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3.85  ·  Rating details ·  636 ratings  ·  120 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Blackstone Publishing
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
99 cent Kindle sale, Sept. 4, 2017. 3.5 stars for this 2017 SF novel, kind of a throwback, reminiscent of Golden Age SciFi. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

It’s 1943, at the height of the air war during World War II. US Air Force Captain Joseph Farley and his crew of nine men fly a B-17 bomber on missions out of England, bombing German factories and other military targets. On their last mission their bomber Voice of America, a never-ending source of problems (“fixing this one’s
Fata Morgana:  A Fata Morgana is an unusual and complex form of superior mirage that is seen in the narrow band right above the horizon.  It is the Italian name for the Arthurian sorceress Morgan le Fay, from a belief that these mirages, often seen in the Strait of Messina, were fairy castles in the air or false land created by her witchcraft to lure sailors to their deaths.    Source: Wikipedia
I have not read a great deal of Science Fiction but the premise of this book intrigued me.  
In this
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh my gosh! This book was soooo good. It made me cry a few times, and others had me laughing out loud. I really must read more by this author. It was about a WWII bomber, the Fata Morganna, that went through a vortex into the future. He met a girl and fell in love. This crossed a few genres-- historical fiction, sci-fi, romance... I liked the ending too, not what I expected, but now that I am done, I can see nothing else would have really worked. I received this book as an ARC from Netgalley. My ...more
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
as it is knocked like a bathtub duck into another world

So that's where my rubber duckies keep disappearing to. And here I thought the cats were hiding them. ;)
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The nitty-gritty: An exciting time travel adventure that is, at its heart, a love letter to the B17 Flying Fortress bomber.

It’s been six years since Steve Boyett published Mortality Bridge , and so I was thrilled to find out he had a new book coming out this year, co-authored by his good friend Ken Mitchroney. Fata Morgana is set in two time periods, first in WWII Europe, where the crew of the B17F bomber the Fata Morgana is getting ready for their next mission, and later in a far-flung futur
Dec 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: B-17 crews, Nazi fighter pilots, glorious SF heroines, AI dragons
The B-17 "Flying Fortress" really wasn't much of a fortress - it was an aluminum tube with some guns mounted on it, a bomb delivery system with the bare minimum equipment to keep its crew alive in order to reach its target and (hopefully) make it back.

B-17 Flying Fortress

The hundreds of air raids on Germany were the stuff of nightmares, both for the crews and for the civilian populations below.

Fata Morgana is one of those time-travel novels where a World War II crew somehow finds itself in an alternate reality. It
Bronagh Miskelly
May 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fan
I received this book for free via Netgalley in exchange for a fair review
This WWII meets sci-fi story is very much in the tradition of H Rider Haggard and Edgar Rice Burroughs’ John Carter series, and indeed draws on a theme going much further back in legends and sagas. You can also point to similar themes in many works include those of HG Wells and CS Lewis
The hero (here accompanied by a band of followers, here in the guise of a WWII bomber crew) is pulled into a mysterious realm where he faces
Dec 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A fascinating melange of WWII "aviation lit" (to coin a term) and hard sci-fi, with a side of metaphysics and fantasy, "Fata Morgana" is a unique book. It's not exactly something I would normally read, but I found it extremely interesting nonetheless.

Somewhat to my surprise, since I was expecting sci-fi, the book starts off with a detailed and lengthy scene about an American bomber crew flying missions over Germany in 1943. The planes and fight scenes are described in loving, exquisite detail, h
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
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5 Stars for Story Atmosphere
5 Stars for Narration by Macleod Andrews
3 Stars for Characters
4 Stars for Concept
2 Stars on Drawing Concept into Clear Visual/Action/Sequence
WW2 Reads
Normally a Nonfiction reader, I was unexpectedly unable to put this book down. The reader is thrust into the story of an American bomber crew - a part of the story that is sure to thrill every WW2 history fan - and then taken on an unexpected journey into another world. Part detailed history, part science fiction, it is a refreshing exploration of the impact of history on individuals and individuals upon history. The book is officially released in the US by Blackstone Publishing June 2017. If yo ...more
4.5 stars

The first section of the book is a terrifically exciting account of a B17 bomber raid over Germany in World War 2 that has a real sense of authenticity. It’s here we are first introduced to the wise-cracking but close-knit crew of the Fata Morgana, led by Captain Joe Farley. Suddenly, however, from WW2 historical fiction, the book suddenly mutates into science fiction as the aircraft and its crew is transported through some kind of vortex into a seemingly alien world.

They find themselv
Jan 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book made me a little sad in spots because my grandfather was a gunner on a B-17. He didn’t serve in Europe, though, he served in the South Pacific. It wasn’t until my son, then 5, started expressing an interest in airplanes, that he started talking about the war. Of course, he didn’t tell my son everything, just the names of the planes he flew on and he had pictures of “the ladies” as he called the planes. My son was fascinated that planes had people painted on them and was fascinated that ...more
May 08, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.5 stars (rounded up to 3)

This was a weird book. I don't really know how to categorize it. The book is set during WWII and follows a group of men that crew a B-17 bomber. They are flying a mission over Germany when the plane is sucked into another dimension. The crew is stuck in a decaying world between two groups of last survivors. Their plane is confiscated by one group and the men are rescued by the other. T
Cassiopeia's Moon
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
I received a free copy via Netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

Unfortunately I felt the plot lost its way once it moved into the future.
This just was not for me.
Writer Boyett and Film director Mitchroney’s fiction collaboration has something for everyone, a fantastic genre meld of fantasy, WWII fiction and a sci-fi action thriller with a touching fated romance thrown in for good measure. The plot line is a tight, fast moving, inventive nail-biter, with brilliant world building to match. The narrative is fluent descriptive and exceptional. And then there’s the storytelling, which is masterful not leaving any of the aforementioned genres in the dust or dr ...more
O.S. Prime
Jan 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
As if there weren't enough stories about military machines traveling through portals to other times or universes, we have this one. This one starts out as Twelve O'Clock High or Catch 22 and is pretty good at that point. Then the plane travels through the anomaly and it becomes a 60's B movie or an episode of Time Tunnel. A little bit of Connecticut Yankee action ensues as our heroes apply themselves in their new circumstances. It's downhill from this point as the plot becomes silly and then com ...more
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a rip-roaring, fun adventure that is strongest in its first, WWII-era section and in its epilogue. The sudden introduction of a new plot and characters one-fifth into the book was quite jarring; once the transition was made the new story felt like it was comprised of recycled bits from the original series of Star Trek. That said, the writing and characterizations are excellent, elevating the whole and making Fata Morgana an easy, breezy ride (the other thing I found odd were two or three ...more
Vfields Don't touch my happy!
Here’s my problem with the story I began to care about these characters the man on board the Morgana so much reading was terrified. Every time I turned the page I was really worried about them because I really like them which is why it took almost a month to read. Can you tell how sucked in I was? I also will say this science-fiction held one of the most hilariousscenes I’ve ever read when they were teaching people how to play baseball it was priceless. This baseball lover could see the game it ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fabulous book- I highly recommend it! My main reading genres are science and historical fiction. What a joy these two genres are melded in Fata Morgana, a very special B-17 Flying Fortress. I thoroughly enjoyed Steven Ambrose’s characters, who have a timeless feel. Fata Morgana was well-researched, fun and hard to put down. The pacing and action kept me up into the wee hours.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review-thanks NetGalley!
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Even though the first 20% or so reads like a WWII war story set in the air battle and bombing of Germany, this book is a science fiction novel. “Fata Morgana” is the name of a brand-new B-17 bomber that the crew of a bomber named “Voice of America” receives after that plane is shot down on a mission, and crash lands on a beach in northern England. The novel was written by Steven R. Boyett and
Linda Kalies
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Interesting concept bringing in the love angle to a time traveling book. Never saw that before *sarcasm*
Seriously though, to use Randy Jackson’s words,”It was just alright for me, dog.”
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent book! I could not put it down and read it all at once. Thank you for the wonderful journey.
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens when you cross a World War II story with time travel and alternate timelines that are often prominent in science fiction? A result of such a mixing of elements is found in Fata Morgana by Steven R. Boyett and Ken Mitchroney.

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As the crew of the Fata Morgana bomber flies over Europe on a mission to drop bombs in Germany in 1943, they encounter some strange electric energy and find themselves
Jenny, The Distracted Bee
I am surprised at how much I enjoyed this book; I've not read much WWII historical fiction, and I don't think anything to do with the U.S. Air Force, but I do loves me some good sci-fi! Fata Morgana is a classic WWII American Air Force drama juxtaposed with epic science fiction, and it works!!

The WWII action is so well-researched you can't help but get caught up in the surreal-ness of the violence of war. The technical aspects are astounding, but better yet, the constant banter between character
Jan 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great bomber crew finds itself brought to another world and caught between ancient enemies. I saw this on NetGalley and grabbed an ARC when I read the description. The bomber crews' character development was spot-on and true to their (greatest) generation, but I was a little disappointed in the the off-world character development and world-building. I'll pass my pickiness off as reading too many good books with ancient civvies taking each other on, but I think most will enjoy this book's lands ...more
I've gone back and forth with the rating on this one. I think technically, it should be a one star (I didn't like it) because I didn't like it. But there were parts of it that were ok. It could have been a really good book but the execution of the idea was awful. To me. I disliked all of the Fata Morgana crew, I disliked who the main female Wenda (?- I listened to the audio and that's what it sounded like) became when she was around Joe. "You make me feel like a woman!" Pffft.

The narrator did a
This is a real genre crosser. We get WW2 bomber operations and aerial combat over Germany. We get travel to alternate worlds. We get lots of action in which the heroes have to survive and overcome impossible odds again and again. We get some really really bad enemies. We even get some romance and a bit of humor.
Basically Fata Morgana is a good story well told and with a very nice ending. It was slightly spoiled for me by a real deus ex machina moment late in the book (view spoiler)
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book started out strong. But the author didn't know how to end it. Or how to middle it. The entire middle section just sags, and the ending is a confused muddle.

The characters are fun, although a bit stereotypical, and there's little character growth.

The love story fell flat. The book seemed to undermine its own anti-war theme by gleefully waging war on (view spoiler).

As a WWII story it's neat, but unfortunately this isn't a very good science fiction story.
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect book for those who like historical fiction with a science fiction twist. This was a 'cover to cover in as close to one sitting as possible, book.'
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Steven R. Boyett is the author of Ariel, Elegy Beach, Mortality Bridge, Fata Morgana (with Ken Mitchroney) and numerous stories, articles, comic books, and screenplays.

As a DJ he has played clubs, conventions, parties, Burning Man, and sporting events, and produces two of the world’s most popular music podcasts: Podrunner and Groovelectric.

Steve has also been a martial arts instructor, professiona
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