Sunday, October 24, 2010
Book review: Super page-turner
Improbable as it may seem, the crash of a new C-500 cargo plane in France and 20 simultaneous terrorist suicide attacks on oil refineries in the U.S. are connected, but it takes awhile for Frank "Jammer" Davis to connect the dots.
The iconoclastic Davis, a former Air Force pilot and the National Transportation Safety Board's top investigator, is dispatched to France to assist in the investigation of the Fly-By-Wire Flying Wing that inexplicably dived 6 miles into the ground.
Immediately upon arrival, the tough and uncompromising investigator becomes suspicious when the head of the investigation attempts to hijack the proceedings by prematurely telling the media that pilot error was the cause of the accident.
With the aid of CIA agent and love interest Anna Sorensen, Davis steamrolls the French bureaucracy and discovers the true cause of the accident and uncovers a huge international conspiracy to destroy the economy of the U.S. and all of the countries of Western Europe. The terrific conclusion is an exciting cliff hanger as Davis and Sorensen have only a few hours to prevent a mammoth cataclysm.
At first glance, I expected "Fly By Wire" to be little more than a mundane thriller about another terrorist jihad, but I was wrong.
With a great plot and interesting, well developed characters, it's a super page-turner that is virtually impossible to set aside. It would be perfect for a long flight -- oops, I forgot the first page.
Perhaps it's best to read this one while firmly attached to terra firma.