Cuttlefish by Dave Freer

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The smallest thing can change the path of history.

The year is 1976, and the British Empire still spans the globe. Coal drives the world, and the smog of it hangs thick over the canals of London.

Clara Calland is on the run. Hunted, along with her scientist mother, by Menshevik spies and Imperial soldiers, they flee Ireland for London. They must escape airships, treachery and capture. Under flooded London's canals they join the rebels who live in the dank tunnels there.

Tim Barnabas is one of the under people, born to the secret town of drowned London, place of anti-imperialist republicans and Irish rebels, part of the Liberty - the people who would see a return to older values and free elections. Seeing no further than his next meal, Tim has hired on as a submariner on the Cuttlefish, a coal fired submarine that runs smuggled cargoes beneath the steamship patrols, to the fortress America and beyond.

When the ravening Imperial soldiery comes, Clara and her mother are forced to flee aboard the Cuttlefish. Hunted like beasts, the submarine and her crew must undertake a desperate voyage across the world, from the Faeroes to the Caribbean and finally across the Pacific to find safety. But only Clara and Tim Barnabas can steer them past treachery and disaster, to freedom in Westralia. Carried with them--a lost scientific secret that threatens the very heart of Imperial power.

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About Dave Freer

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Dave Freer is an ichthyologist turned author who lives on Flinders Island (between mainland Australia and Tasmania) with his wife, four dogs and four cats, and two sons. He has coauthored a range of novels with Eric Flint (Rats, Bats and Vats, The Rats, the Bats and the Ugly, Pyramid Scheme, and Pyramid Power), with Mercedes Lackey and Eric Flint (The Shadow of the Lion, This Rough Magic, The Wizard of Karres, Much Fall of Blood) as well as writing the solo novels The Forlorn, A Mankind Witch and Dragon’s Ring, all for Baen.
Published July 17, 2012 by Pyr. 299 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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overt statements replace character growth (“She hadn’t realized before just how important people who merely made food and hot drinks were”), and the burgeoning romance moves too rapidly from a kiss to “I love you.” Moreover, the image of Clara on the cover is reminiscent of the TV Laura Ingalls W...

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In this steampunk adventure set in an alternate 20th-century, two teenagers bond during a series of death-defying episodes aboard an illegal submarine.

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City Book Review

Cuttlefish is about a thrilling and dangerous pursuit of the submarine Cuttlefish by the English Navy.

Aug 10 2012 | Read Full Review of Cuttlefish

Portland Book Review

Even though Clara and her mother manage to escape London on the submarine Cuttlefish, the Imperial Navy is on their trail.

Jun 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Cuttlefish

Shiny Book Review

This is why the royal Duke who heads the British Imperial Empire’s secret service decides that there’s only one way left to get a handle on Dr. Calland and stopping her from giving her precious formula to Westralia– and that’s by bringing her ex-husband, Clara’s father, to Westralia as a bargaini...

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Shiny Book Review

Tim just sees himself as a Londoner, same as any other.) During the course of CUTTLEFISH, there are many adventures in store for Tim, Clara, and of course for Mrs. Calland.

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Enter Clara Calland, or rather her seemingly boring scientist mother who may have the solution to everyone’s problems, and therefore everyone wants her, especially the Russians or the British, and if they cannot have her, they want to kill her to prevent her and her invention falling into the han...

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