Is it ever too late to do what is right?
A fusion of steampunk and superheroics...this is the Rail. Mix in a healthy dose of human foibles, and you are in for a reading on the ups and downs of paranormals, how people react to them, and how their actions shape (and destroy) the world around them.
The Guild of Honor: once this fabled society of paranormals kept the metropolis safe from abnormal threats, and gifted America with advanced steampowered technology. Then, jealousy and rivalry brought them to a deadly end at the hands of a military takeover.
The year is 1886.
Flag Banner Epsom. Aretha Tyne Astin. Two paranormals in a world that fears them, a Victorian Wonderland of fast trains and gravity-defying cloudcraft. Can these two solve an invisible murder, and catch a killer with plans to shed more blood, or will they succumb to the fist of the United States Regular Army?
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Steampunk with Super Powers!
- David Lee Summers
Steampunk & Paranormal Adventure on The Rail
I consider the audio version a supplementation of the text version.
There is no comparison, imo.
I liked the Ex-Spy and the Scotsman, both.
I found this book to be funny at times. The chemistry between Aretha and Epsom is entertaining.
I am reviewing this audiobook, as a volunteer, being a previous customer of the author’s text novels.I used my Audible first free credit to purchase this audiobook. Writer William J. Jackson introduces readers to “The Rail”; an area rich in history that is a bit familiar, but also has its own story to tell. Some of The Rail’s inhabitants are living and performing jobs not so familiar. We become engaged with two formidable main characters who make somewhat of a team, out of necessity. Both are feisty residents who’ve done their share of battle, with long-lasting wounds, both physical & psychological, for their efforts. This tale involves steampunk mechanical capabilities and paranormal abilities bestowed to humans in an evolving world of terrorism, capitalism and social evolution. This work is unlike any another novels I have ever read and the characters coming alive in audio is exciting. This is only the beginning; tales of The Rail get better from here. This installment sets the foundation for characters & setting. Our leaders taking us through The Rail are a salty Scotsman and a gutsy, untamable fem fatale, both engaged in murder-for-hire, if one so desires their services. And therein lies a dilemma. What are the long-term effects of your business? Will you end up on the right side… much later? The ballsy Aretha, aka, The Huntress in Hazel, is our story narrator and is given voice by Narrator, Amy Pastoor, who tackled a tough challenge of multiple accents; delivering an animated portrayal of The Huntress’s inner dialogue & outer repartee with our railroad city drama.