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5.0 out of 5 stars There was nothing to do now but watch him die...
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bog standard Lyall
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...
Published 11 months ago by Graham R. Hill


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5.0 out of 5 stars There was nothing to do now but watch him die..., 25 Nov 2013
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Paul Magnussen (Campbell, CA USA) - See all my reviews
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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
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Graham R. Hill (Ilkley) - See all my reviews
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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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