Disdained – Thriller, involving Fascists, Bolsheviks, and aviation.
Disdained – the second published novel by British author, Nevil Shute. In the United States “The Mysterious Aviator,” published by Houghton Mifflin in 1928.
When Peter Moran picks up a man on the roadside while driving through a bitter rainy night on the South Downs. He embarks upon an adventure that will lead him into treasonous international plots, flying adventures and tests of both his bravery and his loyalty. Nevil Shute Norway was a British novelist and aeronautical engineer. His novels written in a simple, highly readable style, with clearly delineated plot lines. Where there a romantic element, sex referred to only obliquely. Many of the stories are introduced by a narrator who is not a character in the story.
The especially interesting period, both politically and types of aircraft pertinent in story. As a pilot, really enjoy Neville’s experience and detail on airplanes now found only in museums or, sadly, picture books. The planes always figure in an essential way in the story. They are important and transitional in the plot. Love this writing style. Read him first in high school, which gave me desire to fly.
The author describes the scenes and situations in this story with simple clarity. The reader to experience what’s happening as though he or she knows the characters intimately. As in all his books. This is definitely one to read.