African Sky Paperback – Unabridged, 2 Feb 2007
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''Park captures the essence of Africa in his writing better than most locals could hope to" (for Safari) (The Citizen, South Africa) --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Paul Bryant hasn't been able to get back in a plane since a fatal bombing mission over Germany. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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The book circles around the murder investigations of Felicity Langham (glamorous Leading Aircraftswoman in the role of a parachute packer) and and the mysterious crashes of two Harvards used for training by the Empire Air Training Scheme. The investigations are largely led by Pip Lovejoy (from the police side) and Paul Bryant from the RAF side, who is at times both partner and suspect. That there is a larger plot behind the mysterious events is of course obvious.
The book is very easy to read and the author clearly considers doing proper research essential - which shows. I cannot vouch for every last detail but overall the book gives a polished impression and apart from some minor issues (airspeed for instance being alternatively quoted in knots and miles per hour), which are unlikely to upset the average reader, the book appears spot on.
The characters are very 'Smith-like' both in being displayed in various settings to show off their multifaceted personalities, as well as in their overall defence of the continent and what could be seen as the good aspects of the life there (some interpreting this very differently from others). Where Park differs is in weaving in more grander topics, such as the impact the war had on the opportunities of women to find paid work and a semblance of the first steps towards equality.Read more ›
Park presents a very detailed and unpredictable story centred on the character Paul Bryant, a boozy and burnt out Australian bomber pilot, recovering from a partial nervous breakdown whilst running an air base in wartime Rhodesia. One morning, a female air force recruit is found dead in the rougher parts of Bulawayo town, a recruit who is more connected with Bryant than we are initially led to believe....
.... enter Constable Lovejoy, the wife of a local farmer who is determined to find out the truth. As the plot most certainly thickens it becomes clear that Bryant has a murky past with the dead recruit as well as with rich local woman, Catherine de Beers.
The characters presented are well thought out and certainly not cliched and I found myself turning each page with anticipation. The story's conclusion is not what I expected which further adds to the pleasure. Good read and I'll look for more of Park's work.
The story is well written and it is obvious that the author is well versed in the African continent and the politics.
The historical accuracy should never be doubted, as the author illustrations are perfect examplified by references to the Empire training scheme, the war-aircrafts, African tribal groups, Nazis spies and so on. There are multi plots to the novel. The African Sky is an intriguing piece of reading. We gain a shocking insight into how evil exists in humanity. The characters representation are strong and accurate, with the miltary and police force providing a central role in the novel. In those days, police brutality and racism would shock readers. The author vividily describe details about the African scenery. The location range from mountain, ranches and reserves.
The African Sky is a fine piece of historical fiction. It is a top class thriller.
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ON PAR WITH AFRICAN DAWN,IVORY AND FAR HORIZON, GREAT READ !Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent story,well written,easy to follow and sorry when it ended.Published 19 months ago by geoff R