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Cuttlefish Hardcover – July 24, 2012
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-Eric Flint, Bestselling author of the 1632 series
"Filled with coal-fired submarines, scientific secrets, and two young people who fight injustice, work to bring down an evil empire, and quite literally save the world, Cuttlefish is a book to dream upon. Freer's clean style and vivid descriptions, his complex characters and his clear vision make this a book all ages can enjoy."
-Sarah A. Hoyt, author of Darkship Thieves
"Dave Freer always delivers compelling, fast-moving, and addictive fantasy adventures. Write more, Dave."
-Garth Nix, New York Times-bestselling author of the Abhorsen trilogy and the Keys to the Kingdom series
"David Freer is an imaginative author who tells great stories."
-Rebecca Moesta, New York Times-bestselling coauthor of Star Wars: Young Jedi Knights
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He lives on a wonderful remote Island off the coast of Tasmania, Australia, a ten hour ferry trip to anywhere, with 3 dogs to do his thinking, 3 cats to be waited on, two sons to lead him astray, and a wonderful wife to be patient with him and them, although it is a task that would tax a saint. Sometimes he wonders why he does this. Other times he just wonders. See his webpage if you really want more.
Top Customer Reviews
David Freer has created an alternate history based on believable environmental events. There's a little Jules Verne in the story of the Cuttlefish.
A coal fired submarine that sails on hydrofoils and outwits the British Empire. It works for me.
It's a good read. I'm looking forward to the next book.
Clara Calland, the bookish outcast of St. Margaret's School for the Children of Officers and Gentleman, embarks on a terrifying journey that takes her and her mother, Dr. Calland, from Ireland to the dry country of Westralia. She finds a place with the crew of an illegal submarine, learning navigation and doing certain chores as if she were a cabin boy herself. While aboard the Cuttlefish, Clara becomes fast friends with cabin boy, Tim Barnabas. Tim grew up in London's underwater tunnels, taking on a submariner job at the urging of his mother so that he would always have food. He proves to be brave, trustworthy to Clara and his superiors and an excellent submariner. Freer takes a very interesting turn when it comes to this character. Tim is persecuted and called "darkie" because of his mixed heritage. Though he was born in London, his father came from Jamaica and the fact that Tim is darker than the other crew members causes a few incidents of racism and prejudice. Tim's character and his friendship with Clara is another layer added to Cuttlefish's deeply layered plot.
Tim and Clara's friendship is the most steadily constant during a tremulous time. Clara and Dr.Read more ›
There is much too much world here for this to be a one off. I hope Mr. Freer will soon favor us with more tales of the Cuttlefish, Clara, and Tim.
Clara is the daughter of a chemist, and when her mother arrives at her school, frantically demanding that Clara follow her with no questions asked, the girl is bewildered. What is going on? Why are these scary guys chasing after them? Clara is a clever girl, and after overcoming her initial fear, she quickly starts to question everything that's going on around her. The Russians are determined to capture them, as are the British, all to gain possession of her mother's research. And here Clara thought her mother was dull and boring, and overly engrossed in her research! In reality, she's the object of a dangerous manhunt that will take them all over the world!
The two end up on the Cuttlefish, a submarine at smuggles goods from around the world back to London. In the years after the Big Melt, life is difficult for all. There isn't enough food being harvested, nations are bickering over limited resources, and the super powers are battling for control of shipping lanes, overland trade routes, and mining facilities.Read more ›
I can't wait for more.
In this novel, Tim Barnabus is a young mixed breed Underperson, dwelling in the tunnels under flooded London. He has left home to become a submariner and is now serving as a cabin boy on the Cuttlefish.
Clara Callan is a young student in St. Margaret's School for the Children of Officers and Gentlemen in Fermoy, Cork, Ireland. She is not very popular due to her mother's divorce and her grades in mathematics.
Mary Callan is Clara's mother. She had a PhD in Chemistry, as did her mother.
Malkis is the Captain of the Cuttlefish, an illegal submarine smuggling goods around the world. He is a good captain and maintains a tight boat.
In this story, Russian Mensheviks abduct Clara and her mother and fly them to London. They escape from the airship and manage to contact the Underpeople. They are then passed on to the Cuttlefish.
The Cuttlefish is sailing within the flooded streets of London. The Royal Navy and Air Service are hunting her, but she evades the pursuers. Despite a few brushes with tangles and airships, she makes it to the channel and turns toward the North Sea.
Imperial Intelligence believes that the Cuttlefish is headed toward Russia. They send a dreadnought and escorts to intercept the submarine, but the Cuttlefish is headed for America. Malkis decides to refuel in the Feroes.
Clara is bored on the submarine and pokes her nose into anything interesting. Malkis grows to like the intelligent girl.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've been continually discovering more authors as I keep moving forward with my goal of becoming more widely read. Read morePublished on March 14, 2013 by Alisa Russell
This was my first excursion into a steampunk novel and I was pleasantly surprised. Being a former submariner myself I loved how the Cuttlefish was described in detail and could... Read morePublished on November 2, 2012 by Ral
I ordered this by accident, but I really enjoyed this story of two teens escaping to Australia. It has the typical Freer "swashbuckle".Published on October 23, 2012 by diane thomas
Dave Freer has created an interesting alternate world. It is both plausible and fun to read about. I am looking forward to the next book.Published on July 28, 2012 by Michael D. Tannenbaum