The Flight

Enspired by true events, extensive research and war reporting of the former prize-winning Moscow Los Angeles Times correspondent. So far 4 languages sold.

This week the trial has opened in the Netherlands of three Russians and a Ukrainian – still at large – for the murder of 298 people aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 that was shot down over Ukraine in 2014 amid the conflict in eastern Ukraine, after Russian-backed rebels seized the area. Investigators say they have proof the Buk missile system that shot it down came from a military base in Russia.

Sergei Loiko covered the Ukrainian revolution and the subsequent war virtually nonstop from the first day until 2015. In 2014, for this reporting, Loiko was awarded one of the highest prizes in American journalism, the Overseas Press Club’s Bob Considine Award, “for its guts, credibility, originality, depth and sophistication of interpretation, and its engaging writing style”. He has also been awarded the prestigious Los Angeles Times editorial award for “Best Reporting in 2014”.

«The mainspring and quality of this novel is the human suffering and desire to discover the truth about the circumstances involved in the shooting down flight MH-17. This turns the novel into a genuine political thriller, one that we desperately need in our post-fac- tual world to be able to penetrate the cloud of lies covering the squalid conflict in the Ukraine.» Sergei Medvedev, Historian