the Tin Woods
“I was delighted to discover that I enjoyed Eric Kregel’s steampunk novel, set in an alternate reality in the northern woods of Alberta in 1895, more than befits a grandmother.
Exhaust from the Tin Woods is written for a young adult audience and deals with seven teenaged “prattlers” (steam scientists) who bond together although they come from different walks of life. Using their ability to invent ingenious machines, they hasten to overcome sinister events percolating from an unknown source in the surrounding wilderness. Fantastical creatures and machines, an isolated landscape, young love, and late nineteenth century Victorian ideals pepper the chapters with suspense, humour, charm, and of course, a battle of good versus evil.”
By retired school teacher, Gayleen Hamilton from Calgary, Alberta, Canada