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Dangerous Past [Kindle Edition]

A. Ebbers
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Airline Captain Frank Braden is being stalked by unknown assailants who must arrange his death to look like a suicide or an accident before a specific deadline. He receives an unsigned message warning him against attending a Senate hearing in Washington. If he agrees, he will receive a million dollars and his wife's life.

Editorial Reviews


"The author writes with breezy energy and is consistently at his best when describing scenes of suspenseful intrigue. Frank and his wife Nicole, emerge as a heroic pair. These two steal the show.
Spirited, readable debut with extra points for plot and pacing." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Dangerous Past is a mystery-thriller in the spirit of both Scott Turow and Ernest J. Gann."--- Stephen Phillips, Military Writers Society of America.

"An exciting tale of intrigue and death by an excellent writer."--- Walter Boyne, NYT best selling author and former Director of Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum.

"Ebbers does seem to rock the highest levels in Washington in his first novel. Fast moving, with a fresh plot, and with an exciting ending." --- Col Ken Deal, Editor of Daedalus Flyer Magazine.

From the Author

I've been writing for several decades and I try to make my stories realistic fiction. DANGEROUS PAST is a story of a man who must choose between doing what ought to be done or keeping his family alive by allowing a murderous and powerful Washington VIP to escape his past.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1298 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LXK4SE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #473,386 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Can You See Past Bad Editing? January 8, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book has extremely bad editing - extra words, calling characters by the wrong name and repeat sentences one right after the other just to list a few. The fact that the author bomblasted one of the other reviewers for pointing out the same does not make me want to read any more books by this author. Show some class A. E. Ebbers and edit your book instead of laying into a reviewer.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Got What I Paid For July 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I paid 99¢ for the Kindle version of this book. I'm wondering if the free and deeply discounted ebooks are such because the publishers save by not paying for editing or proofreading. While the story was OK, it was hard to focus on it because of the complete disregard for spelling, punctuation (quote marks appear purely at random), and even names. In the opening sequence, Jack Braden is suddenly and temporarily referred to as "Phillips," which is not even his alias, it's just random. Later on, FBI agent Coffey is referred to as "Covey." Even the person (e.g., "I lowered his head," when the meaning was "my head") and tense often changed erroneously in the same freaking sentence. Honestly, it was exhausting to deal with and made the story feel much less intelligent. How do I apply for a job as a proofreader?
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't take his book on your airplane trip April 24, 2008
I took Ebbers' novel along to read on an airplane trip across country. Big mistake. It opens to a scene from 30 years ago, as Captain Frank Branden's brother is murdered in Viet Nam, by a man who in the present time is up for the job of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and then immediately launches in Chapter Two into a truly thrilling, very realistic, how do we keep this Boeing 737-200 in the air until we can get it safely on the ground again despite the fact there's 10 by 12 foot hole blown in the fuselage?

Wow. Talk about opening with action. I actually tightened my seatbelt, put my fold down tray into the upright and locked position, and stowed my carryon a little further under the seat before I could go on to Chapter Three.

Ebbers, the author of "Dangerous Past" is a pilot himself, having served in Nam, and flew Hueys and Otters in that war, and virtually every aircraft the U. S. Army put in the air in those days. He really knows his stuff.

I'd say this book is character driven with an excellent story to boot. One of the most unique characters I've run up on in my reading is Lan, a Saigon bar/brothel owner who worked drug deals with American pilots, but who also happens to be a Viet Cong colonel. Imagine walking into a bar in Saigon and spotting an Asian man his black hair in a pompadour, wearing a silk suit with a pearl handled 45 automatic lying on the table beside his drink.

The novel flops back and forth between present day Austin, Texas and Washington D.C. and the 1960-70s of the Viet Nam War including some of our country's "shadow" activity in Laos.

The book is historically accurate and offers some insight into the days leading up to the TET Offensive in Viet Nam. I learned some things reading this book.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping page-turner to the very end. March 4, 2008
The debut novel of reporter, military pilot and Vietnam veteran A. F. Ebbers, Dangerous Past is an aviation thriller about an airline captain and Vietnam veteran haunted by the choices he made in his past, and hunted by mysterious assailants. Suspended from his job after the airliner he was flying suffers a horrifying decompression explosion, Captain Frank Braden is under suspicion of the FBI for causing the accident in a suicide attempt; yet the truth of the intrigue closing in upon him and his wife is much more sinister. As the death threats mount, and his efforts to alert the authorities are dismissed as schizophrenic rantings, he must search for answers amid corruption in the highest levels of Washington. A gripping page-turner to the very end.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IndieReader Review June 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Dangerous Past is a fast moving, intense plot-driven thriller not to be taken lightly. This is one of those stories you don't want to put down, and when the end comes you are torn between being relieved and disappointed that it has ended.

When a bomb is planted in the commercial plane that Frank Braden is flying, almost blowing up nearly 100 passengers, it is the beginning of the end of his career and life as he knows it. To add fuel to the plot, whoever is out to get Frank is making it appear as if Frank is on a suicide mission. Terminated from his pilot job, fearful of his life and his wife Nicole's, Frank is determined to set out on a strategic mission to find the culprit who is trying to desecrate his existence.

In order to take on such a mission Frank must take a mental and painful trip back to his days spent in Vietnam, a time which he has not shared with Nicole. He knows that he may have made some costly mistakes in Vietnam, and retelling the story is an arduous task which may open secrets he would much rather leave alone.

From the FBI to the CIA, there are any number of past colleagues who could be out to get Frank. But once he reconnects with a key player, Lan, the puzzle is solved, revealing General Fenton as the officer holding the grudge and the power to take Frank's life.

Dangerous Past plays out like a mission impossible, with contracted hit men trying to kill Frank, kidnapping Nicole, and ordering Frank to play by Fenton's rules. The stark reality is that Fenton intends to end their lives no matter what. Frank stands determined to ruin Fenton by exposing him for past crimes, but it is going to take much more to get him out of his life for good.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Past
The writing was very good, the plot interesting but the story itself just wasn't my cup of tea. Someone more interested in the military might like it.
Published 2 months ago by doxier
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping!
Grabs you from the word go and doesn't let go! Definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes suspense, murder and mayhem!
Published 3 months ago by Grannylove54
4.0 out of 5 stars DANGEROUS PAST BY A.F. EBBERS
I'm not always 100% sold when I see book cover that it not appealing or has flaws but this book really did surprise me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Sheldon C
4.0 out of 5 stars My Review on Dangerous Past by A. Ebbers
This is an old school mystery thriller that I liked. The killer who is hot on Frank's tracks is one story then there is the story of Frank's marriage. Read more
Published 5 months ago by D-dre
4.0 out of 5 stars Book Club Pick
When we started to read and discuss this book, the Malaysia Airlines plane MH370 had just gone missing so of course we were all jumping ahead of ourselves in the fiction and real... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Quality Reads UK Book Club
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: For the most part.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the positive side, Mr. Ebbers tells a great story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Every Free Chance Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Weaves a compelling narrative of high octane, super charged twists
The dual story lines of this thriller come together like two out of control freight trains on a collision course with one another. The resounding impact creates quite a jolt. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nicole
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a fan of husband and wife pairings like Frank & Nicole
Captain Frank Braden is a guy's guy. An airline pilot. A CIA covert agent. A hotblooded lover. But he sure knows how to stumble into dangerous situations. Read more
Published 9 months ago by The Character Connection
5.0 out of 5 stars When the Past Catches Up With You
Dangerous Past by A.F. Ebbers is both a mystery and a thriller. I was intrigued from the beginning. This is a fast and enjoyable read. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Faith D. Flaherty
4.0 out of 5 stars Dangerous Past
This is the first of A. Beers books I h saga 've read. I enjoyed the mixing of past events with current. Very suspenseful ending.
Published 11 months ago by Ann Louise
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More About the Author

A. F. Ebbers, a jounalism graduate of Ohio University, was a reporter/writer for major newspapers, ad agencies and was a News Bureau supervisor in Public Relations for Cessna Aircraft. He has written hundreds of articles for numerous major magazines from BOYS' LIFE to SUNSET MAGAZINE to NATION'S BUSINESS to aircraft, business and Sunday Newspaper magazines, and travel journals. He is a retired military, corporate and airline pilot and has written screenplays and short stories. He resides in the Austin area with his wife. DANGEROUS PAST is his debut novel and also is available on Kindle. For more information on DANGEROUS PAST visit website

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