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Once more, there is plenty of 50's atmosphere - steam trains and so on; although at the same time Britain seems almost wholly dependent on nuclear power!
The differences between the US and UK editions of this book are far more marked than usual. For example, the entire first chapter of the UK edition (which you can read above) is omitted from the US edition, which merely summarises the events therein a few pages into its first chapter. Some of the danger to Chris has also been toned down for the US market - in the UK edition, Sir Leo says that Chris's chances of returning alive are 'none at all'; in the US 'very little'.
But the biggest change is towards the end. Whereas the UK edition tricks you into thinking that Sir George is piloting the rescue ship, only to reveal that it is in fact Sir Leo, in the US version there is no 'twist'; it definitely is Sir George piloting the ship!
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