Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon
Publication: September 1, 2014 • Series: Gideon Smith 2
David Barnett is an author and award-winning journalist based in the north of England. His previous novels include Hinterland, Angelglass and popCULT!, and his work has appeared in the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, SFX magazine and others. www.davidbarnett.wordpress.com, @davidmbarnett.
"...as rollicking a ride as the first ...The previous book was jam-packed with characters, both real and the author’s own creation, and adventure and this one continues at the same pace. ..." Waterstones Bradford
Gideon Smith, a newly minted Hero of the Empire (following the events of Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl), heads off to Britain-controlled America to recover a lost dragon and its clockwork-cyborg pilot in this fast-paced and pulpy steampunk adventure. The mighty mechanical brass dragon Apep and its unique pilot, Maria, a clockwork woman with the brain of a London shop girl, were stolen away by turncoat Louis Cockayne and last sighted south of the Mason-Dixon Wall. The search brings Gideon and his crew to gritty San Antonio, Tex.—aka Steamtown—where ruthless Thaddeus Pinch, “more machine than man,” has nefarious plans for the dragon, as soon as he can learn how to control it. Meanwhile, in Nyu Edo on the west coast of North America, a scientist prepares a secret weapon to fight a runaway from Monster Island. Barnett’s characters are drawn with broad strokes, and the many subplots make for a bumpy pace, but there’s plenty to enjoy in this gleeful mix of brass goggles, sword-wielding swashbucklers, Darwin, and dinosaurs. -- Publishers Weekly
Nick Harkaway, author of Angelmaker and The Gone-Away World
"Meet Gideon Smith, hero of the Empire… Vampires, villains and vice, David Barnett happily hacks his way through 19th Century fiction to create Victorian England as it should have been – automatons, dirigibles, Egyptian mummies and all!"
Jon Courtenay Grimwood, author of The Exiled Blade and The Last Banquet
"Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl is a triumph of the modern pulp genre. Funny, clever and superbly executed – Barnett writes like a dream. I guarantee you’ll have fun as you breeze through this first adventure of Gideon Smith, and I commend it to you all. I’m already anxious for the next one."
George Mann, author of the Newbury & Hobbes novels
“Steampunk adventure in the manner of the old penny dreadfuls…the narrative gets up a head of steam, and the characters, with their recognizable flaws, hold wide appeal.”—Kirkus Reviews
STARRED REVIEW -- Publishers' Weekly
Publication: September 1, 2014
Series: Gideon Smith 2
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