Monday, July 16, 2012

Book of the Week - Dead Reckoning by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

I am a sucker for novels of the weird west and I like steampunk. Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill have written some terrific books so I was excited to see they had done a teen novel with those elements. Best of all, it did not disappoint. The year is 1867 and Jett Gallatin (an alias), late of Orleans Parish, Louisiana, is a dressed in black shootist, wondering the Texas plains in search of her missing twin. She escapes a zombie attack in a town where she stopped to make inquiries and escaping to the wide open spaces meets two other travelers who have just met up. One is Gibbons, a Yankee scientist who is searching the west for flying machines in her steam powered Auto-Tachypode and the other White Fox, a young Army scout who had been raised by Indians. Together they uncover a diabolical plot that could lead to a zombie apocalypse. Authentic western feel, great pacing, delightful characters made this read extremely enjoyable even though I am not fond of zombie books. Readers who like smart characters, steam punk, kick ass heroines and zombies will also enjoy Cherie Priest's Boneshaker

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