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.
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.