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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (55 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paul Watkins Narrator: Richard Po Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Shot down over Europe in 1918, decorated American pilot Charlie Halifax believes his luck has finally abandoned him. Disfigured and demoralized, he deserts from France’s famed Lafayette Escadrille, only to be captured, convicted, and sentenced to twenty years in the Foreign Legion. He serves in Africa, where, along with a motley group of convicts and outcasts, Halifax is forced to fly illegal arms shipments to the very tribesmen they have been sent to fight. But a dream keeps Halifax alive even as his companions fall to harm or misery—the relentless determination to become the first pilot to fly nonstop from Paris to New York.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In Blue Light, Watkins has succeeded admirably where most nonflying authors fail. He has completely captured the peculiar rhythms of men who fly…Beau Geste meets Waldo Pepper [set] to a concert of murder, betrayal, extortion, cheap cognac, and psychotic despair in the solitary confinement of the Sahara…Watkins writes beautifully.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “Paul Watkins writes adventure of the highest order…Reminiscent of Hemingway, this classic will propel you into a bygone age of true explorers.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Watkins writes compellingly…This Ahab dreams in blue, but in his daylight transatlantic flight the issues of good and evil finally determine whether or not he succeeds. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Watkins again provides wealths of technicolor immediacy, high vividness, and gripping detail…The look, feel, and surface exotica of half a century ago or more—varnished wooden propellers, frail canvas planes, edge-of-your-seat fights and flights in the air—in a skillful and historically based blood-sweat-and-tears adventure-melodrama.” Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Steve | 9/21/2013

    " Well-rounded adventure story told in a strong voice. Watkins has been called an heir to Hemingway, and for once I can see the resemblance. A mysterious, loner lead character flies a plane for the French Foreign Legion in Northern Africa. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Geoff | 6/7/2013

    " Paul Watkins has been my favorite author for years. His writing is stunning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jrobertus | 11/1/2012

    " a well written adventure novel about an american veteran of the ww1 lafayette escadrille, who flies for the foreign legion in 1926 morocco. great fun from start to finish. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dana Stabenow | 6/1/2012

    " Kinda done with Paul Watkins now. "

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