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1859; war looms over the United States. Intelligence agents converge on the Kingdom of Deseret in the Rocky Mountains. Sam Clemens, leading the U.S. Army's expedition aboard his amphibious steam-truck, the Jim Smiley, has a mission: to ensure that the Kingdom, with its air-ships and rumored phlogiston guns, brain children of the Madman Orson Pratt, enters on the side of the United States and peace. He races against Captain Richard Burton for Her Britannic Majesty Queen Victoria, and Edgar Allan Poe, secret agent of the clandestine southern leadership, who travels in disguise as an exhibitor of Egyptian antiquities.
Against them all are arrayed the counterintelligence agents of the Kingdom, Roxie Snow, and the Deseret Marshal Orrin Porter Rockwell. But why are Deseret's Danite militiamen hunting Rockwell? And why does the Madman seem to be playing his own game?
©2012 D.J. Butler (P)2014 D.J. Butler
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5 out of 5 stars
By Margie on 02-06-17

great stream punk alternate history- well worth it

enjoy the wild west abt 1850 and the mystery of a slightly different rocky mountain

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4 out of 5 stars
By CAP on 11-22-17

Decent story, bad narration

This book was a slow start for me. Also I wasn't a fan of the narration at all. There are many interesting things in the story, and it's quite complex, but I feel it's too complex to follow. The author kept switching between characters every chapter, and the characters weren't interesting enough for me to remember who was who until much later in the book. However, as events were progressing, it became a lot more entertaining and I did enjoy the second half of the book much more than the first half. The audio narration was made better when I turned it from "normal" to "fast" on my mp3 player. The narrator was too slow, and whenever there was the Irish character in the scene, he did his Irish accent the entire time, including standard narrative, which made for a frustrating listen, but as I said, it was made better when I turned the speed to fast.

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