It is 1964, and Chris Nash is 20. His mother is married to Reg, whom Chris thinks is his father. He is, therefore, astonished when she tells him that his real father was a pilot, John Gregson, killed during the Second World War in an accident training Australian air crews. Chris sets out to discover more about the little-known incident. He tracks down his father's only living relative, and visits the site of the crash, near a small church in Bedfordshire.
In flashback, we see what happened to Gregson during the three days before the accident. He conducted his last bombing flight over Germany, and was seduced by an actress named Sarah. He visited his fiancée (Chris' mother), who broke off their engagement; unknown to him she was pregnant with Chris.
To commemorate the airmen who died in the crash, Chris organizes a memorial stone in the Bedfordshire churchyard, and a church service. To his amazement, a surprise guest turns up: an Australian who was the one survivor.
In talking to local people who were involved in the accident, and to his father's former engineer, Chris comes to believe there were seven airmen on the plane, not six as previously believed. And when he locates Sarah, the actress who seduced his father 20 years earlier, she tells him something that plays havoc with the lives of his whole family.
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I really enjoyed the story and thought the pace of the book worked really well
His exploits in Ireland
His accents were at times comical but I didn't mind it - In fact it kind of added to the experience a bit
Gave up after two chapters, could not very past the awful emotionless narration. No idea what Audible were thinking about getting an American to narrate an English novel.
Hang Gliding at Curium
The audio book version is awful beyond belief to any native English listener. Whatever possessed the publishers to hire an American/Canadian God only knows what speaker to narrate a very English story. The utter car crash of mispronouncing of even simple words was in the end comic. Had the narrator just read the story in his own voice it wouldn't have been so bad but the abysmally bad attempts at accent is unforgivable. If I was the author of this book I would be heartbroken. It spoils what is actually a rather well told tale. Be sure not to have a hot drink in your hand when the main character visits Ireland. The attempted accent is indescribable. The aviation detail was well researched enough to wash over this ex RAF pedant without pain. If you have the choice read the printed version yourself.
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