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By Cherie Priest

Young ex-slave Gideon Bardsley is a superb inventor, however the activity is much less glamorous than one may imagine, particularly because the assassination makes an attempt all started. Worse but, they're attempting to wreck his maximum fulfillment: a calculating engine known as Fiddlehead, which supplies indisputable facts of whatever lousy sufficient to ruin the area. either guy and computer are in danger from forces conspiring to maintain the Civil warfare going and the cash flowing.

Bardsley has no selection yet to invite his customer, former president Abraham Lincoln, for support. Lincoln retired from top the rustic after an test on his existence, yet is kind of drawn to Bardsley's mammoth data-processing capacities, convinced that if humans have the evidence, they are going to see cause and urge the govt. to finish the battle. Lincoln needs to hold Bardsley secure till he can end his learn, so he calls on his outdated inner most protection employees to guard Gideon and his data.

Maria "Belle" Boyd used to be a retired accomplice undercover agent, till she bought a life-changing activity provide from the Pinkerton Detective company. Pinkerton respects her paintings, regardless of reservations approximately her lingering Southern loyalties. yet it is accurately these loyalties that permit her cross into accomplice territory to determine who can be concentrating on Bardsley. Maria is an efficient detective, yet with spies from either camps gunning for her, can also the infamous Belle Boyd carry the grasping warhawks at bay?

Another rollicking trade historical past from Cherie Priest―Fiddlehead is the 5th e-book within the Clockwork Century steampunk sequence that began with Boneshaker.

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