Mercy Lynch is working as a war nurse in Virginia when she gets two instances of bad news in a couple of days. The first is that her husband (who she only knew a short time before he went off to war), has been killed, and the second is that her father (who left when she was very young) is gravely ill and is asking for her. She decides, against all of her better instincts, to make the journey to Washington to visit the father she never knew, and possibly get answers about why he left. Eventually she boards a train, attached to which is a war machine called the Dreadnought. Aboard the train with her are soldiers, a Texas Ranger, Mexican investigators, and plenty of intrigue. The train is carrying more than just passengers, and Mercy is determined to find out just what is causing bushwackers and other unsavory types’ increasingly alarming interest in the cargo. Then there are the zombies…
I have to admit, I adored Boneshaker (Clockwork Century #1), but had a little trouble getting into Clementine (Clockwork #2), so I decided to move on to Dreadnought (yeah, I know…mutter, mutter). First and foremost, I enjoyed Mercy Lynch. She’s tough. She’s resourceful. Plus, she doesn’t mind uttering a few curse words (*gasp*) every now and then! I mean, she’s a war nurse for goodness sakes! She’s pretty much seen it all and really doesn’t take nonsense from anyone. Dreadnought chronicles her cross country adventure, starting with a doomed airship ride to a train ride from hell (including some unthinkable cargo.) A group of Mexicans (a really, really large group) has gone missing, and this is just one of the mysteries that will be explored in this book. We get intrigue, war machines, battlefield excitement, gold!!, and one awesome heroine that you’ll love to root for. I did mention the zombies too, right? Ms. Priest’s alternate history is always a fun place to visit, and even though I didn’t enjoy this one quite as much as Boneshaker, it’s still well worth your time (and money-try to pick up a physical copy if you can, it’s gorjus.) If you enjoy Civil War intrigue, steampunk flare, and plenty of adventure, you’ll love Dreadnought!...more
Raylene Pendle,vampire and thief,is sick of taking silly jobs,such as stealing back homemade “naughty” videos that people regret making,and she’s ready for something exciting. Raylene gets her wish in the form of a card she receives in the mail,at her home,and with her name on it. Knowing that only a few people have this info,she’s instantly intrigued. She suspects it’s a fellow vampire,and her suspicions prove to be right on target. What she doesn’t count on is her client,Ian,is not only a vampire,but he’s a blind vampire,and this case will lead her to a clandestine government program that uses vamps (and possibly other supes),as test subjects to get to their sources of power. With the help of Ian,his human assistant,Cal,and a drag queen that calls himself Sister Rose,Raylene confronts a power beyond anything she could have imagined,and an evil that might threaten her very existence.
First off,I’m a Cherie Priest fan through and through,and I was VERY excited to start her new urban fantasy series. I’ll admit,it took me a while to get into,but I think it’s because Bloodshot is very different from her other novels. We take some time to get to know Raylene,who’s all “me,myself,and I” bluster,but underneath,there’s actually a very vulnerable girl in there,which,for a vampire,is very,very refreshing. Raylene prides herself on being prepared for everything and also for not getting attached. We see some of that vulnerability in her reluctant affection for a street urchin,Pepper,that lives in a storage building that Raylene owns,along with her teen brother. Raylene may be tough (she kicks serious,serious ass),but she’s attached to that little girl,and will go to just about any lengths to protect her (even her snotty brother). When Raylene meets Ian,she’s horrified at his condition and at his dependence on his human assistant. Raylene doesn’t trust ghouls,who in her experience only use vampires for one thing,which is to eventually be made vampire. Her research also leads her to Sister Rose,who’s sister was also one of the subjects involved in the Bloodshot program. A little about Sister Rose:Sister Rose,out of drag,is also a Cuban hottie named Adrian,who,I admit,I have a crush on,and Raylene isn’t immune to his hotness either. However,her real attraction lies with Ian,and I think she’s not only drawn to the man himself,but also to his vulnerability,and there’s a hint of possible romance to come (fingers crossed). If the first half took a bit to warm up,the second half hits full throttle almost immediately,and made me go from “like” to “love”. Even if you’re feeling a bit “vamped-out” with the influx of fang-centric stories lately,don’t pass this one up:it’s not your usual vampire cuisine,and if you haven’t discovered the wonderful Cherie Priest,it will make a fan out of you. Absolutely not to be missed! ...more