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In the Blue Light of African Dreams Paperback – March 15, 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
An aviator mired in the Foreign Legion stays alive by dreaming the impossible in this exquisitely understated adventure.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Library Journal
As in his novels Night Over Day Over Night ( LJ 4/1/88) and Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn (LJ 9/1/89), Watkins writes compellingly from experience--in this case, flying a bi-plane over the Sahara. The story itself is based on actual events. In 1926 American pilot Charlie Halifax and his Russian mechanic Ivan, serving in the Foreign Legion in Morocco, dream of their White Whale, the Orteig Prize for the first person to fly nonstop from Paris to New York. But Halifax had deserted from the French air force in the war when shot down and wounded, and he finances his venture with loot from his unscrupulous Legion commandant, Serailler. Can free will master fate this way? This Ahab dreams in blue, but in his daylight transatlantic flight the issues of good and evil finally determine whether or not he succeeds. Recommended.
- Kenneth Mintz, formerly with Bayonne P.L., N.J.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Top customer reviews
Watkins does a wonderful job of putting you in the story so you feel what his protagonist, Halifax feels. You will thoroughly enjoy this novel. It is good story-telling and a marvelous adventure. I wish someone would turn it into a film. Honestly, this story has haunted me ever since I misplaced the book. A great read!
Never have I thought I could identify with a pilot from World War I. Much like Robinson Carusoe, Charlie Halifax, pushed towards the end of his moral and isolational limits, has estblished a friendship with a foreigner friend, becoming travel partners, like Crosby and Hope. Halifax remained passaionate yet myopic on his goal until the end, finally realizing new horizons lay ahead.
This book is every bite as unique as his Archangel. Also look for Peter Gadol novels.