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In the Blue Light of African Dreams
by Paul Watkins
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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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.
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).
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 ...moreMore about Paul Watkins...