Sometimes Even Pilots Have to Wing It
In the high-flying, heady world of 1920s aviation, brash pilot Robert “Hitch” Hitchcock’s life does a barrel roll when a young woman in an old-fashioned ball gown falls from the clouds smack in front of his biplane. As fearless as she is peculiar, Jael immediately proves she’s game for just about anything, including wing-walking in his struggling airshow. In return for her help, she demands a ride back home . . . to the sky.
Hitch thinks she’s nuts—until he steers his plane into the midst of a bizarre storm and nearly crashes into a strange airship like none he’s ever run afoul of, an airship with the power to control the weather. Caught between a corrupt sheriff and dangerous new enemies from above, Hitch must take his last chance to gain forgiveness from his estranged family, deliver Jael safely home before she flies off with his freewheeling heart, and save his Nebraska hometown from storm-wielding sky pirates.
Cocky, funny, and full of heart, Storming is a jaunty historical/dieselpunk mash-up that combines rip-roaring adventure and small-town charm with the thrill of futuristic possibilities.
|Publisher:||Helping Writers Become Authors Media, LLC|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.01(d)|
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This is my first K.M. Weiland book, but it won't be my last. I enjoyed the adventure, romance, and suspense, beginning with the woman falling from the sky!
Ooo-weee. That was one wild ride! I don't read much steampunk/dieselpunk. (In fact, the only books I can recall off the top of my head that would fit either of those genres is the Matt Cruse trilogy by Kenneth Oppel.) Therefore, I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to read Storming, both for its unusual genre, and also the high ratings it garnered from my Goodreads-friends. Let's start with the characters, shall we? The characters were very well developed. Nearly all of them had complex back stories and motives--even minor characters (the only exceptions being the villains). Jael wasn't *quite* as rounded out as the rest, but part of that was to keep the foreigner feel, so I won't take off any points. Weiland's strong suit is definitely in writing people, because she nailed every last one in this book. World-building: I was not expecting much of this, since #1, it is set in the real world, and #2, the setting chosen isn't an exciting or exotic locale. However, Weiland brought Scottsbluff to life. I was totally amazed at how she used every bit of writing--dialogue, description, even characters' thoughts--to flesh out this small, Nebraskan town. The writing style never lapsed once from keeping in character with the time period and locale. It was incredible how real and life-like it seemed! I felt like it was an actual place I could visit to see the places where the story played out. And the whimsical illustrations scattered in-between chapters were just the right touch. The plot: I did have a few quibbles with this. The plot picked up at first, and then dragged a bit in the middle, before racing towards the finish. Instead of edge of your seat action every single minute, it was more of teasing out the plot, so that I wanted more, more, MORE. Some readers might really enjoy this--I, however, was slightly frustrated by it. I feel like if the pace could have been increased just a bit in the middle, and I would enjoyed it even more. I debated whether or not to take off points for this, and finally settled on deducting a star, because it just didn't keep me gripped. Conclusion: Storming was an excellent read. If you are into major character-development, and love that homey, country feel with just a touch of sci-fi, than this book is perfect for you. Readers who prefer edge-of-their-seat-suspense in their books might be a bit disappointed. Rating: 4 stars Recommended: 12 and up Content guide (may contain minor spoilers): Language: 1/10 ("durn it" and similar phrases used) Violence: 7/10 (violent death of a character, a bit gruesome. characters incurs serious wounds. fist-fights and beatings. one disturbing scene in which a 'good' main character unapologetically tries to kill a villain by beating him to death. beating people up or killing them if they're villains is considered acceptable.) Sexual Content: 1/10 (one character has a "love 'em and leave 'em" type of mindset, a few light kisses) *Many thanks to the author for providing a copy to review!* For more reviews, see gabriellenblog.wordpress.com and fullofbooks.com
Quite possibly the best book I've read all year. There was never a dull moment. Every word mattered. Every. Single. Word. K.M. Weiland is a master storyteller, and I was hooked throughout the entire tale. Now I need to read the rest of her books. Immediately. And you need to read Storming. Why are you still reading this review? Go buy it!!! :)
A rip roaring barnstorming adventure and more! I have eagerly awaited K.M. Weiland’s release of Storming since her announcement to write a story about a barnstorming pilot. I have flying in my blood. In my teenage years I shadowed a pilot a few years older than me who flew aircraft from his private airfield right across the road from our farmhouse. As a Civil Air Patrol Cadet, I worked airshows and fly ins and at the time could identify nearly every plan built over the past 50 years. I have a photo of my maternal grandfather posing in front of a JN-4 or Jenny, the same biplane that ‘Hitch’ Hitchcock flies in Storming, so my expectations were high. For a good book synopsis of Storming, be sure to read the book description at the top of the page. Storming opens with the protagonist, ‘Hitch’ Hitchcock encountering bazaar events just prior to landing in his hometown of Scotts Bluff, Nebraska. He’s returning hometown after a 10 year absence. His absence garnered animosity with family who felt he deserted them; specifically his brother and sister-in-law. His primary reason for returning – compete in a flying circus. Hitch is confident he has the skills and the plane to win. K.M. Weiland tosses more obstacles in Hitch’s way than you might imagine. While flying at night to test new modifications on the Jenny he spots a woman dressed in a ball gown hanging beneath a parachute. Moments later, someone else draped from a chute fires flares toward the young woman. One flare strikes the woman’s chute another strikes the engine of the Jenny. The woman, Jael and her pursuer drop into a lake near the town. At this point of the story the answer to where the two came from is unknown but the rest of the story centers on these strange events. Storming blends a fascinating plot with rich, complex characters. Conflict ramps up between other members of his crew, resolving the family conflict with family, a dishonest sheriff who his brother works for as a deputy and meeting challenges from a mystery airship with its air pirates and a device that controls the weather. Storming combines a rip roaring adventure with an element of fantasy or science fiction full of twists, turns and a stunning conclusion. KM Weiland hasn’t disappointed me yet but for personal reasons this book has become a new favorite; a must read by K.M. Weiland. This review is based on advance reader’s copy, ARC. Ordered the print version and downloaded the release copies this morning.