There are no simple cases. Jacob "Jolly" Fellows knows this.
The London of 1888, the London of steam engines, Victorian intrigue, and horseless carriages is not a safe place nor simple place...but it's his place. Jolly is a thief catcher, a door-crashing thug for the prestigious Bow Street Firm, assigned to track down a life sized automatic ballerina. But when theft turns to murder and murder turns to conspiracy, can Jolly keep his head above water? Can a thief catcher catch a killer?
Automatic Woman is the second novel from award winning screenwriter Nathan L. Yocum. A volatile mix of steampunk, noir, historical fiction, and two-fisted action, Automatic Woman takes us to a place that never was yet we all know so well... the London of Jules Verne, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Jack the Ripper and Bram Stoker with a pneumatic twist.
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About the Author
As a writer Nathan’s inspirations include Kurt Vonnegut, Cormac McCarthy, George Orwell, Aldous Huxley, Charles Bukowski, but admits that the list goes on and on.
Nathan is also the editor-in-chief of SpecLit Masters Magazine, an eZine featuring the best in new speculative short fiction, as well as an award winning screenwriter for Catbrain Film Factory.
His first novel, The Zona, was published via Curiosity Quills Press in February, 2012.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Review: This book was interesting. You learn about the Automatic Woman early on and I wonder if this is a mistake. But then you really don’t get the full concept of the Automatic Woman. I guess that is the whole point. I give this book a low rating due to two points in the book that I believe are just fillers of the page and nothing more. The do not even help move the book along its path of excitement. One of them is Charles Darwin and Dr. Thaddeus Warfield debating over something I refuse to say at a University Debate. I would say more, but I like leaving people with wonder about the book than tell spoilers. The other is a conversation the main character, Jacob Fellows has with Abraham Stoker. More wonder of the conversation topic. I also know that when a reader reads these two parts of the book, that reader would understand why I did not say why I thought what I do about them being just filler. Then, another reader would think they fit very nicely in the book and would hate me for the spoiler. I just decided just to let other readers wonder about these parts and decide for themselves if they are worthy to be a part of the book or not. I am just one person with one opinion. Besides those two parts of the book, the book is an excellent read. It flowed smoothly and the story line was one I could keep up with. There were some unpredictably, but if it did not have that, the book would be boring. I rate this book three stars due to the two parts of the book that I believe are just fillers. You can read the book and find out for yourself if you agree or disagree. I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
Jolly Fellows is not just another meaty fist. He is not your typical Alpha hunky hero. He is middle aged, robust, quick thinking regular man. He is hired out to find the Swan Princess. There were so many twists and turns and just flat ‘what the heck’ moments. With Mary at his side he runs from murder charges, angry pimps, homicidal robots, masked men plus a few others. Where else can you read a book with Darwin and Stoker teaming up to take down a powerhouse? This book was funny in places, and so colorful you would think it’s playing out right in front of you. This is my first book I have read from Nathan Yocum but will not be the last. This book was given to me for an honest review.
I was very impressed with this book from the first page. There is a richness in the story that I don't see often enough in books anymore. The characters were fully developed, the language was rich and the details were plentiful. I really appreciated the depth of the main character, Jolly. I could identify with him even though I've obviously never been a thief catcher. The author pulled me in and kept me right there with Jolly throughout. I was rooting for him from the beginning. I enjoyed that the story contained a lot of detail and background, but it never felt forced or contrived. Everything fit together to make the story come alive. True talent there. There was something missing from the very end for me but I can't put my finger on it. I still loved the book and couldn't give it just 4 stars. Writing this wonderful deserves 4.5 stars at least!
The Automatic Woman by Nathan Yocum is a fascinating read, taking the reader into a world of well known historical figures of science, twisting historical possibilities which lead into an imaginative tale of a power struggle between two very well known characters from our past. The main character Jacob Fellows, an investigator for a private service, back in olde England, becomes hunted by police and the special secret service he works for, when he is found in extenuating circumstances at a murder scene of the man, who owned a 'special' automated woman, when his firm had hired him to investigate her theft. The story becomes a power struggle between two well known influential parties from history, as they compete to learn the secrets of the missing automatic woman. The meat in the sandwich, stuck in the middle of these two waring parties is Jacob Fellows, who just happens to be strong enough physically and mentally, not to be completely manipulated or corrupted by their will. Set in olde England, this interesting and quite original steam punk novel is a fascinating read. The reader is swept into the bygone, imaginative era of olde England, when the development of science and machine was paramount in gaining knowledge, prestige, power and wealth.
Jolly was suspended, drunk and accused of murder. No one would believe the mechanical, clockwork woman had killed the old man and not Jolly. The Swan Princess had done the deed, but how can you prove that? Can you? Before you, yourself are a victim. You will find this a dark and twisted mystery, with danger at every turn. You want to close your eyes, but can't resist looking. From a visit with Charles Darwin, who knew the old man before the automaton's creation, to Lord Barnes, known as the greatest Thief Hunter of all time. Jolly Fellows finds one blockade after another, usually with painful results. In the end what he loses is great, but also what he wins. This is a book to keep you spellbound.