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Bodacious Creed: a Steampunk Zombie Western

(The Adventures of Bodacious Creed #1)

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  51 reviews
U.S. Marshal James Creed has known loss, starting from the untimely death of his wife and daughter in a sudden fire. His work, chasing down and arresting outlaws across the Wild West, is all he has left to live for. Then one day, in 1876, the infamous killer Corwin Blake catches Creed by surprise and guns him down.

Creed awakes after a mysterious young woman resurrects him
Kindle Edition, 370 pages
Published August 18th 2017 by Bodacious Publishing
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Whispering Stories
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it
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I am aware that the genre of Western Steampunk has a lot of followers and for them Bodacious Creed may well provide an interesting and gripping read. It is not Jonathan Fesmire’s fault that I am not a fan of the genre but despite what I am sure were his best endeavours I have not been converted.

The tale is set in a town called Santa Cruz in 1876 where we have all the settings for a good Western including cattle ranches, mines and a rough, bustli
Bernard Jan
Nov 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I must admit I was skeptical when I decided to read a steampunk zombie western novel. I didn't know what to expect. Which turned out to be good because Jonathan Fesmire took me with Bodacious Creed to a journey which I rather liked!

As a teenager I devoured stories about Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, and Bodacious Creed proved it that nothing changed! I still like them, I still romanticize that wild, cruel and bloody part of the 19th century American history, in Bodacious Creed mixed with another
Stephanie Smith
Dec 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle-books
I, personally, have a serious love for all things zombie and I love when an author has a different take on a classic idea or story. The second I finished reading the blurb, I knew I was going to enjoy reading about the adventures of Bodacious Creed! The idea of reading a story set in the Wild West that seamlessly merged zombies with steampunk technology fascinated me!
The book follows the story of a US Marshall that goes to Santa Cruz, CA on a manhunt for Corwin Blake, who has been on a killing s
Michelle Lowe
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Zombies, western, steampunk. The ingredients of an acholic drink to indulge when you’re expecting it to be a crazy night.

U.S Marshal, James Creed was an honorable lawman—a living hero, until he’s gunned down and resurrected to become an undead hero. Regardless of being dead, Creed’s work isn’t finished. There's still the elusive outlaw, Corwin Blake, to catch. Thanks to a gearhead, Anna Boyd, madam of the town’s brothel The House of Amber Doves, she brings Creeds back from the dead inside her se
C.E. Clayton
All too often it seems as if steampunk authors stick to one location and one setting: a Victorian era European city. Think cobblestones and cold fog with women in full hoop skirts and men in three piece suits. It was refreshing to read a steampunk novel that took place—in both time and location—so far from the tried and true that I tip my proverbial hat to the author! “Bodacious Creed” is very much a western set in the early days of America, just after the Civil War, where California’s city of S ...more
Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The story takes place in Santa Cruz, in the days of the Wild West, American Frontier days. Complete with cowboys, marshals, prostitutes, gunfire, and outlaws, it is all there, but with a twist. Steampunk, maybe the ultimate blending of genres, is at its very core an alternative to our world. Anything can and undoubtedly will happen to the characters who inhabit the pages. In this case, we are talking about the walking dead and automatons mixed in with a world we are all some way familiar with.

Corinne Donnelly
Oct 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jonathan Fesmire brings together zombies, the wild west, and steampunk, three distinct subjects, in his new novel, Bodacious Creed. Anna Lynn Boyd, the twenty something owner of a bordello in Santa Cruz, California, makes her living in mysterious ways. When Marshal James Creed comes to town in search of the notorious criminal, Corwin Blake, things go awry, and Anna’s secret talents must come into play. With a strong female lead, an elaborate setting, and more than one technological wonder, Fesmi ...more
Hope Sloper
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: very-enjoyable

Zombies + steampunk + western = werid west = love

It was those elements that lured me toward this novel. Once I read the preview, I knew for sure this would be a novel that I would love. Jonathan Fesmire’s first novel in The Adventures of Bodacious Creed did not disappoint.

There are two things you have to remember as you dive into this story. One, Creed always gets his man. Two, there are several players to help him achieve his goal. It’s your typical good vs. evil plot with the good being more t
Doni Hogan
I loved this book! I found myself gripped from the very beginning. Creed and Anna have a way of capturing your interest and holding it. To find out what exciting feat they're going to accomplish on the next page kept me turning them deep into the night. Just one more page, I would tell myself, and then I'll stop for the night.

I have read many books that have dry spots and I would have to force myself to get through them until the next interesting spot started. I found nothing dry or boring abo
Riley K.
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Bodacious Creed: A Steampunk Zombie Western (The Adventures of Bodacious Creed #1) by Jonathan Fesmire is an amazing read.

I never thought I would read a zombie western book. Somewhere my grandpa is smiling. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from this book. The awesomeness of this book exceeded my expectations. If you like zombie stories or if you like westerns, then this is the book for you.

U.S. Marshal James Creed has to work with a surprising cast of characters to take down some outlaws.
Prakash Parasuraman
Oct 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-read-2017
Steampunk western zombie… these many genres in a single novel? Jonathan has to be appreciated for his effort in putting all these genres together. He has done a great job in terms in gelling these genres in a single novel. One can feel the setup of the Wild West along with the historical steampunk colour and zombies behind us.

Bodacious creed is one of those rare novels that keeps the readers hooked till the last page. The story takes some time to set in, but once it does the phase doubles up. Th
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: steam-punk
What a treat! This book has combined the gun slinging western sagas with a technocrat madam of a salon and of course crime investigation. So if you're a fan of the West World or Hell on Wheels series, you would love this book. More importantly I loved all the well fleshed out characters in the story and can't wait to read more about them in the next book.
Vickii Bendit
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Bodacious Creed is a Federal Marshal and lately, a Zombie. This is a Steam Punk novel, and I generally don’t care for this genre, but there is something about Jonathan Fesmire’s writing that I find appealing.
I try to keep an open mind when reading, and I’m so glad I did. I found this book had me laughing one moment then crying the next, then had me concentration hard so I wouldn’t miss a single thing. I just may have to change my mind about Steam Punk novels; at least until I can finish the othe
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely an interesting premise. Steampunk zombie western? Hell yes. It took me a bit to really get into it but once I did I was hooked to Creed. The zombies becoming zombies through technological advancement was pretty neat. I can’t say I understood the technical jargon but I got the idea pretty well. Not so sure about the constant dates being given but it didn’t ruin the story at all so it wasn’t that big of a deal. Anna was a wonderful character and a great woman heroine.
Sherry Westendorf
Dec 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't usually read these kind of books. But this one was fun to read. Lots to the story that kept it interesting. No spoilers from me. I enjoyed it. I was given a review copy and voluntarily review it.
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Zombie wild west

Loads of fun to read. Exciting from start to finish. I am looking forward to the next story about Marshal Creed.
Laurie Hayes
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Alternate Universe

This book was exciting, intense and suspenseful . The characters were well thought out. I will definitely keep reading Jonathan Fesmire books
Teresa Vogt
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book that makes you think, laugh out loud inappropriate places like the Dr's waiting room... Bad girl, bad...

There aren't enough stars to rate this as high as I want to, so I'll juzt say it't a great read and you are dumber then a box of rocks if you don't read it..
Yes it mentions ladies of the evening but not so graphic that you have to cover you tween or teens eyes.. If they have watched Bonanza or Gunsmoke they can figure it out without the birds and bees talk..dear lord I dated myself ment
Todd Simpson
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Book. Jonathan Fesmire has done a fabulous job in writing this very entertaining story. It’s not only the characters that make this such an enjoyable story, but the plot is very good as well. There’s always something happening in the story, and it’s probably why it didn’t take me long to get to the end. It’s also the technology used in an era that you wouldn’t expect to see it, that made this book quite unique and interesting to read.
US Marshall James ‘Bodacious’ Creed had quite a rep
Olga Miret
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was offered a free copy of this novel that I freely chose to review.
When I read the description of this novel, I must say I was intrigued. It’s a Western. But not just any Western. It’s a steampunk Western. I have not read a lot of steampunk (some blogs and short-stories) but I am intrigued by the concept, the art, the clothes… Oh, and there are zombies. OK, I could not resist. I generally like Westerns and historical fiction set in that period, but the unlikely combination of the three elemen
Aug 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very well written. Jonathan brings you into this world from the first sentence and hang on as he takes you on an adventure that ends all too soon. I'm all ready for the next book to come out to find out what other adventures these characters I've grown to love get into.
Bona Fide Book Reviews
Jan 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yes, I’ve heard of steampunk and every time I wonder, “Just what does that mean?” So, I looked it up and I’m glad that I did. “Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction or science fantasy that incorporates technology of aesthetic designs inspired by 19th century steam-powered machinery.” Thank you, Wikipedia. Armed with that knowledge, we begin.

Anna Lynn Boyd is the madam of the House of the Amber Doves, a very busy place. Anna likes a nice, clean bar, lots of rooms, and lots of girls with lots
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I recently read and reviewed the eBook BODACIOUS CREED, I concentrated on the narration while listening to the Audible edition. I have often read print books and then listened to the audio version in the past; however, I have not done this before in such close proximity in time. Where the author of the words in print dictates the tone of a book, it is the narrator that is the tone of the audiobook. D. Golden's use of her voice gives each character distinct personality. Her voice for the ni ...more
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018
Find this review at Forever Lost in Literature!

Bodacious Creed is pitched as a steampunk zombie western. You're probably thinking that sounds like a pretty crazy combination, right? If you are, I thought so too (and if you aren't thinking that, then I'd like to hear what sort of books you typically read). Now, I've never really read a Western, I've only read a small handful of steampunk books, and I also don't typically like zombies. So why did I decide to read it? Because sometimes there are th
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-reads
★ ★ ★ 1/2 (rounded up)
This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
This is a strange, fun genre hodgepodge of a book. When Fesmire approached me about reading this book, I figured it'd be something like Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century, just set further south. A good mix of steampunk tech and an Old West setting, maybe with a Zombie wandering around as a vague threat, 300 pages later and we'll be done. Wow. I couldn't have been more wrong.

U. S. Marshall James "Bodacious" Creed is a
Swords & Spectres
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

It was a good while back but, when I got the review request for ‘Bodacious Creed’. The entire concept of the book just promised to be the most fun concept I’d have come my way this year. Heck, possibly long into the future. I mean, seriously; what’s not to get excited for when an author sends an e-mail saying his book is a ‘steampunk zombie western’ novel? The only downside was that I was in the midst of a massive busy period at wor
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me start off by saying that I've never read anything "steampunk," and I'm not big on westerns, so I wasn't sure what I was in for with this story. I do, however, latch on to most anything touting zombies...
While the story started off rather slow (for me), it did pick up around the fourth chapter. From then on, I could hardly put it down!
The characters were very well-written and believable as far as the everyday 'normal' versions of what you might expect them to be. I did a little fact-checki
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When I was a kid, I was a big fan of TV westerns. In my old age, I have become a big fan of steampunk, a sub-genre of science fiction and fantasy, in all of its many forms. BODACIOUS CREED is a perfect marriage of the wild, wild West and steam.

As we grow older, it is sometimes difficult to remember those little joys of childhood. I am reminded of a time when I was 8 or 9 years old when I used to play TV westerns with the kid next door. We had bikes for horses and six-shooter cap guns. We became
Minx -The Genre Minx Book Reviews
I know what you are thinking, can someone actually write a steampunk zombie western and make it work? Well, I am here to tell you that yes it can be done and Bodacious Creed is a perfect example. This story is set in 1876 and it is authentic to that time period with the exception that in this world there is technology. Granted not too many people have access to this technology but it is not unheard of. The way that the technology was written into the story made it quite believable. Nothing was s ...more
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Dee by: Author
Bodacious Creed Bk 1 - Written by Jonathan Fesmire - Reviewed 4/8/18 - Read 3/27-30/18
A Humorous western steampunk zombie with lots of action….
U.S. Marshal James Creed has known loss, starting from the untimely death of his wife and daughter in a sudden fire. His work, chasing down and arresting outlaws across the Wild West, is all he has left to live for. Then one day, in 1876, the infamous killer Corwin Blake catches Creed by surprise and guns him down. Creed awakes after a mysterious young wo
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Jonathan Fesmire lives in sunny Southern California with his son. He loves writing, and is lucky enough to work as a copywriter for his day job.

His blog, located on his website, covers a range of topics including steampunk, the wild west, science fiction, fantasy, writing, art, and related subjects.