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  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Black Rose Writing (March 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612960030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612960036
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,045,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his riveting debut novel Black Air, Clark McCann deftly creates a main character who is equal parts Cormac McCarthy's John Grady Cole and Robert Ludlum's Jason Bourne. Son of a sadistic Montana cowboy, Tom Shepard faced down a shotgun in his drunken father's hands at the impressionable age of thirteen, and from that moment not much could scare boy or man.

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.
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Rated R for violence, pornography, and depravity. Plot is good as is the storyline. Overall however, its a stroll through the sewer.
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Clark McCann's debut novel kept me up last night. This thriller, set in Mexico amid drug bosses, vile hoodlums, venal judges and thrilling paragliding aerobatics, is an addictive page-turner.
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.
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Drugs, guns and beautiful women combine in a gripping tale of corruption and greed against a background of a remote and scenic part of Mexico. With all of the drug violence reported by the current media this story could easily be torn from today's newspaper.

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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I read Black Air December of 2011 and it was excellent. Great characters and a fast moving plot. It's been a while since I read the book so I can't remember the main characters name but I can't wait to see him again cause he was great. If you like fast moving thrillers you'll enjoy Black Air.

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