The Gunfighter and The Gear-Head

The Gunfighter and The Gear-Head

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by Cassandra Duffy

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An apocalyptic alien invasion set humanity on the edge of extermination. Unable to match technology with the invaders, humanity bet their existence on their physical strength. In a desperate last stand by the world’s greatest scientists, the cataclysm electromagnetic pulse wiped out technology on the planet, stranding the aliens on earth, locking them in the…  See more details below


An apocalyptic alien invasion set humanity on the edge of extermination. Unable to match technology with the invaders, humanity bet their existence on their physical strength. In a desperate last stand by the world’s greatest scientists, the cataclysm electromagnetic pulse wiped out technology on the planet, stranding the aliens on earth, locking them in the cage with the beasts of humanity that remained. Using pre-industrial weapons of war, the surviving humans fought back…

Six years later, Gieo, the self-proclaimed last pilot on earth, was shot down yet again. She finds herself in the unwelcoming post apocalyptic Old West town of Tombstone as the guest of a beautiful gunfighter; the alien huntress and gunslinger Fiona has a turbulent history to match her violent existence that both intrigues and frightens Gieo. Their budding romance hits an immediate snag when Fiona’s mysterious past finally catches up with her, bringing with it old flames, hot grudges, and a rekindling of the war with the aliens that had cooled to a stalemate.

Sky-captain Gieo and her fleet of steam-powered dirigibles are humanity’s best chance to turn the tide of war against the alien invaders, but only if Fiona can protect her from blind cultists, jealous ex-girlfriends, and a town of apocalypse cowboys with suspect sanity.

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Bending the Bookshelf - Sally Bibrary
Kind of a steampunk, post-apocalyptic, western, alien invasion mash-up, The Gunfighter and The Gear-Head is the most fun I've had between the pages of a book all year. It's sexy, it's funny, it's action-packed, and did I mention, it's sexy? Extremely well-written, with a story that's told a break-neck pace, but which never becomes tiresome, this is a book I would gladly read again and again...full review at:
Good Lesbian Fiction - Les Fic
Not that many Lesbian Science Fiction books around, not that many that are good, but this one you will be happy to read!

This book is from an emerging writer in lesbian literature, so far only recently published a handful of short story collections which have been well received. The book we are looking at now is her first full length novel and we need to look out for this author, she will surely become popular. 5 Stars for this new young writer

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Day Moon Press
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The Raven Ladies , #1
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The Gunfighter and The Gear-Head 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have honestly never read any steam punk romance, lesbian or straight, that was this much fun. This mixes the old west with steam punk with aliens with post-apocalypse craziness and does it all while following a beautifully intricate love story. There are gun fights, airships, and insanely creepy cultists. The story follows the two women in the relationship: Gieo the pilot and Fiona the gunfighter. The world was invaded by lizard alien things who were winning until the cataclysm and then everything went back to old west type tech, but with steam punk inventiveness leading the way. I was surprised to think about how many people might actually fair better in a post-apocalyptic world, but this book showed me life might actually be better for some people. As I said, the romance was beautiful. The relationship was complex and interesting in ways most romance just don't manage. And the sex was surprisingly sweet for how kinky it often was. If you love cowboys, aliens, steam punk, romance, post-apocalypse stories, or any combination there of you have to check out this book!
Captain_Vals_Girl More than 1 year ago
Astral Liaisons, one story in particular, got me into the Cassandra Duffy fan club, but this book is going to make me apply for lifetime membership. It's hot, funny, exciting, and oh-so-creative! The story follows two beautiful and saucy ladies in a post-apocalyptic old west while they romance each other and fight aliens. I didn't know what steampunk was coming into the novel, but now that I know I'm already on the look out for more. A beautiful story, hot women, and thrilling action sequences are a hallmark of Ms Duffy's writing and this book is no exception!
Autumnal_Glory More than 1 year ago
This book is sexy sexy sexy! The romance was hot, the steampunk stuff was perfect for the genre, and I absolutely fell in love with the characters. An perky airship pilot starts falling for a slightly off-kilter gunfighter in a post-apocalyptic world where aliens are occupying the entire west coast of the United States. There are all the cool post-apocalyptic things you'd want, like a blind cult, old west style gun fights, crazy vehicles, strange new world orders, and so many neat survival techniques. The romance is clearly the driving force for the story and despite the obviousness of the two main characters getting together, we're not made to wait until the very end for hot intimacy scenes. This book hands out the action and romance in just the right amounts at just the right times.
Lovely_Night-Reader More than 1 year ago
I came across the author's very first collection of short stories and really liked it. I was wondering how her work would translate to novels and wow was I pleased by this first offering. It's not the usual zombies, vampires, and paranormal stuff I normally go for, but I hardly noticed the absence of undead with how fantastic the story was, and the cultists may as well have been zombies for how creepy they were. I'm into this lady's writing. After a little digging, I found out she's only 21 too, which was shocking to me. She writes with a timeless voice that is so surprising for someone so young. After the whole "Eragon" debacle, I've been really skeptical of young authors and the gimmick of selling based on age, but Miss Duffy seems to be breaking the mold by being genuinely talented regardless of her age. The story is everything you'd want and nothing you'd expect. A post apocalyptic town filled with cultists and cowboys is beset by aliens. An airship pilot and an insane gunfighter become star crossed lovers in a chaotic world. To be honest, the action was exciting, but wasn't what I really read for; the romance is adorable, off-beat, oh-so-sexy, and dolled out in perfect portions and timing. If you don't absolutely fall in love with the perky Gieo, sultry Fiona, or tragic Veronica you need to have your romance gland checked.
Insidious_Puck More than 1 year ago
I read the reviews with reasonable expectations going into this book. Apparently the author is crazy young (21), and that alone was reason to give me pause. Still, the cover was very cool and kind of comic book ish, so I thought I'd give it a try. I am so happy I did. I didn't actually realize it was a lesbian romance story until about a chapter or two in. I don't really know much about lesbian literature, but I do know a good story when I read one, and this book has a great story. It was appropriately sappy in the spots fans of romance would want some romance, but it was also exciting, creative, and amazingly written. How is this author only 21? Barely legal to drink and she's already a better writer than Dan Brown or Stephanie Meyer by a country mile. The story follows an airship pilot and a gunfighter through a post-apocalyptic version of the old west replete with gunfights, methanol cultists, alien invasions, steampunk mechanicals, and let's not forget, lesbians. If this is what lesbian literature is like, I may never go back to straight. The cleverness is so thick you'd need a circular saw just to cut it and below that would probably just be more cleverness. This is one seriously witty lady with some creative writing chops. Even the villain, the antagonist of remarkable construction, who is actually a human and not the invading aliens, is such a strangely tragic figure you'll wonder how he's not a real person. How did a 21-year-old woman write such a richly complex character as Zeke? If you can figure it out, let me know. Meanwhile I'm going to check out her novella next to see what else she's got going on.
llindsay More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on a whim, and am so glad I did! The Gunfighter and the Gear-Head is an unlikely combination of steampunk, sci-fi, western, and romance that Duffy weaves together seamlessly into an adventurous, action packed, and sexy tale. Things I most appreciated about this book: Stellar world building! The author creates a world that feels ‘boots on the ground’ authentic. It is gritty, real, and lushly illustrated without being overdone. Duffy pays surprising attention to detail when it is needed and does a great job of showing the world to the readers through the experiences of the characters without falling into the abysmal trap of the dreaded ‘info dump’. This book moves! The action is fast and furious, but it never feels rushed thanks to solid plot pacing and brisk, purposeful dialogue. The narrative starts off a bit clutchy, but within a few pages Duffy hits her stride and the story flows amazingly well. Fantastic characters! For me, it’s the characters that really make this novel shine. There are no stale cardboard cut-out props in this tale. The author has created fully fleshed, well developed characters with robust histories. Duffy does an outstanding job of creating characters you want to get to know better, and not just the primary players. Even the secondary characters are deeply nuanced. Without fail, the characters are as intriguing and interesting as they are sexy and smart. Their motivations are compelling and relatable. You can really get behind where they are coming from, and where they’re going and is a pleasure to read their stories as the novel unfolds. And the women! These are the types of women you would want to surround yourself with in real life. Not just because of their undeniable hotness, but because of their fascinating complexity. They are by turns sassy, endearing, clever, driven, and intelligent. Intelligence..yummy intelligence..well played, Duffy! All in all, The Gunfighter and the Gear-Head is a fun, fast paced, sexy read.
Pantherology More than 1 year ago
This is the most fun I've had reading this year!!!
Glass_Houses More than 1 year ago
It's funny, it's sexy, it's exciting, and unlike anything I've read in years!
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Not bad pretty funny to start just felt as if way too much plot was crammed in I would read a sequal and come on lesbisn korean main character!