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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
With no time to breath, `Buckle' is a book that is constantly tripping over its own feet. We are introduced to Buckle and several of his crew only to be immediately thrust into the action. Usually an author would take a rest after the initial action beats to develop the relationships, but Richard Ellis Preston Jr. does not do this. Instead he decides to dish out characterisation on the fly. Who does not think about their true feelings for a crew member when they are plummeting to their doom? Perhaps the characters should have spent more time articulating their emotions, rather than hitting stuff?
Although the action is insistent, it does not become tiresome. Preston is certainly a skilled writer of pulp action; some of the fight sequences are tense and very well written. It is just that the people involved are a little undercooked. All the crew are a little young - Buckle is said to be 18 years of age. This is an alternative future of hardships and easy death, but if all the crew were 18-25 because they die young, would not many of them have to remain at the homestead to be continuously replenishing the population? See Victorian Britain for how families develop in situations like this. `Buckle' is an adventure romp that has plenty of action, but this is used to hide a lack of characterisation and slightly underdeveloped world building on Preston's part. Still a fun read, but a little lacking.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This review is as much for all three books in the series so far as this one alone. I know other reviewers have criticised the dubious credibility of the technology used or the... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lisa Thomas
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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
OK story interesting re steam punk cataclysmic detail but action gets repetitive for 99p its an OK read at worst.Published 18 months ago by B. MURPHY-RYAN
If youv'e read any Jules Verne, you may just enjoy this a bit. A pretty good read.Published 23 months ago by michael leech
I loved the angle this book takes on a new world. Great for teens and easy read for adults too.Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
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