U.S. Marshal James Creed has known loss, starting from the untimely death of his wife and daughter in a sudden fire. His work, chasing down and arresting outlaws across the Wild West, is all he has left to live for. Then one day, in 1876, the infamous killer Corwin Blake catches Creed by surprise and guns him down.
Creed awakes after a mysterious young woman resurrects him in a basement laboratory beneath a brothel. Half alive, Creed feels torn between his need for justice and his desire to fall back into the peace of death. Creed's instincts drive him to protect the city of Santa Cruz, California, from the outlaws it harbors while searching for Blake.
He uncovers a secret criminal organization, likely protecting Blake, determined to use resurrection technology for its own ends. The former marshal, now faster, stronger, and a more deadly shot than ever before, must work with a brothel madam, a bounty hunter, and the remaining marshals to uncover the criminal syndicate before they can misuse the machines of rebirth and create more mindless zombies. Meanwhile, he must also stop Blake, before the outlaw kills the only people he cares about.
His own death can wait.
Title: Bodacious Creed: A Steampunk Zombie Western
Author: Jonathan Fesmire
Published: August 18, 2017
Genre: Steampunk, Western
Bodacious Creed gives us a new spin on zombies. Not all undead are unthinking, ravenous creatures, and I love the fact that the zombies in this book aren’t borne of a mysterious virus. In Bodacious Creed’s universe, science and physics are almost magical. The world building is astounding, and I can see that Fesmire did his research, even though he chose to alter characters’ actions and events from our world and timeline. It works so well here.
What I appreciated most about Bodacious Creed is that it features a strong female lead with above-average intelligence. However, she’s not only a woman living in the Wild West, but also a bordello madam, so she feels she must keep her scientific and mechanical skills a secret.
Though I enjoyed all of the major characters—Creed, Anna, and Jonny—I think I enjoyed seeing the bounty hunter Cantrell’s character grow the most; he has possibly the strongest character arc.
Bodacious Creed is filled with Wild West gunslingers, marshals, and outlaws, combined with steampunk automatons and other inventions, a mysterious substance called luminiferous ether, and a fresh take on zombies. I recommend this read to anyone who is a fan of both steampunk and westerns.
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Bodacious Creed and the Frisco Syndicate
In 1876 undead lawman James "Bodacious" Creed follows an underground crime boss to San Francisco in this steampunk zombie western, the sequel to Bodacious Creed: A Steampunk Zombie Western.
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