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Nightmare City: Part One: From the world of "The Atomic Sea" Kindle Edition

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"Jack Connor can write! The book is well plotted. Great characters are found in each chapter, and nicely developed . . . Gritty scenes, with plenty of violence, and excitement. I read Part I in a single night and Part II in two nights. Loved every minute of the story!"

--Phillip Tomasso,
Author of the Vaccination Trilogy

Product Details

  • File Size: 4736 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dystopian Fiction and Steampunk Books; 3 edition (June 28, 2014)
  • Publication Date: June 28, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,519 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I write epic fantasy, horror, steampunk and adventure, all with a focus on atmosphere and fast pacing.

I love Lord of the Rings, A Song of Ice and Fire, Breaking Bad, Mexican food, Star Wars, Casablanca, King Kong, and pizza. Deep dish.

I have a wife and two cats (though the cats would probably want me to put them first), and I live in Austin, Texas.

I want my readers to have a great time with my writing, no matter the genre. I hope you have as much fun reading my novels as I do writing them. My influences range from George R. R. Martin to J. R. R. Tolkien, from H. P. Lovecraft to Anne Rice, from Robert E. Howard to Clive Barker.

I would love to hear back from you, so don't hesitate to look me up on facebook at or just email me at .

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Meanwhile, Melinda on October 11, 2014
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Nightmare City is well written. It captures interest almost immediately with Katya, our young thief on the run from her victim who intends to kill her. From there, she goes from the frying pan to the fire, as she gets mixed up in a world of mob bosses who are much more than what they appear to be. While the story has a strong heroine, everyone else seems entirely self serving, insane, or a zombie, until the final few pages.

The mob bosses were larger than life, one that reminded me of an ancient warrior, while the other was clearly a megalomaniac with the Herbert fetish for reanimation. I must take issue with the labels post-steampunk and Lovecraft adventure in regards to this story, while the labels surely help in searching, I have seen little evidence other than some tentacles and unexplained mechanisms, that either title applies. Part two may hold the key, so I will withhold my final decision until then.

My biggest issue, and why the story got three stars instead of four, is that the book just stopped as one story arc was winding down, and another was in full swing - just stopped. No more text, nothing there, just the authors information. I find more and more authors doing this, and along with those who create a trilogy out of a single book, I just wish the trend was away from this not toward it.

Other than the ending, the story was really quite good. I enjoyed it. I will see what happens in part two.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D.S. on February 13, 2014
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I had just read The War of the Moonstone: an Epic Fantasy (The Song of the Broken World: A Dark Fantasy Adventure Series) by Jack Conner (really great dark fantasy,) and wanted to see what else he had written so I picked this up. Actually, I'm not sure if this is really dark fantasy. It's more mystery/adventure, but on another world. Anyway, a really fun read. It gripped me from beginning to end. It's full of running from zombies, investigating evil mobsters and fighting monsters. There's a big H. P. Lovecraft influence in this book. I don't know how many readers know who Lovecraft is, but to me that's a good thing. It adds a sense of cosmic horror to Nightmare City.

Mainly, though, it's a light action novel, and the main character is fun. She's trying to stop this creepy kingpin from summoning an Elder God, more or less. Plus there's zombies and other things, such as ancient ruins, a zeppelin, and monsters with tentacles that eat your mind. Good stuff!

The world is neat. It had been a steampunk world, but now it's slowly changing into a more modern era, through there's alchemy and a few horse-drawn carriages. Also, there had been a war in the recent past and some of the buildings are bombed-out.

It was really exciting and different. Good popcorn entertainment. There's a little sex and gore in it, and it is kind of a horror novel in some ways, so not for kids.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brokensea on February 19, 2014
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Dayumn! Elements of steampunk, Lovecraft and some wonderfully dark nastiness. Great characters, an engaging storyline plus an absorbing and intriguing setting.

Really a terrific piece of speculative fiction. Well done Mr Conner. Carry on.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter S. Bradley on October 19, 2014
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A lot of reviews describe this book as "steampunk," which it may well be, albeit I am not familiar with steampunk, so I understand this story as set in a different world - the religious scheme is clearly not our world - during the (maybe) 1920s - there are cars and guns and crowded urban slums and something of a labor movement - where science has taken an odd turn - alchemy in place of chemistry and homunculi and "returners," which I understand to be something like Frankenstein's monster. In any event, Jack Conner has richly imagined his world and developed it with a level of detail that reminds me of Gene Wolfe's The Book of the New Sun.

Jack Conner, the author, is a superlative writer. His writing is engaging and captivating, drawing the reader into his interesting and mysterious world. As I write these words, I happen to be watching Penny Dreadful: Season 1 [Blu-ray] via Amazon Instant Videos. It occurs to me that if you want a feel for the kind of world that Conner has imagined, that series is a good approximation. Contrariwise, if you liked that show, then you will probably enjoy being introduced to Lavorgna.

The storyline introduces Kat - a very small time thief who has gotten sideways with a gang in her hometown, the Fifth Ward of Upper Lavorgna. In her effort to flee she gets a ride from Death's Head Jack, who takes her to see Ravic, the chief boss of the Fifth Ward.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kevin L. Zemanek on August 31, 2015
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I'm a fan of Jack Connor's "Atomic Sea" series and when I saw a spin-off series was curious. While this takes place on the same planet (and I guess at the same time) it is....very different. A bit sci-fi, a bit horror, a bit steam-punkish, and a lot of action. Visions of Frankenstein, The Walking Dead, Edward Scissorhands and Cthulu monsters came to mind while I was reading (probably not the best bedtime reading ;) There is a bit of apparent Atomic Sea tie-in with the "Haunts" but I won't spoil that for future readers. The writing in general is good, fast-paced, and engaging. You find yourself rooting for the protagonist, Kat, as she goes from the frying pan to the fire to the bonfire. Picturing her hanging on the outside of a zeppelin crossing the dark skies of Lavorgna, wind blowing against her, smells wafting up from the city below..... Connor's descriptive writing is as strong here as in "Atomic Sea" - you really can get lost in it. Just make sure you're indoors with all the doors locked when the alarm blares.
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