Author: Cherie Priest
Publisher: Tor Books
Release date: September 27, 2011
Plot: The air pirate Andan Cly is trying to go straight and stop running the dangerous drug known as sap. His first legal gig, a supply run for the Seattle Underground, is not entirely on the up and up and the job his ex, Josephine Early, is offering him may be worse. A prototype submersible called the Ganymede is hidden at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain and Jo wants him to retrieve it. The Ganymede could end the war if anyone could pilot it but everyone who has tried has died. Cly and his crew may beat the odds, make a fortune and make history…. or they may end up at the bottom of the ocean.
Why I’m waiting: Cherie Priest writes some of the best steampunk on the market. Her Clockwork Century series combines a fascinating alternate history of the American Civil War with great characters (her female characters are complex, unique and absolutely bad-ass), horror, adventure and cool steampunk technologies. Once I start one of her books, I cannot put them down. This installment stars the ship captain Cly who peaked my interest in her previous books. I look forward to seeing him fleshed out some more. All her books stand on their own so you don’t need to read Bonshaker or Dreadnought to understand Ganymede but honestly you’ll be missing out on some truly great story telling.
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