Monday, March 4, 2013

Kindle Spotlight -- Peacemaker

Here we are: Peacemaker, the third novella in Lindsay Buroker's Flash Gold steampunk series. I previously reviewed the first two books in the series, so you may want to read those before diving into this.

The story picks up some time after Hunted. 18-year-old Kali McAlister has begun building the airship which she very much hopes will get her and her bounty-hunting partner Cedar out of the Yukon. Cedar has been making himself scarce as of late, so Kali is having to build the thing by herself in a cave, so as you can imagine it's not going as fast as she would like. Complicating matters is a Pinkerton agent looking to bust Cedar for a murder that happened in his past, as well as a series of seemingly supernatural murders. Once again, Kali and Cedar must work together to defeat the bad guys and solve a mystery. Oh, and the dastardly Cudgel Conrad finally makes his appearance, seeking to gain the mysterious substance Flash Gold for his own undoubtedly evil ends.

Peacemaker serves to reveal the respective pasts of Kali and Cedar. We learn about Kali's upbringing in her mother's native tribe, and Cedar's time before he met her. The story gives us more insight into what motivates these two, and that's very important in fiction.

But, of course, that's not all Peacemaker offers. Buroker has ratcheted up the action to an explosive new level, as evident by the story's fiery climax. In addition, the plight of female murder victims in the story gives the narrative emotional weight.

I'll wrap this up by saying the same thing I said in the review of Hunted: Lindsay Buroker is a talented writer who continues to deliver a solid read.

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