Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper

Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper

by Dave Jackson, Janet Fogg



Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692741870
Publisher: FA LLC
Publication date: 10/22/2016
Pages: 154
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.36(d)

About the Author

Not your typical author, Dave Jackson started writing in his constant pursuit to become a renaissance man. Then he fell in love with the art form. Comedy remains one of his many passions and he writes and performs skits as well as stand-up. Also a songwriter and guitarist, Dave has composed over 300 musical titles.

A country boy, Dave was raised in Oklahoma and taught 6th grade English for two years. He enjoys sharing the tale about when he climbed high into a towering black jack tree and grabbed a dead branch. Snap! He hurtled toward his death, but he held tight to the branch and it slowed his fall, saving his life. Dave often says that his guardian angel is overworked, considering that early incident and his wild college days and world travels. Settled now in Denver, Dave is passionate about living life to the fullest with those he loves, especially his young son.

Janet Fogg's focus on writing began when she was CFO and Managing Principal of one of Colorado's largest architectural firms. Fifteen writing awards later she resigned from the firm to follow the yellow brick road, and ten months after that signed a contract with The Wild Rose Press for her historical romance, Soliloquy, a HOLT Medallion Award of Merit winner.

Janet once participated in a successful rattlesnake hunt (capture, not kill), has climbed two dozen of Colorado's Fourteeners, was alternate on a winning trapshooting team, and recently received her motorcycle endorsement.

With husband Richard, Janet co-wrote Fogg in the Cockpit, (Casemate) one of five books nominated in 2012 by the Air Force Historical Foundation for best World War II book reviewed in Air Power History. Janet manages the 359th Fighter Group's Facebook page, sharing WWII stories and photos about the Fighter Group.

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BookwormforKids More than 1 year ago
With edge-of-the-seat adventure, this gunslinger heroine takes on all sorts of dangerous villains and shows the world just what one girl can do. Annie was hired to lead the minister and his helpers across an Indian graveyard and help them bring desperately needed supplies to women and their children. Or so she thought. Just when she gets the group through the dangerous boobie-traps, the men show their true colors and try to get rid of Annie. But she's not an easy girl to kill. Before she knows it, she's followed them to a train and must stop them before they kill everyone aboard. Add a man who flies by with some odd gadgetry, and the adventure really gets underway. At first, I was a little hesitant about reading this. I'm not a big fan of westerns and couldn't really see kids jumping into this genre too much either. However, this book swung my opinion around 180 degrees. Annie is not your average gun-slinging, western girl, and this is not the normal, western world. The book starts out with an Indiana Jones feel, keeping the tension and action high right from the first page. Although familiar, the scenes come across with excitement pure and don't let go for the entire 150 pages. Annie is a fun character. She's bright, a capable fighter and knows right from wrong--a perfect heroine for girls to look up to. But she has her tender side too, and it's exactly this which makes her so easy to like. The characters in this book come across believable, each with their very own personality. The western speech slides in smoothly, adding a nice touch to the horse and dust world. The gadgets and advanced weapons let a little steampunk drip in without every going over the top. It adds a great amount of fantastical fun, while keeping the story nicely based in the 1800's. Summed up, this is a fun, adventurous read which will draw in both girls and boys. The action stays strong the entire way through, and at 150 pages, it's great for even more reluctant readers. I received a complimentary copy and loved it so much that I had to leave my thoughts.
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
This was a nice story that added a slight steampunk view on the Wild West, with a man who has a suit that lets him fly, and Annie slinging guns and lassoing hooligans. It works in a good way The setting is well-described and makes it feel true. The details in the story makes the entire setting picture come into focus. The characters are well fleshed out, and realistic. The dialogue is spot on for the time period (just about 15 years after the American Civil War), and makes you feel like you are actually there with Annie. The book has a lot of action and kids will like reading about Annie beating up bad guys and going on adventures. It’s a great read, and I would like to read the second book. *note* I reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book
Storywraps More than 1 year ago
Looking for a book with a smart, tough, independent, can-hold-her-own heroine character? Well look no further. Annabelle Fortune is the gal for you. And guess what? She is an amazing sharpshooter and gunslinger, even admired by Wyatt Earp. Now that's quite an endoresment. The story takes place in the American west in the 1800's and we are introduced to Annie who is helping some churchmen get provisions through to hungry women and children. Unfortunately, it's a total scam and Annie is set up to lead them so they can rob a train heading to Denver. In her dangerous entanglement she unknowingly stops a flying stranger....yes one literally flying because he is wearing a suit that enables him to do so, from attacking the train and murdering all of its riders. The government believes that she is the only witness to this airborne stranger, dubbed the Locomotive Reaper, and deputizes her to help catch the perpetrator. Can her antiquated guns with her uncanny sharpshooter skills match the advanced deadly gadgetry of the Locomotive Reaper when she does finally face him? This book is action-packed and full of adventure from the get-go. The characters are very believable and Annie is portrayed as strong, brave, and determined .... a heroine for her time. We also get a glimpse of her age-appropriate struggles woven into the storyline. She ponders her self-image and if she has more-than-a-friend feelings for her best friend Wontoa. I like that aspect of a softening of her persona. I feel it makes her more relatable and relevant to her readers who have similar concerns in their lives. All in all it is a wonderful story that I am sure adults will like reading also, I know I did. The authors include fun facts at the end of the book that include definitions and learning points that are valuable to that age group. I highly recommend this book and I personally look forward to the next one.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper is an action and adventure novel set in the wild West for preteens and young adults, written by Janet "The Kid" Fogg and "Gusto" Dave Jackson. Annie had her work cut out for her when she agreed to guide the Reverend Curtis and his deacons through the Indian burial ground. Booby traps were set throughout the deserted structure, and each one promised swift and lethal attention to the unwary. The reverend and his deacons seemed overly concerned about the time, however, providing the already suspicious Annie with just one more clue that these religious men were not exactly who they claimed to be. And indeed, they weren't. Rather they were outlaws planning to rob the 3:10 train to Denver. As the Reverend prepared to dispatch her, their attention was drawn to a strangely loud hissing noise and the sudden appearance of a flying man. Annie couldn't believe her eyes. His figure was strangely warped, his back similar in shape to a buffalo’s. But she didn't have the time right then to consider this weird apparition. First, she had to stop the outlaws from attacking the train. She could do that. Janet "The Kid" Fogg and "Gusto" Dave Jackson's imaginative blend of Western and Steampunk fantasy, Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper, pits Annie, her best friend, Wontoa, and US Agent Slokam against an evil inventor nicknamed the Locomotive Reaper. Annabelle Fortune is brilliant, resourceful and just about as good at anything you could ask for as any man around. She's also a lot of fun to follow as she finds herself in all sorts of crazy situations and blithely takes care of them all. Sometimes she thinks about getting into the girly stuff other young women her age are into, but, no, there's just too much out there for her to do, and it's too much fun. While I'm not ordinarily a big fan of Westerns, I had a grand time reading Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper. I loved the Indiana Jones-style touches in the beginning of the story and found that the Steampunk elements and the influences of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne put a very nice spin on the classic western. The plot is inspired, the characters are well defined and believable, and the action is fast-paced. Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper is most highly recommended.
JBronder More than 1 year ago
We start the story with Annie helping a Reverend and his churchmen get some donations to some hungry women and children. Unfortunately it is a setup and they were using Annie to help get them closer to rob the 3:10 train to Denver. While trying to stop the robbers, Annie get a glimpse of a winged man. It seems Annie has had a run in with the Locomotive Reaper and lived to tell about it. Of course she is recruited to help fight him in return for some potential information on her father. Sadly, Annie’s partner can find trouble faster than a clue and her next tangle with the Locomotive Reaper is going to be much more of a battle. This is a great story for any age. Annie is whip smart and a dead shot. She is willing to go along with the plan to stop the Locomotive Reaper to learn more about her father. Then she gets paired up with Beau Slokam and gets lead right into trouble thankfully her friend Wontoa is there to help out. If you are looking for western action, train robbers, and a sharp shooter look no further. This story has a little of everything. I am definitely going to be looking into other books by Janet Fogg and Dave Jackson. I received Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper from Sami at Roger Charlie for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.