THE FLY BOYS : SKY-JACKED
Hardback edition on WH Allen and paperback on Star later in the same year. The hardback edition has a slightly different cover and a different blurb on the dust jacket. It also identifies the photographer of the cover as Beverley Le Barrow. Lord Google identifies Beverley as a top book designer/photographer of the era who did several Ian Fleming Bond books amongst others.
No official dedication as such but in my second hand paperback copy is the handwritten message: "To Helen on her birthday, with love from Plummo 1984 xx"
This is the cover shot that got Stan in trouble with the Arab owners of the Dorchester Hotel - and it's easy to see why! The Sheik is boss-eyed and gormless looking and he has a girl in a candy-stripe stiny bikini spoon feeding him and draping a pearl necklace across his forehead. However - unlike some of the Morgan covers - this one is pretty accurate and it's obvious that at least SOMEONE has read the book! The Sheik is pretty much as described - as is the Glamour Airlines Air-Hostess uniform, however in the interests of political correctness we give this 1/10.
The third and final installment of The Fly Boys trilogy sees the crew being skyjacked (hijacked by another plane whilst still in the air!?) and forced to land on a fictional island in the Gulf of Arabia. All the Arabs have enormously daft puns for names - Abba Ben Arnha, Ib Ib Hoorah, Packyah Kitbahg etc etc. An enjoyable comedy romp that owes more than a little to the Carry-On Follow That Camel comedy ethic. Still a good story though and you get the impression that the tale is far from over when the final page turns. A shame that the series didn't continue and was somewhat in the shadow of the Tobin novels.
8/10 for the story, not so much for the Arab names