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The Guns Above

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Robyn Bennis's THE GUNS ABOVE is an adventurous military fantasy debut about a nation's first female airship captain. They say it's not the fall that kills you. For Josette Dupre, the Corps' first female airship captain, it might just be a bullet in the back. On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat, a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know-how of a thimble. Bernat's own secret assignment is to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision. So when the enemy makes an unprecedented move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself? "Full of sass and terrific characters. Great storytelling. Loved it." --Patricia Briggsshow more

Product details

  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 140 x 217 x 29mm | 428g
  • St Martin's Press
  • Tor Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0765388766
  • 9780765388766
  • 794,285

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-Steampunky navy-in-the-air military tale full of sass and terrific characters. Great storytelling. Loved it.- --Patricia Briggs -The Guns Above is a sharp, witty Ruritanian adventure full of flintlock rifles, plumed shakos, brass buttons... and airships! Taking place in an alternate mid-nineteenth-century Europe where dirigibles ply the smoky air over battlefields and women have been grudgingly admitted to the air corps, The Guns Above takes a clear-eyed, even cynical view of the 'glories' of war, complete with blood, shit, shattered limbs, and petty squabbles among the nobility. The aerial combat is gut-clenchingly realistic, the two viewpoint characters are well-drawn and as different as can be, and the action never stops. Hard women learn compassion, soft men learn bravery, and the fate of a nation depends on one rickety airship and its stalwart crew. A winner!--- David D. Levine, author of Arabella of Mars -An engaging gunpowder adventure with a helping of witty Noel Coward dialogue and a touch of Joseph Heller.- --Tina Connolly, Nebula Award-nominated author of Ironskin -Wonderfully adventurous and laudably detailed. Bennis paints airship battles so clearly you'd swear they were from memory.- --Becky Chambers, author of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet -Buckle in. The crew of the Mistral will take readers on adventures they won't soon forget.- - Pip Ballantine, author of The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series -Hold on to your goggles, Bennis' The Guns Above is a nonstop ride.- - Suzanne Lazear, author of The Aether Chronicles Series -A fast-paced military fantasy, full of colourful characters and quirky humour that had me laughing throughout. Every fan of airships should read this.- --Marc Turner, author of Dragon Hunters -Bennis writes a pleasing mix of banter and gritty battle scenes, combining both the adrenaline rush of combat and its horrifying results, and never indulging in too-sudden social victories that might cheapen the longstruggle against embedded prejudice.--- Publishers Weeklyshow more

About Robyn Bennis

ROBYN BENNIS works in biotech but dreams of airships. She lives in Mountain View, CA, within sight of the historic Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield. The Guns Above is her debut novel.show more

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509 ratings
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4 42% (214)
3 18% (90)
2 4% (19)
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