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Pilot Error
 
 

Pilot Error [Kindle Edition]

David Spiller
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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It is 1964, and Chris Nash is 20. His mother is married to Reg, whom Chris thinks is his father. He is therefore astonished when she tells him that his real father was a pilot, John Gregson, killed during the 2nd World War in an accident training Australian air crews. Chris sets out to discover more about the little-known incident. He tracks down his father’s only living relative, and visits the site of the crash, near a small church in Bedfordshire.

In flashback we see what happened to Gregson during the three days before the accident. He conducted his last bombing flight over Germany, and was seduced by an actress called Sarah. He visited his fiancée (Chris’s mother), who broke off their engagement; unknown to him she was pregnant with Chris.

To commemorate the airmen who died in the crash, Chris organises a memorial stone in the Bedfordshire churchyard, and a church service. To his amazement a surprise guest turns up: an Australian who was the one survivor.

In talking to local people who were involved in the accident, and to his father's former engineer, Chris comes to believe there were seven airmen on the plane, not six as previously believed. And when he locates Sarah, the actress who seduced his father 20 years earlier, she tells him something that plays havoc with the lives of his whole family.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spiller Military; 1st edition (15 Aug 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HIQUBS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #46,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotional 21 Nov 2012
By tommyr
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Having had my fingers burned reading self-published books before (not sure if this is one, but it looks that way) I was a little worried about how this one would be. No need. It is a very well-written book, with a great plot, good dialogue and very believable characters, even though their actions, if understandable, are not always good. Some of it is autobiographical, but the story is extrapolated so far from his own experience that it hardly matters. Having read many great books about flying in the war, I have decided that all the best ones (of which this is most definitely one) deal as much with the emotional and social effects of the war as they do with the bravery and sacrifice shown by so many. If you like this, read Robert Radcliffe and Frank Barnard.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must read 20 Sep 2012
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A fantastic read set in 1964 with flashbacks to 1944. Where the 21yr old lead of this story sets on a journey to piece together his previously unknown past. As part of it is set in my home town of Edmonton, London. (The first book I have found to be so) I was able to relate well to the descriptions.
The base of this story is loosely based around fact and the Authors own experience.
For once I found the descriptive text formed a pivotal part of the story. Ensuring I savoured every moment. The first time in a long time I had to stay up to get to the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story with a twist 9 Dec 2012
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I throughly enjoyed this book, but originally bought it as I thought it would be like a wartime accident investigation. It was however an absorbing story.

I'd recommend this to aviation enthusiasts
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth reading 8 Dec 2012
By Manty
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An excellent read and good value too.
Would recommend it to anyone who likes a war tale with a twist.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Pleasant surprise 27 Jan 2014
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Like some others here, I usually read non fiction. I expected this to be a story about a pilot's flying adventures - and in part it was. But weaved through the interesting bits of documentary about the realities of life for the young men caught up in the terrifying realities of flying in the last war, the author has threaded an exciting mystery.

I thoroughly recommend the book to anyone who is interested in historical flying adventure; the narrative mystery cleverly threaded through the story is a real bonus. I'm just a "reader" but I admire the author's skill!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A secret uncovered 13 Feb 2013
By Peggie
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The story of a young man in the 1960's trying to unravel events that took place during WW2. Loosely based on a true happening this is worth the read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars per ardua ad astra 8 Nov 2012
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A novel approach to a war story, but all the better for it. The title slightly belittles the story so buy it and read it - wait for the twist at the end!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. 12 Feb 2013
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I enjoyed this book, it made a nice change to read about an ordinary person doing something that perhaps there sholud be more of. I think the bomber crews of the WW2 have been much maligned, and deserve the praise they are due.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
The story moves effortlessly between 1944 and the 1960's. I enjoyed the plot and the war time facts as well as the moving love story that underlies the events. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by MRS jANET lENTON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Story!
Published 5 days ago by N G Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
another high interest aviation world war2 novel, excellent read
Published 2 months ago by Eileen Lay
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
No problems whatsoever.
Published 2 months ago by B MCLEAN
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read
Intriguing novel - recognisable characters, and easy to read. Set in 1964, flashing back to 1944, but if you were looking for a flight going wrong due to 'pilot error', you'll be... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Alan G
4.0 out of 5 stars Rising from the ashes
An extremely we'll told story with all the twists of an accomplished storyteller,who is very knowledgable about aircraft and the RAF.
Published 4 months ago by Duntaxin
3.0 out of 5 stars A quite interesting fictional tale but not really up there with the...
I actually bought this book by mistake. A quite interesting fictional tale but not really up there with the best. There's not a lot more I can add.
Published 5 months ago by Vic at Weyhill
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
This is a really good book to read, it makes you try to guess ahead of it, I found it very easy reading but hard to put down.
Read it and enjoy.
Published 9 months ago by Harry Dell
2.0 out of 5 stars Warning, this is a work of fiction
If you are like me and are only interested in non fiction beware, this is a work of fiction. Unfortunately, I did not read all the reviews and now I have a book which I have no... Read more
Published 9 months ago by M8
5.0 out of 5 stars a good read
a very good read very enjoyable and well written will look out for any more books written by David spiller
Published 10 months ago by Martin Wigmore
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