A tragic and passionate portrayal of human conflict.
Obscured by low, brooding clouds, two lost planes drift ominously beyond their landing strip and over the heads of the men below.
A former enlisted man fresh out of flying school, Lieutenant Roberto Cassada is the latest arrival in a complacent Air Force squadron in Cold War Germany.
From the outset, several characteristics alienate Cassada from the tightly-knit group of men he joins: his mysterious reticence, his Puerto Rican birth, and - most damning of all - his unabashed ambition.
In the absence of warfare, Cassada struggles to prove his superiority as a pilot on routine flying procedures, one of which leads to the tragedy at the centre of the novel.
Cassada is a reworked version of Salter's The Arm of Flesh, originally published in 1961.
Brilliantly paced and deeply haunting, this is a novel that explores the tensions of a group of fighter pilots in conflict with themselves and each other as much as with any enemy.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/08/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781860469251
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