Ferocious beasts wreak havoc in an alternate Victorian world. An enhanced mix of Leopard and Rhino, the predators are impervious to conventional weapons. Death follows their every tread. British big game hunters are dispatched to Boston with orders to take the creatures down. Now, young Kevin Barnes mysteriously travels from his cushy modern world into a Steampunk universeFerocious beasts wreak havoc in an alternate Victorian world. An enhanced mix of Leopard and Rhino, the predators are impervious to conventional weapons. Death follows their every tread. British big game hunters are dispatched to Boston with orders to take the creatures down. Now, young Kevin Barnes mysteriously travels from his cushy modern world into a Steampunk universe- where clockwork controls the cosmos. Kevin finds himself joining the hunters and a stoic debutant in the chase. Will Kevin measure up and defeat the Rhino-pards, or become another victim?...
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Clockwork Universe Reviews
Kevin Barnes is a commuter, headed to Boston from the Merrimack Valley in Southern New Hampshire. On the weekends he performs in a throwback punk band and he looks the part, with a purple Mohawk, diaper pins in his ears, wearing jackboots with crimson laces.Prior to boarding a stranger asks him to watch his briefcase for a moment, when the man doesn't return, Kevin boards with the briefcase and begins a journey he won't soon forget.Kevin is thrown into a time and place he barely recognizes, a Boston where the patriots lost the revolution and steam is the primary source of energy. Here he meets big game hunter, Silas Cunningham and his companion, Niles Barton. The Englishmen have been tasked with capturing and destroying two dangerous animals which have become loose in the city."We are facing Rhino-pards," Cunningham explained. "They are part rhino and part leopard. Some sort of vivisection done on the Ivory Coast. A mad French scientist shacked up in a village doing unusual experiments on animals."The trick with enjoying this debut novel from John W. Dennehy is not to ask too many questions. Questions like, how did a simple commute to Boston result in arriving in an alternate universe in a different timeline and why was there a ray-gun in the stranger's briefcase.In the end, I found Clockwork Universe to be an entertaining story that could have been so much more. There is this wonderful world in which Kevin finds himself and yet, most of the story, as good as it is, is spent chasing Rhino-pards.Clockwork Universe is published by Severed Press in both paperback and for the Kindle. If you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited you can read it at no additional charge. Also, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can read it for FREE using the Kindle Owners Lending Library.From the author's bio - John W. Dennehy is a writer of Horror & Suspense. He has three books under contract with a publisher that will be out soon. Clockwork Universe is his first published novel.
A steampunk hunting adventure 4.25 out of 5 starsI have to start my review by stating that I haven't really ever been a fan of steampunk. Now, that doesn't mean that I hate it, I just never really was interested in it. So, when I saw what this book was about, I was hesitant at first. But, Dennehy put me at ease almost right from the gate. The way that Kevin was introduced to this "new" world really eased me into the steampunk-ness of it all.Clockwork Universe didn't take long to get started, and from the very beginning, it was full of action and adventure. There were nights where I just wanted to go to sleep, but I had to read a few more pages to figure out what was going to happen.The combination of the environment, the animal that they were hunting, and the hunters made this book for me. That mixed with Kevin and his modern reactions to an alternate/non-modern environment kept me interested throughout.I won't ruin anything for anyone (I've been trying not to for this book, but it's difficult) -- but the ending made my heart happy. There are times where you are pretty sure you know how a book is going to end. But, when they do a quick change on the reader it's always a surprise. Thankfully this time it was a happy surprise (in my opinion).This was my first book from John W. Dennehy and I hope that I will be reading more in the future. Especially from Severed Press. That publishing group really knows what they are doing. I only wish they had more books available in audiobook format.
Wow, this novel was a real treat. It felt a bit like an Edgar Rice Burroughs story set in a steampunk era. Lots of action, great characters and dialogue that really paints a picture for the reader. I was worried that maybe this kind of thing has been done too much but the author proved me wrong.