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Nightmare City: Part One: A Post-Steampunk Lovecraft Adventure [Kindle Edition]

Jack Conner
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When beautiful young thief Katya goes on the run from a loan shark in the terrifying dystopian / steampunk city of Lavorgna, the last thing she expects is to be plunged into an epic adventure that will determine the fate of the world, but that’s just what happens in “Nightmare City: a Steampunk Dystopian Adventure” by bestselling author Jack Conner.

Lavorgna is a city of fog and shadows, undead servants and soaring zeppelins, where mad scientists prowl the alleys, mob bosses strive for power and the dreaded Guild of Alchemists holds the land in an iron grip, while beneath the city lies a network of black caverns embedded with the ruins of an ancient race. Known as the Elders, they long ago worshipped Lovecraftian horrors.

To survive and save the dystopian world from an unimaginable fate, Katya must navigate all these dangers and more. On the run, she seeks out the local mob boss Ravic, only to learn that he’s embroiled in a vicious gang war with his rival Loqrin Mars, a conflict that has supernatural overtones. A new horror has gripped the city, with mysterious creatures called haunts killing people by the dozen, and Ravic believes Loqrin Mars is behind it. If Katya wants Ravic’s help, she must find out what Loqrin is up to -- and stop him.

To do this, Katya must use all her thieving skills and cunning, because if she doesn’t succeed, the whole world will suffer an awful fate.

˃˃˃ No pressure, Kat.



This is part one of two.

Part Two can be found here . . .

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. . . and here in the UK: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00II6AOFY

Or grab the whole story in one Box Set here . . .

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  • Print Length: 298 pages
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  • Publisher: Dystopian Action Adventure and Steampunk Horror Books; 3 edition (June 28, 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZOTUIC
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A well crafted post-steampunk dystopian vision 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
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Somebody convinced me to read one of Jack's books, War of the Black Tower. I didn't want to (I hate Fantasy novels) but I couldn't stop until i read them all. So now I guess I have to say I don't hats "all" Fantasy novels, because Jack's stuff is da bomb!
Ok, so now comes "Nightmare City", a steampunk novel. Oh, swell! I had never been able to finish one. I should have known better. This book had so much action i was able to fall into the story with ease. As a rule I don't like stories with female heroines, but Kat kicks a$$ and takes names. It's a dark story that takes place in a dark time and an even darker place. The lines between good and evil are blurred. In fact, it may be said that the lines between evil and really, really BAD evil are blurred! I'm not giving away the story: let's just say you'll want to keep turning the pages. An earlier reviewer said not for kids. I agree to a point...not for the 14 & under crowd. Any older, it's ok. They would see more sex and violence on a James Bond movie. Count me as a total Jack Conner fanboy...although I might be a little mature to be classified as a fanBOY...great job Jack, per usual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast of fresh air in dark fantasy 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.

Recommended!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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. Ravic agrees to provide Kat with protection, so long as she spies on a rival, who may have been sending alchemically created "haunts" into the Fifth Ward to terrorize and kill, and eventually to take over the Fifth Ward.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A ripping steampunk-ish adventure in a strange world February 7, 2014
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I really enjoyed Nightmare City. Full of mystery and derring-do. There are Frankenstein like undead creatures, ghost monsters called haunts and other dangers in a city that seems like early 1900s New York, but somehow gone wrong. Think the Shadow meets Frankenstein. The heroine was great, a foul-mouthed ass-kicker!

Okay, now I have to talk about the plot, so if you’re sensitive to spoilers, skip to the end. SPOILERS START HERE: Our heroine Katya, a thief who is in trouble, hooks up with the local mafia boss, who is himself in trouble. Another mafia boss has declared war on him, and this is right when the ghost-things are attacking people etc. Crazy supernatural stuff. Anyway, the “good” mafia boss isn’t anything like the Godfather. He’s more like the Road Warrior, a big fighty kind of guy that hacks zombies up with a chainsaw.

So he sends Katya, who needs to get away, undercover into his enemy’s lair to find out what he’s up to and stop him. At first I thought it was going to go in some weird direction, but nope, Katya finds out what she needs to and escapes, with zombies and mobsters and haunts chasing her every step of the way. She has to navigate these things, avoid the bad guy, hook up with an underworld figure and find a way to stop the villain from doing what he’s doing. I won’t give that away, and to say anything more would be to ruin it. So END SPOILERS.

In conclusion: I haven’t read much steampunk, but I’ve read some, and this felt very different. I guess it’s like the title says: it’s post-steampunk. There’s some steam-men and reference to the Age of Steam, but that’s about it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Courage and Compassion within the Nightmare
Conner creates a wonderfully complex world in relatively few pages. I hadn't expected all the zombies and other undead, but the characters accept them as a normal if unpleasant... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Deborah L. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars New fan of steampunk!!
This book was excellent. I loved the fast pace and the fact that it did not waste hundreds of pages describing unnecessary things. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Book Addict
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, but Half a Book
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. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Melinda
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful, wormy tale
My favorite lines:
"Katya studied the bodies. Several hissed as their burning skulls smoldered in the muck. Read more
Published 1 month ago by S. Carter
4.0 out of 5 stars Had me from the first line.
Loved the strong, smart female characters. Once I started reading I couldn't stop and the ending came much too soon for me. Can't wait to read more from this author. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Letitia Dixon-Coombs
5.0 out of 5 stars Steampunk Zoms?
Not much to complain about here. I loved the pace and storyline of this book. I loved the originality of steampunk zombies. At least, that's what they appeared to be to me. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Read
Before this book, I had never heard of a steampunk genre, and didn't know what to think at first. It was a little weird to me and dark, but I had to keep reading to figure out what... Read more
Published 3 months ago by TeAira McElroy
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing read
When I saw this book for free I was a bit worried. Most of everything I have read recently has been horrible. That being said, I was completely in AWE of thos book. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars If you enjoy Steampunk, adventure, or fantasy, its a must read.
Ok, first things first. This is post Steampunk, not Steampunk. I admit, I missed the post part. That being said, I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would and would recomend it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lacey Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare City - Part One
Wow, what a combination, a Steampunk Dystopian book with elements of H.P. Lovecraft! The book centers around Katya, a street smart thief on the run however she seems to always be... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Capot
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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.

I would love to hear back from you, so don't hesitate to look me up on facebook at facebook.com/jack.conner.98 or just email me at jackconnerbooks@gmail.com .

Until next time, happy reading!

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