• The Clarity of Cold Steel

  • By: Kevin P. Wright
  • Narrated by: Paul Jenkins
  • Length: 8 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 03-13-18
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: -- Kevin Wright --
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (3 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

Mortise Locke, the Machine City, last bastion of mankind in all its fallen glory, where the sum total of life is cheaper than in part.
A poor kid wrung from the city's dregs has been abducted. His family's lost all hope. Enter Detective Shakteel, gumshoe legend in his own mind and maybe -- just maybe -- a few others.
He's the bloodhound loosed on the kid's trail, and it's clear from the get-go that someone wants this hound put down. And they ain't shy about it. Killers keep coming.
And the clock keeps ticking...   Can Detective Shakteel navigate the labyrinth of Mortise Locke's criminal underworld? Can he follow the trail? Can he dodge death in its pantheon of incarnations to finally find the missing kid?
And if he does find him, will he wish he hadn't?
Join Detective Shakteel in this lightning-paced steampunk thriller sure to set your blood to boil.
©2017 Kevin Wright (P)2018 Kevin Wright
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4 out of 5 stars
By cosmitron on 03-21-18

Hindu mystery tour.

What did you love best about The Clarity of Cold Steel?

The setting of the story is not your typical American city.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Skakteel is a fantasy mystery anti hero.

What does Paul Jenkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Makes the setting and story more interesting.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was a story you wanted to continue to its conclusion.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 04-04-18

Postapocalyptic Steampunk Detective? Awesome!!!!

Wright certainly has no fear in combining a plethora of concepts in a giant mixing pot, pouring in some action, adding a sprinkle of mystery, and hitting blend. You have to admire anyone who can create a detective story set in a postapocalyptic work that is full of steampunk. Oh, and making the detective hindu was a bit of both a surprise and a dab of brilliance. You really don't see to many hindu characters in this genre. And for him to take something as simple as a missing persons case and making so elegant a tale is commendable. Like I always say, slick is slick, and a trick is a trick, but when you don't look you are going to trip. He really puts you on some uneven ground, gives you a shove, and hopes you'll stay on your feet long enough to keep up.

What Iike is hat Shakteel (spelling?) isn't a knock down drag you into the street kicking and screaming detective. He's quicker with a quip than a fist, and so he doesn't fit the mold of the rough and tumble detective. Nor is he fearless. Holmes went to the Reichenbach Falls without a second thought. Shakteel not only would have thought about it, he would have probably booked a ticket on a train to somewhere in Spain. He isn't a complete coward, but he is not what your expectations of a detective are. He's pretty pragmatic. Just saying.

Jenkins pops in the narration, too. He brings this tale to life with a vivacity and vitality that Shakteel really deserves, and makes the listener appreciate the work he is putting in, because you only realize how hard he had to work after the story is over.

I would love to see more of this intrepid detective in the future. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Thomas on 04-09-18

A break from the norm but not without issues.

The clarity of cold steel really tries to break with convention in terms of characters and location. This is a detective noire story set in.....well there is the issue. I'm not sure where it is set.

It could be post apocalyptic, dystopian future or alternate reality it is never really made clear. Not enough effort is made with the world building of this novel which left me struggling to place the setting. Just when I thought I had an image in my mind of what was happening a new detail would be thrown in that caused me to completely alter my perception.

The story itself however is a very good mystery that isn't short on compelling action sequences.

The narration is clear and understandable with many different voices for the plethora of characters in the story. However I did struggle to buy into the narrator as a grizzled private eye.

An enjoyable story let down by poor exploration of what could be a vivid and compelling setting.

This audiobook was given to me for free in exchange for an impartial review.

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