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Mercy Lynch is working at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when she learns that her husband has died in a POW camp and her estranged father is gravely injured and wishes to see her. With no good reason to stay in Virginia, Mercy sets out to see her father in Seattle.

But crossing the country is no small task; it's a harrowing adventure through war-torn border states by
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Published October 1st 2010 by TOR Books (first published January 1st 2010)
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Hillary Wilson i would read boneshaker first. I've been told it doesn't matter from there. Boneshaker is very good and an easy read. Dreadnought is amazing.…morei would read boneshaker first. I've been told it doesn't matter from there. Boneshaker is very good and an easy read. Dreadnought is amazing.(less)
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Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobooks, 2010
Cherie Priest's Dreadnought is set in the same alternate history as Boneshaker but really doesn't connect with it until the last couple of chapters. It's the story of a Confederate Civil War nurse who receives a letter telling her that her husband, a Union soldier, has died. A couple of days later, she receives a telegram telling her that her father is dying and wants to see her. So, she sets off to travel from Virginia to Tacoma to see him for the first time since she was a little girl. (For so ...more
David Skies
Sep 23, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: firstreads, steampunk
(Received my ARC via Goodreads)

It's all about the journey, not the destination, in Priest's third entry in The Clockwork Universe. A journey undertaken via airship, steamship and the eponymous Dreadnought, a monstrous Union war train carry more guns than the Texas chapter of the NRA. It's a journey with more than its fair share of bumps along the way, true, but it's also a very linear one.

Throughout the voyage battles are fought, unsurprising mysteries revealed, rebel raiders repelled, numero
Mar 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely amazing! I wasn't sure how this story was going to tie into the story from the first book, but it definitely did. Another strong woman character and the alternate history of Civil War torn America world building continues.

Mercy Lynch, a nurse in a Confederate Army hospital finds out her husband is dead and her father is dying on almost the same day. She hasn't seen her father since she was a young girl and he had left, only to disappear "somewhere out west". Contacted by a sheriff in
I was about to dismiss Cherie Priest and her Clockwork Century series as over hyped, finding them pleasant enough while being slightly confused by enthusiastic praise being heaped on them. But, this final scheduled volume (hopefully there will be more) changes most of my concerns. This is a great adventure with lots action and terrific pacing. There are too many characters with too little differentiating a lot of them and the ending is a bit of a fizzle. The extended Civil War has always been in ...more
Megan Baxter
Apr 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Three books seems to be about the amount I need to decide whether or not I'm going to continue to read an author's books, unless they do something right away to piss me off. This is the third Cherie Priest book I've read. Unless something major happens, it's also likely to be the last. I'm just not getting enough out of them, and there are things that nag.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decis
Lauren Stoolfire
I like Cherie Priest's style, but unfortunately Dreadnought didn't quite hold my attention as much as Boneshaker. I will definitely have to read more of her work in the future. I'm looking forward to more of The Clockwork Century and others from her in the future! ...more
I'm really beginning to enjoy the series for the well-drawn examples of the world of an extremely drawn out American civil war and a time period where technological advances now border on the peculiarly modernish Japanese fascination with huge walking robots. Most fascinating about this novel was the scenes aboard the train with the same name as the novel. I really felt like I was reading a travelogue that just happened to have airship crashes, zombie outbreaks, train chase scenes, and lots of s ...more
Oct 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010
Cherie Priest has now entered the category of writers whose works I will buy the day they're released. What I love about all of her work is the characters. They're people I might know. Good, honest if not somewhat flawed people. They work hard, stand up for what is right, and aren't worried about getting their hands dirty. They may also be cranky, reserved, opinionated, or any other number of somewhat negative things. Because they're so believable, I buy in and joyfully follow along with them on ...more
Jason Pettus
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography []. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegally.)

So it looks like the backlash against steampunk has finally begun in the last year or two; and to all the haters, all I can say is, "Screw you!" A science-fiction subgenre 150 years in the making, turns out that the punk-influenced genre writers of the 1980s and early '90s found a lot to admire in the old
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Dreadnought is the third book in the Clockwork Century series by Priest. All of the books are separate adventures in the sames universe, so they can be read alone or together. There are five total books planned for this series with the fourth, Ganymede, being released in fall of 2011 and the fifth, Inexplicable, being release in the fall of 2012. This was another great addition to this series; I love the world Priest has created and it was a great read.

Mercy is a nurse on the Confederate side of
Jack +Books & Bourbon+
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
What do you get when you combine a bit of "Murder on the Orient Express", a dash of old Hammer Horror movies, a slightly larger dash of modern zombie sensibilities, a sizeable helping of movies like "Open Range" and "Tombstone", and generous portions of freshly sliced Steampunk?

You get Dreadnought, the third book in Cherie Priest's ongoing "Clockwork Century" tale! And what a book it is! There's a bit of everything going on in this particular novel (except for romance), and it all adds up to a s
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Apr 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011, e-books
4.5 Stars

This is a very different book from the first two in the Clockwork Century series. This is a tight, fast paced, and narrow story about a nurse named Mercy making her way across a civil war torn country.

Mercy is a strong and likable protagonist who is brave and good at her job as a nurse. She gets the news that her husband, whom she hs not been seen for over 2 years has died in a prison camp. Meanwhile, her estranged father has contacted her about needing to see her because he is on his d
Andrew Neal
Sep 03, 2011 rated it liked it
Looks like I skipped the second book, but as each one focuses on a different character that doesn't seem to matter.

Anyway, I liked this better than the first one. I thought it was a fun, light read, and I liked the main character. Even considering that, I had two problems with the book, but they weren't enough to ruin it:

1. The explanation of how in the midst of this seemingly never-ending civil war, almost all the southern states had freed their slaves just seemed way off to me. I mean, I'm a w
Maggie K
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
this could have been so much better! A great concept laid low a slanted civil-war view, tons of unnecessary description and stereotyped characters.
Jim Gorman
Jan 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk
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Amy B
Mar 21, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. I'm still not sure what the purpose of this book was. Not that every book has to have a purpose, but there must be something that drove the author to write it, even if merely for entertainment. The Dreadnought is full of wonderful descriptions and a well-laid out story; it just wasn't a very interesting story. It started off well, and I was ready and willing to go for a steampunk-inspired ride aboard a Union train in a Civil War Era America populated with machines, dirigibles, and ste ...more
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
Sep 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: steampunk, fantasy
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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 fath
There are some writers who speak directly to my thought patterns. I love the cadence of their writing, the storyline progression, concepts, characterizations. They write people that reflect a little bit of me – the way I see myself, or the way I want to see myself.

Cherie Priest writes people. Yes, she writes zombies and dirigibles, soldiers, and poison gas... but she also writes deliciously complicated women, who are forced to live up to their potential, whether they want to do it, or not. And
Andromeda M31
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Dreadnought details the journey of a young Civil War Nurse from one coast of America to the other. As this is an alternate history, steam punk inspired book, this travel entails dirigibles, diesel or steam powered mecha, deadly armored trains, and zombies. The Civil War has been waged for 15 years in this universe, and was not, as you would have supposed, fought over Slavery, but State's Rights.

I haven't read the other books in the series, and perhaps that's my mistake. The reason for the long
Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This was a fantastically page-turning read. It is a sequel to the excellent Boneshaker and yet a book that introduces a new heroine and takes place almost entirely out of sight of the setting of the first book. Mercy Lynch, the main character, is a nurse at a Confederate hospital during the ongoing (for 20 years now) Civil War. Her husband has just died fighting for the Union and she gets a summons to Seattle to visit her estranged father on his death bed. So she has to travel across country dur ...more
Aug 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sf, alternate-history
A rollicking steampunk adventure, with all of the trappings of the genre and a great heroine to boot. I thought this one was well paced and focused and benefited from Mercy's single point of view. I'm finding it hard to say if I liked this one or the first one better. (view spoiler) ...more
Oct 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
...Following up on such a successful first book is always challenging. I think Priest delivered an even stronger novel with Dreadnought. It combines the setting, steampunk elements and zombies that made the first novel such a fun read but also manages to expand the reader's view of her alternate history. It's one of those book that will keep you reading just because the excitement of the story never lets up. I liked Boneshaker a lot, I absolutely loved Dreadnought. I can't wait for the next Cloc ...more
Carolyn F.

I was listening to this book thinking as I was going along, "Oooh, that's the guy she ends up with, oh wait nope." Then, "No, I was wrong, this is the guy she ends up with." Nope, this is not a romance book at all unlike the first one and I didn't mind. I loved, loved, loved the ending. Can't wait to see what happens to them next!
Jun 26, 2015 marked it as tbr-series-sequels-x  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steampunk, kindle
17 November 2015: $5.99 on Kindle ...more
Nov 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I am reviewing a copy provided by the publisher.

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Vinita Lynch is a nurse for the Confederate army (known as “Mercy” to her patients), working at Richmond hospital in Virginia with a relatively good reputation for keeping its patients alive. With such a high survival rate, it’s little reason she barely has time to rest, let alone consider the husband she hasn’t seen in over a year. An unexpected telegram with news of his death and a req
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
For the most part, the book series I have read progress the story from one book to another. I get that there are some series with the same character in different predicaments for each book, but jumping from one character to another in each different book is an interesting tactic. Of course, I’m somewhat guilty of this, as  The Fluxion Trilogy  focuses on different characters for each book. As far as I can tell, The Clockwork Century series also does this, even if the connections between the ch ...more
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second novel in a fun series that is a steampunk reimagining of the civil war. In this series, Priest draws a different map of America with Texas being it's own country and the North and South stop before West of Utah. The west is considered a vast wilderness. The North and South have been in an embittered civil war for generations.

In this book, Mercy, who is a nurse in a southern hospital, receives a message that her estranged father is dying up west in Seattle. She leaves her job,
Jennifer Wheeler
A bit slow going in parts, and the zombies don’t show up again until the very end of the book. But all in all, an enjoyable read. Mercy is a strong, likeable woman; a great addition to an already vibrant cast of characters.
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Cherie Priest is the author of two dozen books and novellas, most recently The Toll, The Family Plot, The Agony House, and the Philip K. Dick Award nominee Maplecroft; but she is perhaps best known for the steampunk pulp adventures of the Clockwork Century, beginning with Boneshaker. Her works have been nominated for the Hugo and Nebula awards for science fiction, and have won the Locus Award (amo ...more

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