By Elleston Trevor
[This is the Audiobook CD Library variation in vinyl case.]
*Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award*
they're twelve males who will not be alive. they've got survived the unexpected blinding sandstorm that crippled their air freighter. Survived a determined crash touchdown within the Sahara of critical Libya. Survived to stand the sluggish, dry, agonizing demise of the barren region. Twelve males with one wish: to construct a brand new aircraft from the wreckage in their Skytruck and make a flight out of hell.
just one guy may construct one of these aircraft: Stringer, the bright and obsessed engineer. just one guy may well fly it: cities, the smug and tormented pilot. either have been aboard the Skytruck, yet either are mortal enemies whose eating hatred for every different is a probability more than the wilderness itself.
[This All-Time vintage mystery was once two times made right into a significant movie in 1965 & in 2004]
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He hadn’t spoken for a very long time. He knew what his pilot knew: one other hour now and they’d have the capacity to run for Djalo whether the ground fell out of the sky. A flight of migratory ducks crossed the wake of the Skytruck ten mins later, coursing eastward at approximately ten or twelve thousand ft. at the back of them there has been a veil of emerging sand the place a wing of the wind had damaged clear of the most glide. Moran stayed hunched opposed to the perspex, having a look down on the unfold of the principal desolate tract. there have been no toys mendacity scattered there now, and no weedlike tufts of palm. The afternoon sunlight solid shadows around the scimitar-curving dunes, and swimming pools of darkish mild swam at the eastward lees of the plateaus. It was once lunar panorama, useless and unknowable. Down there you are going to locate now not a leaf, now not a grassblade, no longer a footprint of any dwelling factor. The plane’s shadow haunted a useless international. 6 THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX Moran bumped his head because the Skytruck fell right into a pocket of air and cities labored to maintain her reliable. there has been no horizon now to the west: wilderness and sky merged in a swath of yellow. Sand started touching the perspex and Moran sat upright on his seat, checking the gyro and making an allowance for compass deviation because of the iron-bearing rocks northwest of the Koufra team. inside ten mins the sunlight went out they usually have been headed right into a darkening yellow void. cities went right down to 3 thousand ft, as little as he dared, due to the desk mountains of sand that reared occasionally thousand toes above sea point during this zone: yet there has been no freak holiday within the wind. The sand was once boiling up from the land with the consistency of steam from a boiling vat. In fifteen mins he had climbed to 25 thousand and used to be flying via yellow murk. The barren region was once not under them; it was once within the sky. “Check heading, Lew. ” “You’re plumb on. ” The sand hissed opposed to the windscreen like dry rain. “There’s a ten-degree drift,” cities stated. “I allowed for that. ” They have been headed north and the wind was once out of the west, up from Fezzan, probably rooted while a long way because the Hoggar variety. They have been in a useless crosswind of thirty emerging 40 miles an hour or extra. The chewing gum tasted 7 Elleston Trevor foul within the mouth. the only probability had come off; the elements bureau in Jebel Sarra was once proving fortynine percentage correct back. yet Frank cities had acknowledged they have been higher, and in 3 years he were 0 percentage unsuitable. in the back of these 3 years, ahead of Moran had recognized him, there have been one other twenty-seven, a complete of 40 thousand flying hours. That used to be genuine measurement, larger than virtually any chance you may ponder. The sound from in the back of made Moran begin. It was once one of many males from the again, a stranger to him. He swung his correct earphone loose. “If the aerial’s gone,” the fellow stated in a pitched yet moderate tone, “and there’s no visibility, how is your pilot going to discover his exchange? ” Moran appeared up right into a skinny younger face with light eyes magnified by way of rimless glasses. He appeared extra like a scholar chemist than an oil driller.