John J. Nance Blackout

ISBN 13: 9780330481915

Blackout

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When a passenger craft goes down near Cuba, is it an accident, a terrorist incident, or an attack by Castro's regime? Robert McCabe, Washington journalist, has received an enigmatic message from a just-murdered friend, which suggests a lethal conspiracy is in motion.

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About the Author:

John J. Nance, aviation analyst for ABC News and a familiar face on Good Morning America, is the author of several bestselling novels including Fire Flight, Skyhook, Turbulence, and Orbit. Two of his novels, Pandora’s Clock and Medusa’s Child, have been made into highly successful television miniseries. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Nance is a decorated pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He lives in Washington State.

From Kirkus Reviews:

The talented Nance, an air safety analyst, retired Air Force pilot, and civilian 737 pilot for a major airline, here keeps the tension as high and nasty as in his last two airborne thrillers, The Last Hostage (1998) and Medusas Child (1997). It all begins when SeaAir Flight 122 crashes over the Gulf of Mexico, a crash as inexplicable as the recent sudden loss of an Egypt Airlines plane. Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, FBI Special Agent Kat Bronsky, who has just given a talk at an airline counterterrorist panel, is heading back to the States when Robert McCabe, investigative reporter for the Washington Post, implores her to listen to a tale of murder that he believes involves terrorists. They board a 747 to fly back to the States together, but Kat is called off the plane by her boss and ordered to stay in Hong Kong. The 747 is two hours out into its flight when a white flash explodes before the cockpit, killing the pilot and blinding the copilot. Although the automatic pilot helps, theres no one to fly or land the planeand some amusing humor about Leslie Nielsons air-disaster movies arises. McCabe and various passengers, none of them licensed pilots, gather in the cockpit to help the blind pilot turn back to Hong Kong and attempt to land. But they fail, taking out a control tower, and must now fly their radio- and radar-disabled plane to Thailand through lightning storms and other deviltries. Among the pilots new aides are a lippy 14-year-old boy, who becomes the hands-on pilot, and an unsinkable Kathy Bates/Molly Brown character, Dallas Nielson (yes, Nielson). Airborne, Nances hand for crackling intensity remains peerless. Once on the ground, the standard figures of melodrama emerge in the forms of deep-dyed villains, law-enforcement fieldworkers, and the harassed US president. If this saga is ever filmed, the screenwriter should toss its second half. -- Copyright ©2000, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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