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By Elleston Trevor

[This is the Audiobook CD Library variation in vinyl case.]

*Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award*

they're twelve males who is just not alive. they've got survived the unexpected blinding sandstorm that crippled their air freighter. Survived a determined crash touchdown within the Sahara of vital Libya. Survived to stand the gradual, dry, agonizing demise of the wasteland. Twelve males with one wish: to construct a brand new airplane from the wreckage in their Skytruck and make a flight out of hell.

just one guy might construct one of these airplane: Stringer, the intense and obsessed engineer. just one guy may possibly fly it: cities, the smug and tormented pilot. either were aboard the Skytruck, yet either are mortal enemies whose eating hatred for every different is a chance 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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And it’s no need going in the market. ” Northward the sea of sand used to be crimson and the 1st celebrity gleamed. “Stringer’s received the one resolution and we want you in with us. ” It used to be already darkish once they got here down from the dunes jointly, yet one of the black shapes of the destroy within the distance an electrical lamp was once shining, and so they heard the hoop of instruments, and somebody whistling. 109 CHAPTER nine THE steel dermis OF THE growth used to be chilly AND Bellamy stayed there a minute, leaning opposed to it on his fingers, his tongue pressed to the steel to drink the coldness; however the floor was once dry. He had felt the sagging silk of the cover, and it used to be dry. there has been no white of hoarfrost at the dunes; the sand was once dry. The wind had no longer come. gentle lay alongside the east horizon. The bruise on his arm throbbed. one of many makeshift trestles had collapsed lower than the wing while the bolts have been knocked transparent, and its weight had knocked him down. Crow was once spread-eagled at the sand, eyes open to the lightening sky. Bellamy lay down beside him. “There’s no dew, Albert. ” “There wasn’t no wind. ” Crow’s physique ached and his mouth felt shrunk. two times within the evening he had long gone into the hull for his water bottle and had stood with it in his hand, shaking it, hearing the tune inside of; yet he had controlled to not unscrew the cork. There’d been just a drop or , and he’d allow them to trickle into a hundred and ten THE FLIGHT OF THE PHOENIX his mouth, a couple of minutes in the past. The share-out from the emergency tank will be at sunrise. With the additional gallon they’d collected the day past there has been nonetheless 5 days to move, a pint for every of them; however it used to be no solid brooding about having a fling with tomorrow’s ration thrown in, simply because if there has been not more dew they’d see their lot. 5 days on a pint, extra days on not anything, and that’d be it. Stringer acknowledged the activity could take thirty. “You eaten any dates, Albert? ” “Camel crap’s no need to me. Can’t get it down. ” The sergeant got here around the wing-tip and fell at the sand. “ ’Allo, Sunshine,” Crow acknowledged. there has been no solution. Loomis stood close to the tail unit observing the bar of sunshine silver the horizon. Over the mins it turned tinged with smoking purple, and colour seeped into the dunes. The enemy was once conscious. He observed Watson come to lie at the sand. final evening, earlier than that they had began paintings at the wing, he had long past to Watson and stated, “The factor is, all of us need to do this likelihood, not just a few of us. You’re in regards to the most powerful guy between us. i do know it’s now not that you simply brain a few heavy work—I keep in mind that. ” The sergeant had dug into the sand along with his naked toes, considering out what he needed to say earlier than he spoke. “The merely likelihood we’ve bought is to maintain doggo, and if that don’t keep us, not anything will. hear. I’m within the military, see, signed up for one more ten years, 111 Elleston Trevor don’t inquire from me why I permit meself in for it. I obtained a flat in Fenham East jus’ through the gasworks an’ it’s the single position i will be able to cross simply because it’s the place the wife’s mom lives, in truth the complete bleedin’ lot of ’em—all her kin. If I had an image of the spouse on me I wouldn’ convey it you simply because she’s fifteen stone with ’air like a birch broom in a healthy, by no means brain approximately her voice.

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