The Shepherd

The Shepherd It is Christmas Eve 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

  • Title: The Shepherd
  • Author: Frederick Forsyth
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 232
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 aIt 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 contactThis collection also brings together several other compulsive tales from the international master of intrigue

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    1. —De Havilland VampireThe Shepherd is a novella about a 20 year old pilot who, on Christmas Eve 1957, set out from Lower Saxony, Germany to Blighty, UK to celebrate christmas with his family. Flying a De Havilland Vampire, a British jet fighter, he knew the flight time would take 66 minutes. After being airborne for 43 minutes, while out over the North Sea in the darkness of night, his plane suffers an electrical failure, taking out his compass and ten-channel radio set. The pilot has no way of [...]

    2. Having never read Forsyth before (an author associated with the kind of best-selling thrillers that are translated onscreen into high octane testosterone-driven Hollywood movies raking in the buck), I hit the 'request' button for this quite impulsively on Netgalley (and partly out of curiosity I believe). Aaaaaand it has turned out to be exactly what the blurb advertises. Another obligatory tale of a Christmas miracle in which a young English pilot's life is saved by the ghost of a World War 2 b [...]

    3. I initially heard the CBC Radio broadcast of this story for Christmas 2012 read by the late Alan Maitland. It is a beautifully written story about a pilot who is lost in a terrible fog on Christmas Eve. His instruments fail him, and his fuel is running low. He is certain he will die until a mysterious second pilot arrives to shepherd him back to safety. It’s a beautifully written story that truly comes to life. A story does not have to be long to have special meaning and a warm yet mysterious [...]

    4. My other half found this in a second hand book shop. Having never read anything by Frederick Forsyth i thought i'd read it as it was short and an easy addition to my reading challenge. OK, so he wrote it after his wife requested a ghost story. A nice gesture on his behalf but it didn't mean he had to release it. It's a fairly weak story with a predictable conclusion. I won't judge the author based on this.

    5. I, too, read this every Christmas season - and think of it often throughout the year. I've always read (and re-read) the condensed version that appeared in Reader's Digest so many years ago, torn from that old magazine and treasured in my files. But just this month I finally got busy and located and purchased a used copy of the book. Now I will treasure the book as well as the old, dog-eared pages from RD. The first time I read it, I wasn't paying attention and thought it was a true story, but s [...]

    6. A novella by Forsyth which is a quick read and much unlike his other works. There are sketches included as well. Read this if you get your hands on it. It won't take much of your time and the story is simple enough.

    7. After leaving two books after just a couple of chapters yesterday (Dev Lok and 1984), my rhythm of reading was severely disturbed, so the best solution was to go back to one of my favourite Authors. There is a reason that Frederick Forsyth is regarded as one of the world's best thriller writers. I was quite sure that I had read all his novels, but then realised there was this 120 page short story that I had somehow missed (it's a standalone novel itself published first in 1975).Don't let the nam [...]

    8. This is a short simple story, following a pilot on his way home for Christmas and the misfortune he faces. As you would expect from a novel this short (look at the number of pages then add in the fact that there are sketches as well and you can truly begin to understand just how short the story really is) events progress at quite a speed, keeping you interested from start to end. There isn’t all that much depth but it easy conveys the feelings you would expect from this kind of work.As somethi [...]

    9. I stumbled across a Frederick Forsyth interview on TV one day (it was about gravel pits encroaching on his Bedfordshire village) and thought, if the man speaks like this he has to be worth reading. Then I discovered the average length of a Forsyth novel, and wavered a bit.Then I discovered The Shepherd. It's a gem of a tale, beautifully told, nicely revealed, and short enough that there's not much more I can say about it without giving something away.If you don't want to start on a Forsyth doors [...]

    10. An aviation classicBy Charles van Buren on December 30, 2017Format: Kindle Edition|Verified PurchaseMany of the negative reviews of this novella are from people who claim that the book description did not state that this is a "short story.". I checked the descriptions for the e-book and the hard copies. All descriptions list the book as having either 123 or 129 pages. Others seriously complain that the book is not worth the price because it is short. Personally, I do not buy my literature by th [...]

    11. A very meticulously constructed short story from the master of the political thrillers. As I started this book and barely in to few initial pages, I started getting to know lot of concepts and nuances of handling and maneuvering a fight jet. As always is the case with Frederick's novels, it's filled with grandiose narrations of everything that features in the novel. Treat to your brain are the elaborate explanations about the winter conditions of the North Sea and it's adjoining areas.Since the [...]

    12. A quick read, only 123 pages with many full-page illustrations. A compelling and haunting story about a young RAF pilot on Christmas Eve in 1957 who is trying to navigate his way at night from Germany to England. Usually not a problem, but the airplane's radio and compass stopped working mid-flight. He's running out of fuel and the clouds have rolled in. How will he survive? Will he land safely or crash into the North Sea? Highly recommended to anyone who loves flying.

    13. A great short Christmas ghost story a little reminiscent of "The Twilight Zone". You basically know the story a few pages in, but Forsyth does a great job fleshing out the details (he was an ex-RAF pilot and has a lot of detail - although there are a couple of internal discrepancies), and the illustrations really help. A nice way to remind readers that miracles happen in unexpected places.

    14. It's a ghost story. It's a flying story. Forsyth, at this stage of his career, is in great storytelling mode. There's nothing about this story to dislike. Sparse, evocative and full of atmosphere. Recommended.

    15. Atmostpheric and brilliant. The illustrated pictures portrays quiat a visualization and helps you see from the pilot's point of view. Short novella and spooky.

    16. A wonderful storyThe best story I have read in many years liked the way it led you to gently to the conclusion

    17. I chose this because I was drawn to the illustrations by Lou Feck - sorry, but I'd never heard of him before. After a quick check on the internet I found that these illustrations look different to his sci-fi book covers.I'd buy this just to have the illustrations. The story was good too! I was glad that Forsyth wrote about how lonely it can be flying solo at night and how hostile the stars can appear. I thought the ending was written a bit clumsily (can such things be said about Forsyth?) which [...]

    18. It was amazing the 1st time I read it and it's been amazing every time since. My favorite Christmas book. Always sends goosebumps my way. It made me believe that there are paranormal happenings. I am a believer in ghost.

    19. I have read this book every year for almost thirty years during the Christmas season. It’s 123 pages takes me a little over an hour to read. The book leaves me in tears every time I finish it. A great seasonal read that I highly recommend.

    20. What a great little story. I read this after it being recommended by my Mum. I read it in a day, but it could be read in one sitting. It tells the story of a pilot guided in by another plane during heavy fog in the east of England and has a twist at the end. Well written - a little gem.

    21. Clever short story with a Christmas theme. The final resolution was not completely surprising, but no less satisfactory for that.

    22. Velmi krátká a velmi pěkně napsaná povídka, byť předvídatelná. Navíc s doprovodem velmi pěkných kreseb, což za mě bylo velké plus.

    23. It's a Christmas Miracle! But with airplanes. Very British. And ghosts. But not like "A Christmas Carol". Christmas in July, except I read it in August. A nice little holiday story.

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