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February 28 , 2008

Steam City Pirates


A Pat O'Malley Steampunk Mystery 
Authored by Jim Musgrave 
Drawings by Ari Bernabei 
Cover design or artwork by Jade Zivanovic 
Edited by Ellen Bernabei 

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The interactive ebook will include "Steampunk Pirates Ahoy!" which will feature interactive puzzles, music and video games with which readers can interact to supplement and give meaningful and fun-filled "depth" to their reading experience. In addition, there will be an entire gallery of original steampunk art and music "Below Central Park." 

Like Alice's rabbit, a strange "mechanical-like man" leads 1869 New York Detective Pat O'Malley down into the world of steam power. A group from the future calling itself the World Scientific Advancement Society for Progress is living secretly beneath Central Park. These pirates are inventors whose only goal is to keep the Earth in the Steam Age in order to save it from a future nuclear holocaust. Five alien assassins from other universes are ordered to kill O'Malley and his group, and each alien has a unique ability to do the job. As the Steam City Pirates build a steam-powered amusement park on Coney Island, O'Malley and his group are hunted down in the streets of New York City. The future of the world is at stake in this mystery and adventure featuring a twisting plot, steampunk time travel, steam men duels, crafty inventions, and monsters from other planets. 

Steam City Pirates 

Rating: 5.0 stars 

Reviewed by Jean Hall for Readers' Favorite 

Detective Patrick O'Malley is our hero in this mind-bending fantasy. O'Malley is pitted against steam-engineered pirates who aim to raid cargo ships and destroy lives. O'Malley also looks for love in the arms of the brilliant and fair-haired Becky Charming. Jim Musgrave in Steam City Pirates captures events in late 19th century New York City with a horrifying yet comic vision of science gone awry. 

The story begins as Spanish inventor Monturiol wants to engineer a steam-powered submarine. His ultimate goal is to create a peaceful, undersea paradise. But Monturiol is corrupted and he becomes part of a diabolical network that has headquarters above and below ground. The Grand Inquisitor from this group is a fearsome 8-foot-tall, red-eyed, mechanistic creature. The Inquisitor collects inventors to pursue his dark goals and Monturiol is his latest find. Characters in this strange time and place may have a supernatural power or appearance. They may breathe and release steam, fly out of windows and disappear, wield knives at lightning speed, or travel through time. O'Malley also has a few tricks up his sleeve but he may need help to hold the dark forces back. 

Detective O'Malley struggles with bizarre creatures, haunting visions, and bawdy situations. Steam City Pirates by Jim Musgrave is dazzling with action and thoughtful with scholarly information. I think this book would make a good movie with all its visual elements. I was impressed with the sophistication of Jim Musgrave's writing style and his extensive vocabulary. I enjoyed all the shocking twists and turns with O'Malley on the case. 

"Steam City Pirates is a nontraditional adventure narrative with rich characters that are very true to their time period and environment. It is also a philosophical exploration of society and religion, an odd combination, but one that makes up the strength of this novel." Review by Fantasy author Margaret McGaffey Fisk 

"So....a good book, a nice easy read, and a good few twists and turns I didn't expect. However, do yourself a favour, and start at the start (original idea eh?). I'm definitely going to pick up the previous books to get the full impact of this book..albeit a bit late!" Review by Bookeygirl 

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