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John McNichol s The Emperor of North America The Young Chesterton Chronicles Book 2 It s been over a year since Gilbert Keith Chesterton and his friends defeated the Martian tripod invasion. Since then, he has a new faith, a new job as a reporter for the London Times, and a new love a beautiful heiress named Frances. Life couldn t be better. But then things begin to go ver...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Bezalel Books
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Julie Davis
If Gilbert Chesterton and Herb Wells were best friends in a steampunk universe when they were 17 and had a crazy adventure involving airships, robots, flying cities, Pinkerton men, a mysterious female nemesis, Gil's true love, a couple of courageous young lads who double as inventors, and much more ... then you would have this book.

It grabbed me in a most unexpected way as you may be able to tell from the fact that I picked it up yesterday morning to read something different and early that eveni...more
Jennifer Fitz
The follow-on to Tripods Attack. Fun, readable Catholic fiction for older kids and teens, but I know a pile of grown-ups who love this stuff. If you like GKC + Steampunk + Catholic, this is great. I love this series.
Patrick
John McNichol has a wonderful imagination and can tell a great story. The Emperor of North America, however, suffers from the lack of a heavy-handed editor. Meant to be a rollicking adventure story, the book, I felt, gets bogged down by unnecessary subplots and metaphorical language. In other words, form does not follow function, and the prose needed to be a bit more streamlined like the brass steampunk machines of McNichol's fictional universe. The story was fun and inventive (it was extremely...more
Jeffrey Arrowood
While definitely in need of editing, the Emperor of North America spins a lively tale. I love the juxtaposition of worldviews, though it would be more effective if it were more subtle. There was quite a bit of preaching in this book compared to Tripods Attack. The draw of young Wells toward worldly power and Gilbert's fall into temptation are very believable and quite powerful. I also greatly enjoy the literary allusions, though I hope John McNichol will keep them from getting over the top.
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John McNichol was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1970, and spent the first eighteen years of his life there before attending Franciscan University of Steubenville, where he met his wife, Jeanna. Today, they live with their seven children in Vancouver, Washington, where John earned Master's degrees in English Literature and Education, and teaches middle school.
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