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Flyaway

Narrated by: Paul Tyreman
Series: Max Stafford, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 39 mins
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Action thriller about security consultant Max Stafford, set in the Sahara. Written by the classic adventure writer.

Why is Max Stafford, security consultant, beaten up in his own office? What is the secret of the famous 1930s aircraft the Lockheed Lodestar? And why has accountant Paul Bilson disappeared in North Africa? The journey to the Sahara desert becomes a race to save Paul Bilson, a race to find the buried aircraft, and - above all - a race to return alive....

©1978 Desmond Bagley (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"Bagley is a master storyteller." ( Daily Mirror)
"Mr Bagley has no equal at this sort of thing." ( Sunday Mirror)
"Compulsively readable." ( The Guardian)

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A wonderful classic adventure thriller

Adventures don’t get any better than those written by Desmond Bagley. Flyaway was one of his best. I am so pleased to see Audible bring these kinds of classic adventure books out!

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Ripping Yarn

I think this is Bagley's best. Makes me want to go to the Sahara and see all the places in the story.

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  • GT
  • 02-07-18

Great Story

I had forgotten how good Desmond Bagley was. Having read most of his books in the '70's, I had missed this one and thoroughly enjoyed it. The characters are well sketched and believable - especially if you imagine it written in the mid-1970's.

The story may seem a little far fetched but there have been stranger 'true stories'. The lost plane in the desert is a great thread and the search, hampered by villains, has lots of local colour. You can almost feel the sand under your feet and wind in your hair. Nice twist at the end too...

I love Bagley's eye for detail - rather like Fleming - it's not just a 'rifle' but an "early Lee Enfield .303". Shame he went on to describe 'detaching' the magazine to fill it, though, because you load a Lee Enfield with a clip from the top and not by the magazine. Never mind, the story was excellent.

The only downside was the narration which was a bit slow and ponderous.

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  • gg
  • 11-26-18

I now miss the desert too

This has been the best Desmond Bagley book I've listened to. Proper fiction adventure book

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  • Mr. R. W. Johnson
  • 01-17-18

Outstanding yarn, well read

This is a really good adventure/thriller. Running blind is my favourite bagley, and this one comes a close second. Narrator does it justice!

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  • M. Mears
  • 03-21-19

Exactly what a great adventure story should be

I have come back to the Novels of Desmond Bagley after a gap of about 30 years and it is such a joy to rediscover just how well they are written. Flyaway, gives the reader a rich & vivid insight into life in the Sahara, clearly based on personal experience. If you have not read a Desmond Bagley novel, why not start with this one or "Night of Error" Both are somewhat "of their time" but mostly in a good way. Thoroughly recommended.