Sunday, August 31, 2014

Review: DragonFly by Charles A Cornell

DragonFly (Missions of the DragonFly Squadron #1)


A young woman with the fate of a nation in her hands. 
An aircraft designed by science, fueled by magic and flown with passion. 
A World War re-imagined like never before. 

Strap yourself in for a wild ride as award-winning author Charles A. Cornell takes you on his dieselpunk adventure, DragonFly; a collision of science fiction with fantasy that fast forwards steampunk into an alternative World War Two. 

In 1942, an unlikely heroine changes the course of history. 

On the eve of invasion by the Nazis, twenty-two year old RAF pilot Veronica ‘Ronnie’ Somerset is fighting another battle - winning respect within the stuffy, male-dominated British military. She’s feisty and brash and determined to overcome every obstacle to become Britain’s first female combat pilot. 

When Ronnie is re-assigned to Enysfarne, a mysterious Royal Navy base off the coast of Cornwall, fate places her inside the cockpit of the most revolutionary aircraft ever invented. Brilliant engineer, Dr. Nigel Pennbridge has discovered quadra-hydrogen, an element that powers the DragonFly, a remarkable fighter-bomber that carries the hopes of Britain on its blue and silver wings. 

Across the English Channel, Nazi Germany is busy planning its next conquest. Reichsführer Bernhardt Morax, Hitler's personal sorcerer and leader of the Third Reich’s Zauber Korps is preparing his Blutskriegers for the invasion; bio-mechanical warriors created by a depraved occult science whose dark secrets cross the boundaries of evil. 

In DragonFly, Veronica Somerset’s adventures unfold in two self-contained novellas: 

In Part I: ‘To Hell and Back’, Ronnie proves she’s a hard-nosed, quick-thinking daredevil. She embarks on a dangerous mission behind enemy lines to spy on Hitler's invasion plans and rescue a defecting officer from the Zauber Korps. Hans Schüller is a Nachtjäger or Night Hunter who introduces her to psychic powers she didn’t know she possessed; powers that entwine her destiny with his. 

In Part II: ‘Victory or Death’, DragonFly comes to its dramatic conclusion. The Nazi invasion fleet is gathering off the shores of England. Morax, with help from his spies, is determined to seize the DragonFly and unlock the secrets of Enysfarne’s Druid past. Will the Druid wizard, Affodill - whose ancestral home of Enysfarne has been expropriated by the Royal Navy - join forces with the British, or will he make a pact with the evil Morax? Can Princess Victoria and Ronnie Somerset convince Affodill to place his magic in the service of a nation that has betrayed his Druid ancestors for centuries? 

‘DragonFly – the Illustrated Edition’ is the ultimate DragonFly reading experience! It’s packed with sixty illustrations that make the action jump off the page, including character dossiers, historical ‘retrographs’ and fantastic designs of retro-futuristic aircraft. Eleven of the sixty illustrations are exclusive to this omnibus edition of DragonFly and will be unavailable anywhere else!


It is an interesting re-imagining of World War II. Especially for people who like strong female characters and a little magic thrown into the mix. It tends towards sci-fiction fantasy and I absolutely loved it. I admit that I don't know much about the World War. But I liked this version of the story.
shows us a world where one woman is hard bend on getting respect and acknowledgement in a men's dominating environment. Then by stroke of luck she gets to pilot Dragonfly, an experimental aircraft. And then she changes the course of history with her sheer determination.
I loved the plot, characters and most important the writing style of this book. I loved how this book has so many different aspects that will touch a readers heart. Once started, it was hard to put down. I can't wait to read more of it, it was thrilling, entertaining and quite literally aw inspiring.

(I got this book free in exchange for an honest review via Goodread's Ebook Miner group)

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