Lead Review (Ghost Flight)

  • Book: Ghost Flight
  • Location: Amazon Rainforest
  • Author: Bear Grylls

Review Author: Tina Hartas



BEAR GRYLLS OBE has become known worldwide as one of the most recognised faces of survival and outdoor adventure. Trained from a young age in martial arts, he went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, as part of 21 SAS Regiment. It was here that he perfected many of the survival skills that his fans all over the world enjoy, as he pits himself against the worst of Mother Nature. (from the author’s website).

The novel opens with our hero Will Jaeger in notorious Black Beach prison on Bioko (fabulous to make a new geographical discovery!). He is busted out of jail and once in London he becomes involved in an expedition to the Amazon Rainforest, where the team is in search of a WW2 plane. However, the previous leader of the party was killed, so there is clearly considerable danger.

This is a story that creatively delves into secrets held tight, which date back to the Nazi years, and there are some very dark discoveries. Perhaps that whole period is still not done and dusted and there still seem to be individuals who are determined to manipulate a future trajectory steeped in Nazi ideology. A documentary team is in tow which adds an extra dynamic and drama, and this is clearly drawn from the author’s own filming experience, I imagine.

This is a real adventure thriller that pumps along amidst both beautiful and threatening landscapes, with a wealth of interesting characters and challenging situations. A good read for those who love gritty adventure and it’s good to see that a well known personality can draft a good read.

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