Synopses & Reviews
The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although hes happy to run alcohol guns wherever the moneys good, he doesnt think the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side-effects. But becoming legit is easier said than done, and Clys first legal gig—a supply run for the Seattle Underground—will be paid for by sap money.
New Orleans is not Clys first pick for a shopping run. He loved the Big Easy once, back when he also loved a beautiful mixed-race prostitute named Josephine Early—but that was a decade ago, and he hasnt looked back since. Jos still thinking about him, though, or so he learns when he gets a telegram about a peculiar piloting job. Its a chance to complete two lucrative jobs at once, one he cant refuse. He sends his old paramour a note and heads for New Orleans, with no idea of what hes in for—or what she wants him to fly.
But he wont be flying. Not exactly. Hidden at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain lurks an astonishing war machine, an immense submersible called the Ganymede. This prototype could end the war, if only anyone had the faintest idea of how to operate it…. If only they could sneak it past the Southern forces at the mouth of the Mississippi River… If only it hadnt killed most of the men whod ever set foot inside it.
But its those “if onlys” that will decide whether Cly and his crew will end up in the history books, or at the bottom of the ocean.
"The smashing third volume in Priest's Clockwork Century steampunk alternate-history Civil War series (after 2010's Dreadnought) stars Josephine Early, New Orleans brothel owner and Union spy, who must deliver Ganymede, a prototype submarine, to the North. There are only a few problems: no one has ever successfully piloted the craft, and the Texian and Confederate armies are actively searching for it. Josephine's former lover, Andan Cly, agrees to help while completing his primary mission of retrieving supplies for blighted Seattle, where noxious gas forces residents to live underground and zombies remain a constant peril. Priest is at the top of her game, equally deft with pirate battles and mature romance: Cly is tentatively connecting with earlier protagonist Briar Wilkes, sheriff of Seattle, making him elegantly cautious around Josephine as they both try to focus on their mission. Clockwork Century fans will dub this installment the best yet." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Praise for The Clockwork Century:
“An intimate, well-crafted portrait of a nurse on a mission adds depth to this exceptional Civil War steampunk thriller.”
--Publishers Weekly, starred review, on Dreadnought
“Dreadnought offers plenty of fun: fast-paced battle scenes, thundering locomotives and the gem of the book, its heroine. Vivid, believable and endearingly stubborn, shes an enjoyable companion for those taking the time to read a book which challenges the notion that steampunk must assume Victorian attitudes with its goggles and corsets.”
“Boneshaker is without a doubt Cherie Priests breakthrough work: this hollering, stamping, crackling thing is the best fun youll have with a book all year.”
“A propulsive, breathless read, an action movie that tears across the country, stopping just long enough to take snapshots of the race and gender politics of the time, to put a human face on history.”
--The Stranger on Dreadnought
About the Author
Cherie Priest is the author of Dreadnought and Boneshaker, which was nominated for a Nebula and Hugo Award, won the Locus Award for best science-fiction novel, and was named Steampunk Book of the Year by steampunk.com. She is also the author of the near-contemporary fantasy Fathom, and she debuted to great acclaim with Four and Twenty Blackbirds, Wings to the Kingdom, and Not Flesh Nor Feathers, a trilogy of Southern Gothic ghost stories featuring heroine Eden Moore. Born in Tampa, Florida, Priest earned her masters in rhetoric at the University of Tennessee. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Aric, and a fat black cat named Spain.