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By Dave Freer

The smallest factor can switch the trail of history.

The yr is 1976, and the British Empire nonetheless spans the globe. Coal drives the area, and the smog of it hangs thick over the canals of London.

Clara Calland is at the run. Hunted, with her scientist mom, by way of Menshevik spies and Imperial infantrymen, they flee eire for London. they have to get away airships, treachery, and trap. below flooded London's canals, they sign up for the rebels who dwell within the dank tunnels there.

Tim Barnabas is among the underpeople, born to the key city of drowned London, position of anti-imperialist republicans and Irish rebels, a part of the Liberty—the those that could see a go back to older values and loose elections. Seeing no farther than his subsequent meal, Tim has employed on as a submariner at the Cuttlefish, a coal-fired submarine that runs smuggled cargoes underneath the steamship patrols, to the fort the United States and beyond.

When the Imperial soldiery comes ravening, Clara and her mom are compelled to escape aboard the Cuttlefish. Hunted like beasts, the submarine and her workforce needs to adopt a determined voyage internationally, from the Faeroes to the Caribbean and at last around the Pacific to discover safeguard. yet in simple terms Clara and Tim Barnabas can steer them earlier treachery and catastrophe, to freedom in Westralia. Carried with them—a misplaced clinical mystery that threatens the very middle of Imperial strength.

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Science fiction. 2. Imaginary creatures—Fiction. 3. Princes—Fiction. 4. War—Fiction. 5. ] I. Thompson, Keith, 1982– ill. II. Title. W5197Beh 2010 [Fic]—dc22 2010009755 ISBN 978-1-4424-0957-6 (eBook) To Justine: nine years, seventeen novels, and counting Alek raised his sword. ” Deryn hefted her own weapon, studying Alek’s pose. His feet were splayed at right angles, his left arm sticking out behind like the handle of a teacup. His fencing armor made him look like a walking quilt. Even with his sword pointed straight at her, he looked barking silly.

I. Thompson, Keith, 1982– ill. II. Title. W5197Beh 2010 [Fic]—dc22 2010009755 ISBN 978-1-4424-0957-6 (eBook) To Justine: nine years, seventeen novels, and counting Alek raised his sword. ” Deryn hefted her own weapon, studying Alek’s pose. His feet were splayed at right angles, his left arm sticking out behind like the handle of a teacup. His fencing armor made him look like a walking quilt. Even with his sword pointed straight at her, he looked barking silly. ” she asked. ” “A proper idiot, more like,” Deryn muttered, wishing again that her first lesson were someplace less public.

If raw electriks flowed across the airship’s skin, even the tiniest hydrogen leak could burst into flame. ” “The ones I’ve seen could hardly shoot across a room,” Klopp said. “They only tickled your fingers or made your hair stand on end. ” Alek turned to Mr. Hirst, who was watching their conversation with an air of disinterest, and said in English, “We have to come about! ” Mr. Hirst raised an eyebrow. ” “Yes! Klopp has worked with the German land forces. ” Alek sighed. ” The chief engineer peered down at the Goeben.

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