BIGGLES' SPECIAL CASE
Book First Published on 22nd July 1963 - 170 pages
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The first edition dust jacket showing the original price of 8 shillings and 6 pence
Biggles is sent on an important mission to the Middle East. He is asked to fly Professor Zorlan to the ruins of Quarda on what officially is a survey mission but is actually a political mission. At Ankara, Biggles, Ginger and Bertie are saddled with an unwanted Turkish official called Colonel Osman Alfondari. On arrival at Quarda, the party falls out with Alfondari as he has a secret radio and is signalling their position. Later, they are visited by a Russian produced MIG single-seat jet fighter. Next to arrive is an aircraft from the Turkish Intelligence Service, which comes to take Alfondari away. Soon after, the remaining party is attacked by three MIG fighters and this is the picture on the dust cover of the book. Zorlan is in fact meeting with the Sheikh of Zarat at Quarda. Biggles is then instructed to fly Zorlan to Rasal al Sharab to pick up a passenger, who turns out to be the daughter of the Sultan of Rasal al Sharab. She is due to marry the Sheikh of Zarat in a marriage contract which also involves certain valuable oil concessions for the United Kingdom. When Biggles returns to the Sheikh of Zarat he discovers that Zorlan is asking for a separate document to be signed that will give Zorlan, personally, for his services, seven per cent of all the money that accrues from the sale of the oil. Biggles is certain that this is a fraudulent document and sends Bertie and Ginger to Athens to check with London. Zorlan tries to bribe Biggles in order to get the contract signed. When Ginger and Bertie return to Quarda, there is a further attack, this time from the air by parachutists. The Sultan's daughter is flown to safety by Ginger, whilst Biggles, Bertie, the Sheikh's men, and the Sultan's daughter's bodyguard fight the attackers. Zorlan is killed in the ensuing battle. Bertie thinks he sees Alfondari leading the attackers. Ginger returns with reinforcements, which turn the tide of the battle. Alfondari escapes.
With the exception of the frontispiece, there are no story illustrations in this book.
Biggles' Special Case
Publication Details - published by Brockhampton Press
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