A Novel of the Clockwork Century
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Maria Isabella Boyd's success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty, she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago.
Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies and Uncle Sam isn't pleased. The Clementine is carrying a top secret load of military essentials which must be delivered to Louisville, Kentucky, without delay.
Intelligence suggests that the unrelenting pursuer is a runaway slave who's been wanted by authorities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon for fifteen years. In that time, Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey has felonied his way back and forth across the continent, leaving a trail of broken banks, stolen war machines, and illegally distributed weaponry from sea to shining sea.
And now it's Maria's job to go get him.
He's dangerous quarry and she's a dangerous woman, but when forces conspire against them both, they take a chance and form an alliance. She joins his crew, and he uses her connections. She follows his orders. He takes her advice.
And somebody, somewhere, is going to rue the day he crossed either one of them.
Great Novella by Priest!
Priest has told another rousing story that starts right after the conclusion of Boneshaker following the crew of Hainey pursuing the Free Crow. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys SciFi or steam punk. Priest is one of the best in my humble opinion. Great book!
Another gripping tale of steam driven derring-do.
Sky pirates, shoulder mounted machine guns, doomsday weapons and an alluring femme fatale what more do you need?
Priest delivers yet another thrilling yarn in a yesterday year that lamentably never was. Well worth the paltry dockets.