Shot down over Europe in 1918, decorated American pilot Charlie Halifax believes his luck has finally abandoned him. Disfigured and demoralized, he deserts from France's famed Lafayette Escadrille, only to be captured, convicted, and sentenced to twenty years in the Foreigh Legion. He serves in Africa, where, along with a motley group of convicts and outcasts, Halifax is forced to fly illegal arms shipments to the very tribesmen they have been sent to fight. But a dream keeps Halifax alive even as his companions fall to harm or misery-the relentless determination to become the first pilot to fly nonstop from Paris to New York.
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Paul Watkins is the author of seven books, including Night Over Day Over Night, Calm at Sunset, Calm at Dawn, Archangel, and The Story of My Disappearance. He lives with his family in Princeton, New Jersey.
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.
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Book Description Hutchinson, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 91743079
Book Description Hutchinson, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091743079