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It is the beginning? Early beginning? of World War II, the Nazis have all kinds of wonderful new techno killing machines and are overrunning Britain. Our protagonist lady pilot is sent to the Royal Naval Station Enysfarne, which is located in an ancient castle. A young scientist, Nigel Somebody, has discovered the crystals and that by arranging them in descending size order, and pouring water through them, he can create fusion, which can explode or propel a vessel, plane, etc. He and his engineering buddies build a wonderful plane which they call the Dragonfly, and which is powered by the crystals. And guess what. It can also dive and go underwater, like a submarine. I know. You men are all probably giddy with the vision of this thing. Us ladies, probably not so much.
The book has a number of absolutely beautiful illustrations of the fanciful machines concocted by both sides of the conflict. In my Kindle Fire HD, they are just stunning, but I can't figure a way to produce one here to give you an idea of the quality of the artwork. When was the last time you read a work of fiction that was illustrated that wasn't a kid's book or one published in 1937? Right. So the illustrations alone make this worth the read. Remember those cheesy illustrations from early sci fi? The ones in this book are not your father's sci fi illustrations.
This was a fun book, in spite of the Nazi atrocities, which I confess I sort of skimmed over. I like my world filled with sunlight and daisies, love and sweet music. I'm a wuss.
Well written, nicely plotted, good pacing, interesting characters. And shooting. What's not to like?
There is a lot to like about Dragonfly. Mr. Cornell has a firm grasp of the time period, putting the reader in the air and on the ground in the midst of razing bullets, exploding shells, and techno-zombie super soldiers. That's right, this is dieselpunk, where the speculative intertwines with the historical. Captain America would have been right at home in this novel, but he's not needed because Veronica and her crew are holding down the fort. Hitler had better look out.
There is some mystical linings that spice the tale up a bit, but the story is solidly footed in the struggle between Britain and Germany in a world that doesn't particularly follow the history that we know. There are surprises, there is intrigue, and there are those aircraft.
Mr. Cornell takes obviously delight in the design of his nifty fighter planes, from the zippy Dragonfly to the menacing craft of the Nazis. This is an illustrated version, and the designs are outstanding. One can only hope there will be a Hollywood adaption one day, because this story would look outstanding in the same style as the movie Sky Captain. The great part about this story is that it is just the first of a series of books. Personally, I'm looking forward to more of Mr. Cornell's dieselpunk world.
The second half of the story is a very exciting finish to the tale of three women pilots and the planes they flew to protect England from German occupation. There were some very tense moments in the book when you were not sure whether Ronnie and her other two friends were going to live or die when confronted with the new weapons that the Germans had unleashed against them. I thought it was great that Victoria had the intestinal fortitude to stand up to her father and demand to be allowed to pilot one of the DragonFlys. The ending though was almost spiritual in a manner of speaking. I would definitely recommend the illustrated version over the two single volumes, the detailed art work bring life to the story giving you the impression that you're actually there. Looking forward to the next book of Veronica's adventures hopefully the wait won't be too long.
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