(Barry’s score 4 stars out of 5)
Gearteeth is a perfect read for Halloween while waiting for the little goblins to visit. Timothy Black uses steampunk as a setting for a cool horror tale. I liked the world-building and the werewolves twist.
The story is well-written and nicely paced. The characters are nicely developed and believable. In short, I fell into the story and stayed immersed in it throughout and that’s the sign of a well-written novel.
On the downside, I felt uncomfortable with the “n” word. I understand that a man of the era would have used the word, but was it really necessary? It’s also the first part of a trilogy (Gearteeth Trilogy) so there will be two more novels to conclude the story. Aside from that, I really enjoyed the book.
I would recommend it for the steampunk fan or horror enthusiast. I give it 4 stars out of 5.
“In 1890 a disease that turned sane men into ravenous werewolves erupted in the United States and soon spread to the rest of the world. On the brink of humanity’s extinction, Nikola Tesla and a secret order of scientists known as the Tellurians revealed a bold plan: the uninfected would abandon the Earth’s surface by rising up in floating salvation cities, iron and steel metropolises that carried tens of thousands of refugees above the savage apocalypse. The remnants of mankind huddled fearfully in the clouds, waiting for the werewolves to devour each other.
Yet twenty years later only one salvation city remains aloft, while the beasts still rule the world below. Time has taken its toll on the miraculous machinery of the city, and soon the last of the survivors will plummet to their doom. But when Elijah Kelly, a brakeman aboard the largest of the city’s Thunder Trains, is infected by the werewolf virus he discovers a secret world of lies and horrific experiments that hide the disturbing truth about the Tellurians.
When the beast in his blood surges forth, Elijah must choose between the lives of those he loves and the city that is humanity’s last hope of survival.”
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