Fata Morgana by Steven R. Boyett & Ken Mitchroney
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Publication date: June 13th 2017
I got an ARC of this through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was a very up and down read. It started off shakily to then develop into something very promising. Then it fell again but managed to finish off in a decent way.
The story follows a crew on a bomber plane during World War II. They are sent on a mission over Nazi Germany but something goes wrong and they find themselves stranded in another world. A world struggling with its own problems.
I liked the concept of the story and was intrigued to read something set during WWII. The more relaxed chapters were really good, but as soon as there were action I just lost focus. Something about the writing style couldn’t grip me while a lot was going on. This meant that the beginning with the bombing and the end with the climax just didn’t deliver.
I liked the characters and the relationships between them. It was quite a big cast and the introductions brief, but it still did well and you came to like all of them.
In conclusion, it was a decent read but I won’t pick it up again.
“At the height of the air war in Europe, Captain Joe Farley and the baseball-loving, wisecracking crew of the B-17 Flying Fortress Fata Morgana are in the middle of a harrowing bombing mission over East Germany when everything goes sideways. The bombs are still falling and flak is still exploding all around the 20-ton bomber as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world.
Suddenly stranded with the final outcasts of a desolated world, Captain Farley navigates a maze of treachery and wonder—and finds a love seemingly decreed by fate—as his bomber becomes a pawn in a centuries-old conflict between remnants of advanced but decaying civilizations. Caught among these bitter enemies, a vast power that has brought them here for its own purposes, and a terrifying living weapon bent on their destruction, the crew must use every bit of their formidable inventiveness and courage to survive.
Fata Morgana—the epic novel of love and duty at war across the reach of time.“