1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona, to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly.
Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer, who will stop at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership.
If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.
Based on the short story, “Gunner the Deadly.” Entirely revised, newly expanded, and Book One in the exciting new steampunk series, Magic & Steam.
I’m slow at audiobooks, even ones that are only 2.5 hours long. But I enjoy them so much. (I wish I could focus on them, while doing other things like working, but sadly, often I can’t). This one took me a little while to listen to simply because I was finishing another, but I loved the book when I read it so much that I knew I had to listen when given the opportunity.
This is a prelude to how these two guys get together, and begin their adventures, and honestly, it’s super cool. Steampunk can be anything you want it to be. So, the author has so many historical references and language, it’s obvious how much research goes into her books (and if you follow her online you know that is the truth). However, then there are all kinds of magical things that very obviously are not from that time, but just make it that much more enjoyable. The descriptions of the train, and all it could do…just fun, loads of fun.
However, the MC’s, they had to feel their way around each other (hahaha literally and figuratively) due to the historical time period, but finally finding what they needed in each other. Yes, there is a small cliffhanger, but this isn’t surprising simply because we know there is a book 2 coming, The Gangster (Magic & Steam Book 2) (preorder it!) where we get to see exactly what is in store for their impending romance.
This narrator was new to me, Declan Winters. His narration was succinct and appropriate for the time period of the book. I liked his narration, and enunciation, but felt like I needed more energy. That being said, it could very well have been his interpretation of the character of Gillian, who himself was a very serious character.
I’m looking forward to more of Special Agent Gillian Hamilton and Gunner the Deadly, in both visual and audio formats.
Story: 4 pieces of eye candy
Narration: 3.5 pieces of eye candy