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on 5 October 2015
A good, easy to read story. Various plots keep the story moving , the easy banter between the two main characters is believable for pilots who have been together for twenty years sharing somewhat dodgy exploits.
An unusual ending seems right on this occasion.
Shame about the typos though.
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The book: Aging pilots who are professional survivors look for a job - any job, really, as it's a tough time. And they need to be survivors, what with unexpected arms shipment (both modern and very old), blackmailing 'businessmen', failing hotel chains, a beatiful NY Metropolitan Museum expert on antiquities... and murder. Wisecracks, international shifting of scenes from Cyprus to Beirut to Israel, tension and flying and trouble.

The author: Lyall served in the RAF in the early 1950s, and his first strand of thrillers is usually about pilots:
The Wrong Side of the Sky (1961)
The Most Dangerous Game (1963)
Midnight Plus One (1965)
Shooting Script (1966)
Venus With Pistol (1969)
Blame the Dead (1973)
Judas Country (1975)
his two other 'strands' are on the number Ten SAS adviser Major Maxim; and the 'Honourable' series of four is about the fledgling British spy service at the start pf the 20th century.

My opinion: Good, solid international thriller noir, with believeable background, strong characters with warts and blemishes, proper baddies which might not be what they seem... this is the archetypal seventies thriller, and Lyall is a crafty writer. Not his very best, but a good one. Four stars plus!
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on 16 January 2000
This book, as well as all of the Gavin Lyall books that I have managed to find a copy of, kept a smirk on my face from start to finish. They are timeless classics; I read my first one 10 years ago, and have re-read every one at least 3 times.
If the author ever reads this, I would like to thank him for endless hours of reading pleasure.
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on 4 September 2013
A fast paced story involving archeology, avionics and middle eastern politics from what sounds like a voice of experience.
Story line very similar to the "Wrong side of the sky" by the same author but enjoyable.
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VINE VOICEon 10 August 2014
Lyall writes as well as ever and the background colour on flying and the hotel business is as fascinating as ever. However neither the archeological stuff nor the nature of the men's partnership really ring true.
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on 8 January 2016
Not one of Gavin's best. OK as part of a collection, but if you were to read this novel first, you'd probably not continue.
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on 24 February 2017
Described and delivered as promised.
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