A Beautiful Daring Dieselpunk Adventure

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Storming by K.M. Weiland

Is there anything more glamorous than a story about a flying ace trying to save his hometown? Set in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Storming is a high flying adventure with a dash of dieselpunk. We follow the adventures of Robert “Hitch” Hitchcock and the mysterious Jael. Everyone has secrets, including my favorite character, Walter, who I wanted to hug and cuddle to make him feel better.

book review storming km weiland

Now, I’ve been to Scottsbluff, granted it was just an overnight stop, but Nebraska is big state and I’ve driven nearly the length of it so it wasn’t hard to imagine the dry, vast prairie where the story is set. However, much of this story takes place in the air in open cockpit planes. Weiland deftly manages the scenes on the ground and in the sky. I was constantly amazed at Hitch’s skill and Jael’s bravery. It was easy to imagine what all the flyers were doing when they were up in the air. I could feel the wind in my face, my heart pounding, chewing my nails hoping they would land safely.

book review storming km weiland

Walter, by far, was my favorite character. I figured that everything with Hitch and Jael would end up okay, but I was concerned about Walter from the point he was introduced in the story. I could see his potential even if he couldn’t and I was rooting for him the entire novel.

In the end, I wanted more time in Jael’s world. There was so much left unexplained and it wasn’t the language barrier holding things back. We were just never introduced to a character that could explain the technology which was disappointing as the technology holds a lot of potential.

I did enjoy reading Storming. The characters were ones you rooted for from the start. The mysterious Jael added a bit of intrigue even if her world was not fully explained. High flying adventures in small towns with a handsome Douglas Fairbanks-esque hero remind me of home and old Hollywood. Two things I find hard to resist.

“She might be a saucy little tramp most of the time. But tonight she was a warrioress, a Valkyrie.”
Storming by K.M. Weiland


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A Beautiful Daring Dieselpunk Adventure


Author: K.M. Weiland
Published on: December 4, 2015
Pages: 454
Genres: adult, historical fiction, action & adventure
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My Rating: four-stars


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Giveaways offered at Second Run Reviews. Various sponsors.

About K.M. Weiland

K.M. Weiland lives in make-believe worlds, talks to imaginary friends, and survives primarily on chocolate truffles and espresso. She is the IPPY and NIEA Award-winning and internationally published author of the Amazon bestsellers Outlining Your Novel and Structuring Your Novel, as well as Jane Eyre: The Writer’s Digest Annotated Classic. She writes historical and speculative fiction from her home in western Nebraska and mentors authors on her award-winning website Helping Writers Become Authors.


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