THE ORFFYREUS WHEEL
By David Niall Wilson
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In 1712 Johann Bessler unveiled a Perpetual Motion Device – a wheel that spun after being set into motion until it was stopped with no mechanical input. Bessler never revealed his secret. He was hounded, mocked, and chased through a very rough and adventurous life. His secret died with him.
Except that it didn't.
Elly Kassel is called into the offices of eminent London Solicitors Ratliff & Brownridge, where she discovers that her grandmother was a rich woman. She also receives a trunk, and an envelope, which she is not to open until she reaches New York City, where all her questions about her grandmother, and her inheritance will be answered.
What follows is a series of amazing discovering and harrowing near-misses as Elly studies and learns the secrets of The Orffyreus Project, where her grandmother’s dream of bringing the perpetual motion wheel into production and wide-spread use for the good of mankind seems very possible. A man named Maxwell Black and his associates do whatever they can to stop her, steal the technology, and to see that the interests of the Petroleum industry are protected from the imminent disaster of obsolescence.
The novel follows parallel paths, showing the odd life of Johann Bessler as he tries to sell his invention to the highest bidder, and Elly Kassel as she tries to prevent her grandmother’s re-discovery of that invention doing exactly that. The two story lines bear down on one another, traveling along at a breakneck pace. Will Black repeat history and bury the wheel forever? The answer lies in “The Orffyreus Wheel.”