Looking down on the moon!… The main character of this book, Jack Roberts, is a somewhat cripple pilot who initially pilots for the East African Mission and later is recruited as a hireling-pilot. He uses a walking-stick that also is deployed as a very effective striking- and stabbing weapon. His handicap doesn’t restrict him in his piloting the most varied airplanes. However, forgetting the carburettor front heating when flying a small sport plane leads him to an unexpected landing. The description of it is one of the strongest moments of this book!
Abundantly clear a book written by a pilot for lovers of a good and detailed flying story. It also doesn’t lack Jack of heart ache. No shortage of female opponents!
The background of this exciting story plays, amongst others, in the Angolan Civil War. Cuban and South-African pilots were plenty deployed at that. Also WO II and the battle against the Japanese in Birma comes back. Multiple characters in this story did take part in it and the shared past stil has it effects in the present. Enough action as well, although it takes a while before you see through the actual plot. Behind Jack’s client proves to be a shadowy secret service who draws his own plans of which Jack at first has no clue. When I ‘was into the story’, I couldn’t put the book down. A fascinating well written story with a beautiful plot and strong pilot accents!