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The Shepherd de Frederick Forsyth
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The Shepherd (1975 original; edició 1976)

de Frederick Forsyth (Autor)

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It is Christmas Eve, 1957. Flying home, on leave from Germany, he is alone in the cockpit of the Vampire. Sixty-six minutes of flying time, with the descent and landing - destination Lakenheath. No problem, all routine procedures. Then, out over the North sea, the fog begins to close in. Radio contact ceases and the compass goes haywire. Suddenly, out of the mist appears a World War II bomber. It is flying just below the Vampire, as of trying to make contact...… (més)
Membre:TrumanBerry
Títol:The Shepherd
Autors:Frederick Forsyth (Autor)
Informació:Viking Pr (1976), 55 pages
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Nordsøen, juleaften 1957
En pilot i en Vampire jetjager er på vej hjem for at holde jul, men alle elektriske instrumenter sætter ud og han har kun brændstof til 80 minutters flyvetid i alt. Hans eneste håb er at flyve et par trekant-mønstre og håbe at en kvik radaroperatør opdager det og sender et lodsfly ud for at hjælpe ham til nærmeste base. Der dukker faktisk en op i sidste øjeblik og overraskende nok er det en propeldreven gammel flyvemaskine fra anden verdenskrig, en Mosquito.
På blind tillid følger Vampirepiloten med ned i hastighed og højde og bliver belønnet med en stribe landingslys under de lavthængende tågebanker. Han sætter maskinen ned på de sidste dråber brændstof og regner med at brandbiler og andre tegn på at nødlandingen er observeret dukker op. I stedet kommer en småberuset depotofficer Kaptajn Marks til stede i en jeep. Det viser sig at landingen er sket på en nedlagt base og at det kun var fordi Marks hørte flystøj at han tændte lysene. Der er heller ikke sendt et lodsfly op og i det hele taget er det lidt en gåde hvor Mosquitoen kom fra. Vampirepiloten er heller ikke landet på Merriam St. George basen, men på flyvestation Minton som han aldrig før har hørt om. Han ringer også til Merriam St. George og de kan fortælle at ingen har været klar over at han var i vanskeligheder.
Vampirepiloten har set bogstaverne JK på den og det passer med en Løjtnant Johnny Kavanagh, der under krigen var en af de dygtigste stifindere. En gammel messetjener fortæller om ham og om at han havde for vane at tage en ekstra tur for at se om der var halvt ødelagte bombefly, der skulle hjælpes med at finde vej hjem til basen efter et togt over Tyskland. Vampirepiloten gætter på at Kavanagh på en eller anden måde har fået mulighed for stadig at flyve Mosquito-bombeflyet, men messetjeneren fortæller at Johnny Kavanagh styrtede ned med sit fly juleaften 1943 et sted ude i Nordsøen. God nat og glædelig jul.

Godt fortalt spøgelseshistorie. Men jeg tror ikke på spøgelser og særligt ikke dem med samme initialer som Jesus Kristus. ( )
  bnielsen | Jul 15, 2020 |
-- This slim novel (123 pgs.) is a quick read. Lou Feck's illustrations inhabit whole pages. Forsyth is a pilot as well as a writer. Charlie Delta is a Royal Air Force pilot flying alone at night when he realizes his Vampire compass & radio aren't working. How Delta lands the plane makes Forsyth's novel fascinating. -- ( )
  MinaIsham | Mar 16, 2019 |
5239. The Shepherd, by Frederick Forsyth (read 20 Jan 2015) I much appreciated The Day of the Jackal which I read 6 Feb 2010 so I decided to read this slight fiction by Forsyth. It tells of an RAF pilot flying home in 1957 from Germany for Christmas. He loses his radio and other aspects of his plane. It is fearsome, but since the story is told in the first person we know he will survive--and he is guided to safety by a World War II plane piloted by a long dead flyer. So, I never having much use for fantasy, the story is not so noteworthy. Maybe if his being saved had been supernaturally aided the story might have been more acceptable to me. But it is a pleasant and at times exciting story. ( )
  Schmerguls | Jan 20, 2015 |
Forsyth wrote this story as a Christmas present for his wife, Carole. It tells of a 20-year-old RAF fighter pilot returning from Europe to England on Christmas Eve 1957. When the electrical system fails on his Vampire jet over the North Sea, his training is brought into use to find the way. Unfortunately a thick fog bank obscures everything below him and he is forced to fly in triangles in an attempt to attract attention. The 'Shepherd', a WWII Mosquito guides him to a safe landing, just in time. Forsyth has written a simple story with intelligence and expertise. This short book, filled with fabulous illustrations by Lou Feck, is a perfect Christmas story, one to read again and again.

At nineteen, Forsyth was the youngest fighter pilot in the Royal Air Force. His knowledge of flying is manifest in this excellent story. ( )
3 vota VivienneR | Jan 4, 2015 |
I enjoyed reading this short story but it was a little bit underwhelming in the end.

It's probably a half an hour read at the most, padded out a bit, in the version I read, with stylised black and white illustrations which, to be fair, were nicely done and added to the atmosphere of the story.

The problem is, the story itself is a bit slight. It was obvious to me what was happening (though the author does his best to offer rational explanations as he goes until the supernatural 'twist' is revealed) and I must admit I was expecting there to be a bit more to the story.

The supernatural 'twist' as presented is the obvious ending almost as soon as the situation is set up and so it was a bit disappointing - I thought there would be some kind of clever subversion or expansion of the idea in the last few pages.

To be honest, I wouldn't recommend paying full price (it's £6 on Amazon, which is definitely not value for money) for The Shepherd, but if you happen to find it in a friend's bookshelf, a library or a charity shop it's worth reading. ( )
  GraemeShimmin | Aug 7, 2014 |
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For a brief moment, while waiting for the control tower to clear me for takeoff, I glanced through the Perspex cockpit canopy at the surrounding German countryside.
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It is Christmas Eve, 1957. Flying home, on leave from Germany, he is alone in the cockpit of the Vampire. Sixty-six minutes of flying time, with the descent and landing - destination Lakenheath. No problem, all routine procedures. Then, out over the North sea, the fog begins to close in. Radio contact ceases and the compass goes haywire. Suddenly, out of the mist appears a World War II bomber. It is flying just below the Vampire, as of trying to make contact...

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