Steam City Pirates

Steam City Pirates

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In this steampunk mystery, Jim Musgrave portrays late 19th century New York City with a horrifying yet comic vision of science gone awry. Detective Patrick O'Malley struggles with bizarre creatures and bawdy situations when he is pitted against steam-engineered pirates who aim to raid cargo ships and destroy lives. People breathe and release steam, fly out of windows and disappear, wield knives at lightning speed, and travel through time, but O'Malley also has a few tricks up his sleeve to help hold the dark forces back...Enjoy interactive games, a Steampunk playlist and enhanced videos for this embellished bonanza.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780991424474
Publisher: English Majors Publishers and Editors, LLC
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 294
File size: 5 MB

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Steam City Pirates 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
RandeeBaty More than 1 year ago
I so wanted this book to be good. The cover is beautiful and intriguing. The blurb sounds very cool. All my friends are into steampunk. But no. And I should have known better because I had really not enjoyed the other book I had read in this series. It's a shame but this just really misses the mark with me. The premise is that a group of really diverse and, dare I say it, weird friends work together as detectives to try to stop something they think is going to happen in the future. They do this with the help of a 12 year old boy who can fly, become invisible and is half angel. I should have stopped right there. He is a mazikeen. And that word, in italics just like that, is used over and over. Drove me crazy. I've said in other reviews that foreign words in italics should be kept to a minimum or they are just a distraction. And this word was. We also have the madame with the heart of gold, the Irish detective with a very strong dialect and a mystical Jewish rabbi. Was I wrong in saying weird? I don't think so. The mazikeen can see into the future but just a little bit. Enough to tell them something bad is coming. The group wants to stop this bad thing and luckily they have a time machine in the basement of the Jewish temple. Now, I could go on but what would be the point? I think you see the issues here. One of the strong issues is that you need to have read all the other books in the series or so much of this is even more nonsensical than it would be otherwise. There are constant references to other characters and other plots that I hadn't read. Not really suited to be a stand-alone, definitely meant to be read in order. I'll say this about it. It's well proofread. These days that's enough to get it 2 stars from me. The truly bizarreness of the rest of it just leaves me shaking my head. I received this from the author and from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I backflip in.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Sherlock Holmes goes Steampunk? Steam City Pirates by Jim Musgrave not only transports us to a place where steam rules as power, but it adds the intrigue of good old detective work and religious folklore. Yep, really, and you know what? It works! Travel to New York, in the late nineteenth century, feel the flavor of the times, the old-fashioned-ness of it all. Detective Patrick O’Malley is on the case, sniffing clues, following them and discovering that a team of scientists/inventors from the future have come back in time to tweak technology just enough to benefit their own time. Call it being proactive, or dangerously evil. Pirates are on the loose and O'Malley means to stop them. No matter what, this is a fast-paced read filled with a little of everything and it never gets old! Jim Musgrave pulls in elements that are simply far enough out there that I loved it! O’Malley is the glue that holds everything together. His character has a history that makes him the man he is today, always looking for answers, determined, open to possibilities; a not stone unturned kind of guy. Mr. Musgrave bravely tosses in a myriad of characters and events that add the seasoning to this tale. If you are torn between making Steampunk or a good detective story your next read, why not have them both? I received this copy from English Majors Publishers, LLC in exchange for my honest review.