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1980s & '90s

David Gledhill

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Colonel Yuri Andrenev, a respected test pilot is trusted to evaluate the latest Soviet fighter, the Sukhoi Su27 “Flanker”, from a secret test facility near Moscow. Surely he is above suspicion? With thoughts of defection in his mind, and flying close to the Inner German Border, could he be tempted to make a daring escape across the most heavily defended airspace in the world? A flight test against a Mig fighter begins a sequence of events that forces his hand and after an unexpected air-to-air encounter he crosses the border with the help of British Phantom crews. How will Western Intelligence use this unexpected windfall? Are Soviet efforts to recover the advanced fighter as devious as they seem or could more sinister motives be in play? Defector is a pacy thriller which reflects the intrigue of The Cold War. It takes you into the cockpit of the Phantom fighter jet with the realism that can only come from an author who has flown operationally in the NATO Central Region.


Memoir, Political, Action, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Suspense / Thriller, War,

Short Summary

After a Soviet test pilot defects to the West in a secret, prototype fighter jet, opposed by SAMs and fighters in E Gemany, the Soviets mount an ambitious rescue plan to return the jet to Moscow. Intense Cold war drama.


Cold War Europe. RAF Wildenrath, West Germany. Ramenskoye Test Centre Moscow. Allstedt airbase East Germany.

Based on a True Story


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Main Character Details

Name: Mark "Razor" Keene

Age: 22

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Leader, Masculine, Adventurous, Aggressive, Aspiring, Complex, Confident, Decisive, Seductive, Charming, Educated, Heroic, Patriotic

Additional Character Details

Name: Jim "Flash" Gordon

Age: 28

Gender: Male

Role: Sidekick

Key Traits: Blunt, Engaging, Patriotic, Sophisticated, Strong Moral Code, Aspiring, Educated, Masculine, Adventurous, Aggressive, Heroic, Leader, Confident, Decisive, Empathetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Yuri Andrenev

Age: 30

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Desperate, Educated, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Manipulative, Skillful, Adventurous, Aggressive, Lone Wolf, Masculine, Complex, Secretive, Confident, Crazy, Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Viktor Kamov

Age: 45

Gender: Male

Role: Antagonist

Key Traits: Blunt, Desperate, Patriotic, Power-hungry, Unapologetic, Badass, Decisive, Manipulative, Sophisticated, Villainous, Complex, Confident, Aggressive, Lone Wolf, Masculine, Crazy

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Male leaning

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2013

Hard Copy Available



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