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The more or less expatriates from some European or American background have the qualities necessary to sustain action and adventure. Pulp writers of the Thirties took advantage of all the unknowns of the South Pacific. Mazzeo does the same thing, but he ladles on a second layer. It is just after WW II. An independent airline is just getting started. Part of their income is military contracts from one installation to another with people, equipment and oddments. Just the size of what's left over on various installations the military hasn't yet demobilized--the leftovers--provides some scope to understand the vastness of the war. For example, they can count on fuel anywhere because the Pacific was awash in fuel and now that the war''s over, it's still there. With troops and equipment.
The actual plot involves Vinegar Joe Stillwell, Chiang Kai Shek, and certain other big movers during the war. Or, rather, it refers to them and anybody with a reasonable view of history could say, yeah, I bet somebody did try to buy Peanut with gold. In fact, did I hear once....? Like any other South Pacific story, it's perfectly plausible, due to the exotic nature of the origins--the confused fighting in China--and legendary characters.
Thirty years ago, ABC had a short-lived series called "Tales of The Gold Monkey" in which a courageous but expat American with his own plane, the usual sidekicks and love interests roamed the South Pacific lin the Thirties ooking for...the Gold Monkey. He had a leather jacket and a crush-brim officer's cap.
This is a well which has not run dry, and Mazzeo draws from it with mastery.
His flight descriptions are sufficiently detailed to be interesting without being padding.
What is interesting and what made me wonder about the copyright date was his characters' language. There were no words inappropriate for kindergarten. Even the angriest outburst would have passed the editors of Saturday Evening Post sixty years ago. It would take a better writer than Mazzeo to make that realistic.
A couple of editing errors. "hard scrapple" is some kind of southern recipe. "hard scrabble" is the term for a hard life on a difficult farm. And somebody knew something "full well", which probably escaped Mazzeo's fingers as he went to the next sentence. A good read which required expertise to write. I liked it.
This book has earned my highest recommendation. I'm really looking forward to Mazzeo's sequel to "Chasing Dragons," which is a must! But this one was a great read!
It loses a star for sloppy editing/proofreading. Misuse of verb tense, confusing grammatical errors, distracting punctuation errors, and occasional use of the wrong homonym, should have been caught by a competent proofreader. Misuse of the language will always cost at least one star. I hope 'The Last Rajah' passed through a better quality control process.
I have rated this book 4.5 stars.
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