A BARNSTORMER IN OZ follows the adventures of Hank Stover, the son of Dorothy Gale, as his plane become lost in a green cloud over Kansas in 1923. As a result, Hank finds himself (and his plane) transported to the Land of Oz, which his mother had visited years before. Scarecrow is still ruling Emerald City, but the entire world of Oz itself is on the verge of a Civil War as a new wicked witch, Erakna, raises an army, takes over the world bit by bit, and plans a surprise plot to defeat and kill Glinda. Hank's arrival seems to turn the tide, but Glinda and her allies are leery of Hank's plane and his weapons because Hank's arrival becomes the harbringer for a possible invasion of Oz by the American armed forces.
The story is an interesting one and it does an excellent job of staying true to the original THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ novel, while attempting to explain the world of Oz through a logical and scientific approach.
The book isn't the fairy tale that THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ is. Instead, it's a novel aimed at adults with a higher reading level. Some of the concepts and language are difficult to understand. For instance, I found myself looking several words up in a dictionary that I had never heard before. Also, there are some adult situations, e.g. Hank Stover takes up with a Munchkin mistress while he attempts to woo Glinda. Though the descriptions of the bedroom romps are more dull than graphic, they are still there. Then there's the acts of violence that happen throughout. Once again, the descriptions are more pedantic than graphic, but people are Ozians are killed in the book.
The erudite prose will be a turn-off some readers as will some of the adult themes found in the text. However, if you don't mind either of those things and are a fan of the original THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ, you will probably enjoy A BARNSTORMER IN OZ. Personally, I liked the story much better than the Gregory Maguire's novel, WICKED.