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Black Air Paperback – March 10, 2011
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We meet Tom wasting away in a Mexican jail, awaiting transfer to a state prison and then a trial on charges of rape and murder, for which there's ample evidence. Few of God's creatures enjoy the close comfort of a south-of-the-border jail cell, and for Tom such confinement runs a close second to the rack and thumbscrews. An enthusiast of the sport that got Icarus in trouble, Tom is a paraglider. Flying thermals at 1,500 feet per minute, up there with the hawks and clouds, is where he longs to be.
The view out his cell window, which offers a patch of that desired sky, also evokes some bad memories. In a flashback to his tour as a Marine lance corporal in Afghanistan, we're taken to a perilous mountain firefight, where Tom courageously does the right thing for his comrades, and is subsequently thrown into a military prison for disobeying a superior's orders, which eventually gets Tom tossed out of the corps as "psychologically unfit."
It's a given that the Mexican jail isn't going to hold Tom, but before McCann sets those wheels in motion, he takes us back a few days to the World Paragliding Championships, which drew Tom to Valle de Bravo, Mexico, and his fate.Read more ›
The story follows the misadventures of ex-Marine and competitive paraglider Tom Shepard as he streaks from rough sexual encounters to rougher flying clashes, ending up in a Mexican jail for a murder he did not commit. As he struggles to find the real killer and clear his name, Tom finds himself in the Sierra Madre range chasing a bloody trail through agonizing twists and story turns that will leave your heart thumping and your palms cold.
Black Air is not for the faint of heart. Women are brutally raped and murdered, priests disappear, and nasty drug lords rule. Tom Shepard is an imperfect hero - damaged by his war experiences in Afghanistan and prone to violence. But this is a thrilling ride for those who enjoy more than a little turbulence. Just be prepared to stay up late.
We recently traveled to the Copper Canyon area of Mexico and saw some of the same back country and people McCann so intensely described in his narrative.
The story never pauses and keeps the reader turning pages to see if the hero and others can extricate themselves from the mess and intrigue they find themselves caught up in.
An excellent debut for McCann.
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