So. About average.
Cliffhangers. Airships. 1920s retro. Fistfights. Female protagonist kicking bottom. Quirky multinational sidekicks. Clipped sentences. Outrageous accents. Dogfights. Daring escapes. Pole vaulting.
Ace Carroway and the Great War is the first in the Ace Carroway adventure novella series.
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This novella kind of reminded me of a top-notch 60s movie, The Great Escape, in some ways. There's something old-fashioned about the style, and the story deals with a serious war without taking itself too seriously, but also without being a mere joke. I could laugh at some parts, while other parts hit me in the gut. And as for Ace. She is one bad, bad chick. Capable, competent, compassionate, commanding. Doesn't make a show of being arrogant, doesn't make a show of being modest. She's almost too perfect, but she's got a weakness or two, and you can tell she's human. Ace and the odd, multicultural bunch of prisoners she teams up with didn't take long to grow on me. Also, given that Ace is the only woman in her Allied crew, it would've been the "easy thing" to turn the crew's scenario into something sexual, and I'm pretty sure the characters are aware of it, somewhere in their minds. But they don't go there, plain and simple. This story doesn't need it, wouldn't have had convincing time for it anyway, so I appreciate that it wasn't just thrown in for conspicuous kicks. I understand there are further Adventures of Ace Carroway to come. I'm keeping my eyes peeled for 'em.