Sabre

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1st Publication date 10th Feb 1997 United Kingdom William Heinemann Ltd.

Hardback 1st Publication date 10th Feb 1997  William Heinemann Ltd. ISBN 0434267678   400pp 240 x 159mm

Paperback 1st Publication date 6th Nov. 1997 Mandarin  ISBN 0749322586   320pp  178 x 111mm

From book cover

Flight time from London to Sydney: ninety minutes. Sabre 005, a synergetic, air-breathing rocket engine, will revolutionise air travel as the world knows it.

Paul Santos, a French engineer, developed the aircraft. A jet in the atmosphere and a rocket in space, Sabre 005 is set for its first ever-commercial test flight- and its first fare paying passengers are already scheduled for one year's time.

Joe Yavanoski, a compulsorily- retired union boss, knows that the threat Sabre 005 poses. Its success will spell the death of his country's former great aircraft industry and the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs. Including that of top engineer Jean Lesseps.

Together, Yavanoski and Lesseps hatch a plan to shatter the publics' confidence for ever- the perfect, undetectable bomb that will wipe out Sabre 005 its passengers and its crew, once and for all. All they have to do is get it on board.

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2020. Flight time from London to Sydney 100-minutes. Sabre -- Synergetic Air-Breathing Rocket Engine -- Europe's sensational new spaceplane will revolutionise air travel. It will also destroy the United States civil airline business, already reeling under the effects of the new Airbuses. Joe Yanvanoski, a retired union boss with not long to live, decides to plant the perfect bomb that will `knock that pretty bird off its perch.'

Synopsis
A high-tech tale of space-age travel in which Sabre 002, a synergenic, airbreathing rocket engine is designed to revolutionize air travel as we know it. Joe Yavanoski, a union boss for the US civil aviation authority, fearful for workers' jobs, plans a disaster for Sabre's first fare-paying flight.

 

Reviewer

nicholas.forbes-warren@virgin.net from Birmingham, England

A fast-paced, witty and thrilling sci-fi technothriller which would make a top movie! The story is set in 2021 and details an Anglo-French spaceplane project designed to revolutionise air travel. However, the American air industry, entering a recession, is not happy and a group of extremists decide to hatch a plot to smuggle a bomb on board and discredit the Sabre for good. Add to this a subplot of an oil-drilling concern working in Australia who are unwittingly drawn into the bomb plot and you have more twists along the way. The space sequences are excellent and very feasible and well-researched, there are brilliant flashes of imagination where future technology is concerned(holographics are out and old hat in this one, it's Hovercams, helicopter camcorders and Memcorders, which are camcorders which record on to a small memory card; digital memopads and HEATHROW TERMINAL SIX?! You never know one day . . .), yet traffic on the M25 motorway, even in 2021 is still a big problem! All in all, a highly recommended read. Fans of American writers Dale Brown and Clive Cussler will enjoy this, but it will also appeal to the sci-fi fraternity in its visionary output of a possible future. Highly recommended

Only one word - WOW!


A fast-paced, witty and thrilling sci-fi technothriller which would make a top movie! The story is set in 2021 and details an Anglo-French spaceplane project designed to revolutionise air travel. However, the American air industry, entering a recession, is not happy and a group of extremists decide to hatch a plot to smuggle a bomb on board and discredit the Sabre for good. Add to this a subplot of an oil-drilling concern working in Australia who are unwittingly drawn into the bomb plot and you have more twists along the way. The space sequences are excellent and very feasible and well-researched, there are brilliant flashes of imagination where future technology is concerned(holographics are out and old hat in this one, it's Hovercams, helicopter camcorders and Memcorders, which are camcorders which record on to a small memory card; digital memopads and HEATHROW TERMINAL SIX?! You never know one day . . .), yet traffic on the M25 motorway, even in 2021 is still a big problem! All in all, a highly recommended read. Fans of American writers Dale Brown and Clive Cussler will enjoy this, but it will also appeal to the sci-fi fraternity in its visionary output of a possible future. Highly recommended

Dave's comment 

This is the latest book that James Follett has written that has been published. The story really is to me, what if something like HOTOL actually became a reality would another world manufacturing power feel under threat? The author likes planes I think, as the detail given on flight mechanics is very realistic, if not 100% correct. If not then his research is very good.

Author James Follett comments

" Sabre was the first book in which I made extensive use of USENET and the Internet World Wide Web for research purposes. "James Follett

 

 

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