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A thriller set against the unforgettable summer of 1940, the finest hour of the British Air Forces

Summer, 1940. The skies above Britain are criss-crossed with the white scars of dog-fights as fighter pilots clash with the merciless German Luftwaffe. But one air defence gunner suspects the greatest threat to his country's safety might not come from the air, but from a secret plot now unfolding around him on the ground. Can he convince anyone to listen to his fears? Will they hear him in time?


Mr Innes is a marvellous storyteller, probably the best we have got


Hammond Innes must be one of the best tellers of the straightforward adventure in a harsh, well-researched setting

Financial Times

Thank goodness for Hammond Innes. He gets better with every book

The Times

The British have always been good at producing adventure story writers. Hammond Innes was exceptional even within an exceptional breed..he was...a romantic adventurer in the style of Rider Haggard, Robert Louis Stevenson and Rudyard Kipling


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  • Paperback


    July 4, 2013

    Vintage Classics

    256 pages

    RRP $26.99

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  • EBook


    July 31, 2013

    Vintage Digital

    256 pages

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