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3.43  ·  Rating Details ·  223 Ratings  ·  26 Reviews
A story of flying, drug smuggling and murder in the 1920s. Pilot Philip Stenning crashes his aircraft while flying from London to Devon. He is rescued by escaped prisoner Denis Compton, who claims he was sent to prison for embezzlement after being framed by his half-brother, Italian baron Rodrigo Mattani. Owing Compton his life, Stenning agrees to investigate Mattani's ...more
Mass Market, 217 pages
Published January 1st 1970 by Ballantine Books (first published 1926)
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Nov 01, 2015 Laurie rated it it was ok
This is Nevil Shute's first novel. For me it was just ok. Still a worthwhile read for Shute fans, but I wouldn't recommend starting here if this is your first of his books.
Larry Piper
May 30, 2015 Larry Piper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently, this is the first book Nevil Shute wrote. In his introduction, he mentions that he had to write it through three times. It seems pretty similar to vintage Shute, which means that it's a GoodRead, well worth one's time. It has many elements one finds in later Shute books, airplanes, small sailing vessels in the English Channel, and romance that progresses as two people slowly develop a friendship while they are working together to address a problem. It's at once calming and deeply eng ...more
May 19, 2014 Al rated it liked it
This early novel by Mr. Shute is not as polished as his mature work, but it is still interesting because it shows the origins of the narrative style which distinguishes his later novels. Shute said he completely rewrote Marazan twice before publishing it, but it still is rough in spots. Character development is uneven, there are too much deus ex machina and coincidence for my taste, and the climax and wrap-up leave loose ends that I believe would not have occurred in later Shute works. All that ...more
May 21, 2013 Tony rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
This debut novel from Shute draws heavily upon his experience as a pilot and sailor in an attempt to create a heavily lacquer of realism for what is more or less a potboiler of a plot. Set in the mid-1920s, the story revolves around Stenning, a WWI pilot who now works for a commercial airline company, ferrying people and planes around England and Europe. One day he crashes badly in a field while flying solo and is rescued by an escaped convict who happens to be hiding out in nearby woods.

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Phillip Stenning is flying an assignment for his company in 1920's England, when his aeroplane accidentally crashes in a field, leaving him injured and trapped in the cockpit. He is sure he is going to die after several unsuccessful attempts to free himself. As he is about to give up hope, he is rescued from almost certain death by Denis Compton. Compton turns out to be an escaped prisoner who was sent to prison after being framed by his Italian half-brother. Phillip feels obligated to assist ...more
Susan Emmet
Aug 12, 2016 Susan Emmet rated it liked it
All these years later, I come to Shute's first published work. It's okay, sometimes exciting, a bit heavy on the dagoes and niggers, but of its time in 1926.
Philip Stenning is a rather interesting character - kind of unmoored except for the flying community in England and certainly willing to go the long mile for a man who saved Stenning's life.
A bit about facism that's interesting and Italian and English politics and drug running and the ways in which countries run national security.
I so liked
May 14, 2011 Algernon rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
more like a [7/10] - a decent book, considering it is the official debut of Nevil Shute (apparently his previous 2 efforts were unpublishable. A straightforward plot, a likable young pilot as the lead character, plenty of technical details about flying and siling, and an understated love story - overall a glimpse of the beautiful, clear prose and strong sentiment that will become a signature for one of my favorite authors. An interesting snaphot of England after WWI and Italy of rising fascism.
Jim Puskas
Aug 18, 2015 Jim Puskas rated it it was ok
Shelves: crime
This was Shute's first book to be published, so of course it's not nearly his best work, but still a pretty good read. It's a bit rough around the edges and of course quite old fashioned like all his work. Those who like Shute's stories are prepared to tolerate that aspect. First published in 1926, it reflects the social and political attitudes that prevailed in Britain at the time. His characters are not nearly as fully fleshed out as in his later books. The plot is more melodramatic than in ...more
Mar 26, 2014 Scilla rated it liked it
Philip Stenning crashes his plane in a field. Compton, in prison clothing, comes along and helps him out. They talk awhile, and Stenning offers to help Compton, who asks him to go to his cousin, Joan Stevenson, to get him clothes. Stenning decides to help more by pretending to be Compton and leave red herrings while Compton does what he needs to do. Stenning gradually finds out that Compton is trying to stop his half brother from bringing drugs into England, and Stenning is more than ready to ...more
Aug 22, 2015 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, england
Philip Stenning is a pilot who was forced to crash land his plan after mechanical issues. It was an escaped convict, Denis Compton, who helps him extract himself from the wreckage. In light of that, Stenning believes he owes it to Compton to help him make good on his escape. Only it's never that easy, is it?
Re-read in 2015. This is listed as the first novel he published and while I enjoy some of his later stuff more, this is still good. There is sufficient suspense in the process to keep me re
Apr 30, 2016 Kenton rated it it was ok
It is east see why this is a first novel. It is written in very matter of fact terms with no twists or turns. The main character comes across as a Cholmondley Warner type (Harry Enfield sketch) and speaks in a language that is very upper class. Tally Ho and jolly hockey sticks and all that. It's worth a read but is nothing more than a 1920's adventure yarn. I'm planning on reading his other novels as I am sure they will get better
Jan 04, 2010 Alice rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aviation
The author's preface suggests that Shute was rather ashamed of this, his first novel. Sure, it's not perfect, but for a first effort it's very good indeed, reminiscent of John Buchan and with the themes and patterns of later books already present in embryo.
Oct 08, 2016 Linda rated it it was ok
Shelves: oldies
Captain Philip Stenning crashes the plane he is flying and his life is saved by an escaped convict named Compton. In return, Stenning develops an elaborate ruse to help Compton escape from England. This is Shute’s first novel. I’m so glad he went on to bigger and better things, but this was a good start.

Aaron Sanders
Mar 23, 2016 Aaron Sanders rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first of the two Nevil Shute paperback novels I picked up of the base library's free table. Fun anglophile escapism in the vein of The Riddle of the Sands the The Thirty-Nine Steps. The perfect sort of book to read on a train.
Mar 25, 2008 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Somewhat different from many of his other novels, this is classic British pulp fiction of its time - that's not a criticism!
Oct 17, 2013 Ann rated it liked it
Shute's first published novel, and for that reason, well-worth reading. The first glimpses of his talent are here, and though awkward in places, the novel still spins a fine tale.
Mar 22, 2016 Wesley rated it really liked it
From page 167

I am not of this earth,
Nor born of mortal mother,
But fortune with her turning, turning wheel,
Hath brought me hither.

A Gypsy saying.
Chris Burland
Oct 21, 2011 Chris Burland rated it it was ok
No Bad. It's an early Nevil Shute and even he in his preface of this 1960s reprint downplays this novel. For Shute fans only
Aug 06, 2013 Margareth8537 rated it it was ok
Shelves: thriller
Someone else described this as for Shute fans only, and that is probably the case. I found it on my Dad's shelves back in the 70s and quite enjoyed it
Jul 08, 2009 Suz rated it liked it
One of Nevil's first books. Well written. Is incredibly detailed (maybe too much). Overall, fairly good.

Clare Smith
Apr 29, 2015 Clare Smith rated it it was ok
A good yarn of it's kind. Very confronting to read the racial slurs that we took for granted thirty years ago
Corinne Rodrigues
Not quite his best - but considering it was his first book, it's good. Shute always manage to capture you with his great narrative.
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Nevil Shute Norway was a popular British novelist and a successful aeronautical engineer.

He used Nevil Shute as his pen name, and his full name in his engineering career, in order to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels.

He lived in Australia for the ten years before his death.
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