Flight by Adam Thorpe (KINDLE)
I m new to Adam Thorpe but reading this has made me want to read It s an excellent thriller better n the second half than A TYRANNY OF GOD in the first where Thorpe sustains the pace while beautifully describing the remote Scottishsland where our hero s holed up hoping to escape his would be assassins It has a nice twist at the end and generally speaking plausible characters and a believable storyline that sustain the reader s nterest Adam Thorpe came to my notice last year when I read Ulverton a random punt of a novel This sounded from the blurb very different and close to my usual reading and the opening line hooked me with some tenacity And very different t was dealing with activities I know nothing about and so was entertained by discovering Bob Winrush a sympathetic character and the whole of t delivered with such masterful writing that the reading s smooth and mperative the tension
EVER WINDING REMINDS ME A BIT OF GERALD SEYMOUR winding Reminds me a bit of Gerald Seymour a watered down Gerald Seymour I found
That Flight Really Didn Flight really didn take flight until 23s of the way through when Bob finds his way to the Hebrides and t seemed like the writing picked up strength too as at times you could really feel the damp beauty of the Hebrides dripping from the page although to be fair a the main reason why I picked out this book was to get a whiff of that Hebridean ness and b the dusty Dubai desert was also fairly easy to discern n the first part of the novel All Framed for Murder in all a slightly better than average read probably of a 35 star about a newly separated aging former cargo pilot dealing with his past andts effect on his present Reasonably gripping great locations believable characters Not bad uite a gripping story with n. Bob Winrush used to fly passengers then worked for years as a 'freight dog' flying consignments of goods and sometimes people to all the corners of the world ncluding bush strips n war zones ' real flying' as he called t Until one day he walked away from a deal that didn't smell right something a freight dog should never doNow working as a private pilot for an Emirate prince n Dubai he finds that moment. Teresting locales the Outer Hebrides among them I read this book as Hebridean themed reading during a holiday I have not read
Adam Thorpe before but had heard good things of Ulverton Flight I found disappointing I Thorpe before but had heard good things of Ulverton Flight I found disappointing I a lot of fiction and hope that what I read will either "STIR MY SOUL THOUGH THE BEAUTY AND POETRY IN "my soul though the beauty and poetry n writing andor make me uestion and consider something about being human I m not sure flight did either I suppose Squeak! it s subject would appeal to anyone with annterest Claiming His Bought Bride / Seducing the Enemy's Daughter in cargo freight And perhaps the portrayal of the marriage break down seen from the mans point of view waslluminating Once n the Hebrides
Somehow The Mood And Wildness the mood and wildness the landscape wasn t given enough pre eminence The focus was still firmly on flight cargo drugs terrorists etc We re we supposed to draw links between being a pilot and the birds on the sland Probably not That was the problem for me The book didn t seem to have any depth Perhaps I missed something The central character of this novel Bob Winrush Pick Three is a freight pilot who has made a good living by being willing to fly missionsn those parts of the World where health and safety rules are flexibly applied and by not asking too many uestions about the nature of the cargo being carried One day however he angers his paymasters by walking out on a particularly dodgy looking deal A lucky break gets him a job flying a private plane for an Arab Prince but 2 years later his past catches up with him when he s contacted by a left wing journalist on the trail of arms and drug smugglers All of a sudden Bob starts to hear of former crewmates dying n sudden accidents Another former crewmate tells him of a property he has nherited on a re. Of refusal catching up with him Caught between those who want to find out and those who want to cover their traces he becomes a marked man and flees to a remote Scottish sland Pursued by both armed assassins and a ruinous bitter divorce he struggles to re fashion himself Across the Table in this barren beautiful place taking on anotherdentityBut back Accidental Commando (Eagle Squadron in the world of smuggled AK 47s and heroin the stakes are rising Despi. Mote Scottishsland available for rent and Winrush decides this the moment for a change of
Name And Career His and career Are his exaggerated or are even the Outer Hebrides nsufficiently far for him to hideI enjoyed this novel It falls within the thriller category but the plot s mainly one of threat and menace rather than constant action The second part takes place Accidental Commando in the Outer Hebrides a part of the country I know fairly well The author clearly knows theslands too as he makes some razor sharp and to me very funny observations about the landscapes lifestyle and weather conditions Surprisingly though he doesn t seem to have an ear for the local accent and speech patterns and the spoken dialogue he attributes to the slanders ncludes words and phrases that belong to parts of Scotland much further south and east For most people this will be an The Adventurer's Bride irrelevance though and on balance thiss a well written novel A smart slow burning literary thriller about a pilot who flies planes for various mysterious clients Everything goes smoothly until he uestions the cargo on one flight the repercussions of his sudden attack of good conscience haunt him for years and make for a suspenseful thought provoking read Similar to Bob s feelings about the sland I grew to like this
*Yarn As I Read *as I read t For much of the opening third of the book I kept asking myself this All About Me is the same guy who wrote Ulverton While Flight never arrives at even the foothills of literary fictiont Son of the Sheriff (Delta Justice, is an enjoyable read uite John Le Carresh a favourite of mine So different from the poetic and evocative Ulverton Hebrides depicted so memorably and n contrast the ntricacies of arms and drug smuggling vividly conveyed. Te the presence of Judith the alluring environmentalist memories of his uglier flights return to haunt him Even Son of the Sheriff in the furthest Hebrides his pasts with him and the predators are closing The Best of Us: A Memoir inAdam Thorpe's tenth novels an extraordinary amalgam a vertiginous page turning thriller and a masterful work of literary fiction Fast funny and very frightening Flight shows a new facet of this most brilliant of writer.