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Clementine: A Novel of the Clockwork Century | [Cherie Priest]

Clementine: A Novel of the Clockwork Century

Maria Isabella Boyd's success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty, she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago. Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies, and Uncle Sam isn't pleased.
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Publisher's Summary

Maria Isabella Boyd's success as a Confederate spy has made her too famous for further espionage work, and now her employment options are slim. Exiled, widowed, and on the brink of poverty, she reluctantly goes to work for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency in Chicago.

Adding insult to injury, her first big assignment is commissioned by the Union Army. In short, a federally sponsored transport dirigible is being violently pursued across the Rockies, and Uncle Sam isn't pleased. The Clementine is carrying a top secret load of military essentials - essentials that must be delivered to Louisville, Kentucky, without delay.

Intelligence suggests that the unrelenting pursuer is a runaway slave who's been wanted by authorities on both sides of the Mason-Dixon for 15 years. In that time, Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey has felonied his way back and forth across the continent, leaving a trail of broken banks, stolen war machines, and illegally distributed weaponry from sea to shining sea. And now it's Maria's job to go get him. He's dangerous quarry, and she's a dangerous woman, but when forces conspire against them both, they take a chance and form an alliance. She joins his crew, and he uses her connections. She follows his orders. He takes her advice. And somebody, somewhere, is going to rue the day he crossed either one of them.

©2010 Cherie Priest (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Piracy meets politics head-on in this steampunk thriller.... Explosive battle scenes, riveting action, and a sharp-eyed examination of the mistrust between Croggon's all-black crew and very white, very Southern Maria play out in a desperate race against the clock." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Matthew United States 06-18-11
    Matthew United States 06-18-11 Listener Since 2006

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    "Fun!"

    No Pulitzer prizes here. This is a quick story with an interesting cast and some unique action sequences. For a good time, call Clementine.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Olympia, WA, United States 05-01-11
    Rick Olympia, WA, United States 05-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Nice stand alone story"

    I have been enjoying Mrs. Priest Clockwork Century and this is a story that features one of the more enjoyable characters. The narration was very well done, even though it shifts between a male & female narrator. Well worth the cost.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14
    Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States 02-27-14 Member Since 2009

    I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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    "Great audio production"

    I liked Clementine better than Boneshaker. It stands alone in the same world, so you don’t have to read Boneshaker first. Clementine features a couple of really interesting protagonists and it’s nice to see a black man on the cover of a fantasy novel, isn’t it? The audio version of Clementine is terrific. The two narrators, Dina Pearlman and Victor Bevine, work together seamlessly.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherrye Mobile, AL, United States 12-05-11
    Sherrye Mobile, AL, United States 12-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Original and Fun!"
    What made the experience of listening to Clementine the most enjoyable?

    I found the plot interesting and original. Narration was very good and I am looking forward to more stories from Cherie Priest.


    What other book might you compare Clementine to and why?

    Steampunk isn't a new genre, but it's truly blossoming these days. Similar new (at least to me) authors are bringing originality and energy that I really appreciate.


    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman and Victor Bevine ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Narration was good -- I really appreciate having female and male voices on this one. I'll be on the lookout for both Pearlman and Bevine in future.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time and your credit!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mark brentwood, ca, United States 12-26-11
    mark brentwood, ca, United States 12-26-11 Member Since 2011
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    "fast and the furious in a dirigible!"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I would indeed recommend this book to anyone.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The get away was very good.


    What does Dina Pearlman and Victor Bevine bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    They bring the lady like and the manly man persona right into the story that makes you feel it.


    Did Clementine inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a quick read with an interesting plot that unfolds in a timely fashion.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    S. Nichols Mobile, AL USA 12-05-11
    S. Nichols Mobile, AL USA 12-05-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Original and Fun!"
    What made the experience of listening to Clementine the most enjoyable?

    I found the plot interesting and original. Narration was very good and I am looking forward to more stories from Cherie Priest.


    What other book might you compare Clementine to and why?

    Steampunk isn't a new genre, but it's truly blossoming these days. Similar new (at least to me) authors are bringing originality and energy that I really appreciate.


    Have you listened to any of Dina Pearlman and Victor Bevine ???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Narration was good -- I really appreciate having female and male voices on this one. I'll be on the lookout for both Pearlman and Bevine in future.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth your time and your credit!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Round Rock, TX, United States 01-17-14
    Amazon Customer Round Rock, TX, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2005
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    "Fun with Great narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I enjoyed the story, through the ending wasn't surprising, but it was fun and I like haven't an alternate world built around steamship (blimps) travel


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    The story, fun, simple, straight forward


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Dina Pearlman and Victor Bevine ?

    Yes, these narrators made the story, I listen to the first book with some difficult, and since Dina (much less Victor) only narrate this tale, I won't be going back to the other books, instead I will be looking for other stories narrated by Dina (and Victor)


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Rocky River, OH, United States 02-14-13
    Mary Rocky River, OH, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "OK story spoiled for me by Mr Bevine's narration"
    Would you try another book from Cherie Priest and/or Dina Pearlman and Victor Bevine ?

    Victor Bevine's narration ruined this for me. His voice was too forceful, like he was reading a monster truck rally ad most of the time. And the one character who was supposed to sound Jamaican came off, to my ear at least, sometimes as Irish, sometimes even slipping into German, with only a tinge of Jamaican.I didn't find the story terribly interesting, either. Combine these two things and I doubt I'll try other of Cherie Priest's works.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Burrows Chestermere, AB, Canada 08-30-12
    Burrows Chestermere, AB, Canada 08-30-12 Member Since 2005
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    "I almost quit in chapter 2"

    This is a novella/short story in the alternate history created for Boneshaker & Dreadnought.

    It was nice to see the return of some characters from Boneshaker, although the story is self-contained enough that you don't have to have read the others to understand it (it helps flesh out some allusions though). The reading of this was why I almost gave up on this story. In Chapter 2 when the main female character meets her boss... it was almost too much to bear. The narrator's Scottish accent for the boss of the agency was very very difficult to listen to - it was a caricature of a Scottish accent, and was VERY painful. I stuck through it, and fortunately it's the only chapter this character appears in.

    Either just do a faint accent, or don't even try. The exaggerated terrible accent which appeared in the story was painful. I have never met a scot who sounds like that, and an extended vacation there didn't expose me to anything like it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cristina Hatfield Oklahoma 07-19-12
    Cristina Hatfield Oklahoma 07-19-12 Member Since 2011

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    "I love Cherie Priest"

    Honestly, everything I've ever read of hers I just devoured. I like her zombies, and alternate history, and action, and characters, and dirigibles. I haven't read her other series yet but I plan to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Entertaining steampunk romp"

    I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I had tried another of the authors books and was somewhat underwhelmed by it ('Those Who Went Remain There Still' ***), but decided to give her another go. This one was much better, with a more interesting story and much more likable characters. I only found out after starting it that it is the second of her 'Clockwork Century' books, and that the first one ('Boneshaker' - now on my reading list) was nominated for the 2010 Hugo Award for Best Novel, amongst other accolades. The fact I have read Clementine out of order did not detract from my enjoyment as they seem to be distinct, unrelated stories.

    Apparently, the author calls the series Alternate History books, but they are popularly received as from the Steampunk genre, which seems to be defined by its content of evolved (sometimes steam-based) Victorian technology. Either way, it contains fascinating concepts to play with and the author takes full advantage of it.

    The story is told alternately from two perspectives (Maria Isabella Boyd & Captain Croggon Beauregard Hainey), narrated by two excellent performers who do a top job. At under six hours long, it is well worth the journey.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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