by Cherie Priest
Cover Artist: Myke Amend
Review by Benjamin Wald
Subterranean Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781596063082
Date: 31 May 2010
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Clementine, by Cherie Priest, returns to the steampunk alternate history civil war setting as 2009s Boneshaker, which is nominated for the Hugo. This follow-up chases down a loose plot thread from the novel, and manages to pack in all the steampunk goodness you could ask for. In its 200 action packed pages it manages to cram in airships, pirates, Gatling guns, and an improbable super weapon. Its fast moving and fun, with a fast paced plot and endearing characters, although it doesn't do anything very new or groundbreaking.
From official release/information:
Product Description: Maria Isabella Boyd's success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty...she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago.
Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies and Uncle Sam isn't pleased. The Clementine is carrying a top secret load of military essentials--essentials which must be delivered to Louisville, Kentucky, without delay.
Intelligence suggests that the unrelenting pursuer is a runaway slave who's been wanted by authorities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon for fifteen years. In that time, Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey has felonied his way back and forth across the continent, leaving a trail of broken banks, stolen war machines, and illegally distributed weaponry from sea to shining sea.
And now it s Maria's job to go get him.
He's dangerous quarry and she's a dangerous woman, but when forces conspire against them both, they take a chance and form an alliance. She joins his crew, and he uses her connections. She follows his orders. He takes her advice.
And somebody, somewhere, is going to rue the day he crossed either one of them.
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