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[EPUB] ✼ DragonFly (Missions of the DragonFly Squadron #1) By Charles A. Cornell –

A Young Woman With The Fate Of A Nation In Her Hands An Aircraft Designed By Science, Fueled By Magic And Flown With Passion A World War Re Imagined Like Never Before Strap Yourself In For A Wild Ride As Award Winning Author Charles A Cornell Takes You On His Dieselpunk Adventure, DragonFly A Collision Of Science Fiction With Fantasy That Fast Forwards Steampunk Into An Alternative World War Two In , An Unlikely Heroine Changes The Course Of History On The Eve Of Invasion By The Nazis, Twenty Two Year Old RAF Pilot Veronica Ronnie Somerset Is Fighting Another Battle Winning Respect Within The Stuffy, Male Dominated British Military She S Feisty And Brash And Determined To Overcome Every Obstacle To Become Britain S First Female Combat Pilot When Ronnie Is Re Assigned To Enysfarne, A Mysterious Royal Navy Base Off The Coast Of Cornwall, Fate Places Her Inside The Cockpit Of The Most Revolutionary Aircraft Ever Invented Brilliant Engineer, Dr Nigel Pennbridge Has Discovered Quadra Hydrogen, An Element That Powers The DragonFly, A Remarkable Fighter Bomber That Carries The Hopes Of Britain On Its Blue And Silver Wings Across The English Channel, Nazi Germany Is Busy Planning Its Next Conquest Reichsf Hrer Bernhardt Morax, Hitler S Personal Sorcerer And Leader Of The Third Reich S Zauber Korps Is Preparing His Blutskriegers For The Invasion Bio Mechanical Warriors Created By A Depraved Occult Science Whose Dark Secrets Cross The Boundaries Of Evil In DragonFly, Veronica Somerset S Adventures Unfold In Two Self Contained Novellas In Part I To Hell And Back , Ronnie Proves She S A Hard Nosed, Quick Thinking Daredevil She Embarks On A Dangerous Mission Behind Enemy Lines To Spy On Hitler S Invasion Plans And Rescue A Defecting Officer From The Zauber Korps Hans Sch Ller Is A Nachtj Ger Or Night Hunter Who Introduces Her To Psychic Powers She Didn T Know She Possessed Powers That Entwine Her Destiny With His In Part II Victory Or Death , DragonFly Comes To Its Dramatic Conclusion The Nazi Invasion Fleet Is Gathering Off The Shores Of England Morax, With Help From His Spies, Is Determined To Seize The DragonFly And Unlock The Secrets Of Enysfarne S Druid Past Will The Druid Wizard, Affodill Whose Ancestral Home Of Enysfarne Has Been Expropriated By The Royal Navy Join Forces With The British, Or Will He Make A Pact With The Evil Morax Can Princess Victoria And Ronnie Somerset Convince Affodill To Place His Magic In The Service Of A Nation That Has Betrayed His Druid Ancestors For Centuries DragonFly The Illustrated Edition Is The Ultimate DragonFly Reading Experience It S Packed With Sixty Illustrations That Make The Action Jump Off The Page, Including Character Dossiers, Historical Retrographs And Fantastic Designs Of Retro Futuristic Aircraft Eleven Of The Sixty Illustrations Are Exclusive To This Omnibus Edition Of DragonFly And Will Be Unavailable Anywhere Else

10 thoughts on “DragonFly (Missions of the DragonFly Squadron #1)

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    I really enjoy stories written around the world wars However, this is the first story I ve read that combines the historical elements of WWII with Science Fiction Fantasy elements of engineering and a little magic.Veronica Ronnie Somerset, an RAF pilot, is sent to Enysfarne, a Navy coastal outpost The castle of Enysfarne was a dark and towering force that hovered over what was left of my innocence It contained my destiny, of that I had no doubt whatsoever a fate that threatened to wipe the blush off my face and turn me into the man my father always wanted me to be Pilot Officer Ronnie Somerset.The station Commander has already written her off as a scatterbrain female and of no use to them There may be a shortage of pilots but if it was up to me, I wouldn t let you fly a kite for the Royal Navy Station Commander Commodore K C LowndesHowever, when the situation becomes desperate Ronnie and her two best friends, also accomplished pilots, are given the opportunity to prove their worth and take the three DragonFly planes into battle.Ronnie proves herself as a top pilot and a great female lead asserting herself at all the right times.Ronnie and her co pilot Dr Nigel Pennbridge, creator of the DragonFly, have a great chemistry and I applaud Cornell for not pushing their partnership into a romance.Planes, their workings and aerial combat figure highly in this reimagining of WWII with metal wasps, planes that run on water, telepathy, cyborgs and druids this is a highly recommended read for both WWII and Science Fiction fans alike It s magic , I said Not magic, Ronnie Science Dr Nigel Pennbridge.

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    Straight off the bat, we like to admit that we have not read this book However, our community has read it in excess of well over 30 times and we give an average rating based on what they say The real rating based on the average our community reviewed was 4.5 stars Our readers all rated the book between 4 and 5 stars which is a phenomenal effort by this author DragonFly was chosen quite convincingly as our August 2014 book of the month.Charles A Cornell enthralled voters by his description of his book and the unique genre it sits in, Diesel Punk Charles is an intelligent author who has managed to come up with a brilliant concept, matched with an above average writing skill set.Charles is a great guy and we wish him all the best in the future He was an absolute pleasure to work with as our August 2014 book of the month winner If you would like to see what our community thought in greater depth, please read the reviews or check out our thread below

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    Gifted from the author for my vote in the Ebook Miner group DragonFly is a wild AU WWII adventure that takes the British Navy, Air Force, and Hitler himself from our own history and throws in heavy doses of Hitler s mysticism and army of talented humans and genetically modified monsters along with some pretty impressive British forces of sassy ladies including Princess Victoria , powerful crystal harvesting druids, and fantastic diesel punk aircraft.It is a refreshing break from the over saturated market of WWII fiction that focuses on true events and lets the reader experience the war as it could have been under futuristic circumstances, and its wonderful female pilots do a great job of showing that women in the air are just as tough as men without taking away their femininity Ronnie is a smart mouthed pilot who is a delight to read, and it was fun to watch her interact with her fellow pilots and the DragonFly scientists and mechanics I loved the way the illustrations and photographs displayed the characters it added a lot to the story for me to be able to see the aircraft as well as I have no background in it.Would recommend to people wanting a grown up version of Scott Westerfeld s Leviathan, a new take on historical fiction, some fun diesel punk, or a good action story.

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    DragonFly is a romp World War II re imagined in a proto feminist, diesel punk fantasy world A little science fiction A little Druid sorcery A whole lot of Nazi excesses to fuel the narrative Pilot Officer Veronica Ronnie Somerset must overcome the entrenched good old boy misogyny of the RAF and the Royal Navy to land a job piloting a flying boat out of a remote naval base off the Cornish coast When her assigned plane is destroyed in a surprise Luftwaffe raid she thinks she s out of a job.By force of will and a stroke of fortune she instead finds herself piloting the Dragonfly, an experimental fighter bomber with a revolutionary new propulsion system and a host of innovative features that promise to even the odds somewhat against what seems to be insurmountable Nazi air superiority.Ronnie acquits herself with pluck and valor in a series of increasingly dangerous missions as events accelerate toward an inevitable Nazi invasion of Britain which will deploy horrific new weapons systems So dire is the situation that it seems at times that she and her wonderful aircraft are the only things standing in the way of a total German victory Ronnie Somerset carries the fate of the world in the cockpit with her as she fights planes, rockets, amphibious landing craft, and deadly bio vulcanized robo warriors to a cataclysmic conclusion.If you like adventure, you ll like this book If you thrive on non stop action, a healthy dose of retro futuristic science, a little magic, and fully realized characters, you ll like this book If you like a heroine who can do everything a man can do and then some with grace and determination, yet without losing her essential femininity, you ll like this book If you like a truly imaginative narrative set in an alternative universe that still manages to be familiar, then you ll like this book And it s illustrated There are 60 stunning graphics in the illustrated edition at least half of them from graphic artist, Cutangus, that will leave you a little breathless.I received my copy of DragonFly for free from the author as part of a Book of the Month event through the Goodreads group, ebook miner That said, I am glad to have read it, happy to recommend it, and I m looking forward to books in the DragonFly series.

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    Of course I think this is five star What author wouldn t I really want to know what you think This is a dieselpunk novel a blend of science fiction and fantasy in a world of an alternative history So if it is anything, it is unique

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    I ve got to say it s been a while since I ve read a book as well written as DragonFly There are so many items I wish to discuss in regards to my enthusiastic approval, I hardly know where to start I must advise anyone reading this that there will be plenty of spoilers Consider yourself warned Now on to the good stuff Dragonfly is a unique story of an alternate World War II view involving mysticism, dieselpunk technology, science and thrilling action.Veronica Ronnie is a woman struggling to assert herself in a man s world as a fighter pilot for the Royal Army Her beginning is a bit rocky due to some bad press from a jealous rival and a rather stupid ex lover I am such a fan of these types of conflicts where the underdog is given a chance to exceed everyone s including the readers expectations, and exceed them she does, over and over and over again She quickly befriends a scientist working on combining science and magic to fuel a new technologically advanced aircraft called Dragonfly Ronnie soon becomes indispensable as a fighter pilot in the war against Hitler My girl power senses were tingling all over the place as she and her two girlfriends, one being the future queen of England, kicked Hitler s fanny throughout the entire book The obstacles, fight scenes and overall storyline were expertly weaved into a novel I simply could not put down Read it in five hours.The author s ability to paint a picture and make the reader feel as if they were in the heart of the battle was wonderful The use of imagery and his attention to detail made me feel as if I d been visiting Great Britain for years, even though I ve never once set foot upon that wonderful country The language was poetic, but not too flowery I often felt a bit mesmerized whenever the landscape was described The picture in my mind was a setting like nothing I d ever before experienced.Other descriptive phrases were gruesome in nature but certainly painted a picture of war The book starts out with a bang, quite literally, when the train Ronnie is on is pelted by bullets A little girl is injured and the author describes her as a bloody bundle of laundry that had grown arms and legs The dialogue furthered the development of each character, and never for one moment did I feel like a scene, a description or a line of dialogue was a waste One particular quote I loved was when Ronnie and her friend Busbee are in the Portcullis Inn having a drink and talking about the war and Busbee is telling Ronnie she has to focus on now instead of how things could be in the future Ronnie asks, And what about our hopes, Busbee When did dreams become such a luxury To which Busbee replies, I guess when nightmares became so cheap The author seems to have quite the mechanical mind and an expansive understanding of aircraft and engineering I must admit there was plenty of terminology I just didn t quite understand, but it didn t keep me from finding a dictionary I m not one for ignoring the unknown word and continuing on I can t keep going until I know exactly what the author is talking about I found it all fairly educational Even the mystical aspects of it and the way the bodies of the mechanical soldiers were set up was really intriguing material.My copy of this book had full illustrations, another plus for me since the descriptive terminology for all of the aircraft in the novel was something I didn t fully understand Every illustration gave me a perfect frame of reference as the battle scenes unfolded and the Dragonfly Squadron fearlessly fought off Hitler s military with all of their bells and whistles Beautiful illustrations, by the way Loved every single one of them as well as the pictures at the beginning of each chapter In other words, this was a freaking awesome book, and I can t wait to read the next one in the series Ronnie rocks, girls rule, Hitler drools and God save the queen

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    DragonFly starts off with a bang the train carrying Pilot Officer Veronica Ronnie Somerset to her newly assigned post is attacked by Nazi planes She makes it to the station, then on to the Royal Naval Station Enysfarne, a castle high above the Cornish coastline After establishing she is indeed a pilot, not a cook, Ronnie learns she will be testing the latest British plane, the DragonFly It is the furthest thing from ordinary Able to travel on land or under the sea, it boasts the ability to refuel either in the sea or during a rainstorm because runs on ordinary water Nigel Pennbridge, the resident scientist inventor introduces Ronnie to the War Office s Department of Experimental War Technology It is used to create powerful shells and bombs to use against the impending Nazi invasion of Britain Hitler depends upon the occult to advise him in battle The cards warn him of the women that will get in his way He is not concerned, because the Nazi s have secret weapons of their own Imagine robots created out of human prisoners of war that can no longer think for themselves then enhanced with robotic parts The Blutskreiger are all that and horrifyingly .Cornell s battle scenes remind me of Clive Cussler s style Just when your heart stops thumping, thinking the good guys are finally safe Cornell ramps up the action again The excitement and tension created puts the reader in the jump seat right next to the fearless pilots of the Dragonfly.DragonFly is so much than battles, Cornell touches on the occult, a sect of Ancient Druids, a connection to the Royal Family and a love interest or two It was satisfying to have a woman RAF Pilot expertly fighting against the enemy I think the YA audience will love this book It has something for everyone History wrapped in mystery draped in SciFi makes DragonFly a fast paced winner I would be remiss if I didn t mention the beautiful artwork of Jose Cutangus Garcia, Jordy Lakiere and Andrew Lounds bring the scenes to life The illustrations at the beginning of each chapter as well as the vintage photographs enhanced my reading experience to the next level I can imagine Dragonfly as a summer blockbuster at my local theater in the not too distant future Copyright 2014 Laura Hartman DISCLOSURE OF MATERIAL CONNECTION I have a material connection because I received a review copy that I can keep for consideration in preparing to write this content I was not expected to return this item after my review

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    I received this e book for free after participating in the E Book Miner s Book of the Month program This is my full and honest review and opinion of the book.I must say I really enjoyed this read The story had a great balance of action, character development, fantasy magic, and science fiction technology This was my first historical fiction book I have read that mixed the genres of scifi, fantasy, and steampunk.When I rate scfi fantasy novels, I really look for two things The first is a compelling story Do I lose myself in the chapters or do I find I am forcing myself to finish the book In this case, I found it very easy to pick up this book The story was well written I personally liked the writing style and the novel had a certain beat a smooth flow The action sequences kept me very engaged and I found myself reading large chunks of this book in single sittings The second thing I look for is a compelling but believable magic system fantasy novels or new technology science fiction In this book, the technology of the DragonFly was believable and interesting We all wish we could invent an engine that runs on water, right The magic was explained less and I really do hope the Druid race makes an appearance in the remainder of the trilogy My only critique with the story was how magic was used at the end of the story a little cliche and predictable.Finally, I want to commend the author for writing a compelling and strong female lead placed in a time where women were not particularly not seen as capable, especially in the air force any military branch It s characters like Ronnie and the courage of authors like Cornell to write such characters that will help change the face of the scifi fantasy steampunk genre.

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    Dragonfly is a dieselpunk alternative history novel set in WWII It follows the harrowing adventures of Veronica Ronnie Somerset, a mail drop pilot who is thrust into the spotlight when she becomes the first female combat pilot in the face of a looming Nazi invasion of Britain Her fearless example leads to an additional pair of women pilots, forming the Dragonfly Squadron.There is a lot to like about Dragonfly Mr Cornell has a firm grasp of the time period, putting the reader in the air and on the ground in the midst of razing bullets, exploding shells, and techno zombie super soldiers That s right, this is dieselpunk, where the speculative intertwines with the historical Captain America would have been right at home in this novel, but he s not needed because Veronica and her crew are holding down the fort Hitler had better look out.There is some mystical linings that spice the tale up a bit, but the story is solidly footed in the struggle between Britain and Germany in a world that doesn t particularly follow the history that we know There are surprises, there is intrigue, and there are those aircraft.Mr Cornell takes obviously delight in the design of his nifty fighter planes, from the zippy Dragonfly to the menacing craft of the Nazis This is an illustrated version, and the designs are outstanding One can only hope there will be a Hollywood adaption one day, because this story would look outstanding in the same style as the movie Sky Captain The great part about this story is that it is just the first of a series of books Personally, I m looking forward to of Mr Cornell s dieselpunk world.

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    This review was done for, a website for authors and readers.Here s the review It s a dieselpunk, alt history WWII story about aerial combat between Germany and Britain Early on, I was going to give it 4 stars, but I so enjoyed it, and wanted to read the next book, and knew I wanted to reread this one, that I had to give it 5 stars Very inventive, and with lovely illustrations that can be zoomed in on.Title DragonFly Missions of the DragonFly Squadron 1 IllustratedAuthor Charles Cornell, Jose Cutangus Garcia, Illustrator of Pages 365 no pages on ebook Synopsis Veronica Ronnie Somerset, is a ferry pilot of Lancaster bombers from the factories in Canada to England, or flying the grumpy hippo , the Sunderland flying boat, on mail runs Known for speaking her mind, she is sent down to Enysfarne, down by Penzance a radar station and outpost, but also what was to be her headquarters for the duration of this part of the war It is also the birthplace of the Dragonfly, a special plane, highly experimental, and mysteriously powered Here she will live up to all that was the British spirit of have a cuppa, and save the homeland.Joining her in this wild ride of a diesel punk WWII alternative history combat story is her best friend Busbee Collins, Dr Nigel Pennbridge, the inventor of the Dragonfly and it s special mechanics, and the girls childhood friend, Vicki, HRH Victoria, Princess of Wales, and heir to the British throne, who also happens to be a damned fine pilot.With an assortment of characters on both the British and Nazi side, and a slew of planes both real and invented, this story takes off and doesn t stop except to refuel We go behind the scenes with Hitler and his inner circle and his obsession with the mystical, and are treated on both sides to some interesting and inventive inter weavings of truth and fiction Cons Although there were some areas where it could be tightened up, and a few loose threads snipped, a few leaps in action without explanation, a few misspellings that could be British or jokingly said cow towing , and a few references that are un PC, but probably okay for the time period in question, overall it was than a decent job.Pros Here s why I have them backwards pros v cons Although I noticed most of those cons in the beginning, by the middle of the story, either they disappeared, or I was so caught up in the story, and in the wonderful flying world the author invented, as well as the incredible illustrations that can be blow up much bigger of the new aircraft by Cutangus that I never noticed any issues.I flew through the book like one of the pilots, nimbly jumping from one sortie to another, from Cornwall to Devon, from Jutland to the Baltic Sea, and back to England to be one of the main reasons the great Nazi invasion of Britain was fought back, esp after the Americans caved, and made a truce with Germany, withdrawing all their aerial support of the B 17s, the Lancaster bombers, and other aircraft in service at the time, leaving England to stand on it s own, even as most of the royal family, including the King, went via submarine to safety in Canada This is a book about WWII, and the planes and aerial combat figure prominently in it, but with the illustrations, and the website full of additional supporting information on the crew and team members of both sides, the aircraft from both also experimental, but incredible , and the main hero ines being three indomitable young ladies with great talent at the stick, this book would appeal to most people I m a 50 something woman, and I really enjoyed it, and would give it the highest praise a reader could I d love to read in the series, and I d read it again My Rating 5 loop the loop stars