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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 willtake 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.

Publisher: New York : Tor, 2010.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780765325785
Characteristics: 400 pages ; 21 cm.


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May 09, 2011

Loved it!!! At first it was a little boring. After Mercy gets notification that she is wanted in Washington, that is when the real adventure begins. It really isn't a sequel but there are most of the same characters. This book starts about a few years after Boneshakers. I think that it should have started like immediately after the events in Boneshaker ends.

Apr 12, 2011

This is the sequel to Boneshaker. Well, not really a sequel, more like a book that takes place in the same world as Boneshaker and that has themes and linkages to Boneshaker. Despite my love of Zombie fiction which Boneshaker involves a lot of, I think I liked Dreadnought better. I love the world created by the author both with the steampunk technology and the alternative reality Civil War timeline. The main character is well developed and interesting. The book bogs down once everybody is on the train a bit but the intrigue and action don't let up. While you don't really need to read Boneshaker first it would probably be good even if only for how Dreadnought ends with how it ties into Boneshaker.

Feb 01, 2011

This is the first novel I read in the genre of Steampunk. I was leery at first, because the whole idea of steampunk didn't interest me, but wow! Liked the book and have reserved the prequel.

Dec 07, 2010

Even better than Boneshaker. Must read!


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