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Starred Review. An intimate, well-crafted portrait of a nurse on a mission adds depth to this exceptional Civil War steampunk thriller, the self-contained sequel to 2009’s Locus Award–winning Boneshaker. Mercy Lynch, recently widowed and taxed to exhaustion by caring for Confederate wounded in Richmond, must cross the war-torn nation to reach her estranged father, who lies dying in the Washington territories. After her dirigible is shot out of the air, Mercy joins Horatio Korman, a Texas Ranger with an agenda, on the Union’s famous steam engine, the Dreadnought. On their trail are desperate Confederate soldiers and a zombified Mexican legion. The battles and intrigue are entertaining, but the real draw is Priest’s latest no-nonsense heroine, who comes equipped with a full measure of sharp judgment and brutal competence as well as a nurse’s kind (but not saintly) heart.
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Gutsy Mercy Lynch returns in this sequel to Boneshaker (2009), which begins with her working as a nurse in a Richmond hospital in a strangely extended American Civil War. Her husband has died as a Union POW, and now her father is dying in the Pacific Northwest. She sets out to reach his bedside, first by riverboat and then, from St. Louis onward, by rail. The locomotive Dreadnought is a character in its own right (which reflects the view of “high-tech” at that time), and Mercy also has to deal with hostile Indians, Union and Confederate guerrillas, just plain bandits, and some of her fellow passengers with designs on her virtue and everything else that is hers. The historical setting is finely detailed, the action is nonstop, and Mercy will engage readers of both genders. --Roland GreenSee all Editorial Reviews
My first experience with Cherie Priest was Boneshaker and having found that to be an enjoyable, though at times slow read, I looked forward to Dreadnaught with some minor... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Supified
Let’s be honest here: I had to force myself through the first 40% of this book. I really liked Boneshaker and was curious if and how this story will join with that one, so I did... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gergely Polonkai
This author has fast become a favorite of mine. Her stories are riveting, and at times deeply disturbing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by J L Kempner
I really enjoy these books. I love how Cherie Priest has taken history and modified it to build a world that could have been.Published 3 months ago by Mar
Just fair. If you can ignore that fact that a 900 mile train trip takes 3 weeks of almost non stop high speed travel to complete, and that trains can chase each other around the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Great book, expands this steampunk world of Cherie Priest even more. Already bought the next one.Published 4 months ago by Nicholas R. Frank
I really enjoy the way the author writes. I love her style and the way she describes the world / altered time frame she created.Published 4 months ago by Jennifer Hall