Learn more Shop now Learn more Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Shop now Learn More Shop now Learn more Click Here Shop Kindle Learn More Shop now Shop Women's Shop Men's

Customer Review

TOP 500 REVIEWERon 18 November 2013
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.

It does not, at any time descend into an ideological treatise, though, so rest assured that it is still primarily an action thriller with all the elements required for a page turning read. So if you miss the Wilbur Smith of old, this book is likely to pick up right where the other one left off, and the author should provide you with plenty of African themed fiction in the years to come.
0Comment| 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse| Permalink
What's this?

What are product links?

In the text of your review, you can link directly to any product offered on Amazon.com. To insert a product link, follow these steps:
1. Find the product you want to reference on Amazon.com
2. Copy the web address of the product
3. Click Insert product link
4. Paste the web address in the box
5. Click Select
6. Selecting the item displayed will insert text that looks like this: [[ASIN:014312854XHamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)]]
7. When your review is displayed on Amazon.com, this text will be transformed into a hyperlink, like this:Hamlet (The Pelican Shakespeare)

You are limited to 10 product links in your review, and your link text may not be longer than 256 characters.

Product Details

4.6 out of 5 stars
4.6 out of 5 stars