The Shepherd

The Shepherd

Book - 1975
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"It is Christmas Eve, 1957. Flying home, on leave from Germany, he is alone in the cockpit of the Vampire. Sixty-six minutes of flying time, with the descent and landing - destination Lakenheath. No problem, all routine procedures. Then, out over the North sea, the fog begins to close in. Radio contact ceases and the compass goes haywire. Suddenly, out of the mist, appears a World War II bomber. It is flying just below the Vampire, as of trying to make contact. . ."
Publisher: London : Arrow, 1975.
ISBN: 9780099559863
Branch Call Number: FIC SHE


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Dec 30, 2016

This novelette, fairly well known and often read as a Christmas story, is quite different from any of the rest of Forsyth's novels. It harkens back to an earlier setting and it also represents a style of writing that Forsyth left far behind when he embarked upon his famous novels of spycraft and terrorism. The story could very well have been written by Nevil Shute; it bears all the hallmarks of that great writer of an earlier day. An engaging little piece of work, very well worth the hour or so that it takes to read -- ideally aloud in front of a warm fire on a cold winter evening.

Nov 22, 2015

One of my favorite holiday stories, I have enjoyed both reading it and listening to radio broadcast performances during the Christmas season. It has become even more entertaining, since reading of Mr. Forsyth's experiences as a pilot for the RAF before his writing career.

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