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Runway Zero-Eight

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  752 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
Captain Dunning had collapsed in the pilot's seat, but the voice at controls was calm: We are in distress... At least five passengers are sick. Both pilots are unconscious and in serious condition. My name is George Spenser. I am a passenger on this airplane. Correction: I was a passenger. I am now the pilot. What happened? Who was the new pilot? Would anyone reach the ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published July 1969 by Dell Publishing Company (first published 1958)
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Mar 08, 2016 George rated it liked it
"Επικίνδυνη πτήση", εκδόσεις Bell.

Βαθμολογία: 7/10

Ο Άρθουρ Χέιλι έγραψε κάπου στα έντεκα μυθιστορήματα, με το καθένα από αυτά να σχετίζεται με έναν συγκεκριμένο χώρο (ξενοδοχείο, αεροδρόμιο, νοσοκομείο, φαρμακοβιομηχανία, πολιτική, αστυνομία κλπ), όπου μέσω των πλοκών τους αναλύονται όλες οι ανθρώπινες σχέσεις και συγκρούσεις που πυροδοτούνται από το αντίστοιχο περιβάλλον.

Εδώ έχουμε να κάνουμε με ένα αρκετά τρομακτικό σενάριο: Ένα επιβατικό αεροπλάνο με εξήντα επιβάτες, με προορισμό το Βανκούβερ
Tanya Nekrasova
Jul 23, 2015 Tanya Nekrasova rated it it was amazing
Артур Хейли не подвел. Расплакалась в конце, чего от себя не ожидала, сюжет знаю от и до, но эмоции меня затопили. Сюжет настолько напряжен, что я на пару часов буквально приросла к читалке.

Собственно, самолет частной авиакомпании летит в Ванкувер. Во время полета пассажиры и часть экипажа скушали рыбки и стало им всем резко плохо, и в итоге самолет остался без пилота. Но благо на борту оказался Джон Спенсер и подумаешь, что последний раз за штурвал летного средства он садился лет десять назад
Kathy Chung
Nov 29, 2015 Kathy Chung rated it it was amazing
this has been totally has been years since i've read his book. it's good to get back the sense of thrill and suspense.

this book is a page turner. my hands and feet were clammy from the suspense of the final approach. i know his books quite well. usually the ending would be good but still i can't help feeling the thrill and excitement of the "what if" scenerio.

i think i cannot read his book consecutively as it would cause the excitement to lessen. yes, the plots of his books are usual
Aug 26, 2015 Lynn rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, I found the beginning a little slow but after that I couldn't wait to see how it ended. I haven't read Airport yet but I can't wait to read that as everyone says Airport is even better!
Robert Grant
Nov 27, 2012 Robert Grant rated it it was ok
It was interesting to read this and see what Hailey was like as a young writer. The dialogue is quite frankly,ludicrous. A quick read but not a very memorable one.
Dec 04, 2016 Stacy rated it it was ok
Shelves: ru, 2016
Все еще хорошо, но как-то скомканно, поспешно. Не хватило времени прочувствовать героев, драматичность ситуации, возможные последствия другого исхода. Надежд на данного произведение было больше.

Update: Только после прочтения заметила, что книга написана в соавторстве с друним автором. Полагаю, этим и объясняется столь разительные отличия в стиле написания и впечатления от книги.
Carla JFCL
Mar 06, 2013 Carla JFCL rated it it was ok
Remember the good old days of flying?

You could smoke on the plane.

Once the plane was on autopilot the captain would leave the cockpit and stroll around the cabin, talking with passengers.

The flight attendant was a beautiful young woman (never a man!) called a “stewardess”

The stewardess actually prepared served a full, hot meal to each passenger

Well, maybe that last part wasn’t so great, at least not in this story, where anyone who ate the salmon quickly became violently ill and incapacitated....
Adam Abrams
Apr 27, 2012 Adam Abrams rated it really liked it
Here's some great trivia about this book - connecting it to my hometown of Vancouver as well as a classic comedy film. I picked it up on a whim at Safeway's used-books-for-charity table and was pleasantly surprised to find it's the basis of "Zero Hour", the 50's film which partly inspired the classic movie parody, "Airplane!" Yep, food poisoning takes out both pilots and someone else will have to land the plane. And just as nifty for me is the fact that the flight in the book is traveling from ...more
Peter Brimacombe
Mar 24, 2015 Peter Brimacombe rated it really liked it
Mr. Bremner gave this book to me in Grade 7: "To Peter, as First Prize for obtaining 90% in a Grammar competition. April 11, 1960".

I am rereading it now. The author doesn't give an exact date but the novel takes place at the end of the 1950's. Strange that smoking was allowed on airplanes "You may unfasten your safety belts, smoke if you wish". The plane has piston engines: "Page 9, How are the cylinder head temperatures on Number 3 engine, Pete?" There is one expression "crack on" that is Canad
It's deffinitely a very fast-paced read, and I can imagine that at the time that this story was published, it was terrifyingly realistic. Now, though, like with Hailey's 'Airport', I can't help but feel thankful, that aviation, and commercial flights in particular, in the 21st century are much better organised and safer. But it's always good to learn how things were back then. And side from too much technical information that this book is full of, I can say that I enjoyed 'Flight into Danger' qu ...more
Amanda Mae
Nov 23, 2015 Amanda Mae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Arthur Hailey is who I would consider to be the godfather of the 1970s disaster film trend, and this story is what got it started. It's the novelization of the Canadian TV film he helped to write, about a food poisoning outbreak on a plane, and a Regular Joe has to save the day. It's just suspenseful enough to make it a very quick read. If you're into 1970s disaster films (which I am) this is a book for you!
Apr 15, 2016 Đenis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-diff-ed
Nevedel som do čoho idem. Najprv som myslel, že tam bude nejaká vražda, alebo atentát, ale bola to len obyčajná otrava lososom. CEstujúcim ide o život, piloti sú v kóme a tak musí pilotovanie prevziať vojnový pilot stíhačky, 20 rokov po lietaní vo vojne.
Dostal som sa k rozhlasovej hre, ktorú som počúval pri práci a venčení chlpáča. Musím povedať, že to má celkom spád, ale na dnešnú dobu, kedy bolo sfilmovaných plno podobných zápletiek to nepríde ohromujúce.
Ostap Andrusiv
Aug 24, 2014 Ostap Andrusiv rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Нарешті мав пару годин, щоб прочитати "0-8". Книжка ще раз підтвердила, що Артур Хейлі -- мегакрутий автор. Не дивно, що по ній зняли кілька фільмів-серіалів. На вікі пише, що Артур Хейлі народився в Лутоні, де один з найбільших аеропортів в Англії. Мабуть звідти в нього любов до аеропортів/літаків :)

Резюме: 5+. Читати всім. Кілька годин кайфу книжка гарантує.
Jul 29, 2016 Ruth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Hilariously, I have just noticed that somehow during the conversion to Good books, the edition that I shelved magically changed to the German edition. I have now changed it to the English version as, seriously, I can't read German..:-)
Maruf Hossain
এই ধরনের বই আমার কেন জানি শত চেষ্টাতেই ভাল্লাগাতে পারি না - বদ্ধ জায়গায় শুরু, বদ্ধ জায়গায়ই শেষ! শওকত হোসেনের লেখনীর জন্য যা একটু ভালো লেগেছে। দিনশেষে, এইটা আমার টাইপ বই না। খুব চেষ্টা করেছিলাম ভালো লাগাতে, হয়নি।
Mar 29, 2016 Nada rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The "danger" is not what we would think of in today's climate of terrorism. The protagonists are easy to relate to because the feelings they express seem realistic and not superhero-like. A gripping story that had me turning the pages.
Ekel Adolf
Jun 27, 2015 Ekel Adolf rated it really liked it
Runway Zero-Eight, actually written by Arthur Hailey and one John Castle, is a good suspension/thriller novel with swift action, a fast paced tempo and a realistic plot. There are no redundant words or passages in this novel.
Dec 04, 2015 ChrisGA rated it really liked it
This is 57 years old. Smoking is allowed on airplane, and reporters use typewriters to file stories...but suspense is still suspense. Nerve-wracking story of inexperienced civilian trying to land airplane full of sick people.
Sep 09, 2014 Нона rated it really liked it
Рекомендую сие небольшое произведение всем тем, кто хочет приятно провести своё время во время 2-3-х часового полёта на борту самолёта.
И никогда не ешьте рыбу на борту. Лучше вообще не ешьте.
Поезда — наше всё.
Apr 17, 2011 Nune rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very nice book,good reading for travelling,but I actually don't advise reading it when you're on plane)))))))))))))
Diane Wachter
Flight Into Danger, John Castle & Arthur Hailey, HB-B, @ 1985, 1987, and RDC-M, #5, 1978, 1979. Novel, suspense, airplane story. Okay.
Richie Chagas
Aug 10, 2016 Richie Chagas rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009, boooring, 1-star
Jorge Héreth
Feb 07, 2016 Jorge Héreth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, suspense
A good book to read, specially when you're sleeping in a farm house, or when your thoughts are lingering somewhere over Canada... ... or LOL when you're aboard an airborne airplane...
Jun 17, 2011 Iryna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: classics
It's amazing! It's like "Airport" only condensed. I couldn't put the book down until I finished it.
Jul 31, 2012 George rated it it was ok
Shelves: other-fiction
A fun, quick read. Not my usual stuff. Read it only because I was on vacation and it was fun to sit on a dock and read this sort of made-for-TV story.
Ashley Tetzlaff
Oct 21, 2013 Ashley Tetzlaff rated it really liked it
Great adventure story. Fun look at how relaxed things were with airports back in the 80s... story is obviously dated. The story seems impossible, but is still really interesting.
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Arthur Hailey was a British/Canadian novelist. After working at a number of jobs and writing part-time, he became a writer full-time during 1956, encouraged by the success of the CBC television drama, Flight into Danger (in print as Runway Zero Eight ). Following the success of Hotel in 1965, he moved to California; followed by a permanent move to the Bahamas in 1969.

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