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THE FLYING CLOUD, R-505

Fun times, straight ahead!

By capriox, member

Feb 11, 2010: This is an engaging, quick paced action-adventure tale set in an alt-history just post WWI. The major difference in this alt-history is that dirigibles and other forms of flying (one character keeps a hang glider handy) were never replaced by the airplane. Airship fans, eat your hearts out.

The story follows the crew of a British military airship after their original dirigible is wrecked over the South Pacific. Light, humorous adventure follows non-stop as they navigate the hazards of the Polynesian seas, Australian outback, conspiracy theories, pirates, ultra nationalists cells, female crew members, dirigible-wrecking storms, and more.

There are plenty of details that lend believability to this tale, including regional accents, detailed airship technology, various cultural influences on the characters, etc. The characters don’t change very much (at least, not so far), making this a very plot-driven story, but they’re a very well fleshed-out sort of unchanging, and the humor, banter, and low-level suspense keep the story flowing quickly.

I devoured the first 50 chapters in one sitting. Airship, British (Horatio Hornblower fans, I’m looking at you), military, and adventure fans will get the biggest kick out of this, but I definitely recommend that everyone give it a try.

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