1859; war looms over the United States.
Intelligence agents converge on the Kingdom of Deseret in the Rocky Mountains. Sam Clemens, leading the U.S. Army’s expedition aboard his amphibious steam-truck the Jim Smiley, has a mission: to ensure that the Kingdom, with its air-ships and rumored phlogiston guns, brain children of the Madman Orson Pratt, enters on the side of the United States and peace.
Can he outrace and outmaneuver his British competitors, anxious to protect their cotton trade? And where are the agents of the treasonous, clandestine Confederate leadership? And why does the Madman seem to be playing his own game?
Title: Liahona (City of the Saints #1)
Author: D.J. Butler
Release Date: June 25, 2012
Size: 117 pages, eBook
To Whom it May Concern,
As several accounts of my actions have appeared in other, less scrupulous journals, I have taken it upon myself to publish a personal account of the events they have endeavored to describe. You will find enclosed the true story of my investigations regarding the attempt on the life of Lord Pevensley, as well as my efforts on the behalf of the Everston Academy of Ethereal Sciences. I have entitled it, appropriately, The True Adventures of Hector Kingsley.
You will note that my account differs from several popular versions in many respects. For example, I am not, as some have alleged, a werewolf, vampire, gear driven automaton or other type of Changeling or Distillation powered device. I am an investigator, a detective in the service of the truth, and while I am sure that many might find my actions and methods unreasonable or objectionable, I have not been, as some have said, in the service of some dark conspiracy to usurp the established order of things. I certainly have not masterminded these crimes for my own benefit—quite the opposite in fact. What work I have done, I have done for the good of my patrons and clients, as well as for the safety of those I hold dear.
I trust that you will read this account in the spirit of objectivity and fairness. May we both be engaged satisfactorily in the discovery of the truth, or may we face the eternal consequences for turning away from such a mystery.
Title: The True Adventures of Hector Kingsley
Author: Kindal Debenham
Publisher: Wandering Leaf Publishing
Release Date: February 1, 2012
Size: eBook, 90,000 words