Lords of the Air

Lords of the Air

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  • Paperback | 640 pages
  • 111 x 181mm | 340g
  • Macdonald & Co
  • Sphere Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747401241
  • 9780747401247

Review Text

There's precious little about aeronautics in this 1923-48 tale about three English brothers who fly, build, and mega-manage airplanes. Rather, events simmer and pop mainly because of the brothers' lust for power, fame, and women - old stuff for this author of both popular horror tales and other success-scramble/sex commodities (Headline, 1987; Lady of Fortune, 1985). In 1931, England's hero pilot and builder, Herbert Lord, commits airborne suicide - after a blast of guilt about sabotaging the plane of a German friend in international competition against Lord's airplane, the Chichester Special, and after guilt about sleeping, years before, with his wife. The German has recently called it alles and died by his own hand. Meanwhile, Herbert leaves three sons and a cold, tough wife, Constance. All are prey to messes, James will eventually be owner of a US airline; Ricchard will continue for a time to build Specials; Michael, banished to Australia, will become a bush pilot; and Constance's constant suitor will die in a Special Complications of heart and bed multiply. James beds Michael's girl, who becomes preggers, marries unloving James, and then loses the baby when Michael slaps her silly. James has two loves: an American actress apt to exclaim in French ("exactemong!") and a wily titled Brit, a nasty piece who nonetheless saves James from jail. Then Michael rescues his future wife in the outback and drops a bomb on the husband's holdings; Richard, in love with(the real) Elisabeth Bergner, settles for Iris; and - in a sad end - another expunges in the ether. Pockets of action, sex, real people, and dinner chatter. In all, a familiar flight pattern. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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14 ratings
3.28 out of 5 stars
5 21% (3)
4 7% (1)
3 57% (8)
2 7% (1)
1 7% (1)
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