1948: INDO-CHINA. Lee Crane is an American pilot flying transport planes across South-East Asia for the highest bidder.
He'll fly anywhere, carry anything, if the money is right.
But his experiences during World War Two still haunt him, and when he meets a woman from the past, memories of a time when his innocence was shattered threaten to ground him. 1941: BURMA. Crane is a young and carefree pilot flying fighter planes for the notorious Flying Tigers against the Japanese.
He's one of the best pilots in the air. But when he falls for the charms of a beautiful Anglo-Indian girl, she has a devastating effect on him.
As the war ignites across the region, Crane is separated from her, and, caught up in a world of death and corruption, he desperately needs to return to find his lover, no matter what the cost...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 320 pages, map
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 08/07/2006
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780755321902
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Review by DeltaQueen50
Opening in 1948, The Last Sunrise tells the story of Lee Crane, a American pilot who is marking time by flying transport all over south-east Asia. Still haunted by events that transpired during the war, Lee is accosted by ghosts from his past and drawn into a dangerous scheme. We are then drawn back to 1941, when Lee was first in Burma being trained as a fighter pilot and awaiting his transfer to China to fly as one of the famous Flying Tigers. He falls in love with an exotic woman who is destined to haunt him, as she disappears when the Japanese overrun Burma.I was totally captured by all aspects of this story, both the 1948 and 1941 plot-lines were full of action and adventure. Best of all, I loved all the different characters in this book, you never knew who was a friend, who was an enemy, and often they turned out to be both. Lee Crane made the perfect foil for the various underhanded people that cross his path. The Last Sunrise brought to mind an old Humphrey Bogart movie, with co-stars Peter Lorrie and Sydney Greenstreet, lots of double crosses, secret agents and a million in gold bullion to keep things interesting.Robert Ryan specializes in stories set during the turbulence of war and this one was excellent. Well researched, with plenty of high flying action, a real page turner. I will be looking forward to my next read by this author.