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The Guns Above (Signal Airship) by [Bennis, Robyn]
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Length: 352 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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In the tradition of Honor Harrington and the high-flying Temeraire series, 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 Briggs

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3708 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0765388766
  • Publisher: Tor Books (2 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01M2UZNR0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,983 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Loved this book. It reminded me of Patrick O'Brian, with a female Jack Aubrey - Josette has Jack's tactical instincts - but much faster-paced. The technology was explained clearly, as were the large-scale battles, which were vivid. Long may Josette fly!
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 21 reviews
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fabulous book that I can't pin down to a single category -- or even just 2 or 3 of them 4 May 2017
By J. Rembar - Published on Amazon.com
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I loved this book! Robyn Bennis is my new favorite writer for well-drawn and intriguing characters (the likes of whom I have almost never met) and their believable relationships; historical realism (even though fantastic) and the science of airships; witty repartee and fun; and hold-your-breath battle scenes (which are not my usual field of interest). I can't figure out whether I'm getting this for Mom for Mother's Day, Dad for Father's Day (they're divorced and no longer share books), my 20-something nephew for his birthday... or all of them. I think -- all of them. And more friends later will find themselves on this same gift list... and be thrilled. Looking forward to reading whatever the wicked-smart Robyn Bennis writes next!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Think Winter Ihrenglass as an airship captain. 22 May 2017
By The Silicon Valley Geek - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this book. Could not put it down and read it 3 times.

Love the strong female protagonist (think Winter Ihrenglass but captain of an airship) Very nicely detailed and suspenseful air battles. Lots and lots of dry wit and humor which had me laughing out loud.

Technical details on the airships were great in world building but without sounding like you were in a lecture.

Although you have a male antagonist, there is no attempt at romance between the 2 lead characters. Which is awesome.

I can't wait for follow-on books and yes, please let there be a series!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I was sad when this ended because I wanted more 13 May 2017
By Dunsany - Published on Amazon.com
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I was sad when this ended because I wanted more, more more. It was like the end of a great vacation and wanted to do it all over again. The story was like an Aubrey–Maturin story (wise captain, his spy friend, politics, war, carousing, naval battles, rough surgery) but steampunk, more accessible and damn fast moving. Can't wait for the later volumes
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut! 5 May 2017
By Jose J. Clavell - Published on Amazon.com
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Ms. Bennis mixture of interesting characters, Napoleonic warfare and airships combines for a great story. I look forward to the next book set in this universe!
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Can we *not* do the "women can't do this thing ... 5 May 2017
By S. TOZER-KILTS - Published on Amazon.com
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Can we *not* do the "women can't do this thing because women have never done this thing" trope again? There is certainly enough conflict in this story that the main conflict didn't *have* to be the terribly-offputting - and suddenly-disappearing overbearing sexism of a main character. I was expecting a grand adventure story, not one where I'm slapped in the face with sexism on every page. I found the character development to be almost non-existent, and the sexism-as-main-character-trait for most of the main characters was just laziness on top of everything else. Even as a female reader, this did not help me engage with the story; instead it turned me off to the point where I doubt I'll be buying any future books in this series.