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

Jack Conner
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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

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 . . .

. . . in the US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00II6AOFY

. . . 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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"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: 4722 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dystopian Fiction and Steampunk Books; 3 edition (June 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HZOTUIC
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, but Half a Book 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A blast of fresh air in dark fantasy February 13, 2014
By D.S.
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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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7 of 8 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All the bells and whistles of steampunk plus a cool story February 11, 2014
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I’ll start by saying I just recently started reading the steampunk genre- and I love it.

When I was looking for another steampunk read, I came across this one. I bought it with high hopes and I wasn’t disappointed.

This is a situation where I think you can tell a book by the cover. The author’s detailed cover sets the tone for a very detailed (and awesomely good) read inside.

The author adds all the cool steampunk bells and whistles and mixes it with a suspenseful read.

Kataya (our main character) is beautifully created. She’s fearless yet fun and I liked her immediately.

I don’t do spoilers (and I refuse to read the ones provided by others) so I won’t be giving away anything in this review. Instead, I suggest you do yourself a favor and buy this book.

If you’ve never read steampunk- this might be a good starting book for you to see how cool and intriguing this genre is.

My only problem when I finished this book was that I couldn’t stop thinking about the story.

I’d like to read more by this author.

Definitely recommend.
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another awesome adventure from Jack
Another intriguing series. I feel connected to Kat and feel her fear and anxiety. Can't wait for the next instalment. Jack Conner is fast becoming my favourite author.
Published 1 month ago by Tristan Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting story
I was very pleasantly surprised with this story. At a loss for a book to read, I scanned through my unread Kindle purchases and settled in to give this book a shot. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Gilly Neilsen
1.0 out of 5 stars not into it
The only thing i can say is that i'm glade it was free because i couldn't get into it at all did finish it but i'm not going to read the rest of the series.
Published 3 months ago by Elizabeth A. Means
5.0 out of 5 stars Part One: Nightmare City, a Post-Steampunk Story
Katya is tough. She's a survivor in a post-apocalyptic world. Now, she has to face a new creature in a world already filled to the brim with human and non-human monsters. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jada Ryker
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
First book I have read by this author it is very good. You can see what's happening like you are right there. The main character is very strong and the rest are good too. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Patricia Burleson
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 7 months 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 7 months ago by Book Addict
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 8 months 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 8 months 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 9 months ago by Su Williams, Indie Author
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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 facebook.com/jack.conner.98 or just email me at jackconnerbooks@gmail.com .

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