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The Last Sunrise [Kindle Edition]

Robert Ryan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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1948: INDO-CHINA. Lee Crane is an American pilot flying demobbed air transports - C47 Dakotas - across South-East Asia for the highest bidder. He'll fly anywhere, if the price is right. But his experiences during the war are haunting him, and when he meets a woman from the past, it is, literally, a slap in the face.

1941: BURMA. Crane is a young and innocent airman, flying P-40 Tomahawk fighter planes for the notorious Flying Tigers, the American Volunteers who are helping the Allies push back the Japanese. But when he falls for the charms of a beautiful Anglo-Indian girl she has a devastating affect on him. As the Japanese create chaos in Indo-China and all around him people are looting and lining their pockets, Crane desperately needs to return to find his Indian lover, no matter what the cost.


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War in the air over SE Asia, and one man's honour amongst thieves...

About the Author

Rob Ryan was born in Liverpool. He has written for The Face, Arena, Conde Nast Traveller, Esquire, GQ Magazine and The Sunday Times. He lives in North London with his wife and three children.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1653 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Review (7 Jan. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004KZONJU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #74,529 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Rob Ryan was born in Liverpool. He has written for The Face, Arena, Conde Nast Traveller, Esquire, GQ Magazine and The Sunday Times. He lives in north London with his wife and three children.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
This book worked for me on every level. I was delighted to discover why, where, and how 'The Flying Tigers' were formed. The descriptions of 1940 Burma and China were very vivid, and made an excellent backdrop to the story. Mixed in with that, are the very colourful characters that bring the book alive.

Lee Chane is main character, a maveric young flyer, who lets his heart rule his head. The love of a woman is why he is demoted from being a fighter pilot to flying transport planes. But life is not dull there! Stolen gold bullion, the S.O.E, O.S.S, Chinese Communists, Chinese National, bandits, and his so-called friends really kept my interest.

For anyone interested in flying, this is a great book. The aerial combat with the Japanise was great. Flying 'The Hump' between India and China was breathtaking. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A highly enjoyable read ! 6 Jan. 2008
Format:Paperback
Having just finished and thoroughly enjoyed this book (a bit of holiday reading!), I felt compelled to add my two cents worth in highly recommending this book.

Being an avid reader of both military history and fiction, I have been fascinated with the exploits of the Flying Tigers in the CBI (China-Burma-India) theatre of WW2. This, together with the perilous supply flights over the "Hump" - the Himalayan ranges - forms the backdrop to this worthy part war adventure, part noir-detective thriller - with a touch of bittersweet romance thrown in for good measure.

The author has done a great job in recreating the desperate days of wartime colonial-Burma and Nationalist China under the imminent threat of Japanese invasion. We experience some of the quaint English traditions like taking "Tiffin" in the afternoon interspersed with colonial parties (and some wild AVG ones!) - incongruous with the dogfights with Japanese fighters and the hair-raising flights over the "Hump".

My favourite character is Kitten Mahindra, a half caste English/Indian widow who takes our hero as a lover. She is a sophisticate of considerable charm who is caught between the colonial "whites" and the indigenous Burmese population but is ultimately betrayed by both.

I believe a lot of the incidents portrayed in the book are otherwise based on true situations with fictionalised characters and some artistic license of course. I was particularly interested to learn that the SOE activities were based on a real-life Operation Remorse - look it up!

I can't wait to start on the "Dying Day" which I believe picks up on some of the threads from the "Last Sunrise". Thank you Mr Ryan - you have an eager new convert!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars tale of wartime adventure and romance 28 Aug. 2012
By Rob Kitchin TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
The Last Sunrise tells the story of Lee Crane's time in South East Asia between 1941 and 1948. The narrative shuttles back and forth between 1941, 1943/44 and 1948, with the scenes concerning the latter told in the first person. Despite the changes in perspective and the splicing of the timeline, this is a straightforward tale of wartime adventure and romance. It is competently told and is reasonably engaging, and it draws on real historical events, but the story lacks a real edge despite the various action sequences and rivalries between characters. It all seemed a little formulaic and there were no real surprises. Crane is reasonably well drawn as the principled but naive officer, accompanied by a colourful set of stock characters (the femme fatale, the scheming spy, the resourceful but straight-laced young operative, the wide-boy co-pilot, etc), but I never really connected with or cared for any of them. The result was a competent and pleasant read, but one that didn't sparkle.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff good flying action 30 Dec. 2013
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A very good novel about the war in the east which is not very often used as the back drop to a novel. I found the story well written, believable characters and very interesting plots.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 11 Jun. 2013
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Yet another brilliant read from Robert Ryan. This author really knows his stuff and how to pull his readers in.
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