Airborn (Matt Cruse, Book 1) by Kenneth Oppel

By Kenneth Oppel

Sailing towards sunrise, and that i was once perched atop the crow's nest, being the ship's eyes. We have been nights out of Sydney, and there'd been no climate to talk of to date. i used to be protecting watch on a dismal stack of nimbus clouds off to the northwest, yet we have been leaving it some distance in the back of, and it appeared to be gentle going all of the as far back as Lionsgate urban. Like driving a cloud. . . .
Matt Cruse is a cabin boy at the Aurora, an important airship that sails countless numbers of toes above the sea, ferrying filthy rich passengers from urban to urban. it's the lifestyles Matt's constantly sought after; confident he's lighter than air, he imagines himself as buoyant because the hydrium fuel that powers his send. One evening he meets a loss of life balloonist who speaks of lovely creatures drifting throughout the skies. it is just after Matt meets the balloonist's granddaughter that he realizes that the man's ravings may possibly, actually, were real, and that the creatures are thoroughly actual and totally mysterious.
In a swashbuckling event resembling Jules Verne and Robert Louis Stevenson, Kenneth Oppel, writer of the best-selling Silverwing trilogy, creates an imagined international during which the air is populated by way of transcontinental voyagers, pirates, and beings by no means ahead of dreamed of by way of the people who sail the skies.

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65 The next day Mr Wyeth departed for the mouth of the Columbia River with all the party excepting twelve men (myself included)66 who were stationed at the Fort. I now began to experience the difficulties attending a mountaineer we being all raw hands excepting the man who had charge of the Fort and a Mullattoe: the two latter having but very little experience in hunting game with the Rifle: 64. The place where Wyeth built his fort is not the point marked “Fort Hall” on present maps, but a site farther west on the sandy plain between Portneuf and Snake Rivers.

The great altitude of this place however connected with the cold descending from the mountains at night I think would be a serious obstruction to growth of most Kinds of cultivated grains. This valley like all other parts of the country abounds with game. M and 10 of us started with it for the other side but we no sooner reached the rapid current than our raft (which was constructed of large timber) became unmanageable and all efforts to reach either side were vaine and fearing lest We should run on to the dreadful rapids to which we were fast approaching we aban94.

Townsend (p. 230) says of it, “August 5th-At sunrise this morning, the 'star-spangled banner' was raised on the flag-staff at the fort, and a salute fired by the men . ” 30 — OSBORNE R USSELL and altho the country abounded with game still it wanted experience to kill it. On the 12th of August myself and 3 others (the Mullattoe included) started from the Fort to hunt Buffaloe. We proceeded up the stream running into Snake River near the Fort called Ross’s fork67 in an East direction about 25 miles, crossed a low mountain in the same direction about 5 miles and fell on to a stream called Portneuf:68 here we found several large bands of Buffaloe we went to a small spring and encamped.

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