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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.

Review:

"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

Review:

"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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385335454
Author:
Christopher, Nicholas
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Inventors
Subject:
Historical fiction
Series Volume:
no. 710
Publication Date:
2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
317 p.
Dimensions:
9.34x6.40x1.13 in. 1.23 lbs.

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"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
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