- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Vintage (2 May 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099539764
- ISBN-13: 978-0099539766
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.5 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 452,278 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Flight Paperback – 2 May 2013
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"A brilliant plotting, mesmerising read" (Penelope Lively Guardian)
"Nail-biting to the end" (Good Book Guide)
"In Flight's slick plot and its testosterone-fuelled characters, Thorpe has found a fresh way of looking at corruption and betrayal, and the sticky web that is flung across the world, connecting drug and arms dealers, and all shades of mortals in between" (Herald)
"A zingy page-turner" (Daily Telegraph)
"This book is so much better written than most thrillers that it's almost ridiculous" (Financial Times)
A breakneck, knuckle-whitening thriller, written with absolute brilliance - pooh to the Man Booker judges if this is not on the shortlist - Kate Saunders, The TimesSee all Product Description
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It is best described as a literary thriller. Bob Winrush (not Windrush!!) works as a "freight dog". This is a pilot who takes goods and people round the world on an ad hoc basis - sometimes to places that most of us would avoid. Some of his cargoes in the past did not bear too much scrutiny and he knows that his is not the most ethical of jobs. After walking out in the middle of a particularly dodgy deal he gets work as a pilot to a very rich Dubai prince. But trouble comes calling and it seems his past is catching up with him.....
Bob soon realises that someone is after him. His situation is not helped as he is in the middle of a divorce. With the help of his old buddy McAllister he changes identity and retreats to a Scottish island. But even there he is not safe. Is he being betrayed by McAllister?
Adam Thorpe has created a great main character in Bob - basically a decent guy but with some flaws. He takes a moral stand against transporting drugs but is willing to carry armaments to dubious war zones and even on some occasions armed men taking part in civil wars.
This is not a fast-moving thriller with lots of fighting and shooting. The tension builds up gradually and is suffused throughout with lashings of black humour.
An excellent read.
After that incident, a family man Bob divorces his wife and moves into his apartment. Winrush (his name is often mistakenly pronounced as Windrush) is a pilot, freight dog. He once was a captain on passenger flights (when he met his wife, she was a flight attendant), and then switched to cargo flights. He flied with dangerous goods in all over the world, and its cargo, too, was hardly safe. On airplanes he was carrying napalm, AK-47s, ammunition, serving shady customers. He and his team, as a rule, received money in brown envelopes on arrival. He always carried a golden rule of freight flights - to ask no questions. But about two years before the described events, Bob gave up a job and went out of the deal, flying only halfway. He never cooperated with the Taliban, suspected something was wrong and refused. Walking out of a deal, too, is not tolerated in this business. Bob has received several threats after that, but that was it.
Now Bob is working as a private pilot for an Emirate sheikh, lives in Dubai, often meets with local woman named Leila. Then someone just startes digging in the two-year business, Sheikh is asked questions about Bob, and Sheikh fires the pilot, when they are steamed in a sauna in the tail of an airplane. When he gets home, Bob notices that someone was in his apartment. His captain's logs of flights are missing. Bob remembers the day of the flight, his team. Bob decides to return to the UK and books a plane ticket. The next day, Bob is contacted by Israeli journalist Sharansky, who is investigating the transport of weapons.Read more ›
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The rewards of this book lie in the quality of the writing and the unfamiliar setting of the outer Hebrides and the locations visited by a freight pilot. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2014 by William Jordan
I bought the book with high expectations given Thorpe's reputation as a "literary author" but was soon disappointed. Read morePublished on 12 Jun. 2014 by Amazon Customer
I know nothing about being a pilot and felt there was too much reference re planes and flying . Perhaps the title gave the author the idea of pushing the technical stuff whereas... Read morePublished on 12 May 2014 by sangwin
Started well but got bogged down - not a thriller that was exciting. A passable read only - not bothering to recommend to any friends.Published on 21 April 2014 by David K.
Thought this was very much run of the mill. Can't quite understand the favourable reviews for this author's work. Very much third grade thriller written by an amateur. Read morePublished on 1 April 2014 by nickyb
Bob Winrush is a ‘Freight Dog’ – he’s a man in love with risk and will fly anywhere at any time, but then comes the moment when he walks away from a job which doesn’t feel right,... Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2014 by Eileen Shaw
I have always enjoyed Adam Thorpe's original fiction and was intrigued to see how he would get on with a thriller. A success all round displaying his many skills.Published on 18 Jan. 2014 by Mr. P. Skeldon
Far too long to get to the denouement and frankly not worth the wait. Characters lack any development or real meaning. Read morePublished on 3 Jun. 2013 by R C Pallash