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Bodacious Creed by Jonathan Fesmire

Bodacious Creed: a Steampunk Zombie Western by Jonathan Fesmire

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Imagine, if you will, a steampunk version of the old west, complete with zombies, mechanically enhanced beings, and robot technology. Now add romance, tragedy, and rip-roaring action. Bodacious Creed is a rollicking adventure through Santa Cruz at its early California best.

Anna Lynn Boyd is a successful madame with a secret. That is to say, a laboratory under her bordello where she invents technological marvels. Then she sells them to the largest automaton producer in the country.

James Creed is a US Marshall who seems invincible. Until he’s shot dead by notorious outlaw Corwin Blake. Or is he? How had this dead man come back to life? Seemingly stronger, faster, and more deadly accurate?

I’ve tried to like steampunk fiction before without success. Jonathan Fesmire has changed that with his well-edited writing, non-stop action, and fascinating story. Bodacious Creed is a combination of western in the style of Louis L’Amour and horror in the style of Stephen King.

Although the details about Santa Cruz are based on the historic city, some of the modern city and a bit of imagination are thrown in. The setting of the rapidly evolving industrial era and the strong female characters will keep the attention of older teens and adults of all ages. I am looking forward to the next installment in this great series.

Caution for children under 16 years due to adult situations and violence.

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