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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders by Richard Ellis Preston, Jr

This is a steam punk, post apocalypse tale of zeppelineers and their inter-clan rivalries.

The bulk of this story takes place on the Pneumatic Zeppelin, a hydrogen fueled zeppelin captained by Romulus Buckle of the Crankshaft clan.   Preston does an excellent job of painting easily imagined scenes, sets and characters.   The crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin is colorful, memorable and entertaining.  Preston provides enough description to clearly see each character and their interrelationship.  

The mix of high technology as in robots and the extreme volatility of a hydrogen fueled zeppelin provides an excellent counterpoint to the plot.  The Founders are the villains in this tale.   A mysterious clan that seeks to gain domination over all the other clans.   Their tactics seem to first divide the contentious clans and embroil them in interclan feuding.  Once the clans are at each others throats then the Founders can strike.

Their plan is rudely interrupted by the actions of Romulus Buckle and his loyal crew. 

I recommend the book.

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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