Learn the 'Inside Story' of a complex high-tech crime from years ago! Taking place in a pre-9/11 world of the 80′s, a former US submarine is hijacked in the Gulf, a floating aircraft carrier museum is hijacked from its dock in South Carolina, a Learjet and then a DC-9 are hijacked from New York shortly thereafter. The story is a vintage-era caper that involves gold, hostages and a memorable cast of noble and exceptionally nasty characters.
©2012 Thomas Block (P)2013 Thomas Block
The reliving of the Doolittle raid.
Of course. With the in-flight abduction of an airliner, the theft of an aircraft carrier, and the mutiny and theft of an Iranian submarine all coming together at once how could you not be involved with the plot.
Mr. Block wrote the book in the first place consequently you never have to wonder if the nuance of the narration is true to the intent of the author.
Of course the constant action in the story keeps you interested and makes the story a page turner. However, it is obvious that Mr. Block has done his homework over a vast range of expertise. History; the operation of B-25s off a carrier during WWII and flight deck testing of a C-130 during Vietnam. Nautical; sub operations down to the fact that a test firing of a tube would negate further firing if the correct steps weren't followed. Also the fact that this carrier had an elevator trunk instead of deck edge elevators like modern ships. And as always Mr Block's excellent understanding of aviation in general.
This the third Tom Block book that i have purchased and was not disappointed. As a former airline pilot, he does an excellent job on accuracy of what planes are capable of. If you like good a good plot with a large cast of characters, you won't be disappointed. If you like this book you would enjoy other books featuring flying.
The only thing i would have liked was for the Captain to have punched out the attorney instead of being polite to him.
Compare very favorably.
The multiple sub-plots and how they all come together. I love books where you don't know where the plot is going but you know somehow the pieces will come together. The author does a wonderful job of creating intrigue and then bringing it together so you can't stop listening.
It's hard not to like the main character O'Brien though the "bad guy" is so bad that you have to enjoy the character for what he is. Hard to write too much here without giving away the plot.
No. This is the first Block audiobook. The narrator does a really great job with all the various characters (which there are many). He makes it very easy to follow because you get to learn who's who by the way he changes his voice and inflection. This is a great skill for a narrator to have.
For sure...definitely a "page turner". Its too long to listen to in one sitting but I found myself wanting to turn it on whenever I could...even found myself in the slow lane on the highway so I wouldn't get to where I was going to fast. It really is like a James Bond thriller wrapped up in an Audiobook. Some of it seems implausible but the author brings in the history from WWII which makes the listener then believe its "possible" because there is actually some factual elements that you can't ignore.
Its clear the author has background in flying so there is a lot of detail around the planes and ships that bring the story to life. Also, you won't have any idea at the beginning of the book what is really happening....don't be put off by that...it comes together. This listen was really fun and entertaining...I'm a James Bond fan so I like this kind of "is it really possible" craziness.
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