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Prestwick: Three Pilots, Three Crippled Aircraft But Only One Can Land [Paperback]

David Hough
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23 July 2009
A freak mid-air collision cripples a trans-Atlantic 747 and a US Air Force jet. What's left of the planes' crews struggle against the clock and overwhelming odds to save their on board survivors. But no airport will allow them to even attempt a landing because of a secret international emergency that overshadows their own problems, condemning more than four hundred people to almost sure and horrible death over icy, blizzard-swept seas. Meanwhile, an obsessed narcotics detective aboard the shattered Jumbo tries to pin drug smuggling and murder on its injured captain and crew. Could things get any worse? They could. And they do. Much, much worse! David Hough whips his reader along in a roaring jet stream of action and high tension that buckles the reader to his seat. Prestwick is a breathtaking, whirlwind of a thriller.

Product details

  • Paperback: 266 pages
  • Publisher: BeWrite Books (23 July 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905202849
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905202843
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,188 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I was born in Cornwall, a distant relative of the historian, A L Rowse. However, because of my father's work, I lived in the Georgian City of Bath from the age of two. To some extent my love of books was fostered by a competent English teacher at my old secondary school. It was housed in a Georgian edifice called Weymouth House, a building that was a piece of history. I never understood why they pulled it down to build a Marks and Spencer store.

On the mortgage-paying work front, I spent forty years working as an air traffic controller in Northern Ireland, Scotland and England. The last twenty three years were spent at the College of ATC at Bournemouth Airport. I retired early in 2003 and dedicating my life to writing.

My love of books, which began in school days, has never waned over the years. In particular, I have a keen interest in historical fiction, which is why I wrote a novel about the area of Cornwall in which my ancestors lived. It was called The Vanson Curse. I also wrote about the history of the relationship between England and Ireland in The Gallows on Warlock Hill. Having spent most of my working life in aviation, that subject crept into King's Priory and, to a much greater extent, Prestwick. Other novels followed as the years passed. By the end of 2012, twenty of my novels had been published by three different publishers.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I was absolutely spellbound by D.Houghs work, spent my last night burning the midnight oil to finish the book- no wonder David's readers want to make it into a movie.

Come on you directors and producers you must give this book a read

Having worked on an AOG desk for a major airline company in the past, I have come to see the reality of the work D. H has produced here. His knowledge of ATC and commercial aviation has made this work a masterpiece in aviation incidents.

The space shuttle to land at Preswick! What an experience that would have been to any observer, albeit rather risky But Achievable.

Congratulations David a great read. Cannot wait for your next aviation book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It was like my Kindles Birthday...."PRESTWICK" 28 April 2012
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David Hough has conjured up "An Absolute Cracker" I could not put this down! I am actually from Prestwick and I could visualise the areas where the book was centred around - He builds and builds up to surprising situation in Atlantic House with an incredible outcome, two crippled aircraft descending on a small Island airfield, as the story unfolded I found myself immersed in both aircraft and rooting for safe outcomes. I was flying by the seat of my pants - You will not be disappointed! Buy it,5 Stars without hesitation. I also believe this would make a Great Disaster Film.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ripping yarn 29 Dec 2013
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Really good to find a book that I don't want to put down. Excellent pace and characters, would make a great movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down 5 May 2010
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This is a real page-turner of a novel. Reads like a 70s disaster movie as the stakes get higher and higher, and you wonder how it can possibly all be resolved. But it IS resolved, with a very satisfying ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Page turner 7 May 2013
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This is a thriller that gets straight down to business. It is engaging and gives a behind the scenes insight to air traffic and aircrews.

I had the pleasure of working with David (as a member of the support staff) when he was based at Atlantic House. I'm glad our shifts together were not as eventful as described here. Always the gentleman and a pleasure to work with.

This book doesn't disappoint.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Rivetting. 1 Nov 2013
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A rattling good story, suitably beyond reality to make it good! So highly unlikely that at times you felt it was actually not an impossible thing to happen.........especially with the American paranoia over things secret. Very enjoyable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling 8 Sep 2013
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I couldn't put this book down, it was a good read it would make a good film plenty of action.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best book in ages! 10 July 2013
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Utterly riveting, sheer magnetic brilliance. How on earth an author could fill a book with a terrifying mid air incident and its consequences and make it utterly is off to the author. Thanks for a book I will always remember and probably re-read..loved it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good aviation thriller!
A good read, but slightly far fetched at times for me. Overall though, glad i read it and the wealth of experience of the writer is very prevalent.
Published 4 days ago by G A MORGAN
4.0 out of 5 stars it was a darn good read and not an easy book to put down
I make this review as a retired professional pilot. 18 years in Royal Air Force and then as an airline pilot covering a career of 40 years. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Mr. K. A. Harrison
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story.
The best yarn yet on my kindle I was with the crews the whole time.but could not help them.good job it was only a tail.
Published 1 month ago by BERNIE
3.0 out of 5 stars Prestwick
A some thing and nothing book, a good plot but never seems to get going, jumps about to much and even in the end leaves the reader wanting more, sorry can't realy recommend this... Read more
Published 4 months ago by a newsome
5.0 out of 5 stars Far fetched but a brilliant, gripping story.
I read this on a family holiday and couldn't put it down. I am a pilot and could relate to the story. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Vtr1000
4.0 out of 5 stars seat gripping
Didn't want to put this down... Totally riveted by the various snapshots from various angles as the whole plot comes together
Published 6 months ago by Colin Hodgson
4.0 out of 5 stars enthralling
Good fast moving thriller, with an unusual twist

Would have given it 5 stars if not for the predictable ending. Overall a good read
Published 14 months ago by C. Jacques
4.0 out of 5 stars Prestwick by David Hough
The author really knows his subject and has used this to maximum effect. The continual references to air traffic control and airplane instrument panels make sure you feel part of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by DiDo
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