on 28 July 2011
People who have read other Desmond Bagley novels will know what to expect. It's quite a taut story in the action thriller mould. I found it interesting because of the subject matter of flying in the 1930s and life and exploration in the Sahara desert. Its central topic is a pilot who disappeared on an attempted record-breaking flight and the reasons for his disappearance; an ordinary flying accident (and if so, of what nature) or something more sinister. This is being investigated 40 years later by someone with a newly aroused interest in the story. Some of the twists and turns in the plot will strain your credulity and the basic, underlying story arouses some scepticism. But this is a straightforward, enjoyable read which I do feel I can recommend to people who will accept it for what it is; an action thriller with some perhaps now rather dated male "hero" figures. David S
on 12 March 2001
When it comes to fast paced thriller stories Desmond Bagley was one of the best. Flyaway, much like the remaining 15 novels by this author, shows his attention to detail. He was a master of first rate research. Although Bagley died in early 1983, he did leave Bagley fans someone to fill his shoes. He coached (then local) Guernsey author John Templeton Smith. Read Smith's White Lie and Saigon Express and even the earlier works including Skytrap. As for the Bagley helpline to would be authors, Smith who now lives in the USA, is keeping up the tradition - he lectures part time at university on creative writing. It seems Mr Bagley's influence is still spreading.