Flying the Storm

Rated 5.00/5 based on 2 reviews
A sci-fi novel set in the near future, where the most common form of transport has become the aircraft. A vast aerial warship roams the skies above Eurasia, pirating and conquering. It has seized the Crimean Peninsula - the most lucrative trade hub on the Black Sea. The story follows two merchant airmen as they try to escape its clutches, having accidentally murdered two of its crew... More
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About C. S. Arnot

Born and raised on the West coast of Scotland, Callum now studies Electrical and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, going on to begin a PhD in the Advanced Space Concepts Laboratory after the summer of 2014. He’s been scribbling stories from a young age, but had never really attempted a novel until Flying the Storm. People ask him how he’s had the time to write while studying for a Master’s degree… and he’s not sure how to answer that. It is quite possible he should have spent more time studying…

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Review by: Hannes Birnbacher on June 2, 2016 : (no rating)
War, soldiers, and big big dirigibles, a parallel earth somewhere between WW I and the computer age. An unpretentious story, meant to entertain, but I did not read the second half.

Remark: In my system, five stars is reserved for the most important SF of world literature, e.g. "1984" from George Orwell, and four stars for those I consider all-time best, for example Michael Crichton or some novels from Larry Niven.
This leaves three stars for most of really good Indie SF, but as everybody else at Smashworts does rate a SF novel at five stars if he liked it, I was detoriating the average rating of Smashwords authors I like best! So I decided to change my previous reviews, one by one, and repost them without the smashwords rating. Watch out for my rating in the review text instead!
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Review by: Phil Lembo on June 5, 2015 :
Really terrific story. Really. Terrific. The advanced tech (like the powerful repulsors displacing the weight of giant flying warships -- which I first imagined as massive, armored dirigibles, but later realized were using this advanced technology) is woven into and supports the narrative, but doesn't overwhelm it. I usually steer clear of distopian future or apocalyptic themed novels, but this one caught my attention and drew me in. The Caucasus setting for most of the book is strikingly realistic. The pictures on the author's blog of the actual site he chose for the first battle, which I did not see until I finished the story, are exactly how I imagined the place when I was reading it. I really hope the author decides to write a sequel, because I'd really enjoy visiting this world again.
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Review by: Harry on Sep. 11, 2014 : (no rating)
Great read Callum when is or is there a sequel.
The next one is a must.
Great story thanks. Harry.
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Review by: stephen j gallagher on July 4, 2014 :
a must for any sci fi fan, great story paced well and one of the
best free reads i`ve had recently - found i was sneaking away to
read a little more on my trusty kobo, good one callum !
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