With its revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, the C-500 had become the freight airframe of choice. Until a routine delivery goes horribly wrong.
Falling like a stone from six miles up, a brand new C-500 crashes in central France, killing two pilots aboard. When French officials take over this highly public investigation, they call in the best there is: they call Frank "Jammer" Davis.
A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Davis is part of the NTSB's "go-team". With a reputation for getting things done - and for steamrolling anyone who gets in his way - Davis starts to dig.
But just as Davis starts his investigation, news of the crash is overshadowed by a more spectacular disaster: suicide bombers attack oil refineries worldwide, sending governments and financial markets into a tailspin.
A relentless Davis keeps investigating, but uncovering the cause of the crash, and its terrifying connection to this worldwide disaster, reveals a conspiracy of unthinkable proportions - a conspiracy he might not be able to stop.
Jammer Davis won't stop until he gets answers - or until somebody stops him from getting answers.
©2010 Ward Larsen (P)2012 Ward Larsen
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"I REALLY enjoyed this espionage novel!!"
The scenario seems very unlikely, but possible. There is lots of action and suspense. The author could make this a great series.
"If you don't like flying, go by ship or train."
For those of us frustrated pilots and sanguine airline passengers, perhaps viewers of TV programs on the macabre investigation of air crashes, this is a good story, stretched a little by the effects of globalised airline construction. Radical technology is an interest of mine but fly-by-wire is very real. Larsen takes this to a higher level (I was tempted to pun a plane) and the dangers inherent in computer-directed systems. In this genre Michael Crichton's Airframe leads the field and although the aircraft concerned is a cargo plane, the possibility of passenger derivatives is always at the back of the mind. The problems of sub-contracting construction and potential for sabotage are all too real. Inter-agency squabbling add a little piquancy to the story, although some of the escapes from danger are slightly wild, a good novel needs heroes with just a tad of luck. This book is well worth a read.
"Could it really happen?"
Loved this exciting thriller and mystery from beginning to end. The plot is a page from today's global business and political dramas. The characters just came alive from the narration. Highly recommend this book!
"Review: Fly By Wire (Larsen)"
Coming from Clancy, I was expecting something similar, but have to admit...different and a good story. A bit far-fetched in some places...especially as compared to characters in the Harry Bosch series by Connelly, but overall, great escape listening (reading?).
Story moved well and plot was great. Jammer is a great character and looking forward to investigating other titles in the series.
Upshot? Good escape and action. Get it for this. If you're looking for something deeper or darker like Connelly, this is not for you....
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