- Series: The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin
- Paperback: 476 pages
- Publisher: 47North (November 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477807683
- ISBN-13: 978-1477807682
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #812,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin) Paperback – November 19, 2013
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“Saber Toothed, Kraken, Oh My! Romulus Buckle and the Engines of War is a non-stop, steampunk adventure. Infused from start to finish, this story provides an endless adrenaline rush. The perfect book for those who want their action injected into every page.” —Tome Tender Book Blog
"Wow, another epic chronicle in the Romulus Buckle saga. [Romulus Buckle and the Engines of War] has it all...adventure, great character and scene development, suspense and a cool cover to wrap it in." —Koeur's Book Reviews
"Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War is another wonderful book in the The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin series that is quickly becoming one of my favorites." —The Reading Review
"The Swashbuckling King of Steampunk is back! … I really enjoyed [Romulus Buckle and the Engines of War]. It took everything enjoyable from the first book, mixed in new character development and world building and cooked up a heart-racing steampunk masterpiece." —Bookwraiths
"Preston is at his best in the midst of battles and action and the author begins and finishes Engines of War with exciting exploits and a promise of more to come. Preston’s steampunk world has sparked my imagination and I am anticipating the next chapter of Romulus' adventure in his third book." —The Qwillery
“This is steampunk done right—fun, exciting, thrilling, and joyfully over the top.” —The Online Eccentric Librarian
About the Author
Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. is fascinated by the steampunk genre, which he sees as a unique storytelling landscape. Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War is the second book in his new steampunk series, The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin. Richard has also written for film and television. He lives in California.
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The story starts off about a month after Preston's first Romulus Buckle novel, City of the Founders, with the confident and determined Captain Romulus Buckle of the Pneumatic Zeppelin searching for answers. The town of Tehachapi was bombed and many innocents, including Buckle's mother, and possibly sister, were killed. He finds proof that the mysterious and powerful Founders clan were behind the attack, but in order to deliver the news, he must defeat mutant sabertooths, rescue one of his shipmates from the brink of death, and battle an alien kraken, all in the first act no less!
Richard Preston Jr. is a brilliant writer. I love his style. Some authors sprinkle the details into their story and allow you, as the reader, to fill in the gaps with your imagination. Richard paints the whole picture for you, and it's a wonderful work of art, one that allows you to sit back, kick your feet up, and enjoy the story!
My favorite part of the novel was easily the third act where Captain Buckle charges the Pneumatic Zeppelin into an air battle. It was an intense situation that made me sit on the edge of my chair with my heart pounding the entire time. Richard Preston Jr. is one of those authors who can make us care about his characters and what happens to them. The ending left plenty of room open for the next novel, but still had its own satisfying conclusion.
Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War is a fantastic followup to City of the Founders. This is an amazing steampunk series, one that I can't wait to continue with the next Romulus Buckle adventure!
If you're looking for subtly, don't go hanging out with Romulus Buckle. He's a bit larger than life, his adventures are action-packed and his loyalties are (fairly) straight-forward. Mr. Preston continues his fine, swashbuckling tradition from the first in the series, Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders. However, the relationships become more complicated and new revelations and hints of revelations put a new twist on things.
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I liked the first book slightly more, but book two was still a blast. The story gets a little bogged down in the emotional lives of the characters a bit here. There's some light adult content, but it does play into overall plot. Overall, a fairly good action/adventure with some mystery mixed in. :)
Assuming there will be another book, I do hope Max plays a bigger part in the next book. I really like Max. :)