Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy’s husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see... show more
Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy’s husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Mercy sets out toward the Mississippi River. Once there, she’ll catch a train over the Rockies and—if the telegram can be believed—be greeted in Washington Territory by the sheriff, who will take her to see her father in Seattle.Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure by dirigible and rail through war-torn border states. When Mercy finally arrives in St. Louis, the only Tacoma-bound train is pulled by a terrifying Union-operated steam engine called the Dreadnought. Reluctantly, Mercy buys a ticket and climbs aboard.What ought to be a quiet trip turns deadly when the train is beset by bushwhackers, then vigorously attacked by a band of Rebel soldiers. The train is moving away from battle lines into the vast, unincorporated west, so Mercy can’t imagine why they’re so interested. Perhaps the mysterious cargo secreted in the second and last train cars has something to do with it?Mercy is just a frustrated nurse who wants to see her father before he dies. But she’ll have to survive both Union intrigue and Confederate opposition if she wants to make it off the Dreadnought alive.
Publish date: November 5th 2010
Publisher: Tor/Seven Seas
Pages no: 400
Edition language: English
Series: The Clockwork Century (#2)
AudiobookI was listening to this book thinking as I was going along, "Oooh, that's the guy she ends up with, oh wait nope." Then, "No, I was wrong, this is the guy she ends up with." Nope, this is not a romance book at all unlike the first one and I didn't mind. I loved, loved, loved the ending. Can...
This series is getting better. Part of it could be that Priest doesn't make this a sequel to Boneshaker so much as it's another story set in the same world. The main character is the daughter to one of the secondary characters in the first book, but otherwise this is a story about her, and about war...
This is the second book in the Clockwork Century series, following on from Boneshaker, which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago - this is a world where the American Civil War dragged on for many years longer and where technological advances mean that it seems unlikely to end any time soon. Meanwhile, ...
Vastly inferior to Boneshaker. I was bothered, more in this book than the other, by the historical revisions of this world--the lengthened American Civil War, changing its motives from a war over slavery, doesn't sit quite right with me: it's fantasy, I know, but it treads the line of diminishing th...
There is something about train journeys. It isn’t just the “romance” of the journey, but the ability to sit back, relax and watch the word. You see and appreciate, the key here, the views and vistas that you pass by. Stories that take place on train journeys should capture some of this. Dreadnoug...