The Guns Above
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. He's also been assigned to her ship to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision.
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?
- Paperback | 352 pages
- 130 x 202 x 24mm | 287g
- 29 May 2018
- St Martin's Press
- Tor Books
- New York, United States
"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 "Most airships seem to be powered by handwaving, but Bennis builds hers out of solid, believable detail. You couldn't pay me enough to go up in one of those flying death-traps, but I never question for an instant why Josette does, and I'm cheering for her every step of the way."--Marie Brennan, author of A Natural History of Dragons "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's prose is wry and explosive!" --Lawrence Schoen, author of Barsk "Entertaining from start to finish, laced with brash banter and characters full of grit, muscle, and heart."--Jacqueline Koyanagi, author of Ascension
"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 long struggle against embedded prejudice." --Publishers Weekly
"An exciting new world that will attract steampunk fans of all ages and leave them hoping for more." --Booklist
"An inventive military fantasy that will grab readers at the first page. Delightful, memorable characters make up Bennis' debut, along with her concise, amusing storytelling. Without a doubt, Bennis' latest is a highly entertaining read."--RT Book Reviews, four stars "A fun blend of flintlock rifles, airships, military exercises, and wry commentary on both gender politics and 'military intelligence.' There's enough whip-smart dialogue to make any reader laugh outloud, and readers who are mechanically inclined will love the detailed descriptions of gears, flight tests, and ballast." --Fantasy Literature "Delightfully dry whistle-past-the-graveyard humour, a soupçon of sarcasm, and an approach to military action that reminds me of nothing so much as Forrester's Hornblower or Cornwell's Sharpe novels--but with airships and female officers....The Guns Above is an immensely entertaining, fast-paced adventure." --Liz Bourke, Tor.com Airships, kick-ass women, and military fiction with a hint of fantasy... I mean, really, what more could you want? --Nerdophile "Although The Guns Above may be author Robyn Bennis' first published novel, it certainly reads as though she's found her voice-- and a great story to boot." --Culturess
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