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5 Characters You Will Love, Hate Or Both in Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon

Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon Guest Post

Guest Post by Gideon Smith’s David Barnett

Today I’m thrilled to welcome David Barnett to the blog, author of Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon which is released today! Brass Dragon is the sequel to Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl so if you’re a fan of steampunk and pulp adventure stories, be sure to pick both up :D.

Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl by David Barnett1) GIDEON SMITH
We need to talk about Gideon Smith. He’s one for the ladies, for sure – he’s tall, fit, has a shock of dark, curly hair which falls over the collars of his shirt. Good looking. Spent most of his life as a fisherman, working on his father’s trawler off Sandsend, a tiny village on the North Yorkshire coast of England, near Whitby. The thing with Gideon is that, at least in the first book, GIDEON SMITH and the MECHANICAL GIRL, he’s a little bit… naive, let’s say. Some people find that endearing. Others think this means he’s a bit of an idiot. Gideon dreamed of adventure, and in the first book he got it. What’s more, he was made the official Hero of the Empire after the events of that book. The hero business isn’t what he thought it was, when he was day-dreaming in Sandsend, though. For starters, people seem to die a lot more than in the stories. And what he’s asked to do on behalf of the British Government… well, Gideon’s basically a good guy. Some of it doesn’t chime too well with him. The more he learns, though, the more he realises at some point he’s going to have to be his own man, which is the journey he take in BRASS DRAGON.

Look, I apologise in advance for Aloysius Bent. He’s a gin-soaked, foul-mouthed, hygiene-deficient Fleet Street journalist with the morals of an alley cat, the appetite of a dog, and the personal habits of a sewer rat. Well, I say foul-mouthed, but he met with something of an unfortunate accident in book one and now can’t say his favourite swear word, which leaves him even crankier than usual. But you know what? A lot of people found themselves liking Bent despite themselves. He’s got a good heart, he talks a lot of sense, and he actually has a pretty strong social conscience. He hooked up with Gideon in MECHANICAL GIRL and was appointed the official chronicler of Gideon’s adventures. This puts him in more jeopardy than he strictly approves of, but on the other hand… well, it beats working for a living.

Inez is the fiery-tempered daughter of the Governor of Uvalde, a small town on the border between Texas and New Spain. We should probably have a quick word about the world of Gideon Smith and its alternate timeline here – the American revolution never happened, basically, and in the year 1890, which is when the action in BRASS DRAGON takes place, America is a divided territory with the British still controlling the east coast, a breakaway Japanese faction called the Californian Meiji on the West Coast, Spain still holds much of what we know as Mexico, and everybody wants a piece of what’s in the middle. Inez is in love with a young Yaqui boy, and while on a tryst with him at an abandoned mine they are set upon by slavers from Steamtown (more of that in a moment). Inez is moved to take up the mantle of the El Chupacabras, the mysterious masked saviour of the oppressed New Spanish peoples who has been missing from the border country for some time now.

Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon by David Barnett4) ROWENA FANSHAWE
Rowena is an airship pilot, the proprietor and sole employee of Fanshawe Aeronautical Endeavours, working out of a small office in the precincts of Highgate Aerodrome in London. Rowena is a woman in a man’s world – there aren’t many female pilots, and none who can handle themselves like her. She’s flown all over the world, often helping the British Government on secret missions, sometimes involving Gideon’s predecessor, the former Hero of the Empire Captain Lucian Trigger. Or was it Dr John Reed? It’s complicated. You need to read MECHANICAL GIRL for the full story. Rowena takes Gideon and Bent to New York where they are searching for the brass dragon and the wondrous half-living automaton who pilots it. She gets told to stay out of Steamtown, where Gideon and Bent are headed. She does not like that. No, she does not like that one little bit.

Ew, Thaddeus Pinch is icky. He’s a real bad guy. He runs Steamtown, the settlement formerly known as San Antonio, Texas. Back when Pinch’s daddy was the British Governor of San Antonio, the British built a wall clear across America, the Mason-Dixon Wall, to block off the Confederate States and leave them to their slaving ways. Texas sort of got caught up in the crossfire of this, and the Governors were a little hacked off, so decided to go it alone, creating lawless, independent townships where angels fear to tread. Now Thaddeus runs Steamtown, and he’s turned it into not a very nice sort of place at all. He’s turned himself into a not-very-nice thing as well, customising his body and replacing limbs with steam-powered machinery. Thaddeus wants to be all machine one day, and sees the brass dragon and its pilot, Maria, as his by right. At least Thaddeus Pinch knows he’s a bad guy, though – Gideon Smith has to learn that not everyone with evil intent wears a black hat.

Thank you so much to David for stopping by! I’m now even more excited to read Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon since the alternative Americas sounds SO interesting :D. Remember, Gideon Smith and the Brass Dragon releases today, so go pick yourself up a copy!

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  1. Aloysius sounds like a very promising character. I always love those lout-y types!
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