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The Big X

By Hank Searls

Rating: 1 star

Mitch Westerly is a test pilot on the Big X project, testing the fastest aircraft ever built, but somewhere around mach 6 he feels the craft wobble under him, and over the course of the book his project manager pushes him relentlessly to try and repeat the effect that he doesn’t believe exists.

This was more soap opera than anything else, and annoyed me because of it. It also felt very of its time, the social mores of the 1950s feeling quite alien to what we’re used to today in terms of relationships. I didn’t find the characters hugely interesting and the soap opera relationship elements fell flat for me because of it. Probably not one to read again.

Book details

ISBN: 9780722176863
Publisher: Sphere Books
Year of publication: 1959

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