The Guns Above

The Guns Above

by Robyn Bennis


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ISBN-13: 9780765388780
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 04/17/2018
Series: Signal Airship Series , #1
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 332,637
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ROBYN BENNIS works in biotech but dreams of airships. She lives in Mountain View, CA, within sight of the historic Hangar One at Moffett Federal Airfield. The Guns Above is her debut novel.

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The Guns Above 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Aetius2 More than 1 year ago
I've read the book about six times now. Fantastic imagery, decent characters, great action, and a lot of black, snarky humor. It's being marketed as steampunk-ish, but the fictional setting is more Napoleonic Wars / American Civil War from the perspective of an airship. There's steam power, but it's within historical norms and isn't anything fantastic. The book doesn't pull any punches about what warfare was like in that time period, and adds the terrifying aspect of fighting those battles a mile above the ground. If you're a fan of historical military fiction like the Sharpe series or Hornblower, this is a refreshing and original riff that'll keep you turning pages. Enjoy!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I don't understand how this book got 5 stars. Characters were weak sroryline slow; had to push myself to finish it. Why 13.99 ? I have read better books which were longer for less.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When she says the car isn't personal, she meant from the enemies perspective, not her own. A fell death to her enimies.
BE-Warne More than 1 year ago
I don't read steampunk. But this isn't set on Earth, so having a mix of different Earth time periods and technologies doesn't seem at all discordant. Though it isn't Earth the people are definitely human. It could be classified as fantasy/military or just old-fashioned science fiction. The kind of science fiction I used to love but don't see much of these days. It reminds me more of the Vorkosigan series than it does of Honor Harrington, but what it really is is one of my favorite stories: two enemies thrown together, affecting each other, and becoming friends. It is not an easy friendship as they are two difficult people, but it helps that neither of them is terribly thin-skinned and both of them are pretty funny, using their senses of humor in a war of words against each other. Actually the man is funnier than the woman, but he is also a cad. She is funny because she is so serious and so earnest and even because she is so hurt and so willing to turn the pain against her opponents, one of whom is that useless aristocrat sent to spy on her ship who turns out not to be quite as useless as anyone, including himself, expects him to be. This kind of buddy banter isn't something I see much any more. And it is almost unheard of between a man and a woman. But the banter eventually forms the foundation of a friendship between equals though she is the one in charge. He, though is not diminished or weakened by that and holds his own against and in support of her. Both are strengthened by and through this strange but believable relationship. I am so glad to have found this book and plan to reread it to feel again the pleasure of knowing these characters. And I hear a sequel is planned!
WishEnd More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars THE GUNS ABOVE is a well-crafted, action-packed Steampunk story set in a fantasy land. One country is pitted against another in a long drawn-out war and Josette ends up right in the middle of it on her airship with an interesting crew. A well-developed page-turner that grows in intensity to the end. I loved the wit, charm, and strong dose of sarcasm that was prevalent throughout the dialogue of this story! Captain Josette pitted against Lord Bernat was the perfect contrast. Then there are the other interesting crew members, some of which are very memorable. Add to that a puffed-up, staunch general who leads the army and wants to bury Josette, not see her rise to glory or captain an airship... And well, you have a great mix of characters with plenty of tension to keep things entertaining. I think I was intermittently wearing a smirk, laughing out loud, or holding on to my seat the entire time. The author did a fabulous job of steadily building the tension throughout the story. There is quite a skirmish a the beginning of the book that the reader only gets the tale end of when we're introduced to Josette, but then things calm down as we get to know the characters better before the tension begins to build up again. You can feel the tension steadily increase until the climatic end when the battle becomes quite ferocious and complicated in parts. I never felt lost, but like I was right in the middle of it with these characters, following Josette's orders and charging with her crew. My only criticisms would be swearing, somewhat lewd innuendo, and some gruesome details during the battle. I understood some of the practicality of this being a military plot, but as it's also a fantasy setting, I didn't feel the need for such strong swear words. I also understood the battle scenes were quite realistic, but maybe not necessary to be quite so gruesome. These were the only things that marred this story for me. In the end, was it what I wished for? A well-told story that I thoroughly enjoyed! Content: Consistent swearing, including quite a few s-words and a few f-words, innuendo, and some gruesome war violence. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher through Jean Book Nerd Tours, which did not require a review nor affect it in any way.