Sunday, 27 February 2011

VEx February Contest - "Dreadnought" by Cherie Priest



This month's giveaway is a copy of the novel Dreadnought by Cherie Priest:
Nurse Mercy Lynch is elbows deep in bloody laundry at a war hospital in Richmond, Virginia, when Clara Barton comes bearing bad news: Mercy’s husband has died in a POW camp. On top of that, a telegram from the west coast declares that her estranged father is gravely injured, and he wishes to see her. Mercy sets out toward the Mississippi River. Once there, she’ll catch a train over the Rockies and—if the telegram can be believed—be greeted in Washington Territory by the sheriff, who will take her to see her father in Seattle.

Reaching the Mississippi is a harrowing adventure by dirigible and rail through war-torn border states. When Mercy finally arrives in St. Louis, the only Tacoma-bound train is pulled by a terrifying Union-operated steam engine called the Dreadnought. Reluctantly, Mercy buys a ticket and climbs aboard.

What ought to be a quiet trip turns deadly when the train is beset by bushwhackers, then vigorously attacked by a band of Rebel soldiers. The train is moving away from battle lines into the vast, unincorporated west, so Mercy can’t imagine why they’re so interested. Perhaps the mysterious cargo secreted in the second and last train cars has something to do with it?

Mercy is just a frustrated nurse who wants to see her father before he dies. But she’ll have to survive both Union intrigue and Confederate opposition if she wants to make it off the Dreadnought alive.

To enter, just leave a reply in the comments section of this post. Make sure you can be reached via e-mail one way or another, or else your entry will be disqualified. The draw will take place at midnight on Sunday, Feb. 27!

And the winner is... Vicente! Be sure to check your e-mail inbox for a message, Vicente. Thank you everyone for your continued support of Voyages Extraordinaires: Scientific Romances in a Bygone Age, and stay tuned for further giveaways!

14 comments:

C.K. Dexter Haven said...

Count me in! Email is hollwood dreamland [at]gee-mail(dot)com

no spaces, of course.

Niko said...

Ooh, count me in!
nikosilvester at hotmail
(or via blogger)

C.K. Dexter Haven said...

Sorry, that's hollywood...not "hollwood."

Vicente said...

I'd like to be counted in, too, please.
I love Priest's books!

e60c7668-32b5-11e0-ac8f-000bcdca4d7a said...

Again another one I'd like to have.

gothick@bellsouth.net

e60c7668-32b5-11e0-ac8f-000bcdca4d7a said...

Weird did something unusual to my user name there.....

Again I'd like to be entered.
gothick@bellsouth.net

Chris said...

I'm just finishing up Boneshaker this evening. It's my first Steampunk novel and I'm definitely ready for more!
chriswalas@cox.net

Motman said...

I have been curious about this one. A friend reading it made it seem more like a zombie story rather than something that would be on VEx's website.

Anonymous said...

Please count me in. I enjoyed the Boneshaker.
-Lynn

Akula said...

This was a great book I highly recomend it, you may want to read boneshaker first though but not a must, don't put me in for the draw I have an autographed copy,she came to speak at the Tacoma library.

Marc said...

Please count me in as well. Cherie Priest's works are not stories I personally enjoy exactly. I'm too big a Romantic for her gritty view. But they are masterful and an extremely important and worthy addition to the Steampunk aesthetic. And I love that they are set in my Homeland.

Nenad said...

Count me in as well, would love a chance to get my hand on this book!

plosiguant [at] gmail [dot] com

Miguel Ángel said...

Count me in, please! :)

Vicente L Ruiz said...

Cool! Thanks, and I'm already waiting for it!