The Four Winds Author:David Beaty This beautifully written novel combines an unforgettable love story with the dramatic operations of a great overseas airline. — Mark Kelston is a pilot for the Mid-Atlantic Line of British Empire Airways. He is the best type of pilot, living the life and the work, finding in it a kind of escape from marriage without love. — As the novel opens, Ma... more »rk is caught up in the swift-excitement of an air-sea rescue. A Portuguese freighter, foundering off the Azores, is sighted by his plane. Kelston stays with it to the last possible moment and, when he lands at the Azores, he finds that he has become a hero.
More important, he finds that he is falling in love. This love develops with a charm and an enduring warmth that is as memorable, in its way, as the magnificent flying sequences. But though it is important, it is just one part of a large and brilliant canvas.
The other pilots, their wives and girls, the men who operate the airline are all integral parts of the novel. In contrast to Mark is Michael Leeming, an expert pilot too, but a man whose home life comes first. And there is Ferris, a dashing carryover from the days when flying was more sport than mechanics, who is firmly convinced that marriage and aircraft do not mix.
The relationships between these people are absorbingly realistic, highlighting the tender, appealing love story. But the descriptions of flight are thrilling. In a succession of vivid scenes, but never with a sense of hurry, the author develops a high-tension situation to its inevitable breaking point. The result is an exciting additon to the literature of flight.« less