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

Jack Conner
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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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 . . .

. . . 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 . . .

. . . in the US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00J190EC0

. . . in the UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00J190EC0

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  • File Size: 4718 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
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  • Publisher: Dystopian Fiction and Steampunk Adventure Books; 3 edition (June 28, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • 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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3 of 3 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, but Half a Book October 11, 2014
By Melinda
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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 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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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 21 hours 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 3 months ago by Deborah L. Klein
5.0 out of 5 stars Richly imagined alt-hist, urban science-fiction fantasy.
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... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Peter S. Bradley
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 3 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 4 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 4 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 5 months ago by DWNPromotions
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 6 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 6 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 6 months ago by Lacey Richardson
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