When a small town’s marshal is murdered, the man they ask to replace him is… a grounded air pirate?
Soon after the end of the War of Southern Independence, in which he lost his younger brother in battle, Jimmy Leary, under the assumed name of Gallagher, has signed on as a crewman on the pirate airship Isabela. Now, having disobeyed his captain and, later, landing the Isabela in hot water with the Confederate Aerial Navy, Gallagher has been banished to the fledgling mining town of Bisbee to cool his heels for an unspecified span of time, in the hopes of encouraging better behavior and wiser decisions.
Close to the borders of both Mexico and the Confederate States of America, Bisbee is a town at risk, her rich silver mines frequent targets of ruthless bandit gangs. When the town’s marshal is murdered during a nighttime raid on one of the mines by marauders who arrive mysteriously and disappear just as bafflingly, the frightened citizens turn to Gallagher as the likeliest member of the tiny community to defend them, forcing the job of marshal on the unwilling pirate.
Will Gallagher be able to thwart the mysterious bandits and save the livelihoods of Bisbee’s citizens? What will happen when the angry Confederate rear admiral whose friend Gallagher has killed comes seeking revenge? Will Gallagher be able to figure out his love life enough to avoid hurting his sweetheart unwillingly? And is there any chance that Gallagher can grow into a valuable member of the Isabela‘s crew?
Murder, mystery, and mayhem abound!
THE TIME: roughly 500 years from now. THE PLACE: Merka.
Desperate to stave off the effects of global warming, the government of Merka (commonly known as “Sam”) is engaged in covering the country’s nearly two billion acres of open land with a white Tarp to reflect the sunlight. It’s illegal to cut the Tarp, but all sorts of people—cutters and banditos—do anyway.
That’s where the Paladinos come in.
Ranging on hossback across the desert-like tarped land, and known by their green sombreros, armed Paladinos protect the Tarp, empowered to kill cutters at their own discretion. There’s no due process for cutters—the Paladinos are judge, jury, and executioner.
You cut the Tarp, you die.
El Paladino—he’s known by no other name—encounters a mysterious pistolero who keeps his face covered, who repeatedly warns him about the rise of a powerful gang led by a ruthless bandito who deals in forbidden technology. Facing a large, organized group of gangstas, with no other green sombreros in the area to help, El Paladino must reluctantly accept the aid of a greenie girl named Marie and throw in his lot with a pistolero he does not trust.
Murder, mayhem, and profanity abound. Get it now!
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