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An Adventure Novel of Survival Romance and Mystery in the Australian Outback


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Flyabout by Robert W. Campbell
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Flyabout, was inspired by the true story of 17-year old Juliane Koepcke who was ejected from an aircraft at nearly 16,000 feet and survived the fall into the Peruvian jungle below with only minor injuries. The setting of this fictional novel, Flyabout, finds Professor Derek Hunter and beautiful flight attendant, Michelle Sherry, hurtling to the surface of the Australian Outback after a catastrophic cargo door explosion blasts open a ragged gaping hole in the side of their aging airliner. Violently ejected out of the aircraft through the hole, Michelle and Derek fall to earth through a brutal thunderstorm. Their lives are spared when ferocious updrafts drastically slow their descent. While they land in the midst of dense muddy underbrush, (hurt but alive), the crippled and uncontrollable airliner flies onward until crashing hundreds of miles away. When rescue never comes they undertake a deadly gamble-a hike across the searing Outback in search of civilization. As their torturous journey continues the pair develop a trusting and loving relationship that strengthens daily. Water gone, and at the brink of collapse, they reach an abandoned station. Though purposely camouflaged and deceptively primitive on the outside, it's interior is basic except for a lavish gigantic bedroom that's been, literally, taken straight out of a multi-million dollar Virginia mansion. The mystery of the Victorian bedroom pales in comparison to the mystery of the station's heavily camouflaged 'barn' which is not at all what it appears to be. What's inside offers them an opportunity to reach civilization but only if they know how to fly. Mystery surrounds the missing station's owner who never returns. When supplies and water run out they face certain death. Left with only one choice they lay everything, including their lives, on the line for one last chance at survival. Calling upon and sharing each other's untapped knowledge, skills, and sense of humor, the romantically involved pair become a formidable team and make life-changing decisions amid the mystery of the station and their adventures in the Outback.

Author Biography

Although the author of Flyabout, Dr. Robert Campbell, has enjoyed his career as a Computer Science professor, he's also enjoyed a lifelong interest in all areas related to aviation. In order to write with accuracy and precision about the flying sequences in the novel, he became a student pilot and learned to fly a single-engine Piper Warrior and a twin-engine Piper Seneca. A colleague of his, a fully certified DC-10 Captain, served as a consultant for the airline accident sequences. Dr. Campbell, a USAF veteran, and his wife Alice, left Boston for the sun and fun of Florida where he still enjoys taking flying lessons and writing novels.
Release date Australia
June 13th, 2018
Illustrations, black and white
Robert W. Campbell
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