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US Marshal Mason Sadler has a great hustle going on with the vivacious and lovely Belle Dubois, the madam of the Bird Cage Theater in Tombstone, Arizona Territory. She keeps the outlaws occupied until he conveniently shows up to arrest them after which she and Mason split the reward.

Their business arrangement is going rather well until the wealthy inventor and archaeologist Henry Mitchell decides to make a play for Belle's attention and affection. After all, he's single while Mason is stuck in a marriage to a woman who prefers laudanum to marital bliss. But does Henry really desire Belle or is his interest a deflection from his true intentions, for gold from the Seven Cities of Cibola has been discovered in the mining hills of Tombstone. Two men desperately want to keep the discovery a secret -- Caleb, the old miner who found the treasure, and Henry who has spent the past several years hunting for it. Unfortunately for Caleb, Henry has no qualms about using whatever means necessary to take what he wants, even if it means murder and kidnapping. Regrettably for Belle, she eventually gets in the way. With the help of two Chiricahua machinists, Mason sets out to stop Henry's escape and rescue Belle. But everyone has failed to take into consideration two dead conquistadors who are not quite ready to part with the gold.

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 07-20-17

Mystery/thriller with a western flavor.

They’re calling this a steampunk western because it includes several steam-powered vehicles and/or inventions, which a few of the characters were utilizing. In fact this is a wonderfully written mystery/thriller with a western flavor. As you progress into the story more twists and turns are made known. I was quite impressed as I found the story getting better and more interesting as I dove deeper into the tale. The writing is excellent and cleverly done. The characters are likable and interesting and so well fleshed out that not a lot of background was necessary. Narration by Steve Wannall was excellent as well. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and will look for more from pdmac. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • CAP
  • Alabama
  • 11-22-17

Compelling Story, great characters

I was pleasantly surprised with this book. At first, it started slow, and read like a traditional western. It was enjoyable, but probably a 3-4 star book. However, that changed as the book continued on. The depth of the story, characters, and emotions was beautifully done. I found myself rooting for characters, and hating other characters. The steampunk added in was done well, as all the inventions were, and the fantasy element threw me for a bit of a shock when it appeared, nothing too crazy, more like Stephen King light fantasy elements with his horror. But at first, I thought it came from left field, and I was like, "What is this, there was no foreshadowing at all." Then it clicked. There was foreshadowing, and it was so subtle that I nearly missed it. A touch of dialog scattered throughout the book between characters was all the foreshadowing needed. I had the privilege of meeting this author at a local convention, and picked up his fantasy book, then found this book on audible. I look forward to checking more out by the author.

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Awesome Book!

This is a great steampunk novel. Well done story and performance. Worth a credit!

"This book was provided at no cost for a unbiased review."

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Looking for gold? All you'll find is pyrite

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Those with a deep and abiding love for Steampunk. Or zombies. Or westerns.

What could pdmac have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cut back on the adverbs. He doesn't need one in every single sentence. Let the dialogue be nonchalant -- he doesn't need to tell us the Marshall nonchalantly said something. Wannall's a talented enough performer to pull it off. pdmac doesn't need to tell us that Henry threateningly said something. Say it by action and description. Dispense with tropes and stereotypes. All characters were 2 dimensional, and/or broad, over worn archetypes.

What does Steve Wannall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Wannall has a pleasant voice, and a pretty good range of differing accents. A little curious that he dropped Belle's french accent after the first chapter. Also a little curious that his narrator's voice was a little odd for the tone/style of the book. For a story taking place in the Old West, I would have expected something with a little more drawl. Wannall's narrator sounded like an earnest shopkeepers assistant in upstate New York, complete with arm garters.All in all, though, a solid professional performance, adding enough color and dimensionality to make an otherwise dreadful read palatable.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment that my first foray into Steampunk, which is a fashion style I enjoy, but as literature, fell very short. Amused and appalled at the hamhandedness of some of pdmac's prose. Bewilderment that it seemed like the author couldn't decide on a genere, so kind of tossed all of them in there. Half surprised we didn't have an alien landing toward the end.

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Treat for Steampunk fans

Would you recommend Fool's Gold to your friends? Why or why not?

None of my friends are into steampunk, so recommending this book to them won't do any good. But for those who love steampunk and/or western classics, this book might work well.I myself am very new to this genre, having read only one book ("Steampunk is dead") a few weeks ago. That book was of LitRPG genre actually, but based on a steampunk world. This book is pure steampunk genre and hence more geared towards fans of that genre.

Did Steve Wannall do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Yes, most of the characters had distinct voice and were easy to differentiate. Only a couple of sequences were unclear and needed relisten.

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I received this audiobook for free from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Fun in the wild west

Really enjoyed this book from beginning to end. It was fun and imaginative. Great characters and excellent narration.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

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Fun steampunk western

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was very much like another steampunk-western, but different enough that I enjoyed it. I thought the writing was good and I thought the narrator was a good fit. All in all, an enjoyable experience.

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Interesting and entertaining alternative history/western/steam punk story

I thought the overall premise of the book was great. The main character has some internal struggles that were quite different than you run of the mill hero book.
Most of characters seem to the same as any western you've read, cantankerous prospectors, bartenders, and outlaws. The addition of the steampunk characters and theme really helps this story stand apart from the others.
I enjoyed listening and will be looking for the other books in this series.

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  • Norma Miles
  • 08-08-17

"May we always find what we look for."

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The goldrush is on and Tombstone is busy. The beautiful Belle runs the only entertainment in town and she and the sheriff have a nice little sideline earner collecting bounties. Meanwhile, two men have staked claims near to each other, one the reclusive old timer, a real loser, who just about makes enough from his claim to keep body and soul together, and the other a newcomer to the town, a renowned archeologist looking for artifacts. But neither is quite what he seems.<br/>An almost classic western setting apart from the steampunk influence, with flying machines and a woodburning car, this is a fun story, with great characterisations. Lots of dastardly deeds, too. Very colourful.<br/>The narration is also good, a very pleasantly voiced Steve Wannell bringing life to the characters with individualistic personalities. His reading of the text was also well paced and clear. Just a downturn in cadence at the end of many sentences began, after a while, to irritate this listener - only slight but still a distraction. Otherwise, an excellent performance.<br/><br/>My thanks to the rights holder of Fools Gold, who freely gifted me with a complimentary copy of Fools Gold, via Audiobook Boom. Good fun and, for anyone looking for a light, unusual and character-filled Western, well worth reading.