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They’re calling this a steampunk western because it includes several steam-powered vehicles and/or inventions, which a few of the characters were utilizing. In fact this is a wonderfully written mystery/thriller with a western flavor. As you progress into the story more twists and turns are made known. I was quite impressed as I found the story getting better and more interesting as I dove deeper into the tale. The writing is excellent and cleverly done. The characters are likable and interesting and so well fleshed out that not a lot of background was necessary. Narration by Steve Wannall was excellent as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will look for more from pdmac. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
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I was pleasantly surprised with this book. At first, it started slow, and read like a traditional western. It was enjoyable, but probably a 3-4 star book. However, that changed as the book continued on. The depth of the story, characters, and emotions was beautifully done. I found myself rooting for characters, and hating other characters. The steampunk added in was done well, as all the inventions were, and the fantasy element threw me for a bit of a shock when it appeared, nothing too crazy, more like Stephen King light fantasy elements with his horror. But at first, I thought it came from left field, and I was like, "What is this, there was no foreshadowing at all." Then it clicked. There was foreshadowing, and it was so subtle that I nearly missed it. A touch of dialog scattered throughout the book between characters was all the foreshadowing needed. I had the privilege of meeting this author at a local convention, and picked up his fantasy book, then found this book on audible. I look forward to checking more out by the author.
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The goldrush is on and Tombstone is busy. The beautiful Belle runs the only entertainment in town and she and the sheriff have a nice little sideline earner collecting bounties. Meanwhile, two men have staked claims near to each other, one the reclusive old timer, a real loser, who just about makes enough from his claim to keep body and soul together, and the other a newcomer to the town, a renowned archeologist looking for artifacts. But neither is quite what he seems.<br/>An almost classic western setting apart from the steampunk influence, with flying machines and a woodburning car, this is a fun story, with great characterisations. Lots of dastardly deeds, too. Very colourful.<br/>The narration is also good, a very pleasantly voiced Steve Wannell bringing life to the characters with individualistic personalities. His reading of the text was also well paced and clear. Just a downturn in cadence at the end of many sentences began, after a while, to irritate this listener - only slight but still a distraction. Otherwise, an excellent performance.<br/><br/>My thanks to the rights holder of Fools Gold, who freely gifted me with a complimentary copy of Fools Gold, via Audiobook Boom. Good fun and, for anyone looking for a light, unusual and character-filled Western, well worth reading.