Published by Blackstone Audio Inc., Blackstone Publishing on June 13th 2017
Genres: Science Fiction, Military
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.
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Before you discount Fata Morgana as being just another book about World War 2, let me quickly say there’s something for everyone in this ambitious work by Steven Boyett and Ken Mitchroney. For WW2 aviation nerds, there is the story of a B-17 Flying Fortress which embarks on a routine flight that quickly turns into an extraordinary mission. For time travel and fantasy buffs, the ship and her crew drop down a vortex into a future that seems more like the past. For those who crave a dystopian world populated by creepy aliens, this is your book, and for those who need a little romance, there is a love story. On the nose of the Fata Morgana, Captain Joe Farley’s B-17 bomber, is painted the likeness of a woman he has seen only in his dreams. Imagine his shock when he lands in a strange new world and comes face to face with the woman from his dreams. It doesn’t take long for the captain to figure out that the mysterious woman, Wennda, and the other people he meets are not from his time. The fact that the people speak English is a definite plus, but the efforts to communicate sometimes have very funny results due to their unfamiliarity with the idiom used by the crew. The authors have done a creative and courageous thing in writing this book. It’s not your typical time travel novel. Think of a world where machines with human qualities exist and the healing process is almost magically fast — where technology is advanced to the degree that a piece of cellophane is a cell phone!
MacLeod Andrews comes through with an epic performance of the characters, particularly the crew of the Fata Morgana. The first part of the novel brings back memories of the classic WW2 films of the past with their crusty characters who faced danger with fierce bravado and endearing banter.
Fata Morgana is a fascinating blend of creative what-ifs, but none of the advances prevent the world our brave soldiers find themselves in from being grim and depressing. As is often the case with stories involving time travel, the central theme is trying to get back home and if the crew wants to return to their time, they must deal not only with a damaged ship which is equally desired by both of the warring factions of this new world but with creatures who are neither human nor machine but a combination of the two. Be prepared for an exciting and emotional conclusion with a somewhat fairytale quality. I think listeners will love this story. For an interesting history of the the term “Fata Morgana”, click on the link.