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An epic, ingenious new thriller from the New York Times best-selling author of Robopocalypse, The Clockwork Dynasty weaves a riveting path through history and a race of humanlike machines that have been hiding among us for untold centuries.
In the rugged landscape of Eastern Oregon, a young scientist named June uncovers an exquisite artifact - a 300-year-old mechanical doll whose existence seems to validate her obsession with a harrowing story she was told by her grandfather many years earlier. The mechanical doll, June believes, is proof of a living race of automatons that walk undetected among us to this day. Ingeniously hidden inside the ancient doll is a lost message addressed to the court of Peter the Great, czar of Russia.
Russia, 1725: Peter and Elena, two humanlike mechanical beings, are brought to life under the watchful guise of Peter the Great. Their struggle to serve in the court of the czar while blending in and to survive amid those who fear and wish to annihilate them will take Peter and Elena across Russia, Europe, and, ultimately, the centuries, to the modern day.
The Clockwork Dynasty is Daniel H. Wilson's masterful new novel. It seamlessly interweaves past and present, exploring a race of beings that live by different principles from humans but ultimately value loyalty. As June learns more about these beings, she is quickly drawn into a fierce battle that has spanned the centuries and will ultimately determine the survival or extermination of this ancient race. Richly drawn and heart pounding, Wilson's novel expertly draws on his robotics and science background, combining exquisite characters with breathtaking technology - and unmatched action. The Clockwork Dynasty is a riveting breakout novel.
©2017 Daniel H. Wilson (P)2017 Random House Audio
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Critic Reviews

"Action-packed and uniquely imagined with robots - and history! - like you've never seen before, The Clockwork Dynasty is a thrilling ride from start to finish." (John Joseph Adams, series editor of Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 12-10-17

Great story but...

I LOVED the story!! If I still had the time and patience I would totally buy a real book and read it again. The female narrator murdered this book for me. I will be sure to add her to my list of ones to avoid in the future. The male narrator was wonderful and I could listen to him all day! I’m not sure if/how a sequel could be done but if it’s narrates by someone else, I will definitely keep listening!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Joe Hacobian on 11-09-17

This story coupled to these narrators just flopped

I just felt... Incredulous. Disbelief is not easily suspended with this book and the author doesn't install the necessary psychological 'wormholes' for the reader to take that trip to disbelief without dissonance. The manner of the constant refrain to "My Pravda" could be seen ending in a train wreck a hemisphere away. The constant time traveling perspectives weren't by themselves deal breaking mechanisms, however I'm sorry but magic-not-named-as-such just doesn't do it for me. I was attracted to Robopocalypse for its longshot plausibility in a not too distant future, Robogenesis took it even further with regards to magical thinking, and was only saved by the emotional intensity of the plot, i.e. The author used an "Irate Shah" (angry king), as a heavy attention-gravity-well to provide cover from rationality for a bunch of experimental "magical thinking". Here we see Wilson perhaps doing something he wanted to do all along, abandon the hard constraints of science for the airy climes of imaginary worlds. Unfortunately, even for magic, everything runs on rules and the rules of magic as such are firmly grounded in mythology. When Wilson went off the rails and into the diversion of this book (perhaps to cleanse his palate after two novels of relatively good representations of hell) I was expecting a strong mythological substructure which would tie together all the fragments he has woven in admittedly graphic detail. I did not find much of that mythos and scant logos either. Disappointed.

If I want fantasy I'll read Tolkien or Rowling, those authors have a master's understanding (at least effectively) of the mythological world. Wilson may be a good scientist, but I see betrayed via this novel large holes in his mythological breadth and depth. Maybe clockwork dynasty is the mistake that will give the author the missing information that he needs to write an excellent third book in the Robopocalypse trilogy.

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