• The Engineer

  • Magic & Steam, Book 1
  • By: C.S. Poe
  • Narrated by: Declan Winters
  • Length: 2 hrs and 34 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (152 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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. 

Based on the short story, "Gunner the Deadly." Entirely revised, newly expanded, and book one in the exciting new steampunk series, Magic & Steam.

©2020 C. S. Poe (P)2020 C. S. Poe

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Bearing in mind...

that this is a novella and a prequel, so it's quick, and not very dirty... The world building is off to a good start (there's a lot more for us to learn about the organization Gillian works for, and we need more of both characters' back story, but those are coming in book 2).

If you like the big gruff guy with muscles falls in trust with the small virginal guy with dangerous magic (right? I'm in.) as they fight a bad guy together, then this is perfect. Serious bedtime shenanigans don't happen yet here although it's a close thing.

I enjoyed it. It's well read, especially Gunner's voice. it's as low and gravelly as we could want. In the best of worlds, I'd have waited to get this one until I could immediately follow it up with book 2, but I couldn't wait, and it's 2020, so the best of worlds doesn't apply.

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So this is steampunk! Hecking yeah!

Steampunk has found a brand new fan! I had no real understanding of the word but I believe so sincerely in this writer's work so I clamored to read this story and oh my goodness. C. S. Poe is simply brilliant anyway. But she brings a certain intensity to this story by sweeping the reader right into the action. There's no setting up the scene, this author's no tease... Wham! You're right there in the midst of a gunfight with a combination of extraordinary machines, incredible magic, and two awesome men so gloriously different from each other, one's left speechless! And we haven't yet finished the first chapter! I was listening to the audiobook, beautifully narrated by Declan Winters, and went to my sound system to see how much of the story I had remaining because I wanted it to go on for days and knew I would have just a few short hours to enjoy a world I've only just visited. From chapter to chapter, Poe kept the energy high-right until the very last word. Wow, just wow. I am SO looking forward to this series.

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Well I'm absolutely IN LOVE

I absolutely loved this book, and loved the audio more! Every character was crafted uniqely, and spot on as far as the delivery matching their character! The saltiness of Gillian, the confidence of Gunner.... I'm absolutely in love all over again!

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Cool Concept

This was a cool concept I'm excited to hear more. The characters were engaging and fleshed out.

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Steampunk + Western = Just What You Need!

I ADORED ❤️ this novella by CS Poe and am CRAVING the next installment in what promises to be a great series!

What can you expect?
Action from the get-go
Magic
Steam
A sexy outlaw cowboy in black
A virginal federal agent
A crazed engineer🤪
Explosions🤯
A tasty hook-up😍
Something to look forward to

The audiobook for this was SUPERB!! Declan Winters is a new to me narrator who killed this performance!! 👏👏👏

Thanks to the author who provided me a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review!

My rec? If you like plot, action, romance and a bit of enemies to lovers action, then this is your ticket!! You can never go wrong with a CS Poe book!

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Magic + Steampunk = Awesome

I loved this book when I originally read it and the audiobook is even better. The Engineer contains so many of my thing. M\M Romance, a historical setting, steampunk and magic. The author does an excellent job of blending all of this together seamlessly.

This book is well worth a listen. Even better, the author is working on a novel-length sequel and I can’t wait!

I enjoyed the narration. This is my first time listening to the narrator but I really enjoyed his performance. I will definitely look out for more from him.

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A steampunk story with an Old West twist

Gillian and Gunner made quite a team - both stole my heart! The plot is fairly simple, 2 men on the opposite sides of the law collaborate to bring down a bigger criminal. The story is exciting and sweet with a satisfactory HFN. Can't wait for the next book!
Declan Winters did a really great job of the narration. He is a perfect choice to voice Gillian and Gunner. Overall, he had very distinct and memorable voices for all the characters. I really hope he'll continue to narrate the series and other books.

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Wonderful

Listening to the audio is just as if not better than reading it. The narrator did an excellent job. Loved the story.

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Exciting Story Great Narrative

I enjoyed it a lot. It is a break from my usual venue. Narration performance very good.

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Great start...

A semi-period fantastical story centered around the societal discontent for the love that dare not be spoken, involving a magic caster and an outlaw. Intriguing and exciting....Hamilton and Gunner...can’t wait to see where the adventures take me.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 09-03-20

Great start to the series!

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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! 

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  • Ms. E. A. Thompson
  • 08-22-20

Magic, steam, and what a madman can do.

An excellent story, sufficient technical detail of the magic and steam interactions creates convincing background. Good descriptions, engaging characters, plenty of excitement. The gradually developing relationship between the two men, and the final scene in the hospital, culminating in the revelation of Constantine’s name, is noth moving and effective. I’m looking forward to the follow up.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 07-16-22

Magic, romance, and steampunk!

Magic caster Gillian Hamilton is a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Magic and Steam. He’s on the trail of Milo Ferguson (aka Tinkerer) an evil engineering genius. During a confrontation with Ferguson, he forms an uneasy alliance with another wanted man, Gunner the Deadly, who also wants to take down Ferguson. In the days that follow, Gillian starts to appreciate Gunner’s redeeming qualities as well as his personal ones. There were a lot of absorbing action scenes packed into this short steampunk story (94 pp; 2.5 audio hrs) and I loved the mix of gadgetry and magic. I felt a little at sea at first trying to absorb the worldbuilding but quickly adjusted. It’s set in 1881, I didn’t mind but I didn’t get a sense of that from the dialogue, which seemed more up to date. Given its short length, this was almost a taster. With so much happening I didn’t feel I got to appreciate the characters much, so I’m pleased the next in the series is a full-length novel. Audio narrator Declan Winters was excellent.

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