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About the book
Based on the unforgettable true story of Mathias Rust from Hamburg, who at the age of eighteen flew his Cessna straight across the Iron Curtain into the heart of Moscow.
On 28 May 1987, as the Cold War was nearing its end, an eighteen-year-old amateur pilot from West Germany landed on the Red Square in Moscow in a Cessna light aircraft. Images of the extraordinary stunt went around the globe, and the self-proclaimed ‘messenger of peace’ became famous overnight.
Many years later, the long-forgotten Kremlin flyer was tracked down by a Dutch researcher. In Hamburg, a city stricken by terrorist attacks, the two men meet and confront not just the past but each other. Were the young West-German’s motives so pure? And what does he have to do with the current wave of terrorism?
The Solitary Pilot is the incredible tale of a man who did the unthinkable. Part adventure story, part psychological duel, part interior monologue and based on historical facts, this novel will keep readers in suspense to the last page.