Ganymede by Cherie Priest
(Clockwork Century 4)

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The air pirate Andan Cly is going straight. Well, straighter. Although he's happy to run alcohol guns wherever the money's good, he doesn't think the world needs more sap, or its increasingly ugly side-effects. But becoming legit is easier said than done, and Cly's first legal gig--a supply run for the Seattle Underground--will be paid for by sap money.

New Orleans is not Cly's first pick for a shopping run. He loved the Big Easy once, back when he also loved a beautiful mixed-race prostitute named Josephine Early--but that was a decade ago, and he hasn't looked back since. Jo's still thinking about him, though, or so he learns when he gets a telegram about a peculiar piloting job. It's a chance to complete two lucrative jobs at once, one he can't refuse. He sends his old paramour a note and heads for New Orleans, with no idea of what he's in for--or what she wants him to fly.

But he won't be flying. Not exactly. Hidden at the bottom of Lake Pontchartrain lurks an astonishing war machine, an immense submersible called the Ganymede. This prototype could end the war, if only anyone had the faintest idea of how to operate it…. If only they could sneak it past the Southern forces at the mouth of the Mississippi River… If only it hadn't killed most of the men who'd ever set foot inside it.

But it's those "if onlys" that will decide whether Cly and his crew will end up in the history books, or at the bottom of the ocean.


About Cherie Priest

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CHERIE PRIEST is the author of Four and Twenty Blackbirds; Boneshaker, the first book in the Clockwork Century series; and several other novels. She lives in Seattle, Washington.
Published September 27, 2011 by Tor Books. 350 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ganymede follows the two earlier books in the series — Boneshaker and Dreadnought — but is a standalone novel in that setting.

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In the decades I've been reading (nearly 40) and the nearly five years I've been reviewing books, I would never in a million years have predicted that these words would go together: Steampunk, Civil War, submarines, and zombies.

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The fourth installment in Cherie Priest's Clockwork Century Series, Ganymede, is also the most intense.

Sep 25 2011 | Read Full Review of Ganymede (Clockwork Century 4)


He makes an offer for the Naamah Darling to get more supplies to fix the crumbling infrastructure in the city, which, along with Josephine’s mysterious job in New Orleans, would enable Andan to quite his sap-running days and settle down — perhaps even with Sheriff Briar Wilkes.

Sep 27 2011 | Read Full Review of Ganymede (Clockwork Century 4)

Fantasy Literature

When Hollywood makes a movie of Ganymede — and they have to — I hope they subtitle it “The Battle of Barataria Bay.” That sequence comes near the end of Cherie Priest’s latest CLOCKWORK CENTURY novel, and is fasten-your-seatbelt, grip-the-arms-of-your-chair exciting.

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Fantasy Literature

It’s also important to note that even though Ganymede is self-contained like its predecessors, the novel works better as a complement/sequel to Dreadnought than a standalone tale since it develops matters introduced in the previous book, while setting the stage for further developments in the nex...

Sep 23 2011 | Read Full Review of Ganymede (Clockwork Century 4)


It’s strength lies in the fact that even though there is not much action – an encounter with zombis early in the book and a later mad-dash run against the enemy at the climax – it is a page-turner I couldn’t put down until the very end.

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