November 19, 2013

Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War

The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin:  Book 2

The swashbuckling steampunk adventure continues …

As the Snow World teeters on the brink of war, Captain Romulus Buckle is desperate to solve the mysteries which haunt him, mysteries which hold the key to his survival and the survival of the Crankshaft clan.  Buckle journeys into the treacherous Tehachapi Mountains to discover the true identity of a crashed enemy zeppelin, a wreck brimming with skeletons and secrets.  Trapped by a bloodfreezer storm, Buckle is surrounded by hordes of alien sabertooth tigers.  And when his beautiful half-Martian lieutenant, Max, comes to his rescue and is horribly injured, both end up fighting for their lives.  But this is just the beginning of the battles against the elements and the alien beasties.

Arriving at the Crankshaft stronghold at the Devil’s Punchbowl, Buckle joins his father, Balthazar, in a meeting of wary clan ambassadors.  Whispering spies have revealed that the powerful but resource-strapped Founders clan is readying for a war of conquest and enslavement and every other clan in the known world is at terrible risk. With assassins and saboteurs lurking in the shadows, Buckle and his crew are forced to team up with former enemies.  In a race against time, the crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must secure the grand alliance before the Founders invaders can mobilize.

More secrets rise to the surface, carried by moonchildren and half-melted robots.  And for Romulus Buckle, the search for his lost sister Elizabeth is verging on obsession.

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