Overview

Michael Ryan, born in a Chicago brothel, with a mother who turned him out at the age of eleven, is a barnstorming pilot. There is only one thing he wants, an untroubled home. Meeting Jake Stimpson, the prodigal son of a powerful family, Michael becomes one of the Masters Of The Air--first by rum-running across the Mexican border, to later founding one of the country's first airlines. Michael, however, never wins that untroubled home. It's his granddaughter, Rachel, haunted by her own secret, who must solve the ...
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Masters of the Air

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Overview

Michael Ryan, born in a Chicago brothel, with a mother who turned him out at the age of eleven, is a barnstorming pilot. There is only one thing he wants, an untroubled home. Meeting Jake Stimpson, the prodigal son of a powerful family, Michael becomes one of the Masters Of The Air--first by rum-running across the Mexican border, to later founding one of the country's first airlines. Michael, however, never wins that untroubled home. It's his granddaughter, Rachel, haunted by her own secret, who must solve the puzzle of her family's despair...
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592792795
  • Publisher: Amber Quill Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 406 KB

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CHAPTER 1

1922 Kansas

That plane would crash. Its single engine spurted. It sounded as if it couldn't stay up a moment longer. Michael shielded his eyes against the sunset's orange light. He could see the Curtiss Jenny's bi-wings; the wooden struts with the crisscrossing wires that held their fabric skins in place, all dark shadows against a glittering sky. The Jenny started to turn over his camp. Michael had seen it before. The fool would crash and catch the prairie grass on fire. He waved, his mind whirling.

"Down, you idiot! Set her down while you still have some time!"

The plane began to drop in an attempt to land as if her fool pilot had actually heard him. Michael ran in an effort to clear himself from the Jenny's path.

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