The book that launched a Clint Eastwood film, an internet browser and the author's career. Four stars might be a bit generous but this has such a cool premise: the Soviets have a new super Mig fighter that's way ahead of the West. Let's steal it! The early passages drag a bit as our boy, Mitchell Gant, is spirited from Moscow into the top secret airbase. Even Craig Thomas fans like myself wouldn't claim he was a great stylist, but the story really "takes flight" when it gets airborne. Surface to air missiles, enemy fighters, low on fuel - it's pretty tense stuff.
Gant is an odd hero. The "battle scarred Vietnam vet" was a bit of a staple for 70s & 80s thrillers and he has all the usual PTSD flashbacks. He's so scared most of time he's pale, sweaty and throws up. Yet he's also super arrogant when it comes to his aerial ability and kills two Russians with his bare hands. Brit spy master Aubrey pops up again as do actual Russian leaders of the day, including Andropov before he briefly got the big job.
I like classic Cold War thrillers as it's easy to spot the villains (ie. The Brutal Police state, not the currently trending Rogue CIA Elements) There's a sense of important matters at stake too, rather than just "when will we catch the serial killer"? The Sphere paperback edition with the Chris Moore illustration (strongly resembling the fighter design from the film) is a nice book to own. More of the same next up with "Snow Falcon".
Firefox Paperback – 20 March 1997
- Publisher : Sphere; New edition (20 March 1997)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 360 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0751519855
- ISBN-13 : 978-0751519853
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About the Author
Craig Thomas was educated at University College, Cardiff where he gained his MA in 1967. His interests included cricket and music. He died in April 2011.
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