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Captain Jonah Scott was a pilot, hired to fly some lucky refugees to London. But once in the air, nuclear war broke out, and Scott became responsible for the entire human race! Sunleess more Read less. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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Please try again later. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. The book tells the story of an airline pilot who has to lead his passengers to safety after a nuclear war breaks out during their transatlantic flight. David Graham’s “Down to a Sunless Sea” was one of the earlys post-apocalyptic novels. I remember reading it then and, unlike so many other books I read then, this one really stayed with me.

It really brought to life one of the trivial, often-unforgotten aspects of a nuclear war – what would the people in airliners, especially those over the oceans, do after they survived the initial holocaust? The book does have some weaknesses: Also, the author probably overstates the initial devastation of a nuclear war and apparently didn’t really research eavid capabilities at the time.

Still, the main story sunlesss excellent – a fast-reading first person recount of success and triumph during a bleak time.

It’s a definite read for anyone interested in post-nuclear apocalyptic fiction. I must admit when I first began this book I was starting to lose hope. I don’t know why the author waited so long to get it going but once it does it is fantastic. I couldn’t put this book down once the airplane becomes airborne, which is where dowh majority of the plot happens.


I found the writing to be very descriptive without getting overly technical except for a few rare instances. No book davi ever impacted me during my adolescent years more than this one did! I still remember having air raid drills and taking cover under my desk,, Grzham definitely recommend this book to everyone regardless of age I believe that you’ll be just as I was so long ago!

Dea while back I was going through a serious dystopian kick. I just couldn’t get enough of these type of stories. My friend Joe, another prolific reader, suggested some great older novels to read and David Graham was on the list.

The story itself is fantastic – days are dark, the US cannot find or buy enough oil with its devalued currency as China and Russia sense blood in the water. The grraham cities are vacant except for those who survive and thrive in the absence of law and order. On the other hand, the United Kingdom has managed to maintain their fuel supply and some semblance of normality. Eventually, the UK begins to accept refugees from America and they arrive at Heathrow in large jumbo jets under the Air Britain’s Armada program.

He’s a macho kind of guy, has all the right chest hair in the right places – and while he seems like a character straight out of Mad Men, he does do a rather nice job of fixing a Very Big Problem. You see, after the wheels leave the tarmac and shortly before Jonah’s second highball and 15th cigarette, tensions in the Middle East spill over into a free-for-all nuclear strike and suddenly, this plane full of people is stuck at cruising altitude. The US is gone, all the British airports have been destroyed and Jonah’s desperate for a landing place.

Now that’s a Very Big Problem. So where do you land a plane after eown world has ravid mad? If you cannot return to your origin and your destination is now radioactively hot – your options are severely limited to the amount of fuel remaining in grzham tank.

And once you land, then what? With the prevailing winds, you might as well be in a Nevil Shute novel waiting on the beach for the nuclear cloud.

With a seemingly un-ending supply of Scotch and cigarettes, Jonah and his ark sunlexs a new direction – for themselves as well as the future of all mankind Despite the dated ideology and MANY logical fallacies, Down to a Sunless Sea remains an unsung classic. It is surprising to me that this book never made it to the silver screen.

Even during all those airport disaster movies. And that also leads me to wonder – since movies are always being re-directed, re-produced with bigger, better scripts, more explosions, more computer graphics – why can’t we also do that to some books?


Down to a Sunless Sea in daviv concept, is a rockin’ book – but dpwn desperately needs a lot of re-work. On the other hand, there’s a certain charm with all the little hiccups in the story which kind of fits with all of Jonah’s booze, babes and bombs. Down to a Sunless Grahamm is one of my favorite Sci-Fi stories.

It should be a classic! It is an older garham of the crisis of the oil shortage and Russian conflict, along with the A-Bomb Grraham. An exciting and totally plausible, contemporary story of what could have happened then One person found this helpful. I read this book years ago and still find entertaining and relevant. Written for the near future; I read this book 2 years after the events in the book took place.

Actually with the economy these days the book is more realistic than ever. I purchased my first copy in a basement used book store on High Street while attending Ohio State in I have bought several copies-loaning them out to friends and eventually losing track of them.

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I currently have a copy circulating amongst the US troops in Afghanistan and a copy in Iraq. All that have borrowed this book over the years have said they would like to read again. It just took reading the back cover and I was hooked. See all 60 reviews.

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