Clementine (Clockwork Century Series #2)

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Maria Isabella Boyd's success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty...she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago.

Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies and Uncle Sam isn't ...

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Overview

Maria Isabella Boyd's success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty...she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago.

Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies and Uncle Sam isn't pleased. The Clementine is carrying a top secret load of military essentials-essentials which must be delivered to Louisville, Kentucky, without delay.

Intelligence suggests that the unrelenting pursuer is a runaway slave who's been wanted by authorities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon for fifteen years. In that time, Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey has felonied his way back and forth across the continent, leaving a trail of broken banks, stolen war machines, and illegally distributed weaponry from sea to shining sea.

And now it's Maria's job to go get him.

He's dangerous quarry and she's a dangerous woman, but when forces conspire against them both, they take a chance and form an alliance. She joins his crew, and he uses her connections. She follows his orders. He takes her advice.

And somebody, somewhere, is going to rue the day he crossed either one of them.

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Piracy meets politics head-on in this steampunk thriller, loosely linked to Priest's much-lauded Boneshaker (2009). Maria Isabella Boyd, a notorious former actress and Confederate spy, is on her first mission for the renowned Pinkerton Detective Agency. The airship Clementine must deliver its cargo unimpeded, but its former owner, escaped slave-turned-air pirate Croggon Hainey, is determined to recover the ship he stole fair and square. A simple pursuit quickly evolves, and soon Maria and Croggon are forced to fight on the same side. Explosive battle scenes, riveting action, and a sharp-eyed examination of the mistrust between Croggon's all-black crew and very white, very Southern Maria play out in a desperate race against the clock. Though the unflinching portrayal of complex race relations is aimed at adult readers, Priest's swashbuckling tale is also quite accessible for older teens. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781596064959
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2011
  • Series: Clockwork Century Series , #2
  • Pages: 204
  • Sales rank: 165,852
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.47 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 24, 2013

    Not as good as Boneshaker

    I got into this author after reading boneshaker... I jumped right in and read this book. Its good, but slow and never picks up hopefully the next book i read from her will be less mediocre.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2014

    A fun expansion into the greater world introduced in Boneshaker.

    A fun expansion into the greater world introduced in Boneshaker. This book follows Croggon Hainey as he chases down his stolen airship, and former CSA spy turned Pinkerton agent Maria "Belle" Boyd chases him. We get to see more of country and the impact of the long-running Civil War. This is a fast-paced adventure that kept me wanting more. Really enjoying this series.

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  • Posted December 12, 2013

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    Cherie Priest scores another hit in her rich world of an alterna

    Cherie Priest scores another hit in her rich world of an alternate 19th Century USA in which the Civil War is stretching out for decades. She creates very distinctive lead characters and then does a good job of putting them through the ringer in this short (208 pages) book, picking up the thread of a plot about escaped slave and air pirate Captain Croggin Beauregard Hainey, who had a small part in the novel Boneshaker. In pursuit of him is a new character, too-famous-to-be-a-spy ex-Confederate spy Maria "Belle" Boyd, now working for the Pinkerton Detective Agency on behalf of the Union Army.

    The action is kept fast and furious and fairly believable. The use of geography over mid-America is made interesting by using powered airships (she's never precise about how the engines work, propellers?) to move quickly between cities. I had a little trouble believing that landing a powered and armored dirigible anywhere within a mile of a remote building could be done with any amount of stealth. Perhaps the commonplace nature of airships in this world allow for it.

    Another failing, if I may call it that, is that there is no clear antagonist in the story. Well there is one, but they are kept all too mysterious and unexplored. Upon reflection, Boneshaker could be seen to have a similar shortcoming.

    In any event, the whole thing is an enjoyable and all too short romp that reminded me of one the better episodes of The Wild Wild West. Belle Boyd would certainly give James West a run for his money.

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  • Posted July 3, 2012

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    Good filler if you've read the other Clockwork Century books

    While far from a terrible story, I really felt this one was lacking in the epic adventure and edge of your seat thrill and excitement that marked Boneshaker and Dreadnought. Both of those two kept me excited and unable to put the book down, while I felt Clementine was more rushed and not as gripping. It was fun to see more of the pirate crew that showed up very briefly in Boneshaker, but I felt the heroine in this book was far more lacking in development.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 25, 2012

    Enjoyed it

    I've enjoyed the stand alone style of the books. You aren't stuck just following one view of characters. A great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    Excellent!

    Just finished and loved every part. Cherie Priest has the wonderful ability to draw you into her stories. All along I could visualize what was happening, every scene came to life in my imagination. Just bought numbers 3 and 4 so I can continue the saga!

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