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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: House of Stratus (November 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842320106
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842320105
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,651,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Desmond Bagley was born in 1923, in Kendal, a rural town in England's scenic Lake District. He left school aged fourteen and worked for a number of years in the aircraft industry before embarking on an adventure - travelling to South Africa by road and supporting himself along the way by working in gold and asbestos mines. Bagley spent the Fifties in South Africa, working as a freelance journalist and critic, before moving to Italy with his wife, Margaret, and then to Guernsey. His first novel, The Golden Keel, was based on a true story overheard by Bagley in a bar in Johannesburg, about Mussolini's vast personal riches and the men who went looking for it. It was published in 1963 to great acclaim and followed by a further fifteen popular adventure ovels. Bgley's career spanned two decades and his influence can be seen in the work of several highly respected thriller writers. When he died, in 1983, his final novel, Juggernaut, was completed by his wife.

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I love a good mystery/spy/detective sort of stuff, and this one's got a great story.
JBJB
And in the last 4 or 5 years, I have re-read it every summer and/or during the winter holidays - even when I have a choice of other books to read!
Sira Sudhindranath
The characters of the story are alive and easy to relate to and linger for a long time.
abhijit

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By abhijit on December 21, 1999
Format: Paperback
All most a poetic book, the story reflects the romanticism of a sandy desert. An engrossing story captures the imagination of the reader and sends him/her right into the wild, slow, serene yet harsh desert. Fast paced action starts from the first page in London spreads quickly to Sahara in search of a pre WW2 airplane with a hope of lost glory and comes back to London for the O'Henrian climax. The characters of the story are alive and easy to relate to and linger for a long time. One of the best and a must read. The best Bagley that I have read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Aditya (korke@giasbmc.vsnl.net.in) on April 5, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Desmond Bagley comes up with yet another excellent and informative novel about an unhinged man going to the Sahara to find his father's plane. He worships his father yet wishes that he is dead so that his name remains clean. The security consultant of his company finds his disappearance from London fishy and investigates. An attack on him makes him even more determined to find Paul Billson, the missing man. Then Max Stafford, the security consultant follows Billson's trail all over north Africa with the help of a local Luke Bryne. The search becomes more and more dangerous as someone is hell bent on preventing the discovery of the plane. Finally the exciting finish in London where Max nails down the villain. A wonderful book as thrilling as it is informative. One of the best books I have read, and definitely a collector's item.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By James Yanni on January 11, 2005
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As with all of Desmond Bagley's books, this one has plenty of action and adventure, plenty of exotic locations that Bagley handles as if he'd lived there for his whole life, and interesting yet plausible characters handled deftly and smoothly; like almost all of his novels, this one also has a puzzle that keeps the reader guessing for the whole book. If there's a flaw with it at all, it's that he withholds a bit of the information that his main character has for just a chapter or two, so that the reader has no chance of solving the puzzle before the main character spells out the solution. But that's a small price to pay for this delightful book, and I highly recommend it as I do most of Bagley's ouvre.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Flyaway Kaveri on May 1, 2005
Format: Paperback
Well....I'd put it down to the most exilarating book i've read.....sends u travelling in ur seat and makes u love the desert.

love it for the feeling of "on the road" i get everytime i read it...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 1997
Format: Hardcover
One of the very best books I've read!

"Flyaway" retraces the course of a pilot who disappeared while on a race over the Sahara Desert in the '30s. It's nearly 50 years later, and documents are found that suggest the disappearance might not have been accidental, and the family wants to find out the truth.

Bagley creates yet another reluctant hero eventually finds the missing pilot's airplane beautifully preserved in the dry desert air - and the unwanted attention of those who wish the disappearance to remain a mystery. All this after a captivating journey along desert caravan routes and some time-travel between "then" and "now."

It's a great story, well written .. what more can I say?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sira Sudhindranath on December 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I first read this book some 30 years ago. And in the last 4 or 5 years, I have re-read
it every summer and/or during the winter holidays - even when I have a choice of other books
to read! There is something about the setting, the characters, the plot and perhaps
Bagley's writing style that makes this book a great source of relaxation.

I used to borrow this book from my local library all these days. Looks like they finally
got rid of it by selling it as a old/used book! :-( I will now have to look for a copy of
my own on Amazon!

Btw, I found it somewhat intriguing that 3 out of the 7 reviews (and now, make it 4 out
of 8 reviews) are from readers of (East) Indian origin..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Y. Mor on February 29, 2008
Format: Paperback
This book made me love Bagley, mystery, foreign locales and old-time aviation all at once. You gotta pick it up if you have any affinity for mystery thrillers, or good books in general
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