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The Shepherd

by Frederick Forsyth
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  • Rating: 9.2 / 10

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It is Christmas Eve, 1957. Flying home from Germany, a young RAF pilot suffers complete electrical failure in his de Havilland Vampire. Lost over the North Sea at night, with no radio, no way to tell his location, and the fog rolling in, his only hope is that someone will notice his plight and send up a shepherd - an aircraft with functioning radio who can guide him in...

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Frederick Forsyth's famous flight novella, written as a christmas present to his wife, has become part of popular culture. Since it was released it has spawned many imitators, but the thrill of the story isn't just in the ending but in the path it takes to get there.

The pilot's desperation at his predicament, as systems and procedures fail one by one, is palpable. The flight details are spot-on, drawing on the author's experience. It is one of those rare books that really puts you in the cockpit.

This is a beautifully written story, a well-known classic, and a must-read for aviation fans of all ages.


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