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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Tor/Seven Seas; 1 edition (5 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765325780
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765325785
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 750,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Cherie Priest is the author of "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 master's in rhetoric at the University of Tennessee. She lives in Seattle, Washington, with her husband, Aric, and a fat black cat named Spain.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Read Me on 4 Jan. 2011
Format: Paperback
Mercy Lynch is a nurse working during the American Civil War in an alternate version of America, she receives a telegram telling her that her father is dying and would she travel to Seattle to see him. In this America steam is the mother of invention so when Mercy finds herself needing to travel across America through the path of her enemies she has to travel on the fastest train available - the Dreadnought. This will take her not only on a (technically) enemy train but also into conflict with the soldiers she's been patching up in her hospital work. Priest creates a large cast of supporting characters for Mercy and its not always easy to keep track, but in her travelling companions such as Miss Clay and Texas Ranger Horatio Kormon, Mercy learns fast who to trust when the bullets start flying. When the bullets do start flying it turns out to be the least of the problems for the Dreadnought's passengers as the truth behind the dead bodies being transported on the train is revealed and pieces fall together like a jigsaw for Mercy as she realises the true horror of what is attacking them.

Although you can read it alone, Dreadnought is a sequel. It predecessor Boneshaker tells the story of a Seattle poisoned by yellow gas that turns people into zombies who will attack for human flesh. As Mercy is heading into Seattle you can guess where the stories link up, for me the end of Dreadnought is made better because it finally links the two books and you get an idea of what has happened to Boneshaker's characters. Hopefully the next book in the series will also do this.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 May 2011
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The Clockwork Century series is some of the finest alt-history/steampunk writing you can find -- tough heroines, gritty adventures, and lots of airships and giant drills. "Dreadnought" has all of those in plenty, and Cherie Priest does a brilliant job imagining an alternate Civil War armed with steampunk weapons and vehicles.

Vinita "Mercy" Lynch is working hard in a Southern hospital (during a Civil War that has been going on for A VERY LONG TIME), helping care for horribly wounded soldiers. Then she receives two shocking pieces of news -- her husband has died in the war, and her biological father (whom everyone has presumed dead) has actually been living in Washington for all these years. Feeling that she has nothing to anchor her there, Mercy decides to go see "daddy dearest."

It's hard enough for a single woman to travel alone, but Mercy soon discovers that traveling during wartime is even worse. The airship she is traveling on is shot down, leaving the passengers stranded in the middle of nowhere -- and her only chance of getting to Washington may involve a Union train of devastating power, the Dreadnought. And unfortunately, that isn't the last obstacle between her and Washington.

For the record, "Dreadnought" isn't really a sequel to either of the previous two Clockwork World books. There ARE some brief references to "Boneshaker" -- they are in the same world, after all -- but it's very much its own, independent story. And this one is all about the war-torn, danger-filled America of Priest's world.

A lot of "Dreadnought's" appeal comes from Mercy. This is a tough, tough lady -- she's strong, independent and outspoken, but she's also very compassionate.
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You know, I didn't love Boneshaker.

Boneshaker, remember? Book one of The Clockwork Century series by Cherie Priest... nominated for a Hugo, one of genre fiction's most prestigious awards - and for best novel no less. You might know it as Steampunk in Seattle. Ringing any bells yet?

Of course it does - forgive my dubious attempt at humour. All I mean to say is: as fine a time as I had with it then, a year on from Boneshaker, I'm sure finding it tough to remember. As a matter of fact, I thought it sort of forgettable then, too, particularly after all the early word I'd heard praising it to the nines. Rather than the "hollering, stamping, crackling thing" Warren Ellis and an assortment of other names I respect indicated, I found it a flat and largely ill-considered thing only made worthwhile by an admittedly rollicking last act.

Dreadnought touches down near-enough a year to the day of Boneshaker's release, and it's evident from the outset that not a lot has changed. Forgive me for stating the bleeding obvious, but if Boneshaker wasn't for you, nor will this be - though I should say, it's at least the equal of that narrative. Take that as you may. Priest conjures up another Strong Female Character: this iteration's Briar Wilkes is Vinita 'Mercy' Lynch, a nurse who gives up the grind to shed her blood, sweat and tears on a missing man. In Dreadnought, that's Mercy's absent biological father, Jeremiah Swakhammer, who after his heroism in Boneshaker seems to be on the way out. Lately bereft of her soldier husband, news of whose death in the civil war which rages across the heartlands of The Clockwork Century's alt-America has only just reached her, Mercy means to reconnect with her daddy while she still can - or perhaps she simply needs direction.
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