John McNichol’s The Emperor of North America
The Young Chesterton Chronicles Book 2
It’s been over a year since Gilbert Keith Chesterton and his friends defeated the Martian tripod invasion. Since then, he has a new faith, a new job as a reporter for the London Times, and a new love—a beautiful heiress named Frances. Life couldn’t be better.
But then things begin to go very wrong. Disturbing questions surface from Gilbert’s murky past. His best friend Herb’s sudden, unexplained wealth has made him distant and evasive. And the mysterious redheaded woman reappears, with trouble surely behind her.
When Gilbert learns his life is in jeopardy, he leaves England and returns to his American homeland, where he thinks he’ll be safe. There he meets a powerful man who calls himself the “Emperor of North America.” Why has he taken such a keen interest in Gilbert’s career?
Gilbert fights past dogged, airborne assassins and steam-powered cowboys, through the streets of New York and a floating city in the clouds. Along the way he learns that while his adversaries may change, America may not be any safer than England.
For it is in America that both Gilbert and Herb will confront their most dangerous opponents yet...themselves.
About the Book
The Emperor of North America by John McNichol is the sequel to the bestselling novel The Tripods Attack! and the second volume in the Young Chesterton Chronicles—a delightfully inventive fiction series for teens to adults that re-imagines the famous Catholic author as a young man living in an alternative Edwardian age of steam-driven wonders.
“The Tripods Attack is a page-turning adventure of Chestertonian proportions, a feast of the imagination for the young and for adults. It rendered this reader ready to read more Chesterton, as well as, this, McNichol’s next volume!” Kevin Vost, Psy.D., bestselling author of Tending the Temple and Memorize the Faith!
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Emperor of North America is nothing but a low down dirty swindler. However, the book named after him is far from it. Emperor picks up a year after the events of its predecessor, The Tripods Attack. Gilbert Keith Chesterton is a happy fellow. He’s got a great job, good friends, and, (most importantly of course) something more (hopefully) in Frances, the beautiful young woman he met at the end of our last glimpse into his life. Of course, you can’t just sit back and write a story about how everything goes well, can you? (Ah, well judging by a lot of modern junk cranked out by the press these days, most authors think you can, but that’s another story.) We follow Gil and Herb on many a hair raising adventure, up to a completely craaazy plot twist at the end, that makes you just want to hope that Book 3 is just around the corner. I do have a few gripes about Emperor, but they aren’t anything large enough for me to not recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Tripods. (Of course, I have to recommend Tripods to anyone who hasn’t read either first, since reading out of order is a no-no for any serious reader, of any book that the author actually puts effort into.) 1. Our red-headed friend gets a bit annoying, but we can always hope she finds another Gil to go marry, since Frances is just so much better of a fit for our witticism spouting hero. (IMHO) 2. Just probably one of the worst complaints in history, but I did like how the cover and artwork at the beginning of each chapter of Tripods just had a sort of a steampunk “feel” to it. The cover was a mashup of all the different events and characters, and the tripod at the beginning of each chapter was significantly ominous. Emperor feels unfortunately a bit more like an old Dickens book by contrast, but of course, this is simply an enhancement of something perfectly good already. 3. Somewhat darker. Just a personal thing, but I enjoyed the slightly more lighthearted humor and overall atmosphere. Not that the increasing darkness in Emperor is completely without merit, but I suppose that I like this series as more of an adventure story with a rollicking good plot. It isn’t as dark as many books are now days though, still retaining a enough lightheartedness(Master Jack is probably one of my favorite characters.) Just hoping it doesn’t get super super grim. I’m sure Chesterton would have preferred it that way. As the man said himself: “Fairy Tales are more than true; not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.” Well, if you’ve made it this far, internet high five! I know I ramble somewhat, and I probably am rather hard to follow at times, but if you get nothing else, get this from me: Just go and read it. ;) -Sam
Didnt read it yet but i did read the first one and it was great. Cant wait to get this one. Well worth ur time but you have to read The Tripods Attack first.