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Shelburne, VT, United States
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  • Dreadnought

  • By: Cherie Priest
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 13 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 346
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 273
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 273

Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy’s husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure, but that's just the beginning.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Mercy Lynch: nurse extraordinaire

  • By Eivind on 10-07-10

Enjoyable story, but really bad math.

Overall
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-07-10

I enjoyed Boneshaker, and I overall liked this book. Mercy Lynch is a tough, intelligent woman. My favorite type of protagonist in a dark and daring adventure.
But in a book about trying to get from point A to point B on the map, you have to get the time vs. distance somewhere near close. At one point Mercy gets on a boat that can travel at 35 naughts (roughly 40 miles per hour) and needs to go 350 miles. This trip takes her about a week. longer than a cruise across the Atlantic! I don't want to give away too much, but a train that can go up to 95 miles per hour takes an awfully long time to go 2000 miles.
Usually I don't pay much attention to such things and tend to gloss over them when I read, but these were so glaring that they knocked me right out of the narrative. Hence, the three stars.
Otherwise, it was good book and an interesting expansion of the world created in Boneshaker. A world I would like to visit again.

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