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The Last Pilot: A Novel by [Johncock, Benjamin]
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An Amazon Best Book of July 2015: The Last Pilot is filled with fast planes, wide desert, skies larger than the land, and characters whose aches and pains, hopes and dreams quickly become your own. Jim Harrison is an Air Force test pilot in the 1950s – he flies planes at Mach-speed in the name of science, speed and as the years go by, to beat the Soviets – and returns home in between flights to a wife he loves and a bar with a cast of characters that is as devoted to flight as he is. Harrison and his wife, Grace, have been hoping desperately for a child, and when she finally gives birth all seems right in the world. But after two years of life, their daughter passes away: it is heart-pounding and tragic. As his wife retreats, he throws himself at work, becoming one of the first astronauts selected to go to the moon, but his daughter’s death has affected him far more than he realizes. Tightly told with searing uncomplicated prose, The Last Pilot is as engaging for its emotional gravitas as it is for its enthralling story of the race to space – I couldn’t put it down. --Al Woodworth


''This first novel is engaging and believable, and it's compelling to revisit the events of the space program.'' --Library Journal

''Johncock's impressive debut laces fact with fiction…Jim's story is fascinating, and the author writes with a strong ear for dialogue, which rattles the pages with intensity. A marvelous, emotionally powerful novel.'' --Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)

''Johncock's mastery of the jargon and mechanics of test piloting and space flight is impressive…An ideal read for history buffs and space-race enthusiasts.'' --Kirkus Reviews

''Told in language as beautifully spare --and unsparing -- as a desert or a moonscape, The Last Pilot reminds us in powerful ways that the real unknown frontier still lies within the mysteries of the human heart.'' --Kim Edwards, author of The Memory Keeper's Daughter

''The beauty of this novel is in the balance of the dialogue, the sustained emotion that runs through the whole, the haiku-like simplicity of the prose…It reads like the reclusive disciple of Cormac McCarthy and de Saint-Exupery.'' --Joanne Harris, author of Five Quarters of the Orange

''His dialogue is desert dry, and his sentences crackle with the energy of things unsaid…In a novel about the achievements of the space race, he has shown us that true heroism lies in doing the right thing behind the closed doors of home. Wonderful stuff.'' --Jon McGregor, author of If Nobody Speaks of Remarkable Things

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  • File Size: 1109 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (July 7, 2015)
  • Publication Date: July 7, 2015
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #436,403 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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