CROSSWIND by Robert Henry


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A mansized adventure story has a small Latin American country-Ruedo- as its setting when Luke Hadley, experienced but embittered, goes down there as the new fly-boy for LARC to reorganize and revitalize the airline. Hired by Romirez, the Minister of Aviation, he later learns that he is working under the orders of Fermin Sagasta, anxious to overthrow the democratic government, and while Hadley is unwilling to be involved in the political scrimmage, he falls in love with Celia Vidal, whose father had been killed by Sagasta and whose uncle- the Minister of Peace- opposes him. His love for Celia encounters other interference- he is a Norte Americano and a mercenary- but at the close, overriding threats and torture, he is instrumental in their escape plus a more peaceful settlement of the country's internal affairs as well as his own.... Lots of turbulence here, both in the air and on the ground, and a full activity program- gambling, bullfighting, fishing, wenching, gives this its masculine appeal. While not subtle, it's fairly seismic stuff.

Pub Date: Oct. 16th, 1961
Publisher: Viking