The Guns Above

The Guns Above #2020

The Guns Above The nation of Garnia has been at war for as long as Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupre can remember this time against neighboring Vinzhalia Garnia s Air Signal Corp stands out as the favored martial c
  • Title: The Guns Above
  • Author: Robyn Bennis
  • ISBN: -
  • Page: 427
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The nation of Garnia has been at war for as long as Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupre can remember this time against neighboring Vinzhalia Garnia s Air Signal Corp stands out as the favored martial child of the King But though it s co ed, women on board are only allowed auxiliary crew positions and are banned from combat In extenuating circumstances, Josette savesThe nation of Garnia has been at war for as long as Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupre can remember this time against neighboring Vinzhalia Garnia s Air Signal Corp stands out as the favored martial child of the King But though it s co ed, women on board are only allowed auxiliary crew positions and are banned from combat In extenuating circumstances, Josette saves her airship in the heat of battle She is rewarded with the Mistral, becoming Garnia s first female captain.She wants the job just not the political flak attached On top of patrolling the front lines, she must also contend with a crew who doubts her expertise, a new airship that is an untested deathtrap, and the foppish aristocrat Lord Bernat a gambler and shameless flirt with the military know how of a thimble He s also been assigned to her ship to catalog her every moment of weakness and indecision When the Vins make an unprecedented military move that could turn the tide of the war, can Josette deal with Bernat, rally her crew, and survive long enough to prove herself to the top brass
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    A steampunk military fantasy taking place in a WWI esque setting This starts out really well The first scene sets up a good potential plot with a natural gravitas From there unfortunately it never takes off Things become predictable, simplistic and cliche reading like fantasy 101 There s also simply too much time spent on the structure of the ship and it becomes tedious I understand the need to give the reader the sense of the dirigible since the mass of the story takes place in it but it needs [...]

    3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum 2017 09 07 The Guns Above is a book that has been on my radar for a while, and so when the audio edition became available I decided to take the plunge, doubly excited by the fact that it would be read by one of my favorite narrators, Kate Reading.From the look of the book s cover, I had deduced that the story would be a military fantasy, though in truth it is a bit complicated than that For one thing, the presence of magic in this world is spars [...]

    An action packed military fantasy with airships being used as part of war at a level of technology roughly matching the Crimean or Napoleonic wars but set in an alternate world.Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupre auxiliary because she s a woman , distinguishes herself in combat after taking over the command of her airship after her captain is killed and turning the tide of a critical battle As her reward, she is promoted to Senior Lieutentant and given the command of an airship of revolutionary n [...]

    I bought this book because I read the preview of the first few chapters in an article from when its release was coming, and I found the tone to be fun and pointed with a sense of humor very reminiscent of Terry Pratchet If I was going to rate the first 7 or so chapters of the book, I would give it a four or a five Unfortunately, the further the book goes, the less it keeps with its initial tone and the depressing and technical it gets.A minor nitpick is that the airship descriptions and what wa [...]

    I deeply enjoyed this book A magic less or exceptionally low magic secondary world full of airships and muskets and trains, still dealing with issues of imperialism and sexism is very much my kind of thing and the fast pace and well developed main characters made it even better It s a military fantasy without being overly gritty, but doesn t shy away from the realities of war, and it s a story about an unlikely friendship that we actually get to see unfold, rather than just hearing about how two [...]

    Review from Tenacious Reader tenaciousreader 2017 13.5 5 StarsOverall, The Guns Above was an enjoyable steampunk adventure, with a strong female protagonist and airships and battles.Josette Dupre is an enjoyable protagonist who becomes the first female captain of an airship Whether this assignment is out of earned respect or a setup to see her fail depends on perspective Either way, its an amazing opportunity that came her way after becoming a hero when her previous airship crashed And it turns [...]

    Originally published at Reading RealityThe Guns Above is an absolutely fantastic steampunk Military SF action adventure story This is one of those stories where it s science fiction mostly because it isn t anything else The only SFnal element is the not our world setting and, of course, the airships Those marvelous airships.But in its protagonist of Lieutenant Josette Dupre, we have an avatar for every woman who has had it drummed into her head that in order to be thought half as good as a man s [...]

    This book begins and ends with a literal bang It s beyond fun It s sorrycanthelpit explosively entertaining It s a fast fantasy and steampunk read that feels like a historical fiction adventure a la Master and Commander but less stuffy and with aerial battles Napoleonic era type warfare dominates the plot, but the entire book is centered on Garnia s first female airship captain Very fast and very fun.

    The Guns Above is the start of a new series set in a steampunk type world Josette Dupris has been part of the Air Signal Corp for years however, as a woman she s never been able to move past a certain rank, and women are certainly never supposed to be involved in a battle While Josette is no stranger to war, she never expected that she would be given a command of her own, which is exactly what happens in The Guns Above Due to the Josette s actions and the visibility of said heroics in the press, [...]

    When I started this book, I was really aggravated because I wanted to find some meaning to the whole thing, some purpose to the characters but halfway through the book I realized that in my mission to find some meaning, I was letting how awesome it was just fly over my head.It s filled with so much action and humour that I was really sad when it ended because I m going to really miss Bernat s banter and Josette s cold humour.It felt like I was reading a pirates of the Caribbean movie except, the [...]

    The Guns Above is a whip smart, fast paced, and surprisingly funny military fantasy I didn t think that I was interested in reading stories about a woman having to overcome systematic sexism any, and I was double not interested in reading anything like a redemption arc for that woman s sexist antagonist, but Bennis manages to breathe some new life into both of those stories I m very glad that I was interested enough in airships to read this book despite my misgivings, as it turned out to be a wo [...]

    An amazing first novel The Guns Above delivers on its premise with a novel that s full of great characters, exhilarating airship battles, and unexpected humor I didn t expect this book to be half as witty as it ended up being, but there are than a few scenes where I wanted to take note of the banter to use next time someone was annoying me Josette Dupre is a character I can t wait to revisit Cocky but not ridiculously so, respectful of authority but willing to buck it when necessary, and sure o [...]

    There were parts that I rather enjoyed but overall, the whole thing seemed a bit thin The characters were cartoonish, the plot barely developed, and the tone terribly uneven It wasn t painfully bad, though, just tedious and uninteresting.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher for review through.

    DNF pg 165.This is a very cool concept, but I feel like Bennis maybe got a little bit too excited about how awesome air ships are and threw every single piece of relevant terminology at her reader in her enthusiasm, without pausing to explain what they actually meant or referred to And don t get me started on the constant conversations about weights and balances, and engineering There s a reason why I m majoring in English Lit Even the attempts at explaining the world building and the motivation [...]

    This book is so much fun action, humor, interesting characters slowly developing respect for one another and at the same time, it hits some deeper notes about things like patriotism and equality It looks like there will be books set in the Signal Airship world, and that fills me with delight.

    Lieutenant Josette Dupris has just been given the command of an airship and is the first woman to to so That command is the bane of the General commanding the troops so he sends his nephew as his spy to bring her down Lord Bernat, a foppish aristocrat, is the spy Josette know why he is there and what happens is a story full of laugh out loud lines wrapped into the blood and guts of battles I loved how Bernat changes his attitude but not his personality as the story progresses Josette seems to st [...]

    Fantasy Review BarnEven have a complete disaster work out in your favor Josette Dupris wakes up after her airship crashes a hero This is not a Flashman scenario her quick thinking after the commanding officer bites it truly are worthy of some accolades as the tide of battle was turned by her controlled crash But deserved accolades or not Dupris finds that the disaster she survived is only going to lead to problems in the future Specifically, press she doesn t want and a promotion that no one wa [...]

    Josette Dupre has managed to become a captain of an airship, though women are not supposed to be in command positions When she takes off in the airship Mistral, she has a spy aboard, the finicky dandy Lord Bernat, nephew of the general in command of the war effort.Bernat is determined to discredit Josette, and thus gain a reward from his uncle, money he can use as menus plaisirs to get back to his life of lace and fine wine and compliant older ladies Josette would love to scare the fop right off [...]

    If you are a woman in business of a certain age, you have had the experience of being ignored when out with a male colleague You say something at a meeting, and the answer goes to the man next to you You might go to a conference, and the men ware spoken to first You might be meeting a new client, and the man is the one who is greeted as sthe one in charge.That is the overriding theme of this book Oh, yes, there is a war on, and there are battles, and there are of course politics, but the underly [...]

    I am on a kick where I really want to read some bloody, snarky, cynically hilarious military fiction, and this DELIVERED I care about everyone I REALLY Care about Kemper, and Jutes, and Jossette, and the fop I guess, and ahhhhhh the war is ongoing and leadership is corrupt and pleeeease everybody survive I need you to survive It s technically fantasy cause it s an invented world but the tech level is a mashup of napoleonic war and WW1 Flintlock Fantasy, like Django Wexler s The Thousand Names, w [...]

    JUST the ticket tons of logically choreographed maneuvers and military action that never seems repetitive, gender expectations being upset, tension between the two main characters that reads like friendship than romance, and world class wit, to wit Josette walked up to the desk and casually brushed the papers aside Memoirs of a Woman of Ill Repute, she said That s a damn fine book The cover was blank, giving no indication of the book s title or pornographic content The clerk looked at her with [...]

    A daring female airship captain, a general trying desperately to undermine her command, a foppish young lord out to help his uncle the general and air battles aplenty make this book super enjoyable and a super fast paced read This is the perfect steampunk book to hand friends who hate the genre and is also perfect for folks who like fantasy but hate complicated magic systems this world is comparable to an 1800s without added magic There are also hints that the entirety of the crew and cast aren [...]

    Robyn Bennis The Guns Above is a rip roaring yarn with a fast paced story, a lot of funny dialogue and a boatload of action Her Josette Dupre, the first female captain of a fighting airship is a great main character The novel is pure entertainment As convincingly penned by Bennis, Dupre is intense, smart, extremely capable, a born leader and a true warrior Her crew would follow her to hell, and in this battle full novel, they do This novel would fit convincingly in the naval action novel traditi [...]

    This is the story of Josette, who is amazing and awesome at everything ever, but fails to get the proper recognition for it because she is a woman in a man s world As a mechanical prodigy, she makes a mockery of the engineering team s skills by improving the design of a revolutionary new propeller when first seeing them When an enemy ship is in mechanical trouble, she pinpoints the issue and the appropriate remedy in seconds even though she s not even on their ship, while the enemy crew cannot f [...]

    The Guns Above is not easy to describe It s sort of like a cross between steampunk and military fantasy, without any magic It s a military focused novel that takes place in a whole different world that includes plenty of airships.The kingdom of Garnia is perpetually involved in warfare Due to shortages of men, the military has reluctantly allowed women to serve in auxiliary positions aboard airships Auxiliary Lieutenant Josette Dupris turns the tide of a battle and is rewarded with a promotion, [...]

    The Guns Above starts out in media res Or maybe a little after media res, beginning at the end of a battle Wait, what I wouldn t have minded seeing that battle, but we will get plenty of that, and the book starts at the beginning of the story Josette Dupre, courtesy of surviving an airship crash that her captain did not, just became the first female airship captain in the history of the Corps That s the good news, as much as anything that requires one to go back up in an airship can be consider [...]

    The story had real promise If it wasn t for the fact that every character hated womenSee, the whole point of the book is that men don t want women in the armed forces The female POV did something amazing off camera before the book started and got her own command direct from the crown because of it The General takes offense and sets about bringing her down by installing his nephew as a spy on the ship He s our male POV.Now, if this was a story about overcoming misogyny, that would ve been one thi [...]

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie TalesQuick Dirty Highly entertaining and fast paced, this book is a must read for steampunk fans.Opening Sentence Josette Dupre woke atop a bleak and stony hill, her head throbbing, her uniform soaked in blood, and the thunder of the cannons still echoing in her ears.The Review Garnia has been at war for as long as Josette can remember, and she wants to do her part to serve her country While the military in Garnia is technically integrated, women are only allowed a [...]

    Originally posted on Tales to Tide You OverThis is a familiar tale with a heavy feminist hand at times so not for every reader, but it is told wonderfully with courage, humor, and raw truth At the heart, this is an account of the transition between treating women as precious objects and as real people capable of serving in war I liked how the history of this alternate world is blended in, making it clear women in the military is both new, and older than any imagined, through the mention of an am [...]

    More reviews and no fluff on the blog surrealtalvi.wordpress With The Gun Above, author Bennis takes the gravitas of Master and Commander naval warfare and gives it a steampunk spin Those worried that the fantastical will overwhelm the story can be reassured that the plot is tight and with few magical elements at all In fact, this felt like a Sharpe s Rifles type of story rather than a science fiction steampunk But while the book doesn t shy from the consequences of war, it really is all about t [...]

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