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As a number of books I’ve read (or started to read) have shown, simply putting interesting historical characters into a fictional story isn’t enough; you have to make the people as lively in your pages as they were in real life. In my opinion, Butler succeeds admirably in doing this with Clemens/Twain, Burton, and Poe, not to mention Young (nicely described, in Clemens’s perception, as “a heavier, Yankee version of Richard Burton… minus the scars on the sides of the head and plus approximately fifty wives”). The fictional or mostly-fictional sidekicks (some of the Mormon ones are given the names of people who really existed, but they certainly did not have adventures like this), including several formidable women, are equally well developed.
There’s enough weird technology in this alternate-1859 Midwest and Utah (here the independent Mormon kingdom of Deseret) to gladden the heart of the greediest steampunk fan. The inventions range from airships (yes, of course, airships) to “steam trucks” that sound rather like land versions of riverboats (the larger one has decks, staterooms, and a captain), not to mention a whole slew of “interesting guns,” some similar to ones that really existed and others more fantastic, such as the instant-incineration “phlogiston cannon.” And then there are Poe’s carnivorous clockwork beetles….
There’s also plenty of action—oh, my, is there action! We have a slam-bang scene about every ten pages early on, then every five pages, and about the last third of the book is one shootout after another without pause. It does all come to a rather abrupt end, but I can’t blame the author for perhaps simply having run out of bullets and breath; I’d just about run out of breath too.
There are plots and counterplots aplenty: oh, my, are there plots and counterplots. Clemens (for the Union/United States), Poe (for the proto-Confederacy), and Burton (for England, which would probably side with the Confederacy), each with the help of a sidekick, are trying to outmaneuver each other to gain the support and technological aid of Brigham Young’s Deseret in the possibly-upcoming Civil War, and Young is dealing with an internal rebellion as well. My only complaint, in fact, is that there is so much going on, and the sidekicks change who they’re working with so frequently, that it’s a bit hard to keep track of who is where, why, and with whom—but that just adds to the whirlwind effect. I hope this author writes another adventure, with these characters or others, soon.
This novel is like an alternate universe in Mormon history. Imagine Salt Lake City, Utah as a steampunk mecca during the late 1850's. Imagine advanced mechanisms, weapons, and vehicles, all powered by steam and clock-works. Imagine the madman Orson Pratt as the genius inventor of many of these devices. With civil war in the offing, rivaling factions set out to do whatever it takes to get the Mormons and their technology on their side of the impending conflict.
If you are a Mormon historical purist, this novel is probably not for you. However, if you love romance, violence, intriguing technology, all mixed against a mid-19th century background, definitely pick up a copy of City of the Saints.
Although this novel is through and through speculative fiction, Butler still infuses the story with plenty of well-researched nuggets that Mormons especially will enjoy.
If you are not a Mormon, you will still love this book. Butler does not rely on Mormon history or folk lore to create a brilliant story. Don't make the mistake of passing this novel up because you don't feel like you will get it. I assure you; you will enjoy it.
So many things appealed so strongly to me about this collection of four parts. The action, the humor and the steampunk element were just plain fun, I loved the admixture of known inventor genius's like Brunel, Hunley, Whitney, Maxim, and Browning as well as the fanciful Mad Man Orson Pratt contributing to this world's super science.
I'm also into history enough including the local variety here in Utah, that few if any of the characters needed introduction (local = Porter Rockwell, Brigham Young, Eliza R. Snow, Bill Hickman, John D. Lee) but for the sake of review I'll mention the big ones - Sam Clemens (Mark Twain) as a secret agent for the Union in the coming civil war as well as the not dead yet Edgar Allen Poe for the Confederacy - each has a colorful thug apprentice that you genuinely enjoy seeing also get their point of view. The English adventurer Richard Burton an envoy for Queen and country was also a favorite of mine.
The dialogue and action are crisp and hilarious, I truly laughed out loud at a number of scenes such as this between Richard Burton and Tamerlane O'Shaughessy (Clemens Irish thug)
"I'm not a weakling, " O'Shaughnessy protested, "I'm just a bit drunk."
"Keep your pistols aimed down the stairs, then." Burton urged him. "But you told me before you weren't drunk. Just Irish, you said."
"I'll let you in on a secret, Dick," the Irishman said. "it's the same fookin' thing."
I heartily recommend this if you enjoy smart, action, historical's that are so much fun.
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