Saturday, February 04, 2006


A thriller by Ian Hocking - coming soon

A fifty-year-old mystery is about to be solved.

September, 1947: Avro-Lancastrian 'Star Dust' reports a successful trans-Andean flight from Buenos Aires to Santiago, and signals its intention to land. Four minutes prior to touchdown, it sends the letter sequence 'S-T-E-N-D-E-C'. Queried by puzzled ground controllers, the young ex-RAF operator aboard the Star Dust rapidly keys 'STENDEC, STENDEC'. Then silence. Star Dust vanishes along with all passengers and crew.

October, 2003: German Air flight A628 impacts vertically with the Bavarian National Forest. The only clue to its fate is the co-pilot's final transmission, shouted against the roar of failing engines: 'Stendec.'

Within hours, air safety investigators have been dispatched to the crash site. Investigator-in-charge Hrafn Óskarson has more questions than answers. Who erased the flight data recorders? What is the true identity of passenger Saskia Dorfer, whose documents have proved false? Who torched her Berlin apartment? And why did Saskia's English friend Jem refuse to board the flight?

The mystery of German Air flight A628 will be solved by a startling conspiracy that reaches twenty years into our future - and fifty years into our past.

Based on real events, 'Flashback' centres on Saskia Brandt, a character from my first book, 'Déjà Vu', described by The Guardian as 'showing quiet skill' and by SFX as 'a solid technothriller'. More reviews.

If you wish to be notified when the book is released, send me an email at ian_hocking (at)

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