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Holy of Holies

(1980)
(The sixth book in the Charles Pol Espionage Thrillers series)
A novel by

 
 
'Formidably well-constructed. Packs enough surprises to sustain a dozen run-of-the-press operations... awfully convincing' - The Sunday Times

Aviation action, computer sleuthing, Islamic politics ...


Bored with his failing liquor store, ex-RAF pilot Charles Rawcliff jumps at a one-off 50,000 chance to fly again.

It doesn't matter that he has no idea what the mission is or where in the world they are sending him.

Rawcliff, five other mercenary pilots, and a nurse named Jo find themselves shipped to Cyprus, where they prepare to take off from a tiny runway without lights, radar, or radio.

Thrown in at the deep-end with very little equipment, things quickly go from bad to worse.

A Cypriot splinter group, fights among the pilots, undercover spies and more threaten the mission.

When Rawcliff finally discovers the shattering purpose behind the scheme, and where he has to go, he knows for sure that he'll earn every tainted penny of his blood money.

Or at least die trying...

Holy of Holies is an action-packed aviation thriller that demands to be finished in one sitting.

Praise for Alan Williams



'Will glue you to your chair with suspense' - Robert Ludlum

'Riveting stoat-and-rabbit technique, booby-trapped complexities, a horribly persuasive signpost on the winding road to Armageddon' - Observer

'Lots of muscle and a devilish conspiracy revealed with a striptease dancer's finesse' - Guardian

Alan Emlyn Williams (born 1935) is an ex-foreign correspondent, novelist and writer of thrillers. He was educated at Stowe, Grenoble and Heidelberg Universities, and at King's College, Cambridge where he graduated in 1957 with a B.A. in modern languages. His father was the actor and writer Emlyn Williams. Noel Coward was his godfather. His younger brother Brook (1938 - 2005) was also an actor.

Williams was briefly married to literary agent Maggie Noach (1949 - 2006) Together they compiled The Dictionary of Disgusting Facts. Journalist Philippa Toomey describes him as a "talented and funny mimic with a gift for words and a stock of tales from the shaggy Express story to the grimmer side of international journalism."

Genre: Thriller

Praise for this book

"Will glue you to your chair with suspense." - Robert Ludlum


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Used availability for Alan Williams's Holy of Holies

Hardback Editions

February 1981 : UK Hardback

Title: Holy of Holies
Author(s): Alan Williams
ISBN: 0-246-11307-3 / 978-0-246-11307-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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October 1980 : USA Hardback
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Title: Holy of Holies
Author(s): Alan Williams
ISBN: 0-89256-147-5 / 978-0-89256-147-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Rawson, Wade Publishers
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Paperback Editions

May 2020 : UK Paperback
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Title: Holy of Holies: A classic aviation thriller (Charles Pol Espionage Thrillers)
Author(s): Alan Williams
ISBN: 1-913518-61-2 / 978-1-913518-61-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Sapere Books
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April 1982 : UK Paperback
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Title: Holy of Holies
Author(s): Alan Williams
ISBN: 0-586-05096-5 / 978-0-586-05096-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

April 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Holy of Holies: A classic aviation thriller (Charles Pol Espionage Thrillers Book 6)
Author(s): Alan Williams
Publisher: Sapere Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU