Romulus Buckle & the city of the founders /

by Preston, Richard, Jr.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Chronicles of the Pnuematic Zeppelin.Publisher: Las Vegas, NV : 47North, [2013]Description: 446 pages ; 21 cm.ISBN: 9781611099188 (trade pbk. : alk. paper) :; 1611099188 (trade pbk. : alk. paper).Title notes: $14.95 prolam 2-2014 (db)Other title: Romulus Buckle and the city of the founders.Subject(s): Airships -- Fiction | Kidnapping -- Fiction | Rescues -- Fiction | Steampunk fiction | Science fiction | FictionSummary: In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California--before it was devastated in the alien war--Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World--and death is quick. Buckle and his ship's company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city. Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of ne'er-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.
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<p>In a postapocalyptic world of endless snow, eighteen-year-old Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California--before it was devastated in the alien war--Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World, and death is quick. Buckle and his ship's company must brave poisoned wastelands of Noxious Mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers, and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress city.</p> <p>Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of ne'er-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war that could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.</p>

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In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California--before it was devastated in the alien war--Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World--and death is quick. Buckle and his ship's company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city. Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of ne'er-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.

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Eighteen-year-old Romulus Buckle, a pilot from the Crankshaft Clan, takes center stage as the larger-than-life captain of the Pneumatic Zeppelin in this postapocalyptic steampunk romp through a future California devastated by an event known as "The Storming." Everyone in this new Snow World is exaggerated and almost caricature-like in their looks, backgrounds, and abilities, which are revealed as Buckle leads his crew on a mission to rescue his adopted father and clan leader, Admiral Balthazar Crankshaft, from a peaceful mission gone awry in the mysterious City of the Founders. There are allusions to an alien invasion in the form of mysterious obelisks scattered across the landscape; one of Buckle's crew is half-Martian and viewed with distrust. Along the way, Buckle survives potentially deadly encounters with strange wildlife and gravity with ease and manages to convince a rival clan, the Alchemists, to aid in the rescue of the admiral since their leader was also taken captive. The combined forces sneak into the City of the Founders from the ground and the sky, but making it out again is questionable. Verdict In this series launch, Preston brings a new dynamic to steampunk by combining it more with postapocalyptic, instead of historical, details, but the repetitive descriptions of the characters and plot bring to mind the overwrought nature of early adventure novels, in which the overall tale was serialized and information needed to be repeated for new readers. Libraries where Kevin J. Anderson and Neil Pert's Clockwork Angels proved popular may consider purchasing this title, but fans of more historical steampunk may prefer Devon Monk's "The Age of Steam" series or Meljean Brook's "Iron Seas" books.-Melanie C. Duncan, Shurling Lib., Macon, GA (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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