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At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over eastern Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world.Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder-and finds a love seemingly decreed by fate-as his bomber becomes a pawn in a centuries-old conflict between remnants of advanced but decaying civilizations. Caught among these bitter enemies, a vast power that has brought them here for its own purposes, and a terrifying living weapon bent on their destruction, the crew must use every bit of their formidable inventiveness and courage to survive.Fata Morgana-the epic novel of love and duty at war across the reach of time.
|Publisher:||Blackstone Audio, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Steven R. Boyett's (steveboy.com) novels include the fantasy classic Ariel, Elegy Beach, and Mortality Bridge. He wrote a draft of Toy Story 2 for Pixar/Disney, and created the groundbreaking online music series Podrunner and Groovelectric. He has been a professional martial arts instructor, paper marbler, advertising copywriter, proofreader, writing teacher, website designer & editor, chapbook publisher, and DJ who has played in major cities and at Burning Man. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.
Ken Mitchroney's film and television credits include director, head of story, director of photography, and storyboard artist on The Lego Movie, The Ant Bully, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., and many more. His comic book work includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Adventures. He is an official artist for the Ed "Big Daddy" Roth estate and illustrator for the Oakland A's. He has been a professional race-car driver, and is currently on the team restoring Ward Kimball's vintage locomotive collection at the Southern California Railway Museum. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles.
Ken Mitchroney's (facebook.com/Ratfink) film and television credits include director, head of story, director of photography, and storyboard artist on Storks, The Lego Movie, The Ant Bully, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., The Annoying Orange Show, Mighty Magiswords, and more. His comic illustration includes Ren & Stimpy, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Myth Conceptions, and creating the influential Space Ark. He is an official artist for the Ed "Big Daddy" Roth estate, and official illustrator for the Oakland Athletics and at one time the Baltimore Orioles. Mitchroney has been a professional race-car driver and pinstriper, and restores and runs vintage locomotives. He is currently involved with the restoration of the Ward Kimball collection at the Southern California Railway Museum in Perris, California. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay area and Los Angeles.
MacLeod Andrews is an actor, voice actor, and audiobook narrator. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning eleven AudioFile Earphones Awards and placing as a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016. He is a company member of Rising Phoenix Repertory in Los Angeles.
Table of ContentsProloguePart oneChapter OneChapter TwoChapter ThreeChapter FourChapter FiveChapter SixPart TwoChapter SevenChapter EightChapter NineChapter TenChapter ElevenChapter TwelveChapter ThirteenChapter FourteenChapter FifteenChapter SixteenChapter SeventeenChapter EighteenChapter NineteenChapter TwentyChapter Twenty OneChapter Twenty TwoChapter Twenty FourChapter Twenty ThreeChapter Twenty FiveChapter Twenty SixChapter Twenty SevenChapter Twenty EightChapter Twenty NineChapter ThirtyChapter Thirty OneChapter Thirty TwoChapter Thirty ThreeChapter Thirty FourChapter Thirty SixChapter Thirty SevenChapter Thirty EightChapter Thirty NineChapter FortyPart 3Chapter Forty-OneChapter Forty-TwoEpilogue
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This has to be one of the best stand alone books I've read in years. Great character development, detailed machine and flight description, never put me down story line, action, suspense, thrills, and an alternate history with a twist. Great read. Think Taylor Anderson's Destroyermen, with planes and androids instead of boats and animal hybrids, all in a weekends read. Loved it!
A fascinating melange of WWII "aviation lit" (to coin a term) and hard sci-fi, with a side of metaphysics and fantasy, "Fata Morgana" is a unique book. It's not exactly something I would normally read, but I found it extremely interesting nonetheless. Somewhat to my surprise, since I was expecting sci-fi, the book starts off with a detailed and lengthy scene about an American bomber crew flying missions over Germany in 1943. The planes and fight scenes are described in loving, exquisite detail, hence the designation of"aviation lit," which is a genre I've encountered before, but I don't know that I've ever seen named explicitly. Fans of flying, especially lovers of antique aircraft, are likely to enjoy these passages, regardless of their opinion of sci-fi; as a nervous flyer and a claustrophobe (imagine being in the ball turret!! My heart races just thinking about it!) these scenes just made my palms sweat, but they are masterfully executed. One day the crew finds themselves flying into a vortex during a mission, and...I'll let the reader discover the rest, for fear of spoilers. The crew are charmingly vintage, and the plot is full of unexpected high-speed maneuvers, so that I honestly had no idea how it would end right up to the conclusion. There is also a love story, although that for me was fairly incidental: the machines, both real and imaginary, are the true objects of affection here, and against their backdrop the human characters seem a little flat. That being said, there are no shortage of readers who love this kind of tech-heavy literature, and history buffs as well as hard sci-fi fans are likely to get a tremendous kick out of this book. My thanks to NetGalley for providing a free review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.