Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War

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The frozen wasteland of Snow World - known as Southern California before an alien invasion decimated civilization - is home to warring steampunk clans. Crankshafts, Imperials, Tinskins, Brineboilers, and many more all battle one another for precious supplies, against ravenous mutant beasts for basic survival, and with the mysterious Founders for their very freedom.

Through this ruined world soars the Pneumatic Zeppelin, captained by the daring Romulus Buckle. In the wake of a ...

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Overview

The frozen wasteland of Snow World - known as Southern California before an alien invasion decimated civilization - is home to warring steampunk clans. Crankshafts, Imperials, Tinskins, Brineboilers, and many more all battle one another for precious supplies, against ravenous mutant beasts for basic survival, and with the mysterious Founders for their very freedom.

Through this ruined world soars the Pneumatic Zeppelin, captained by the daring Romulus Buckle. In the wake of a nearly suicidal assault on the Founders’ prison city to rescue key military leaders, both the steam-powered airship and its crew are bruised and battered. Yet there’s little time for rest or repairs: Founders raids threaten to shatter the fragile alliance Buckle has risked everything to forge among the clans.

Even as he musters what seems a futile defense in the face of inevitable war, Buckle learns that the most mysterious clan of all is holding his long-lost sister in a secret base - and that she holds the ultimate key to victory over the Founders. But rescuing her means abandoning his allies and praying they survive long enough for there to be an alliance to return to.

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Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. is fascinated by the steampunk genre, which he sees as a unique storytelling landscape. Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders is the first installment in his new steampunk series, The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin. Richard has also written for film and television. He lives in California.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

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    This was a hard review to write. As I felt that the first book

    This was a hard review to write. As I felt that the first book in this series wasn’t very good except for it’s adventurous spirit and it’s dealing with the added Martians to the Steampunk world. In fact, the world of the first book was one of the only things I felt was unique or interesting about it. I also loved the character Max, for was a Martian herself. Max was sidelined for most of this book and really plays little to no part in it. This was disappointing. But the story itself was much better than the first and the pacing had been tightened up quite a bit. There are still some of the problems from the first book; like Romulus being more lucky than good and acting like he was more good than lucky. But if the whole rest of the book is good, I can deal with a main character that sometimes makes me roll my eyes. I wasn’t entirely thrilled with the end but now that the book is firmly in a place where it is definitely going to be a series. I guess that I can deal with that as well. The very much improved second book in this series is definitely worth a look; especially if you liked book #1.

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

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    And We're Off on Another Steampunk Adventure!

    Is Romulus ever going to get a break? I suppose it’s the life of a swashbuckling hero to face danger and death in the eye and walk away. Now, with a tenuous peace threatening to dissolve, Romulus discovers his long lost sister is being held by a mysterious clan and that she may hold the key to finally vanquish the Founders. Now he must risk everything he has worked so hard for, leaving his friends and allies behind to fend for themselves if he is to save his sister. Is this the right course of action? Will there be a world to return to, if he makes it back? Find out by reading <b>Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War</b> (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin, Book Two).
    Once again, Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. cranks out some action-packed steampunk in the chaotic world he has created! Great dialogue, some amazing “creatures,” and some VERY enlightening news twist the adventure like a tangled ball of yarn, colorful, chaotic and at times a little difficult to unknot. Out over-the-top hero, Romulus is clearly the apple of every corset-wearing, lady’s eye, such a charmer.
    If you’re looking to settle in and leave reality to enjoy some pure fantasy and steampunk fun, this world will delight your imagination as you are airshipped away into another time and place.

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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    I'm enjoying this series, The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppel

    I'm enjoying this series, The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin so much, and this second installment might even be better than the first, if that's possible. This time the story starts out with a bang, as Romulus heads up into the dangerous mountains to try to resolve the question of who attacked his clan previously; was it the Imperials as they were led to believe, or was it the Founders? Of course there are alien saber toothed beasties roaming and Romulus and his guide are attacked, as well as his adoptive sister Max. What follows is a wonderful adventure, as once aboard the Pneumatic Zeppelin's launch, the Arabella, they are attacked by another alien monster, one they call the Kraken. The story also fills us in on some back story for some of the main characters, as well as introducing some of the other clans to the mix, as they meet to form an alliance against the invading Founders. One of the highlights to the story for me was the big airship battle, it was so exciting as I tried to picture in my mind just how all the action was taking place aboard these magnificent airships in this steampunk world. I certainly hope the author adds another story to the series soon, I can't wait to find out what happens to Romulus and the rest of the characters in their fight against the Founders, and get the answers to some of the mysteries still to be revealed.

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War is an absolute thrill of

    Romulus Buckle &amp; the Engines of War is an absolute thrill of a ride! Every act is like a roller coaster, climbing up to new heights and soaring through chapters leaving you emotionally charged and wanting more!

    The story starts off about a month after Preston's first Romulus Buckle novel, City of the Founders, with the confident and determined Captain Romulus Buckle of the Pneumatic Zeppelin searching for answers. The town of Tehachapi was bombed and many innocents, including Buckle's mother, and possibly sister, were killed. He finds proof that the mysterious and powerful Founders clan were behind the attack, but in order to deliver the news, he must defeat mutant sabertooths, rescue one of his shipmates from the brink of death, and battle an alien kraken, all in the first act no less!

    Richard Preston Jr. is a brilliant writer. I love his style. Some authors sprinkle the details into their story and allow you, as the reader, to fill in the gaps with your imagination. Richard paints the whole picture for you, and it's a wonderful work of art, one that allows you to sit back, kick your feet up, and enjoy the story!

    My favorite part of the novel was easily the third act where Captain Buckle charges the Pneumatic Zeppelin into an air battle. It was an intense situation that made me sit on the edge of my chair with my heart pounding the entire time. Richard Preston Jr. is one of those authors who can make us care about his characters and what happens to them. The ending left plenty of room open for the next novel, but still had its own satisfying conclusion.

    Romulus Buckle &amp; the Engines of War is a fantastic followup to City of the Founders. This is an amazing steampunk series, one that I can't wait to continue with the next Romulus Buckle adventure!

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  • Posted November 25, 2013

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    Saber Toothed, Kraken, Oh My! Romulus Buckle and the Engines of

    Saber Toothed, Kraken, Oh My! Romulus Buckle and the Engines of War is a non-stop, steampunk adventure. Infused from start to finish, this story provides an endless adrenaline rush. The perfect book for those who want their action injected into every page.




    Romulus battles saber toothed, a kraken, and perilous conditions all while trying to balance a tenuous truce with the other clans. 




    Many secrets are revealed while new secrets will boggle your imagination. 




    Romulus Buckle and the Engines of War is steampunk zeppelin flight at its purest. 




    I received this ARC copy of Romulus Buckle and the Engines of War from Amazon Publishing - 47North in exchange for a honest review. This book is set for publication November 19, 2013.




    Written by: Richard Ellis Preston Jr.
    Series: The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin, Book Two
    Paperback: 486 pages
    Publisher: 47North 
    Publication Date: November 19, 2013
    ISBN-10: 1477807683
    ISBN-13: 978-1477807682
    Rating: 4 Stars
    Genre: Steampunk Scifi

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