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Clementine
Type: OtherAuthor: Cherie Priest
Maria Isabella Boyd has had just about enough of this goddamned Civil War. Her early successes as a Confederate spy have led to notoriety that prohibits further espionage work; and her loyalties have been called into question over a disastrous marriage to a Union officer. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty, she goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago. But that’s not going so well either. Her first big assignment is commissioned by the U.S. Army and only reluctantly pursued by Pinkerton’s. Historical circumstances have led to strife between the military and the influential agency. But the war is stretching forces thin, and outside help is called for. Maria (who refuses to go by “Belle”) Boyd is given the case. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies and Uncle Sam isn’t pleased. Though details are slim, Maria learns that the Clementine is carrying a top secret load of military essentials—essentials which must be safely delivered to Louisville, Kentucky without delay. Intelligence suggests that the craft chasing the Clementine is piloted by a fearsome runaway slave who’s been wanted by authorities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon for fifteen years. In that time, Croggon 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. 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 (some of) his orders and he takes (some of) her advice. And somebody, somewhere, is going to rue the day he crossed either one of them. (from the website: http://theclockworkcentury.com/?page_id=18)
Rating: 5.00Reviews: 1

User: sfbell Clementine rips around middle America in the same Steampunk themed Clockwork Century world created by Ms. Cherie Priest. Once again she creates vivid characters gives them real problems and reactions throughout the novel. The thrill of this book is certainly the chase between Maria Boyd and Croggon Hainey. Even after that pursuit ends another picks up immediately as the two now allied rivals chase a bigger issue. Ms. Priest again ties this novel to her previous works with character and location references, situations that are present in her timeline, giving the novel (and all the books so far) a interconnection that is terrific. You can really see her vision coming together page by page. This is the shortest of the three Clockwork Century books I have read. It was also the most difficult to come by. My wife special ordered it from a small bookseller in Portland Or. Definitely worth the price though. You can find it online at amazon.com and bn.com in e-pub editions for the kindle or nook.

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