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Read the steampunk adventure the New York Times called a "wild, satisfying ride."
Having stumbled onto a plot within his homeland of Jamaica, former espionage agent, Desmond Coke, finds himself caught between warring religious and political factions, all vying for control of a mysterious boy named Lij Tafari.
Wanting the boy to have a chance to live a free life, Desmond assumes responsibility for him and they flee. But a dogged enemy agent remains ever on their heels, desperate to obtain the secrets held within Lij for her employer alone.
Assassins, intrigue, and steammen stand between Desmond and Lij as they search for a place to call home in a North America that could have been.
Buffalo Soldier is a steampunk adventure from Maurice Broaddus.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Product dimensions:||12.40(w) x 7.90(h) x 4.20(d)|
About the Author
MAURICE BROADDUS is a fantasy and horror author best known for his short fiction and his Knights of Breton Court novel trilogy. He has published dozens of stories in magazines and book anthologies, including in Asimov's Science Fiction, Black Static, and Weird Tales.
Broaddus was born in London, but grew up in Indianapolis. His mother is from Jamaica, where she and many of his relatives still live.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I can’t think of how to blurb this book without giving a ton of stuff away, but it's awesome! It combines alternate history with steampunk and sharpshooters and sorta telekinetic/psychic people who have been created by the government and I don't know why I haven't seen more people raving about this book! Desmond is compelling and stubborn and hardcore and I can’t wait to learn more about him. Originally hailing from Jamaica, he seems like a sort of government agent/super spy, yet also viewed as an outsider among his people. The short story is rich with folktales and legends from not only Desmond’s childhood, but other characters as well, (who doesn’t love stories within stories?) and I enjoyed whenever Desmond would slip into his native dialect. Lij is a bit of a mystery and it’s best he stays that way until you read the book. There are a few strong female characters here too, one being the assassin dogging Desmond’s heels. There’s more to her than meets the eye and all I’ll say on it is that she makes a rather compelling villain, especially when you get to the very end. I’m eager to know more about the world Desmond’s living in. I’m absolute rubbish at American history, so I can’t tell just how much has changed. But there seems to be the United States and Canada, but also Tejas (boy, the commentary on that territory is incredibly relevant) as well as the land of the Five Civilized Tribes. There’s Albion as well and I’m totally not clear on where they are, but that’s ok, because the story was so great I didn’t worry about it. Jamaica is also a leading power in technology at this time. There’s Pinkertons too! Not sure if their mission is similar to the historical ones or not, and I really don’t care. But, if you’re big on alternate history, all of this stuff will probably interest you even more. I don’t know what else to say without getting into too many details. The characters are intriguing, the plot is steady, there are some politics and history, plus most of the main characters are POC (own voices, too). Also, steampunk elements like large, man-operated robots, people who have some of their appendages replaced with weapons and machine parts and really cool guns! If you ask me, that’s more than enough reasons to check out Buffalo Soldier!