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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,525 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Cherie Priest Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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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. Mercy sets out toward the Mississippi River. Once there, she'll catch a train over the Rockies and - if the telegram can be believed - be greeted in Washington Territory by the sheriff, who will take her to see her father in Seattle.

Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure by dirigible and rail through war-torn border states. When Mercy finally arrives in St. Louis, the only Tacoma-bound train is pulled by a terrifying Union-operated steam engine called the Dreadnought. Reluctantly, Mercy buys a ticket and climbs aboard.

What ought to be a quiet trip turns deadly when the train is beset by bushwhackers, then vigorously attacked by a band of Rebel soldiers. The train is moving away from battle lines into the vast, unincorporated West, so Mercy can't imagine why they're so interested. Perhaps the mysterious cargo secreted in the second and last train cars has something to do with it?

Mercy is just a frustrated nurse who wants to see her father before he dies. But she'll have to survive both Union intrigue and Confederate opposition if she wants to make it off the Dreadnought alive.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Shannon Bowman-Sarkisian | 2/17/2014

    " Cherie Priest's Dreadnought is a fast-paced read. Adventure abounds and Mercy Lynch is always moving. It can be difficult to create a female protagonist who is strong and yet realistic, especially if a book is set in the Victorian era. Priest has found the sweet spot with Mercy Lynch, a war nurse working to save the lives (or ease the pain) of Confederate soldiers coming in from the front lines. This alternate history of the world, in which the Civil War has gone on for decades, includes frightening war trains, zombies, and, of course, dirigibles. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Bryce | 2/6/2014

    " I'm only five or six chapters in, but enjoying it as much as Boneshaker -- she tells a story well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Mary | 1/22/2014

    " Stupendous. World building par excellence. I am a little blurry, because I just spent the last few hours on a monstrous, juggernaut (really!) train in an alternate 19th century America, and I have not yet brought my head back to the 21st century. Cherie Priest steals my heart and head every time I dip into one of her novels. Her character Mercy Lynch is as stalwart as Briar Wilkes from the novel Boneshaker. We see more of this world in this book--traveling from the South across the West and arriving finally back in the sealed chamber that is Seattle. Mercy is a plain, common sense woman who knows how to stand alone, and she must, as she has just discovered she is a widow. However, events do not allow her time to grieve the loss of her husband. She receives notice that her long lost father may be dying. Probably because she was so jarred by the news of her husband's death, she drops everything to attempt to get to her father before it is too late. And so begins our journey . . . . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by R.A. Dunn | 1/10/2014

    " I really loved the idea of this book, but the mix of characters and action did not grab me like I wanted it to. There were some points where I wasn't sure where the characters are there was so much movement, then other times where nothing was happening. The secondary characters felt very secondary. Overall, just formulaic western mystery, but with a steampunk twist. "

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