So I dunno if 2000 can be considered retro, but after finishing 'Stumbling Thru' and writing my last review I was looking for something good to read, but decided to get away from the hiking subject for a bit. Wouldn't want to read them all at once. I some settled on the old Crimson Skies companion novels.
For those who don't know Crimson Skies is an alternate timeline universe where the United States collapses after WWI and air transport becomes the countries primary mean of transporting goods and services, as the railways fell into disrepair and the interstate was still in it's infancy. The massive zeppelins used to carry goods from nation to nation became alluring targets for pirates and fortune hunters. Basically the universe of Crimson Skies is a mix of Pirates of the Caribbean, Indiana Jones, and Top Gun. So it's basically the best thing ever.
There were two video games released under the title Crimson Skies on the PC (and it was ported over to arcade systems at some point) and Crimson Skies: High Road to Revenge on XBOX. There is also a tabletop game from FASA, I grabbed all the rule-books and may post some AAR's here when I actually play.
I read Wings of Fortune: Book One and Wings of Justice: Book 1. There is also a game companion book which features shorter stories, similar to those that used to be found at the Crimson Skies website.
Now each of the two books I read were intended to be a 3 part series making for a total of 6 books. The books themselves were good but both ended with cliffhangers that were intended to be resolved in the next book. However FASA went under before the books were published, interestingly they were written. This will sound ridiculous but they were written in English, and the transcripts were translated into German and published in the German language. Available on amazon.de for a couple bucks.
I love the Crimson Skis universe. I played the games when I was younger and the books were great (I'd like to know how they ended...maybe I'll have them translated...) the rights for Crimson Skies are back with Microsoft I believe. They had been licensed to Smith and Tinker, a company that went under and was headed by the original creator of Crimson Skies. I think a reboot is long overdue, it's really a refreshing 'fantasy/scifi setting'
If I was to recommend one of the books I read it would be Wings of Fortune: Book 1 – Pirate's Gold. The story is less of a cliffhanger and it's all around a better read. While grabbing these books, as well as the old FASA game books, and Spicy Air Tales novels I came across montanaraiders.com, which is a still active Crimson Skies board. They have available for download the 'Zeppelins and Bombers' game book that was originally slated to be released under FASA before it folded. The fans there worked with the author and digitally published it for free, and they have several other fan created resources.
Personally I think the Crimson Skies Universe is in need of a huge reboot, perhaps a game for Xbox One, or re-launching the table top, honestly I'll even take a movie. It's sad to see this great property going stale while games like 'World of Warplanes' thrive in popularity.