THE IRON DUKE
The inventive and talented Brook kicks off her Iron Seas series, based on her steampunk-inspired world first introduced in the anthology Burning Up. Set in the aftermath of Britain’s defeat of The Horde and their enslaving nanotechnology, this is a high seas/ airborne adventure that’s filled with zombies, pirates and deadly betrayal. Along with the pulse-pounding adventure, there’s plenty of seriously sensuous sizzle for readers to enjoy. Kudos to the always entertaining Brook!
After blowing up The Horde’s controlling tower in England, former pirate Rhys Trahaearn became a national hero and was subsequently made the Iron Duke. He now runs a merchant empire, and his reputation inspires fear and respect. Detective Inspector Mina Wentworth is very good at her job, but the fact that she is half-Horde makes her a target for all kinds of abuse. When a body is dumped from an airship onto the Iron Duke’s doorstep, Mina must solve the case. The identity of the murder victim soon sets Mina and Rhys on a perilous adventure to stop a conspiracy that endangers the lives of much of England’s population. (BERKLEY SENSATION, Oct., 384 pp., $15.00)