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Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin Book 1) by [Preston Jr., Richard Ellis]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin (2 Book Series)

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About the Author

Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. is fascinated by the steampunk genre, which he sees as a unique storytelling landscape. Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders is the first installment in his new steampunk series, The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin. Richard has also written for film and television. He lives in California.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4094 KB
  • Print Length: 457 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (2 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PS42YI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 84 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,259 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Liked the characters and their relationships, real & engaging. Enjoyable from beginning to end. I have to read the rest of the series now
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Set in a world where everything is driven by steam lives Captain Romulus Buckle of the airship Pneumatic Zeppelin. His mission is to rescue his adoptive father Balthazar Crankshaft, leader of the Crankshaft Clan. With his adopted siblings, Sabrina and Max (who's half-Martian) and his crew, he must brave all dangers to enter the "City of the Founders", who hold Balthazar captive. Oh, and let's not forget the ship's mascot, Kellie the dog!
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.
Highly recommended!
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not what I expected
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By Zarah on 30 Oct. 2015
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Bah, it was ok but not much more. Here's the thing, the writing seemed fine but everything was waaaaaay over described and nothing of significance really happened. Don't get me wrong, things blew up, the air ship almost crashed like 400 times, people ran around and said droll things, but in terms of an overall story arc it didn't really show up until about page 350. Yes, the leaders had been kidnapped and the crew was rescuing them, but that's not really much of a plot as presented here. It's just an excuse to be off doing things.

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.
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I loved this! Marvellous post-apocalyptic steampunk set mainly over and sometimes in a destroyed and frozen California, where warring clans are fighting for supremacy. Romulus Buckle is 20 years old and Captain of the dirigible Pneumatic Zeppelin - in this world people rarely live past fifty and many never make half that. His crew is varied and includes several other adopted siblings of their leader Balthazar, plus a very characterful dog, Kellie of Kells. The possibility of electricity was destroyed 300 years ago in The Storming, when Earth fell to aliens, and now the only power is steam.
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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this item has been oredered and paid for but hasn't downloaded to my Samsung, it is only 1 of 2 books where htis has happened all other books download normally, I'm not sure why
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`Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders' is the book equivalent of trying to walk a puppy, as soon as you get the lead out they are bouncing around all over the place. I have to love the enthusiasm, but it can get pretty tiring, pretty fast. `Buckle' follows our Cap'in and his fearless zeppelin crew as they set out into enemy territory to rescue his father (and the clan's leader). On the way they must fight mechanical men, alien flying creatures and the weather itself. What they don't do is sit still for a few minutes and actually let things sink in.

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.
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