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The Emperor of North America

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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
Mia Silva
Brilliant book with a perfect mix of fantasy, sci-fi, adventure, and humor. A would-recommend for all, but especially Catholics.

Note: Second book in a series; read the Tripods Attack first!
WARNING: Ends with about 5 cliffhangers!
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.
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.
Just like the first book in this series, it was action packed and fun. Lots of fast-thinking moments.

I really enjoyed this book! The only reason I didn't enjoy it more is I figured out that the ending was like a cliffhanger and there is no third book! :( So I tried not to like it too much so that I wouldn't be disappointed when I read the ending.

Beside that though, I really like the story and I recommend it to all teens, especially boys.
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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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