The Last Pilot by Benjamin Johncock
With echoes of Raymond Carver as well as Tom Wolfe's *The Right Stuff* and Richard Yates' *Revolutionary Road*, *The Last Pilot* re-ignites the thrill and excitement of the space race through the story of one man's courage in the face of unthinkable loss.
'The author’s grasp of the intricacies of life among test pilots and their perilous pursuit of the demon of speed is striking enough. What gives the novel its emotional lift-off is its portrait of a marriage going wrong, harrowed by the pressures of American machismo and familial loss.' Observer Hidden Gems 2016
Set against the backdrop of one of the most emotionally charged periods in American history, The Last Pilot begins in the bone-dry Mojave Desert during the late 1940s, where US Air Force test pilots are racing to break the sound barrier. Among the exalted few is Jim Harrison: dedicated to his wife, Grace, and their baby daughter.
By the 1960s, the space race is underway and Harrison and his colleagues are offered a place in history as the world’s first astronauts. But when his young family is thrown into crisis, Jim is faced with a decision that will affect the course of the rest of his life – whether to accept his ticket to the moon and at what cost.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Myriad Editions (9 July 2015)
Size: 129mm x 198mm
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