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Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Craig Thomas Ellrod. Craig Thomas Ellrod has more than 25 years of experience in the computer industry and holds a. Firefox Down is a novel by author Craig Thomas. It is a sequel to his novel Firefox. Craig Thomas dedicated the first edition of the novel to. Results 1 - 16 of What If? Classic: The Complete Collection Vol. 1 (What If? ()). 16 Jan | Kindle eBook. by Roy Thomas and Gil Kane.
The plane given the NATO code name "Firefox" embodies a number of technology advances — including stealth technology , hypersonic speeds above Mach 5 and a thought-guided weapons system — dramatically surpassing those of the west. Faced with an aircraft which will give the Soviet Union the ability to completely dominate the skies , the CIA and MI6 launch a joint mission to steal one of the two Firefox prototype aircraft. On paper, Gant is ideally trained to steal Firefox, being fluent in Russian and having already flown captured Soviet planes. Overlooked by his superiors is Gant's wartime experiences in Vietnam, including his capture by Viet Cong after being shot down, an ordeal exacerbated when the enemy guerrillas are wiped out almost immediately by napalm from an American air strike. With the help of a network of dissidents and sympathizers, Gant reaches Bilyarsk air base where the two prototype aircraft are being developed. Jewish dissident scientists, forced to work on the project, help Gant penetrate the base, then start a fire to destroy the second prototype and also to distract security troops while Gant steals one of the planes.
The Americans rearm and refuel the Firefox, giving Gant the necessary range, but barely finish before the arrival of a Soviet submarine.
Thinking that he has made good his escape, Gant finds himself under attack by the second Firefox prototype. Realizing that the Soviet scientists failed to destroy the second plane, Gant is forced to dogfight. The second MiG is flown by Tretsov, who is more experienced in the Firefox aircraft and consistently outflies Gant. Nevertheless, after desperate manoeuvrers, Gant realises that the second plane has been destroyed — during the dogfight he reflexively ordered the thought-controlled weapons system to eject a decoy flare , which was immediately ingested by the second MiG's jet intake, triggering an internal explosion that destroyed it.
Free of pursuit, Gant continues on his journey.
At the time of the book's first issue in , stealth technology was a subject of top secret research in defence establishments Lockheed Have Blue had its first flight in and had not been operationally deployed though the Lockheed SR did exhibit stealth-like features.
The publisher of the book's first paperback edition, Sphere, gambled on real-life events such as the defection of the Soviet pilot Viktor Belenko , to risk a ,copy printing.
The background material for Firefox was a result of meticulous research, and provided by friends formerly with the RAF, and the Russian setting was derived from guidebooks as he could not afford to visit Moscow. Narrated by Brian Troxell. Continue shopping. Item s unavailable for download. Please review your cart. You can remove the unavailable item s now or we'll automatically remove it at Checkout.
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For more than thirty-five years, Stephen King has dazzled readers with Read more 3. Thorndyke and many others: Sherlock Holmes Series: Edgar Wallace: Craig Thomas wrote 18 novels, six of which were bestsellers. But the book that brought him global fame was Firefox, after it was adapted for a Hollywood film directed by and starring Clint Eastwood.
The blockbuster sold so well that its author was able to give up teaching in and live as a full-time writer. Both book and film have as their main character a US fighter-pilot named Mitchell Gant, who steals a Soviet MiG with spectacular consequences.
Meticulously researched and featuring cutting-edge technology, like all of Thomas's books, the novel spins a gripping yarn that draws the reader into a world of chilling Cold War espionage. It was the first techno-thriller and the first action story to be set mainly in the Soviet Union. The hero-spy appeared in several more of Thomas's novels and established their author as a leading exponent of the genre, on a par with, though perhaps not quite as famous as, his fellow countryman Ken Follett.
In A Different War, Gant appears as an air accident investigator in the corrupt world of global aircraft manufacturing during the s.
The novel is set at the end of the Cold War and reflects on the demise of the old political and moral certainties. His father was the legendary rugby journalist JBG Thomas, from whom he inherited a delight in vivid language. He ended his career as head of department. Having made an unsuccessful start as a scriptwriter for radio, he soon turned to writing novels, beginning with The Rat Trap His wife, Jill, acted as his amanuensis and editor of all his books. He died after a short battle with acute myeloid leukaemia.
The violon d'Ingres in which Thomas found deep satisfaction was his writing about philosophical subjects.
His volume of essays, There to Here: Ideas of Political Society, appeared in and he finished a two-volume commentary on the writings of the German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche shortly before his death. He regarded philosophy as "the greatest adventure of all".
But his life's work was as a master storyteller.
His other books in the spy genre include his fourth novel, Snow Falcon , which was favourably reviewed by none less than C P Snow, together with Sea Leopard, Jade Tiger and Firefox Down, all of which made him an international bestseller; the last-named was dedicated to Clint Eastwood. His books have sold more than two million copies. Asked why he was drawn to the thriller, Thomas said, "Because of its evident sense of tension and danger, the deliberate structure of the plots, and perhaps the emphatic moral framework, just as many writers of detective fiction are drawn to the sense of justice their books demonstrate towards good and evil.
There is an attraction in the thriller or adventure story, for both the writer and the reader, in knowing which side one is supposed to be on. And thrillers are optimistic.
Their problems are soluble and they are resolved by individuals. As Oscar Wilde said, 'The good end happily, the bad unhappily.
Although the invention of the techno-thriller is sometimes attributed to Tom Clancy, aficionados of the genre believe Craig Thomas to have been its true originator. He found his own voice in writing out of this preoccupation with geopolitical problems and conflicts. He believed that the kind of books he wrote had not been consigned to history by the fall of the Berlin Wall. A formal man, courteous and amiable, Craig Thomas took a lenient view of humankind but did not flinch from recording some of the atrocities of which we are capable.
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