The Clockwork Dark

3 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 27 ratings

The Nine Pound Hammer Publisher's Summary

What if John Henry had a son?

Twelve-year-old Ray is haunted by the strangest memories of his father, whom Ray swears could speak to animals. Now an orphan, Ray jumps from a train going through the American South and falls in with a medicine show train and its stable of sideshow performers.

The performers turn out to be heroes, defenders of the wild, including the son of John Henry. They are hiding the last of the mythical Swamp Sirens from an ancient evil known as the Gog.

Why the Gog wants the Siren, they can't be sure, but they know it has something to do with rebuilding a monstrous machine that John Henry gave his life destroying years before - a machine that will allow the Gog to control the will of men and spread darkness throughout the world.

©2009 John Claude Bemis (P)2009 Listening Library
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  • Book 1

    • The Nine Pound Hammer

    • The Clockwork Dark, Book 1
    • By: John Claude Bemis
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 10 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    Twelve-year-old Ray is haunted by the strangest memories of his father, whom Ray swears could speak to animals. Now an orphan, Ray jumps from a train going through the American South and falls in with a medicine show train and its stable of sideshow performers. The performers turn out to be heroes, defenders of the wild, including the son of John Henry. They are hiding the last of the mythical Swamp Sirens from an ancient evil known as the Gog.

    Regular price: $28.00

  • Book 2

    • The Wolf Tree

    • Book 2 of The Clockwork Dark
    • By: John Claude Bemis
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    "Can you imagine eternal Darkness, sir?" So asks the sickly stranger who staggers into Peg Leg Nel's birthday party. Before the man dies, he tells Ray and his friends of a Darkness spreading like wildfire across Kansas, turning good people bad and poisoning anyone who tries to escape. It's clear that though the evil Gog is dead, his devilish machine has survived and is growing stronger.

    Regular price: $30.80

  • Book 3

    • The White City

    • Book 3 of The Clockwork Dark
    • By: John Claude Bemis
    • Narrated by: John H. Mayer
    • Length: 12 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 4

    In The Nine Pound Hammer, John Bemis introduced middle-grade readers to a whole new approach to epic fantasy, founded on characters and themes from American mythology and lore, including the legend of John Henry. Now in the third and final book, the heroes come together at the 1893 World's Fair in Chicago for a final confrontation with a businessman and tycoon who is in fact an ageless evil known as the Gog.

    Regular price: $30.80