The Philosopher’s War (by Tom Miller)

Science Fiction / Steam Punk
The Philosopher’s Flight was brilliant. One of the most interesting and original novels I’ve read in a good long while. It followed Robert Weekes as he enters Radcliffe College with the goal of being the first male to ever join the R&E Service as a flying medic rescuing wounded soldiers in France. The Philosopher’s Flight ended with him graduating and being accepted into R&E.

The Philosopher’s War begins with him landing in France and joining the 5th Division, a motley group of misfits and malcontents, overworked and undermanned. As he starts rescuing soldiers from the front lines his comrades slowly warm to him and finally accept him. But he is much more than just an R&E flyer. He’s the lynch pin in an audacious plan to force Germany to surrender. A plan which if it fails could see him executed for treason.

That’s if he even survives.


The Philosophers War is so different to book one that it wasn’t easy to get into. Pretty much everything from The Philosopher’s Flight was tossed into the fire and I had to start again. Robert even lost his name, going from Weekes to Candarelli.

But honestly this book is brilliant. It’s just so imaginative and original that you can’t help but love it.

Many thanks to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for providing me with this review copy.

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