Step back in time with this riveting tale. Colorful daredevil air racer Smoke Burnham is known not only for his ability to cross the finish line ahead of the pack, but also for his unusual flying companion, a pet cheetah named Patty.
On the eve of entering an international air race to win much-needed prize money, Smoke and Patty face the usual and the impossible. The race involves a dangerous, grueling flight down Central America, over the Andes and across the Brazilian jungle—that's typical. The real challenge is that a publicity-hungry newspaper mogul is trying to sabotage Smoke's plane, the "Super-Comet," and make sure that this race is his last. Plus, the beautiful woman he loves resents his supposed infatuation with height and speed. Now Smoke must somehow win her over, against lethal odds piled high in the turbulent sky. "...primo pulp fiction..." —Booklist
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Really really good
This story so reminded me of a Frank Capra classic in an aviation setting. Mr Hubbard was a glider and early airplane pilot and barnstormer so I felt like I was really reading about someone who knew planes and flying. The Man-Killer in the title refers to an earlier primative plane whose technology was not so very refined and wasn't always inclined to stay airborn. Finicky, touchy things. Adds a sense of danger to the story.
The storyline is about a maverick rugged individualist flyer who is quite broke but skilled flying in a long distance race against rich, less scrupulous people and competition. It's all or nothing baby.
Really liked this one.