Tuesday, July 2, 2013

"Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders," by Richard Ellis Preston Jr.

This steampunk novel is like a "pirate story with airships." Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its motley crew on a desperate mission - to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war.

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin, Book One), by Richard Ellis Preston Jr.

"What a glorious, steam-filled, larger-than-life, action-packed adventure!...Steampunk doesn’t get much more exciting, or more adventurous, than this. The book is the first of a proposed series, and the second installment can’t come soon enough." -David Pitt, Booklist 

“I knew from the first page that Richard Ellis Preston Jr.’s Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders would be a hit. This is a story that grabs you and won’t let go!” -New York Times bestselling author Julie Kenner 

"The adventure takes place in a dystopian world (post alien invasion) but has a wonderful steampunkish flare...gadgets, zeppelins and gizmos to delight even the uber steampunk enthusiast. Thrust into a fantastical world of Richard Preston's imagination, the reader can't help but be swept away for the entire journey." -Tome Tender

In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.

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Meet the Author

Richard Ellis Preston, Jr. is a science fiction writer who loves the zeitgeist of steampunk. Although he grew up in both the United Sates and Canada he prefers to think of himself as British. He attended the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, where he earned an Honors B.A. in English with a Minor in Anthropology. He has lived on Prince Edward Island, excavated a 400 year old Huron Indian skeleton and attended a sperm whale autopsy. Richard currently resides in California.

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