Creed awakes after a mysterious young woman resurrects him in a basement laboratory beneath a brothel. Half alive, Creed feels torn between his need for justice and his desire to fall back into the peace of death. Creed's instincts drive him to protect the city of Santa Cruz, California, from the outlaws it harbors while searching for Blake.
He uncovers a secret criminal organization, likely protecting Blake, determined to use resurrection technology for its own ends. The former marshal, now faster, stronger, and a more deadly shot than ever before, must work with a brothel madam, a bounty hunter, and the remaining marshals to uncover the criminal syndicate before they can misuse the machines of rebirth and create more mindless zombies. Meanwhile, he must also stop Blake, before the outlaw kills the only people he cares about.
His own death can wait.
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I am aware that the genre of Western Steampunk has a lot of followers and for them Bodacious Creed may well provide an interesting and gripping read. It is not Jonathan Fesmire’s fault that I am not a fan of the genre but despite what I am sure were his best endeavours I have not been converted. The tale is set in a town called Santa Cruz in 1876 where we have all the settings for a good Western including cattle ranches, mines and a rough, bustling port. We also have all the right characters including cowhands, dock workers, marshals, villains and the ladies from the bordello, led by the stereotypical “tart-with-a-heart”. Within this setting Fesmire presents us with technology that is not only advanced for that period, but frequently well ahead of anything we have today. Somehow all powered by steam engines and all built in blacksmith’s forges. In his Notes on the Setting the author explains that his Santa Cruz is actually in an alternate universe where the laws of physics are different. I have to say that I did not find the science at all convincing but then again, maybe I too am in an alternate universe. And that was before the Zombies were introduced! The basic storyline was simple enough to follow although it all seemed rather drawn out. Was it really only 372 pages long? The action scenes were unimaginative and at no stage was I taken by surprise. The cast of characters was very large and on the whole made up of typical Western goodies and baddies, most of whom were fairly one dimensional. The lead character of Anna was more interesting than most. Perhaps there was parody and irony that I failed to recognise. From my knowledge of Steampunk I understand that the genre has a number of repeating features including hidden pockets and lock picks. Bodacious Creed has both in large numbers. There are some lessons to be learned from the book, principally the warnings of meddling with nature but haven’t we heard these before? I know that Bodacious Creed will appeal to many but personally I found little merit in it. I looked for positives but in all honesty I can only award two and a half stars.
Excellent Book. Jonathan Fesmire has done a fabulous job in writing this very entertaining story. It’s not only the characters that make this such an enjoyable story, but the plot is very good as well. There’s always something happening in the story, and it’s probably why it didn’t take me long to get to the end. It’s also the technology used in an era that you wouldn’t expect to see it, that made this book quite unique and interesting to read. US Marshall James ‘Bodacious’ Creed had quite a reputation as one of the best Marshalls going around. If he had you in his sights, then he would normally succeed in hunting you down, and either bringing you in for justice, or ending your life in a shootout. So, it irked him no end when he couldn’t succeed in capturing Corwin Blake, a well-known murder and thief. Even though Anna owns and runs a brothel, she’s one of the smartest people alive. The technology she’s created has achieved some amazing advances for the eighteenth century, however the thing she wants more than anything else, is to get to know her father again. It’s quite ironic that he was her protector in her early years growing up, and now the roles are reversed, and it’s Anna who is now looking out for the wellbeing of Creed. He didn’t come off all that well in his recent encounter with Blake, and it’s only after Anna was able to put him back together, that he was able to once again go on the hunt for Blake. Creed needs to be careful though, as there are others out there that want to get their hands on him. This story is full of adventure and intrigue, and is definitely worth adding to your reading list.