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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 have come to really embrace the mashup genre, you know, you take two very seperate and distinct genres like horror and romance (when Jason Vorhess falls for that really special girl who is holding out for marriage) and smashthem together. Sometimes you get fool's gold, and others you get Fool's Gold by PDMAC.
I'll admit that I am a noob when it comes to steampunk, I could never find something that looked good. I think the closest I had come, up until now, was Hard Magic, and that was a mash up of several genres as well. Either way, I've caught a flavor for it.
Fool's Gold involves a Marshall and a Madam, a prospector and a scientist, and some angry zombies. The story would work great just as a western, but the other elements really work wel, even the zombies. It is kind of like sitting down to watch a Lone Ranger episode and finding him and Tonto battling werewolves. A surprise, but something you can't look away from. The characters are well thought out and have areal depth. These are not just cut out paste and stick characters. The story even manages to blend in a little mystery and romance. The story's pace goes from a trot to runaway stagecoach in a suitable time frame, and you really enjoy the ride.
Wannall does a great job, giving everyone distinct voices, although I had to go back and relisten to the book to make sure I wasn't imagining that the Birdcage Bordello Madam started with a french accent, and lost it later on. I chalked it up to her using that voice to make her self sexier. That really is nitpicking, and it doesn't affect the story at all.
This is a fun book that starts what looks to be a great series. I'm off to book 2!!!
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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.
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.
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.
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.