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White Elephant

(Code Black #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  13 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Code Black Book 2
Romance, Intrigue, and Elephants

To keep her place aboard the airship Nonesuch, Miriam must complete another mission for Lord Q — persuade the first white rajah of Sarawak back to loyalty to the British Crown. When Nonesuch crash lands on the coast of Borneo, the mission changes to one of survival. In order to rescue her beloved Captain Maximus Thorpe and t
Kindle Edition, 243 pages
Published November 30th 2019
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Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ecopy from Ryder Author Resources in exchange for an honest review.

I'm so glad I decided to give the Code Black series by V.E. Ulett a chance because it was absolutely delightfully charming. Both books could be read as standalones as they are quite self contained, but I have a feeling that your reading experience will benefit from reading them in order as a series. I enjoyed getting to know Miriam, Lord Q, Captain Thorpe, and all the rest of the crew of the airship the Nonesuch. Th
Meg - A Bookish Affair
"White Elephant" is the second book in V.E. Ulett's Code Black series. This book picks back up the story of fearless adventuress Miriam and the crew of the airship Nonesuch. They are on another adventure, this time to the jungles of Borneo. Lord Q has issued a new mission and the stakes are even higher as Miriam and the rag tag crew face new challenges and new dangers. February is the time when I begin to yearn for warmer days and far off adventures and since my feet have to stay where I'm at, l ...more
Trigger warning for rape.

This is the second book in the Code Black-series. I haven't read the first book.

Miriam is the main character of "White Elephants". She owes Lord Q for reasons probably better explained in book 1 of the series. Because of this, she is on board of Nonesuch, a ship which can also fly with the mission to go undercover to a British man in Borneo who has started to act out of line and convince him to stay loyal to Great Britain. Everything doesn't go as planned though. To get
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Excellent book!!
Leah M
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the author. I am voluntarily providing my honest opinion.

I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, especially since it's the second in a series. However, it works well as a standalone book and I didn't feel lost or confused while reading.

TRIGGER WARNING: mention of rape, harm to animals, colonialism

Miriam is a smart, sensible, respectful character that it is easy to like. Maximus, the captain of the Nonesuch is another character who is smart, thoughtful, an
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A charming story well told. Perhaps more land based content than expected but none the worse for that and, as with all Ulett's work, excellent characterisation and narrative. In general a refreshing and satisfying tale. ...more
Douglas Williamson
The story starts as our heroine crashes into the jungle. Not the most auspicious of starts for a mission.

This is book two of the series. It works pretty well as a standalone. You will be missing out on some of the character background, but since this story takes place in the jungle, the setting is completely new. So feel free to start here if you like.

I am going to call this an adventure story, sort of a spy story set in Victorian times. It is nominally a steampunk series, but since this book ta
Helgaleena Healingline
Sep 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book start in the midst of an airship crash and merely gets more difficult. These two protege-agents of the mysterious Lord Q are tasked with safeguarding the steampunk British Empire from a power-mad merchant who has set himself up as a local Raja in Borneo. One is a wild Scot ship's captain, the other a devout half-Iranian Muslim in hijab. Their allies are as unique and exotic as can be, acquired in the wilds of Thrace in the previous volume.

Don't fear landing in the midst of the action o
Sep 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was provided with a free copy of the novel in exchange for an honest review.

Overall, I enjoyed White Elephant. It was an engaging read, which I ended up liking a lot more than I expected to. While there are some kinks that need to be worked out and things the author can improve upon, it’s a good novel. I might go back and read the first novel in the series now that I’ve read this one.

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V.E. Ulett is a long time resident of California, but spends most of her time in a romantic nineteenth century world of airships and adventure. When she isn't head down in a first hand account of capture by pirates, battle at sea, or experimental flight, V.E. is an ordinary Silicon Valley warrior. Rare leisure hours are spent with her own small Hell-Cats. ...more

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