Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders

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In a postapocalyptic 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 ne'er-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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Product details

  • Paperback | 456 pages
  • 139.7 x 215.9 x 33.02mm | 521.63g
  • 47North
  • Seattle, United States
  • English
  • New
  • 1611099188
  • 9781611099188
  • 1,003,855

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"I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS BOOK...This swashbuckling quest set mainly aboard the Pneumatic Zeppelin was so fast paced and exciting, I finished it in one day. I can't wait to hop aboard the Pneumatic Zeppelin and take another wild ride in its upcoming adventure: Romulus Buckle & the Engines of War." --The Qwillery

"I love the Steampunk fantasy genre, especially when it is a well-crafted storyline coupled with interesting characters. [Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders] delivers everything you could want in this genre. Get this novel. The next in the Chronicles is even better." --Koeur's Book Reviews

"Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders is an excellent read and I highly recommend this book to any lover of Science Fiction or the highly popular Steampunk theme. This is one of the coolest stories I have read in a while." --Conan Tigard, Reading Review

"What a glorious, steam-filled, larger-than-life, action-packed adventure! ...Steampunk doesn't get much more exciting, or more adventurous, than this. The book is the first of a proposed series, and the second installment can't come soon enough." --David Pitt, Booklist

"I knew from the first page that Richard Ellis Preston Jr.'s Romulus Buckle and the City of the Founders would be a hit. This is a story that grabs you and won't let go!" -- Julie Kenner, New York Times bestselling author

"The adventure takes place in a dystopian world (post alien invasion) but has a wonderful steampunkish flare...Gadgets, zeppelins and gizmos to delight even the uber steampunk enthusiast. Thrust into a fantastical world of Richard Preston's imagination, the reader can't help but be swept away for the entire journey." --Tome Tender

"The world of Romulus Buckle is unique in its blend of science fiction, steampunk and post-apocalyptic fiction. The result is compelling...Let's say there are some seriously interesting twists." --Jenny Schwartz, author of The Bustlepunk Chronicles

"Delightful and chock-full of interesting characters. As the high-altitude denizens of the Pneumatic Zeppelin battle to save one of their own, sparks fly--of the sword, hydrogen, and budding romance kind. What more could one ask for? A sequel, of course, and luckily one's on the horizon." --Neve Maslakovic, author of Regarding Ducks and Universes

"Romulus Buckle is a steampunk adventure of pure frenetic energy...If you've got a thirst for flamboyant writing and careening action, Romulus Buckle is your man." --John R. Alden, Cleveland Plain Dealer
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1,177 ratings
3.62 out of 5 stars
5 22% (258)
4 38% (445)
3 26% (303)
2 10% (116)
1 5% (55)
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