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Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin Book 1) by [Preston Jr., Richard Ellis]
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In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, eighteen-year-old Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California–before it was devastated in the alien war–Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World–and death is quick–Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.

Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4094 KB
  • Print Length: 457 pages
  • Publisher: 47North (2 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009PS42YI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,798 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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This is a fast paced adventure. The crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin on a mission to rescue their leader and two other leaders from rival clans, held by their common enemy, The Founders encounter many challenges along the way.
Almost from the very start of the journey, Romulus Buckle goes from one death defying skirmish to another, almost without pausing for a breath.
Part of the enjoyment that I got, from reading this book was from finding character names borrowed from history, literature, movies and even comics.
I am looking forward to reading the next adventure
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A great read. Post apocalyptic Martian invaded earth (west coast US) meets an airship Errol Flynn adventure.
Preston's magnificent use of language and rich imagery builds strong characters, creates mental images that are crisp with succinct detail. This overlays the development of a simple and engaging story. You have this continuous fly on the wall sensation; so close you could almost be there. (Yes there is a sequel and I will buy it.)
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Reasonably refreshing take on a dystopian future. A bit short on details and probability but enough interesting characters,plot twist, humour and a successful and optimistic ending. Good lazy afternoon read. Will take in the sequel.
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I purchased this book as my first choice. A lucky one at that. This is an Adventure book young to mid age readers and or listeners, that have very little to do with novel books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The details are worth it! 4 December 2014
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I love detail, and this book is full of details. Not the silly irrelevant kind that drive a reader mad, but the kind you are thankful for when you are taken deeper into the story and character narratives. Descriptions so clear they make your mind sing as you are easily transported to this place that, in this temporal realm, does not truly exist.

What I liked about the book:
1. The Characters. The multiple characters and wicked new post apocalyptic world are worth the details and character descriptions at the front of the book. Fantasy and Science Fiction fans will not have a problem with the narratives, and will most likely enjoy the details in the front of the book. I’m just going to tell readers more accustomed to the softer narrative genre’s to take the learning curve in stride, it is all there for good cause.

2. The action. There is no waiting for action, battles, thrill, or combat in this book. You get thrown into the story from the start and it presses forward in a fast, thrilling, and very entertaining way, with parts that even made me laugh out loud. I enjoyed the stress of flying a Zeppelin, the unusual in fighting flying dinosaurs, and the interesting in navigating hostile territory with a robot resembling an owl.

3. The environment. I read fantasy and science fiction so I can to be taken somewhere new and different and this is achieved in this book. The cultures and landmarks are relatable, but it was wonderful being taken 300 years past a world apocalypse, which transformed the face of planet earth. I found the result highly creative and entertaining.

The only reason I did not give this book five stars was my strict criteria that a five star read be something I might read again someday. I don’t think I’ll need to; this is a highly memorable and fun book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Swashbuckling, Rolicking, Steampunk Action (Audio Version) 28 July 2014
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I have to say, I enjoyed this so much more than I was expecting! While I had the Kindle book copy, I mostly listened to the audio version, which I picked up after listening to sample.

This is an action-packed steampunk adventure with just a kiss of romantic tension, not a romance disguised under a light coating of steampunk adventure. It's very heavy on the steampunk action and beautifully "textured" with vivid description. In fact, I think it's one of the most descriptive books I've experienced since the first few Wheel of Time books by Robert Jordan (never finished the series). If you're looking for looking for mindless light reading, with little description and more love (romance) story than action-oriented plot, look elsewhere (like Parasol Protectorate). It was very refreshing to get an adult action-adventure that was NOT choked with explicit sex. I'm not a prude, and have no objections to "adult content" that actually serves plot, but I'm really tired of very explicit "steamy" sex in fantasy/sci-fi books--if I wanted to read that, I'd read romances. Frankly, I find reading about fictional characters' sex lives b-o-r-i-n-g... This book had a textured world as a setting with characters that have substance (and even fashion-sense LOL), and a little thing called plot. How refreshing! There was a bit much character point-of-view hopping at times, but the story was still enjoyable.

I have to say, I've never been a big fan of audio books. However, I'm growing older and my time is for literature as enjoyment is some times at a premium. After listening to the sample, I got the audio companion. Probably about 90% of my experience with "The City of Founders" was through the audio edition. I thought Luke Daniels did a fine job. Daniels has very pleasant voice for narration. He had distinct "voice" for each character so that it was like listening to a one-man old time radio show, rather than just a flat, monotone audio reading. I really enjoyed this audio book.

All-in-all a fine experience. I've already picked up book two in both formats, as well. Thank you for the adventure, Richard Ellis Preston Jr and (Luke Daniels). :)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Only if its free 10 May 2015
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The problem with this story is it doesn't follow its own logic, for example, it states that the fog is poisonous and does a number of examples but then in the escape chapters it has pet surviving the fog without any problems or having their suits rip and not dying. As for the tech, all I can say is the industry required doesn’t make sense considering the environment and population levels of the world. As for the writing style, this reminds me of a writer’s first time book where he is trying to fill the book with mirages while not developing the plot or characters. Basically I didn’t care if any of them lived or die. The only thing that kept me reading it was the back story of how the world became this messed up. So basically if was a waste of my time.
4.0 out of 5 stars Slow start but well worth the wait 8 October 2013
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The start of this book, as others have noted, is slow. There is a lot of description, some vague references to how the world got this way (never fully explained), and many details about flying a zeppelin. There are also some oddities about the beginning, the largest being that Romulus Buckle is barely introduced and not very engaging. I think that changes by the end of the book but I can honestly say that the characters Sabrina and Max were much more important to me from beginning to end. Fortunately, in spite of the book title, they are major characters, so that's okay. The title creates a false sense that the book is about one man. It isn't, and, once you realize that, you're fine.

After the slow beginning, the book takes off. The action truly begins and (honestly!) never lets up. The plot hangs together well. The characters become deeper and more interesting (even Buckle). The setting gets somewhat fleshed out as we go along. Mysteries are introduced. Even the descriptions of zeppelin flying you got at the beginning make the later parts about flying a damaged zeppelin easy reading. Whether intended or not, the author prepares you in the beginning to better appreciate the rest of the book.

There are some odd choices. Some of the characters have pretty normal names. Others have somewhat dramatic names. But a select few, and some are important to the story, have silly names. (I'm looking at you Katzenjammer Smelt.) Damage taken by the zeppelin mounts to an almost ridiculous point. Where are the martians? Don't know. The world seems to be one of perpetual snow but no real explanation is given as to how life has survived given that vegetation is described throughout as frozen or dry (there is a reference to a hummingbird species that "adapted" although I can't see how).

All in all, if you like action/adventure, if you like steampunk (or, really, even just scifi), I recommend this book. It was just plain fun. Without the slow start, it would be a 4.5 or 5 star book.
5.0 out of 5 stars Story so real, I could live in the setting and not know it was fictional. 13 July 2016
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I own this book in all three formats, The printed book has a beautiful cover and is printed well. The audible is read with impeccable form and the narrator really brings the story to life. This was one of my first forays into steampunk genre and I LOVED it, It is set in a world that is dark, and dangerous, but the locations are very well described. The author obviously knows the area well, and has truly made a masterful setting using a real life area in a post apocalyptic setting. I don't wish to give anything away, but the thought and structure put into the setting, and the airship are truly enormous, so much so that I am honestly wishing I could board a proper ridged airship and fly around with the likes of Buckle and crew! If I ever have the space I may attempt to build a functional scale model of he Pneumatic Zeppelin because in my mind the ship is a very near a real thing, the power of the authors words to bring his setting and characters to life, are impressive.