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Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin Book 1) Kindle Edition
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This is all good swashbuckling stuff - blackbang (gunpowder, I guess) muskets, pneumatic cannon and sabres.
It's well written, the characters are engaging and once you accept this new world it's exciting and a real page turner.
So, even though I checked this out of my local library along with the sequel, I'm returning them both. I'm not going to bother with the second book. I'm just not interested enough and I have a strong suspicion that, if it takes 350 pages to finally present the real plot in this book, it's probably the same in book two, which means I'll likely finish it little more satisfied than I am now. It's just not worth it to me.
All this we learn in the first few chapters which are also punctuated by crises, before the main story takes form. Balthazar and two other clan leaders have been kidnapped and taken to the City of the Founders which is wreathed in a constant mustard gas fog. Buckle and company set out to the rescue in his dirigible and accompanied by members of the Alchemist clan. There follows almost constant fighting, incredible odds to overcome, heroic acts and bravery undaunted, shipwreck and general mayhem, but the whole thing coalesced into a well, if frantically, paced story which still has believable and appealing characters.
Romulus is splendid, as if the half-Martian Max, the rather mysterious Sabrina and the rest of a large but distinguishable cast. I loved the chapter headings, in fact I loved the whole thing.
Better not to go into the details of how everything works - the fact is, is does!
Can't wait for the next installment.
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First the positives, and why I will read the sequels: this is really well-written, has an interesting world revealed in a steady, natural...Read more