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Shooting Script [Paperback]

Gavin Lyall
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July 1968
Carr is flying a film company's plane around the Caribbean. The plane is an old war-time bomber, and Carr's job soon proves to be less peaceful than he expected. Gavin Lyall is an ex-RAF bomber, has spent four years writing for "The Sunday Times" and wrote his first thriller in 1961.
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Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan; New edition edition (July 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330020595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330020596
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.9 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,220,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars There was nothing to do now but watch him die... 25 Nov 2013
By Paul Magnussen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Shooting Script is my favourite book of Gavin Lyall's. Like Lyall himself, his protagonist is a former RAF fighter pilot; but rather than writing novels, the latter is scraping a living by running a shoe-string charter service around the Caribbean. Life seems to be taking a turn for the better when a film company hires him at a considerably improved pay level to fly a camera plane; but he soon finds out there is more to this contract than meets the eye.

As regards writing convincingly about flying, the difference between Lyall and some chairborne clown with a team of researchers is night and day. Furthermore, most of the other details ring true as well (although allowance must made for a fictional South American country, for obvious reasons).

The tone of the story, told in the first person, is somewhat cynical, but with a dry humour that is extremely entertaining, as are the twists and turns of the plot.

First rate on all counts.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bog standard Lyall 23 July 2013
By Graham R. Hill VINE VOICE
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Lyall's strength lies in the description of old aircraft and the way that they fly. His plots are serviceable, but somewhat formulaic. Whilst the repressed homo-erotic relationships between old air force buddies is sort of believable (no-one, but no-one, in real life drinks in the manner that he describes) his portrayals of film crews, lawyers and South American revolutions don't ring terribly true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining and wry book 17 May 2010
By James L. Settle - Published on Amazon.com
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I used to own a copy of this book, which I had read right after it came out. Somehow over the years it got lost. I literally had to scour the Earth to find a copy (in the UK) and bought it through Amazon.

It's an entertaining read about a free-lance air cargo pilot who becomes tangled in a web of deceit, politics, and finally war during a time of upheaval in Central America. He is chartered to fly a camera plane for a film company which is shooting a movie starring a famous John Wayne-esque actor about a tough loner who supports rebels bringing down a dictator. The story line of the book parallels the story line of the "shooting script" for the movie in many ways.

Murder, mayhem, sabotage, and misunderstandings entangle the pilot and the actor in the affairs of a dictator whose rule of a fictional Central American country is being challenged by a rebel leader (a la Fidel Castro).

Its main characters include the pilot, the famous actor, a lovely-but-tough lawyer, a mysterious and stunningly-beautiful senorita, and the actor's Latin American sidekick. And the whole Air Force of the dictator's country pitted against a shabby and worn-out World War II bomber and its pilot.

Like stories about flying? About movies? About murder, espionage, mistaken identity, and intrigue? This book has 'em all. And more.

Can a brick, or even a ton of bricks, destroy an airplane ... or ten? Read all about it in "Shooting Script." You'll like it ... or I'll eat my own copy of this uniquely charming, whimsical and highly entertaining action/adventure tale.

This, my third reading of the book, continued to intrigue and entertain me. I'm glad I bought it.
5.0 out of 5 stars There was nothing to do now but watch him die... 25 Nov 2013
By Paul Magnussen - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Shooting Script is my favourite book of Gavin Lyall's. Like Lyall himself, his protagonist is a former RAF fighter pilot; but rather than writing novels, the latter is scraping a living by running a shoe-string charter service around the Caribbean. Life seems to be taking a turn for the better when a film company hires him at a considerably improved pay level to fly a camera plane; but he soon finds out there is more to this contract than meets the eye.

As regards writing convincingly about flying, the difference between Lyall and some chairborne clown with a team of researchers is night and day. Furthermore, most of the other details ring true as well (although allowance must made for a fictional South American country, for obvious reasons).

The tone of the story, told in the first person, is somewhat cynical, but with a dry humour that is extremely entertaining, as are the twists and turns of the plot.

First rate on all counts.
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