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Reviewed in the United States on June 21, 2012
Many people would probably call Kenneth Oppel's" Matt Cruse" series a steampunk tale, after all it has airships! But calling this series steampunk is doing it a disservice, while Oppel does borrow from modern steampunk, what starts to become apparent to me, with this the second book in series, is that what he has actually done is simply continue the "golden" era of pulps into the thirties and forties as if the first and second world wars had never happened. In a word, it is "Brilliant".
All three of these books read like any number of Edgar Rice Burrows tales and each one seems to me to fit a specific subgenre in early pulps, in book two, which is the one I qualify as the most "Action/Adventure "of the trilogy, Matt joins an expedition to the unheard of altitude of 30,000 feet to recover a lost luxury liner where he finds a cold airless wasteland and fantastical creatures of the unexplored heights! This series is just plain old fashion fun and I highly recommend it to everyone but most especially to anyone who grew up reading pulps or wants a glimpse back to what people imagined in a time when a great deal of our own planet was still one full of mysteries galore.