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African Sky Paperback – Unabridged, 2 Feb 2007

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan (2 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330448854
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330448857
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 965,433 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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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.

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Tony Park seems to be the one muscling in on the field recently vacated by Wilbur Smith - namely action packed thrillers either set in Africa, or with an African twist. And while African Sky may not be quite up there with the best of Wilbur Smith, it could certainly be claimed to be par for the course and definitely better than the latest, (apparently) ghost written attempts by the older, more established author.

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.
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'African Sky' is a pleasant and highly readable tale of intrigue, love and spying in the wilds of Rhodesia during World War Two.

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.
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Another fantastic novel by Tony Park. You feel as if you are there with the action.
The story is well written and it is obvious that the author is well versed in the African continent and the politics.
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The African Sky by Tony Parks is a well written and researched piece of historical fiction. The settings, stunning African scenery, powerful characters and well executed plot are the strong points of the novel. My reading taste is well satisfied. The author has added a thrilling element to the novel, with a strong historical setting. The historical chapter covered in the novel refers to how World War 2 affected African nations including Zimbawe (formerly known as Rhodesia) and neighbouring country South Africa.

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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By Cloggie Downunder TOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Dec. 2012
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African Sky is the third novel by Australian author Tony Park. The setting is Southern Rhodesia, 1943, and Australian-born bomber pilot, Paul Bryant is adjutant Squadron leader at a pilot training school near Bulawayo. When Leading Aircraftswoman Felicity Langham is found raped and murdered behind a shebeen in a nearby black township, Volunteer Policewoman Constable Philippa Lovejoy is part of the investigating team. Pip interviews Bryant and Felicity's closest friend, Catherine de Beers, and has her suspicions about Bryant's relationship with both Catherine and Felicity. Battling the sexist and racist attitudes of her colleagues and the Air Force officers, she manages to cast doubt on the guilt of the black man arrested for the rape and murder. Bryant has his hands full with missing airplanes, a murdered pilot and the imminent visit of Prime Ministers Jan Smuts and Sir Godfrey Huggins for the airmen's passing out parade. Against this background, Afrikaner Ossewa Brandwag agent Hendrick Reitz is planning action at the airbase that will help the cause of Nazi Germany and South African dissidents. Park gives his readers a marvellous plot with a few twists, plenty of intrigue, sex, lots of air action including a dogfight, espionage, sabotage, quite a few murders and even a bit of romance. Park's characters are well developed and his own Army background, his extensive research and his knowledge of Africa are apparent in every sentence. A real page-turner.
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