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From Publishers Weekly

An airliner attempting a bad-weather landing in a Midwest city plows into another awaiting takeoff. With more than 100 people dead, the National Transportation Safety Board assigns Joe Wallingford to investigate. Was the disaster caused by human error or by technical malfunction? Did outside electronic interference, perhaps from a top-secret SDI radar, disrupt flight controls? Nance, a leading airline safety analyst and author of nonfiction works on aviation, debuts as a novelist with a first-rate technical detective story. While keeping readers in suspense, he explores the dynamics of factions within the safety bureaucracy and limns the problems raised for airline management by deregulation. With realistic dialogue and convincing characters, particularly Wallingford and Senator Kell Martinson, this nonmilitary techno-thriller is a sure winner.
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YA-- Joe Wallingford, National Transportation Safety Board investigator, perseveres through many obstacles to determine why two planes collided, killing most of the crew and passengers. Although there are twists and turns in the plot, it is not as complicated as many other books of this type. Nance's knowledge of Washington comes through clearly both in the physical description of places and in the political frustrations: cover-ups, relationship of private industry to independent agencies, Defense Department silence, individuals' quests for power, and the need for influential friends. Government students will see the detailed operation of one government agency as they come to know one stubborn, qualified civil servant who cares about his job. The only disappointment is the ending, which, while optimistic, is not realistic. --Claudia Moore, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; Reissue edition (January 22, 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449220354
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449220351
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,857 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

John J. Nance, aviation analyst for ABC News and a familiar face on Good Morning America, is the author of several bestselling novels including Fire Flight, Skyhook, Turbulence, and Orbit. Two of his novels, Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child, have been made into highly successful television miniseries. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Nance is a decorated pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He lives in Washington State.

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John Nance continues to impress me, and "Final Approach" only solidifies that. The book kept me picking it up and reading it when I should have been doing other things. His insight into the avaiation industry is amazing, and his ability to bring that insight out in a fictional novel is superb. People interested in the "behind the scenes" of airlines, the NTSB, FAA, and Washington will enjoy the plot.
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Author Nance is a well-seasoned commercial aviator. He also writes a good yarn in Final Approach. Though not as captivating as Trevanian and Ludlum, he does do an outstanding job in capturing the mind-set of a pilot, the main character (his own Jack Ryan?). Much better than Pandora's Clock (one of his other novels). Technically on-target and accurate with virtually all aspects to aviation and NTSB accident investigations: other authors shouldn't even try to dignify this sacred realm as well as Nance respects it and writes of it. Forget the Dinosaurs and Hollywood, put yourself on a real flight deck for a night or two with Final Approach.
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Final Appoach is a good book. I was intrested in the book but not that intrested. I had read Pandoras Clock and Medusa's Child also by John J. Nance beore Final Approach I was not as intriqued as I was before by the other two. However I found this book very satisfying. It had lots of governments coverups. I think Nance does great research. His book was great. Every aspect of the plane is descriped. You just can't find better books Nance it the greatest author ever!
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"Final Approach" follows the fictional investigation of an air disaster in Kansas, an idea that promises explosive tension, and then punks out. This is because "Final Approach" is simply an example of the sort of thrillers to be churned out in the information age, where the heroes and villains are just bureaucrats. By the time we've finished "Final Approach", flying remains an experience as alien as when the book opens, but now we've become smarter in the bureaucratci workings of the FAA and NTSB among others, not to mention that the government hides information (huh? ) and that the media will exploit stories for their ratings value rather than invetsigate them (no way! ). Even as a bureaucratic-mystery, "Final Approach" fails. Though the heroes are meant to represent the most efficient resources the government can use to prove the cause of the fatal crash, the solution is not revealed by intelligent ivestigators and dogged investigation, but because somebody just gives up and blabs the truth. The conspiracy theories and hysteria by which the author condescends to non-experts (The media is bad for feeding us stories it can't really stand by, and we're bad for accepting it so easily) make it convenient for his protagonists to look busy, even as they remain oblivious to the truth. Anybody could have solved this mystery.
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After reading Nance's thrillers, such as Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child, this book was a major dissapointment when I finally forced myself to read it. It started out excellent, with a very good crash scene. However, by the middle, continuing through the end, no action occured at all. It is a book that can educate you on the inside of the FAA, NTSB, and airline industries, but if you want action, this book will leave you feeling deflated.
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On a stormy night at Kansas City International Airport, Flight 170 waits for take-off to avoid the thunderstorms rolling through. Flight 255 is landing on the same runway. Due to wind-shear it misses the first approach and comes back to try again resulting in a horrific crash involving both flights.

NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board, investigator, Joe Wallingford, is assigned to investigate the crash. He arrives in Kansas City with his team to sift through the wreckage for clues to the accident, but in this case it's no easy task, and the pressure on Joe, both political and technical, is tremendous.

The first chapters of “Final Approach” are the best. The crash scene keeps you on the edge of your seat. The rest of the novel is more mundane, understandably, because it involves the technical investigation into the reason for the crash. I enjoyed the detail of how an NTSB investigation is conducted, but it's slow going at times.

Joe Wallingford is a good character. He loves his job and responds to the pressure in a very human way. Some of the other characters are good, but Joe is clearly the standout. I found the women in the novel more stereotypical than the men, and the love affairs, although they aren't a major part of the action, seem forced.

If you enjoy books with an aviation theme, this is a good one, but be prepared for technical detail and some repetition as the investigators work to solve the mystery.

I received this book from Open Road for this review.
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"Final Approach" is a true thriller. The first chapter sucked me in and kept me there until the very end. When an author opens a story the way John Nance did with "Final Approach" a reader knows that this is going to be a read that will keep them up all night long.

Joe Wallingford, Go Team IIC, with NTSB is a well developed and interesting charater. He just loves his job of investigating crashes, whether it is a plane, a boat or a train. He wants to be there and wants to find out the why and how.

On a stormy night at the Kansas City airport an incoming flight crashes into a flight waiting for take off. Hundreds of people are killed including the wife and children of Dr. Mark Weiss. Dr. Weiss, a clinical psychologist, is watching from an airport window and sees the crash and is determined to find out why and how it happened.

Joe Wallingford and the Chairman of the NTSB do not have the best working relationship and the Chairman seems to want to prevent Joe from discovering what happened. Making Joe more determined to find out the why. There are so many hidden agendas throughout this story and make for a very interesting read.

I would recommend this title to anyone looking for a thriller that has great political intrigue that is also very believable. I may actually feel a little anxious the next time I fly wondering how well the plane I am on is maintained.
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