Title: The Engineer
Book #: 1
Series: Magic & Steam
Author: C.S. Poe
Cover Artist: Reese Dante
Genre: Steampunk, gay romance
Narrator: Declan Winters
Length: 2 hours and 34 minutes
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1881—Special Agent Gillian Hamilton is a magic caster with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s sent to Shallow Grave, Arizona, to arrest a madman engineer known as Tinkerer, who’s responsible for blowing up half of Baltimore. Gillian has handled some of the worst criminals in the Bureau’s history, so this assignment shouldn’t be a problem. But even he’s taken aback by a run-in with the country’s most infamous outlaw, Gunner the Deadly.
Gunner is also stalking Shallow Grave in search of Tinkerer, who will stop at nothing to take control of the town’s silver mines. Neither Gillian nor Gunner are willing to let Tinkerer hurt more innocent people, so they agree to a very temporary partnership.
If facing illegal magic, Gatling gun contraptions, and a wild engineer in America’s frontier wasn’t enough trouble for a city boy, Gillian must also come to terms with the reality that he’s rather fond of his partner. But even if they live through this adventure, Gillian fears there’s no chance for love between a special agent and outlaw.
This short audiobook was the perfect way to whet the reader’s appetite for more of this series. I already can’t wait to find out more about Gunner and Gillian and see who they’ll be facing next when they meet again in this thrilling steampunk series.
The story was action-packed and engaging and Gunner and Gillian not only had a lot of chemistry, but were amazing in their own right.
Declan Winters is a new-to-me narrator, but I can’t assure you this won’t be the last audiobook I’ll get with him performing. He did a great job with the story and with Gillian, Gunner, and the nefarious Tinkerer. Highly recommendable!
C.S. Poe is a Lambda Literary and two-time EPIC award finalist, and a FAPA award-winning author of gay mystery, romance, and speculative fiction.
She resides in New York City, but has also called Key West and Ibaraki, Japan, home in the past. She has an affinity for all things cute and colorful and a major weakness for toys. C.S. is an avid fan of coffee, reading, and cats. She’s rescued two cats—Milo and Kasper do their best to distract her from work on a daily basis.
C.S. is an alumna of the School of Visual Arts.
Her debut novel, The Mystery of Nevermore, was published 2016.