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Franklin Flyerby Nicholas Christopher
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In this shimmering work of fiction, Nicholas Christopher follows the remarkable life of Franklin Flyer-a restless young inventor named after the train on which he was born-through the tumultuous years of the Great Depression, into the Second World War.
Raised by his suffragette aunt, at various times a vagabond and tycoon, Franklin travels across the U.S.A and around the globe, seeking adventure and enlightenment, charting his fate by pursuing the unexpected.
He encounters a glittering cast of characters: among them Rita Hayworth, Josephine Baker, OSS founder “Wild Bill” Donovan, and a host of political zealots, opportunists, and dreamers thrown together in a world on the brink of collapse.
With each new invention-devices that help to revolutionize everything from early television to the technology with which the Allies respond to the Axis powers-Franklin makes his mark. Gaining fame and fortune, he also suffers terrible heartbreak, and through numerous transformations discovers that a mans own life is truly his most difficult, and rewarding, invention.
A brisk, vivid blend of history and imagination, Franklin Flyer brings to life an American hero as unforgettable as his times.
From the Hardcover edition.
"Christopher...creates a literate novel that touches the fantastic rather than a genre piece with intellectual pretensions....The story adopts a very Indiana Jones...even in its darkest moments, we never really fear he might fail. He's the good guy." Las Vegas Mercury
"If Graham Greene collaborated with the creator of Dick Tracy, the result might read like this quirky, whirlwind tale of ordinary men contending with a worldwide Nazi conspiracy." Publishers Weekly
About the Author
NICHOLAS CHRISTOPHER is the author of three previous novels, The Soloist, Veronica, and A Trip to the Stars, seven books of poetry, and a book about film noir, Somewhere in the Night. He lives in New York City.
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