Janet “The Kid” Fogg and “Gusto” Dave Jackson’s imaginative blend of Western and Steampunk fantasy, Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper, pits Annie, her best friend, Wontoa, and US Agent Slokam against an evil inventor nicknamed the Locomotive Reaper. Annabelle Fortune is brilliant, resourceful and just about as good at anything you could ask for as any man around. She’s also a lot of fun to follow as she finds herself in all sorts of crazy situations and blithely takes care of them all. Sometimes she thinks about getting into the girly stuff other young women her age are into, but, no, there’s just too much out there for her to do, and it’s too much fun. While I’m not ordinarily a big fan of Westerns, I had a grand time reading Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper. I loved the Indiana Jones-style touches in the beginning of the story and found that the Steampunk elements and the influences of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne put a very nice spin on the classic western. The plot is inspired, the characters are well defined and believable, and the action is fast-paced. Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper is most highly recommended.
“Wow. I’m speechless. I absolutely LOVED Misfortune Annie and the Locomotive Reaper!
“At a time when women weren’t typically adventurers, especially at Annie’s age, it’s great fun to see a story about a girl who loves an adventure, is capable, and well-respected. I think Annie is a great model for young girls, especially those who don’t like the feminine trappings, and she gives us a great story to while away an afternoon.
“I’ll definitely be looking for more Misfortune Annie books to read & share!”
“This is a great story for any age. Annie is whip smart and a dead shot. She is willing to go along with the plan to stop the Locomotive Reaper to learn more about her father. Then she gets paired up with Beau Slokam and gets lead right into trouble thankfully her friend Wontoa is there to help out.
“If you are looking for western action, train robbers, and a sharp shooter look no further. This story has a little of everything. I am definitely going to be looking into other books by Janet Fogg and Dave Jackson.”
“A fast-paced, action filled adventure in the Wild West with a wonderful heroine. Misfortune Annie’s bravery and determination leap off the page from the first scene. She uses quick wits, intelligence and a little bit of luck to get out of sticky situations. I do wish that we got to know a little more of her past and backstory, there is definitely a mystery there that the Secret Service director begins to hint at, but in such a short story, we don’t get into anything like that. Also, I was definitely interested in the Locomotive Reaper himself, much like Annie was and I wanted to dig a little deeper into his character. A flying man in a huge suit added a little element of Steampunk to the mix, but it wasn’t out of place at all. With a fifteen year old heroine, this is an appropriate read for young adults, but has plenty of elements to keep adults interested as well.”