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The Incorruptibles by [Jacobs, John Hornor]
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5 * The Incorruptibles is a rare thing: a clever story and an action-packed one (SFX)

One part ancient Rome, two parts wild west, one part Faust. A pinch of Tolkien, of Lovecraft, of Dante. This is strange alchemy, a recipe I've never seen before. I wish more books were as fresh and brave as this (Patrick Rothfuss)

It's GUNSLINGER meets LORD OF THE RINGS. It is amazing." And "This book is legit amazing (CHUCK WENDIG)

Fantasy needs writers who push the envelope, and Jacobs finds the edge and tears right through it. If you want original, you've picked up the right book (MYKE COLE)

It's here that The Incorruptibles gets good. Great, I'd go so far as to say. Now that the stakes have been made plain, our heroes' real responsibilities revealed, and the overarching conflict at least alluded to, Jacobs' novel properly kicks off. What follows is grim and gripping, surprising and exciting, tense and tremendously well-told, too (Tor.com)

wildly innovative and highly readable story which, I think, should be nominated for quite a few awards next year. It is unlike anything else out there at the moment and I think many will be surprised by its unflinching ambition and often, beautifully poetic language (Upcoming 4 Me)

8.5/10 Fast paced, action packed with its unusual mix of Westerns, daemons and Ancient Rome (Fantasy Book Review)

This for me reminded me of the first time i read a Mark Lawrence, Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie, that sense of WOW, this is fresh and new and exciting. That i need to read more from this author very soon (Pandemenion Books)

This is an author with vision as we're slowly separated from our preconceptions (The Bookbag)

The Incorruptibles is not the longest book in the world, but its relentless drive, its tight focus and its identifiable characters leaves you wanting more at the end, and it is more memorable as a result of its brevity. Definitely an author I'd revisit again (SFF World)

The Incorruptibles is a great opener to a new series, you will learn a lot, some questions are answered but a lot more raised. I am already a big fan of this series and am looking forward to see just in which direction John Hornor Jacobs will take his story next (The Book Plank)

A quick, interesting and original fantasy novel. Definitely recommended, I am eager to read more by this author, and certainly more in this world (Civilian Reader)

4.5/5. An absorbing turn into secondary world fantasy that deserves a wide audience (SF Signal)

In short, read 'The Incorruptibles'. Just do it. Once Hornor Jacobs lets the plot have its head, the book is a joy to behold (Graeme's Fantasy Book Review)

This is definitely one of my favourite reads so far in 2014 (The Eloquent Page)

The Incorruptibles blends coyboys, the Roman empire and high fantasy and not only get away with this unusual mix but pulls it off with such aplomp that you're left wondering why no one has attempted it before (The Financial Times)

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On the edges of the Empire, life is hard - and men must be harder. Gritty fantasy perfect for fans of Abercrombie's RED COUNTRY or Mark Lawrence's PRINCE OF THORNS.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3309 KB
  • Print Length: 321 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (14 Aug. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00IXTQHVQ
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #182,826 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Take a couple of pinches of Westerns, a pinch of Romans, a pinch of steampunk and a smattering of touches of other genres and you sort-of get the wonderfully imaginative new world that John Hornor Jacobs has created for the first in a planned trilogy, The Incorruptibles.

Wonderfully imaginative, save in one respect: with the strong echo of Westerns, it's not hard to see which group of characters has the role of Indians - and in that displays some of the most cliched derogatory stereotypes from the Western genre. Without the Western influence, having bad guys who mutilate the heads of opponents, abduct babies and the like would probably pass without notice, but with the Western influence it's hard to see these as other than caricatures of Native Americans which are best left in the past. (To his credit, John Hornor Jacobs has responded to another reviewer making a similar point; it's well worth reading the exchange: http://amzn.to/1IpcdW3)

The novel also feels at parts rather like a scene setting first book in a trilogy - which of course it is, but in setting the scene for large parts of the book there is not that much of an overall plot driving events along at a pace. There certainly is by the closing parts of the book, and there are lots of incidents earlier on, but overall the pacing didn't feel quite right.

What did though was the depth of the imaginary - and very imaginative - world, so there is plenty more for the rest of the trilogy to explore and expand on. This isn't a case of a one-trick setting which quickly wears thin.

Rather the story of the 'steam boat' headed into dangerous territory with a mix of politicians and 'cowboys' on board is richly imagined and refreshingly original.
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I have recently avoided novels in favour of short story collections. (Short attention span and all that). However, this author has restored my confidence with his excellent 'Southern Gods' (wish I had come up with that storyline) and now this utterly enjoyable page-turner. Other reviews have outlined the story, and much better than I ever could, but suffice to say, this is a real action-packed caper full of gunplay, romance, demonology, blood and guts.All you could want, really. What really makes it special though, are the very strong characters.Some sightly flawed, others beyond hope, and there are the stretchers; an amazing race of creatures that rival the Alien for sheer terror.So, imagine Cormac Mcarthy re-writing 'Blood Meridian' set in a mythical land where gunfighters are really centurions, demons are harnessed to power transport and balistics, and anything can happen. Buy this great book.
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Looking at the cover of The Incorruptibles by John Hornor Jacobs, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it was a western. The simple but striking image of a steamboat certainly suggests that the story will follow a very specific direction. In what I can only apologise for being a slightly confounding statement, you would be both right and wrong for thinking along those lines. There is little denying that the latest from Jacobs proudly wears its Western roots on its sleeve, but there is also far more to it than that. It quickly becomes evident, after only a handful of pages, that this novel is a veritable mash-up of genres each vying for the reader’s attention in a wonderfully complex but entertaining tale.

This is a deceptive book. At first glance it doesn’t appear to be that big but there is actually a heck of a lot going on here. I’m not quite sure how he has pulled it off but Mr Hornor Jacobs has written what feels like the literary equivalent of the TARDIS, once you open the book you’ll realise that it is much, much bigger on the inside. Let’s see if I can explain. Try to imagine a world where an imperial force, not massively dissimilar to the Roman Empire (let’s call them Rumans for the sake of argument) is rubbing shoulders with men who could best be viewed as cowboys. Also along for the ride are half men known as dvergar (dwarves) and savage tribal warriors called vaettir,who could be seen as a nod to both native American Indians and elves. Elsewhere, there are also demons, imps and a host of other potential enemies, including a race of humans that sounds suspiciously like the Japanese Shogunate. Told you there was a lot going on, didn’t I?

Amidst all these various groups, we find the slightly mis-matched pairing of Fisk and Shoe.
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By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 6 Oct. 2014
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"Time was, you could walk thousands of miles in this land without seeing another soul. The stretchers kept to themselves in their high reaches, dreaming their unfathomable dreams, and only came out to trade with us once in a blue moon."

I picked up this book by chance, and I'm mightily glad I did. It is a tremendously good book, absolutely one out of the box and one of the best books I've read this year without doubt.

The setting is a world where men and other races exist - not always harmoniously. The gods are old, but there are those who are not god-given - imps, daemons - their infernal alchemy mixes ill with some of the other races. In this world are two who make their home where they find it; Fisk and Shoe, two mercenaries, working as outriders accompanying the river voyage up the Big Rill of the boat of Gnaeus Saturnalius Cornlius, the Imperial Governor. Fisk, a man who carries a past with him, one that's so dark that even Shoe, his partner of ten years, doesn't know it. Shoe, a half-dvergar, half-man; long-lived, short in stature, big in heart, who refuses to risk damnation from daemonry.

These two find themselves mixed in a world where politics and greed go hand in hand, where daemonic alchemy and science mix awkwardly, where men live close to the land and risk dying every day, where the vaettir roam down from the White Mountains and kill without mercy or favour. Where the voyages of Imperial Governors are not always pleasure cruises, and where the fates of three Empires could rest on the shoulders of two uneasy mercenaries.

I was totally blown away by this book; this is a world unlike any other, yet there are, from the corner of your mind, thoughts of the Wild West, of the Roman Empire, of Spanish grandees, of old races, gods and devilry.
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