The frozen wasteland of Snow World - known as Southern California before an alien invasion decimated civilization - is home to warring steampunk clans. Crankshafts, Imperials, Tinskins, Brineboilers, and many more all battle one another for precious supplies, against ravenous mutant beasts for basic survival, and with the mysterious Founders for their very freedom.
Through this ruined world soars the Pneumatic Zeppelin, captained by the daring Romulus Buckle. In the wake of a nearly suicidal assault on the Founders' prison city to rescue key military leaders, both the steam-powered airship and its crew are bruised and battered. Yet there's little time for rest or repairs: Founders raids threaten to shatter the fragile alliance Buckle has risked everything to forge among the clans.
Even as he musters what seems a futile defense in the face of inevitable war, Buckle learns that the most mysterious clan of all is holding his long-lost sister in a secret base - and that she holds the ultimate key to victory over the Founders. But rescuing her means abandoning his allies and praying they survive long enough for there to be an alliance to return to.
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Really Enjoying This Fun Series!
Outrageous SteamPunk fun!
I would listen to this again, as the story is quite well done and the characters are just that touch of over the top in some of their actions that makes this fun to listen to. Plus Luke Daniels does an outstanding job with accents and voices to keep everyone straight in your mind.
Everything, from his excellent use of accents for different characters to deeper or higher voices. He has a fantastic ability to make you believe in the character by doing a perfect job of enacting their lines as he reads them.
Preston likes to use what some would call $50 words when doing his descriptions of characters and scenery. I can understand where this might throw some people off, but it is nice to hear some of the words in the English language that aren't used as much any more, without (in my opinion) over doing it too much and making you wish he would get on with it. I'm not a fan of using 100 words when 30 will paint the same picture, but I think Preston does a good job of walking the line. If you like SteamPunk and larger than life characters brought to life by a talented voice artist, then I highly recommend this series.
- David Hamm