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In the Blue Light of African Dreams

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Shot down over Europe in 1918, decorated American pilot Charlie Halifax believes his luck has finally abandoned him. Disfigured and demoralized, he deserts from France's famed Lafayette Escadrille, only to be captured, convicted, and sentenced to twenty years in the Foreigh Legion. He serves in Africa, where, along with a motley group of convicts and outcasts, Halifax is f ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 15th 1998 by Picador (first published 1990)
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Fredrick Danysh
May 10, 2015 Fredrick Danysh rated it liked it
Halifax had been an American pilot serving in the French army during World War I. He was convicted of an offense and sentenced to serve twenty years in the French Foreign Legion in Africa. His commander has him running guns to the Arabs. He learns of the Orteig Prize for the first non-stop solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean and tries to achieve his freedom.
Steve
Apr 07, 2011 Steve rated it really liked it
Well-rounded adventure story told in a strong voice. Watkins has been called an heir to Hemingway, and for once I can see the resemblance. A mysterious, loner lead character flies a plane for the French Foreign Legion in Northern Africa.
Julie Dolan
Apr 24, 2015 Julie Dolan rated it really liked it
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Quite an adventure and strong images of place. Interesting characters that develop over time and play well off each other. Having first read The Forger, it was fascinating to read this back story for Ivan, and learn of Charlie.
Jennifer
Dec 31, 2008 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
One of his best! I recommended this to many who loved it. WWI pilot, Charlie Halitaxis, was badly burned in a crash. He flies for the French Foreign Legion in Algeria. Great characters. Great descriptions (like the title).
Jrobertus
a well written adventure novel about an american veteran of the ww1 lafayette escadrille, who flies for the foreign legion in 1926 morocco. great fun from start to finish.
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Geoff
Sep 05, 2010 Geoff rated it it was amazing
Paul Watkins has been my favorite author for years. His writing is stunning.
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Kinda done with Paul Watkins now.
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Jan 06, 2011 Garret rated it really liked it
Very Good adventure story
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Paul Watkins is an American author who currently lives with his wife and two children in Hightstown, New Jersey. He is a teacher and writer-in-residence at The Peddie School, and formerly taught at Lawrenceville School. He attended the Dragon School, Oxford, Eton and Yale University. He received a B.A. from Yale and was a University Fellow at Syracuse University, New York. His recollections of his ...more
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