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Apsara Jet Paperback – August 20, 2001

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"Apsara Jet" combines Ernest K. Gann and Henry Miller. Not bad. I for one await his next book. Bernard Trink -- Bangkok Post, January 4, 2002

An outstanding first novel that captures SE Asia beautifully. This one would make a great movie! -- Stickman's Guide to Bangkok - August 7, 2002

Merriweather’s descriptions of crippled aircraft and mutilated bodies keeps the reader on the flight path of horror - Lang Reid -- Pattaya Mail, May 5, 2002

The numerous sex scenes are well-crafted and erotic. The author succeeds in capturing the irresistible allure of Asian women. David -- MangoSauce.Com

This is a page turning, politically incorrect story of love, lust and narco trafficking in South East Asia. -- The Nation - Bangkok, April 14, 2002

Well-crafted, engaging, informative and sexy - the rich detail gives a facinating insight into the risky world of civil aviation -- Book Review MangoSauce February 22, 2004

From the Author

Although this story, set in present-day Cambodia, is purely fictional, my personal involvement with Cambodia and her people began back in March of 1975. I was then a thirty-one-year-old pilot/flight engineer, employed by Flying Tigers, the Los Angeles-based cargo airline. A call went out for volunteers. Those pilots, flight engineers, and mechanics who would be willing to operate an emergency airlift into Phnom Penh, Cambodia, known at that time as the Khmer Republic. The airlift was one of the first mobilizations of the relatively new Civil Reserve Air Fleet(CRAF)program for the United States Air Force. Within hours of volunteering, I found myself aboard a Pam Am jet on my way to Saigon. There, I joined up with several other Flying tigers who were soon to fly the renowned "Cambodian Ricelift." We quickly discovered that this would become one of the most terrifying and intensely gut-wrenching emotional experiences of our entire lives, as we daily, were targets for NVA, and Khmer Rouge gunners, rockets and artillery.

Cambodia's suffering was playing out as a tragic subplot, masked by the main story of America's chaotic exodus from Vietnam. Nevertheless, all volunteers put forth a maximum effort, as Flying Tigers lived up to its "can-do" reputation. It quickly was realized that this was going to be one of the most hazardous missions civilian aircrews had been called upon to perform, perhaps since the airdrops to the French, at Dien Bien Phu in 1954. The ill-fated "Cambodian Ricelift" was terminated, when it was reported that KR forces, had overun Phnom Penh's Pochentong airport.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Apsara Publishing Group (August 20, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0970886209
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970886200
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,511,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. P. Scott on December 30, 2001
A well written story, lots of action and adventure, a lot of fun. Only a few people living will know what is true and what is not. One has to remember though, that I am A. P. Scott. Although in the story I am a (at least in part) ficton of the mind, I have spent time in parts of central and southern Africa, Somilia, Central America, the Caribbean, Indochina and a few other places, resently under the B-52s bombing Tora Bora. The adventure never stops, I love it so. The book brings out the aventure, the spirit and the sweat of the guys who live on the edge, love it, and sometimes pay the price. Thanks Nicholas, you have been there and you can tell the story.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kent Davis on November 14, 2005
If you dream of SE Asian adventures, miss your own OR are just looking for new ways to get into trouble on your next visit...then "Apsara Jet" is for you.

This pulp fiction paramilitary pilot's tale moves like Indiana Jones on steroids. Er, make that Viagra because there's plenty of sex and I can't believe our 60+ heroes could have "stood up to the challenges" without it.

The author's expertise with aircraft, navigation, weapons, women and the back streets of Bangkok comes across loud and clear. Even experienced Asian hands will learn something, or enjoy being reminded of their own thrills. Merriweather is the "real deal" in post-Vietnam SE Asia storytelling.

Get on the Apsara jet, sit down, shut up and hold on...a charming air hostess will be with you shortly.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Burr Middleton on November 5, 2003
"Apsara Jet," by Nicolas Merriweather, smacks of great old-time storytelling and erotic passages that are marvelously sprinkled throughout this fast-paced tale of love, greed, and best of all, lust. The setting is Indochina, the hero is John Jackson, Jr., a once great adventurer who has fallen to the bottom of life's pit. This time, he is given a second chance, and proves within the chapters of this novel to himself and to the reader that redemption and horrific danger go hand in hand. From battles with Burmese Drug Lords and The Russian Mafia to human sexuality with the most exotic and desirable female creatures on the planet, Jackson takes us on a journey that's not easily forgotten. The erotic passages are among the finest written, and believe me, Merriweather does Henry Miller proud! From time to time, I re-read those passages in the morning when I start my day, pole-vault out of bed, and am ready to take on God's Green Acres and all that they have to dish out! If you're looking for high adventure, non-stop action, and sensuality at its zenith, then "Apsara Jet" is a MUST read. Nicolas Merriweather is a new name in the wide and wonderful world of literature, and I truly believe that he will be around for decades to come. By the way, I'm sure that this novel will be made into a major motion picture in the not-too-distant future. Hooray for fiction! Hooray for Merriweather! And Hooray for Hollywood, when they finally discover the goods! ... "Coming to a theater near you, soon!"
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sean Bunzick on April 18, 2002
When I purchased this fantastic novel in Chiang Mai in November '01, the beautiful cover alone was enough to catch my attention (I'm taken with Angkor Wat since seeing it in '98!)but when I got back to my apartment and started reading this book, I was completely taken with the characterizations, the background and just Nicolas Merriweather's knowledge of several drinking/ bargirl establishments I've gotten to know quite well in Bangkok and Phnom Penh, especially Thermae and Martini's! (Not that my Thai wife is too pleased with me going there!)
The storyline is loads of fun and as much as I loved reading this book in Chiang Mai, reading it here in the States someday will help me deal with the homesickness I get when I've been gone from Thailand too long.I'm sorry it took Nicolas this long to put a book together because the man definately is one hell of a writer but I'm glad we've got Apsara Jet and I'm excited to think about any further novels coming from the man in hopefully the near-and-dear future!
Also, I'd like to take the time to thank Nicolas publicly for all the assistance he gave me with learning about the DC-3/C-47 "Gooney Bird" for a novel of my own that I'm busy wrapping up at this point. He didn't have to do it but he chose to and I'm grateful for it.
So, if you like lovable characters, good adventure, aircraft, sexy bargirls and annoying bad guys, then Apsara Jet is a delightful world to slip into. If you're like me, temporarily stuck out of Asia, the storyline will let you hear the tinkle of temple bells, smell the joss sticks, taste the Mekhong and feel the long, smooth black hair of a typically beautiful Asian girl. Do the right thing and get this book--NOW!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dogwood2 on April 7, 2002
I have started quite a few novels and found myself disinterested and put the book down. Not so with, "Apsara Jet". The lure of Southeast Asia with all its' charms, intrigue and uncertainty drew me right into each scene. I'd been to some of places mentioned in Apsara's pages but never dared go where the author has obviously been. Apsara was like taking that voyage you always wanted to but could never get up the gumption while pretending you weren't really all that interested. Uh, huh. I shall look forward to the next one from Mr. Meriweather.
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