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The Shepherd

The Shepherd

On Christmas Eve 1957, alone in the cockpit of his Vampire, an RAF pilot is returning from Germany to Lakenheath on leave - 66 minutes of trouble-free, routine flying. Then, out over the North Sea, the fog begins to close in, radio contact ceases, and the compass goes haywire.

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ISBN 9780099642510
Barcode 9780099642510
Published 1 July 1996 by Cornerstone
Format Paperback, New edition
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Author(s) By Forsyth, Frederick
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ISBN-13 9780099642510
ISBN-10 0099642514
Stock Out of stock
Status Availability and pricing is uncertain (no recent updates from publisher)
Publisher Cornerstone
Imprint Arrow Books Ltd
Publication Date 1 July 1996
International Publication Date 4 April 1996
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback, New edition
Edition New edition
Author(s) By Forsyth, Frederick
Category Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 144
Dimensions Width: 110mm
Height: 178mm
Spine: 9mm
Weight 82g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress English fiction, 20th century
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 823.914
Catalogue Code Not specified

Description of this Book

On Christmas Eve 1957, alone in the cockpit of his Vampire, an RAF pilot is returning from Germany to Lakenheath on leave - 66 minutes of trouble-free, routine flying. Then, out over the North Sea, the fog begins to close in, radio contact ceases, and the compass goes haywire.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review A cunningly wrought tale Financial Times A stirring and beautiful story The Times
US Review There's a soggy plum of a Christmas message at the core of this otherwise crisply told air adventure. The book is slight, hardly more than a long short story, and marks a change from the plot complexities of Forsyth's popular thrillers. A young RAF pilot on Christmas Eve, 1957, is heading home across the North Sea from Germany when the electrical system of his jet fighter fails. Without instrument bearings he has no way to land, and to bail out into the icy sea would be almost certain death. He zigzags in hopes of being noticed on a radar screen so that a rescue plane - a shepherd - will be sent up to guide him down through the fog. One finally does, an ancient piston-engined plane out of World War II. After a hair-raising landing, he tries to fad out who his benefactor is. The cliche answer will surprise few readers of old-fashioned tales. Forsyth writes with superb clarity about anything technical; one feels after closing the book that one could pilot a small jet without further instructions. Too bad he twists a faded ribbon around such shiny machinery - though that might be just the thing to set the book off. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author's Bio

Former RAF pilot and investigative journalist, Frederick Forsyth defined the modern thriller when he wrote The Day of The Jackal, described by Lee Child as 'the book that broke the mould', with its lightning-paced storytelling, effortlessly cool reality and unique insider information. Since then he has written twelve novels which have been bestsellers around the world: The Odessa File, The Dogs of War, The Devil's Alternative, The Fourth Protocol, The Negotiator, The Deceiver, The Fist of God, Icon, Avenger, The Afghan, The Cobra and, most recently, The Kill List. He lives in Buckinghamshire, England.

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