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Fly By Wire: A Jammer Davis Thriller [Kindle Edition]

Ward Larsen
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With its revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, the C-500 had become the freight airframe of choice. Until a routine delivery goes horribly wrong.Falling like a stone from six miles up, a brand new C-500 crashes in central France, killing two pilots aboard. When French officials take over this highly public investigation, they call in the best there is: they call Frank "Jammer" Davis.A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Davis is part of the NTSB's "go-team." With a reputation for getting things done-and for steamrolling anyone who gets in his way-Davis starts to dig.But just as Davis starts his investigation, news of the crash is overshadowed by a more spectacular disaster: suicide bombers attack oil refineries worldwide, sending governments and financial markets into a tailspin.A relentless Davis keeps investigating, but uncovering the cause of the crash, and its terrifying connection to this worldwide disaster, reveals a conspiracy of unthinkable proportions-a conspiracy he might not be able to stop.Jammer Davis won't stop until he gets answers-or until somebody stops him from getting answers.

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From Publishers Weekly

A serviceable hero and plot propel this largely workmanlike thriller from Larsen (Stealing Trinity). Tough, uncompromising National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jammer Davis attempts to uncover the cause of a mysterious crash of the brand new CargoAir C-500, a flying-wing cargo plane operating under fly-by-wire technology. Meanwhile, a series of terrorist suicide attacks threatens oil facilities around the world. Jammer, aided by his semi–love interest, CIA agent Anna Sorensen, will stop at nothing as he bulls his way through bureaucratic obstruction, inept and corrupt officials, hired killers, and problems at home with his teenage daughter, Jenny. Eventually, he gets on the trail of a far larger plot involving a cabal of international businessmen out for economic gain. Larsen ties up all his loose ends nicely, and a nail-biter conclusion finally heats up the action.
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From Booklist

A new cargo plane crashes in France, and the National Transportation Safety Board sends Jammer Davis to investigate in Larsen’s latest thriller. Davis’ superiors want easy answers, and the easiest answer of all is “pilot error.” The plane has a sophisticated fly-by-wire design; if the crash was due to manufacturing, the economic cost of all the cargo shipments screeching to a halt would be catastrophic. Jammer has his doubts, however, and his investigation reveals a shocking conspiracy that has ties to a rash of terrorist bombings at oil refineries. Larsen is fast becoming a thriller writer to watch. He clearly knows his subject matter and has a knack for writing about technology without it getting in the way of the story or the characters. Fans of the aviation thrillers of John Nance and of Michael Crichton’s Airframe (1996) will find much to enjoy here. --Jeff Ayers

Product Details

  • File Size: 532 KB
  • Print Length: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (September 6, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046XRKJ6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,433 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Macho attitudes in 21st Century October 17, 2010
Format:Hardcover
An unusual and fresh plot device blends world finance, international espionage, religious zealotry and cutting edge aviation technology in a fine and mostly fast-paced thriller. It is clear that the author knows intimately the setting of his story, aviation accident investigation. A new design, a flying wing cargo plane, has crashed in France and a former Air Force pilot, now working as an accident investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board is sent to the crash site as liaison. His name is Jammer Davis and he's something of a hot-shot loose cannon. Think the macho pilots in the movie "Top Gun," and you get the idea.
Davis's life is complicated by the presence of his teen-aged daughter--and her dating difficulties--Davis is a widower. It's a nice touch and while Davis is in France struggling to figure out a series of odd circumstances around the place crash, his daughter occasionally calls him on his cell, disturbing and altering the rhythm of the plot. The story line is also interrupted from time to time by the machinations of the evil cabal behind the plot which serves to ramp up the tension. The author is careful to dole out intriguing information in tantalizing dollops which maintains reader interest.
That's a good thing, because there are several sections of fairly technical information which are necessary to explain the plot, but occasionally are too long for my taste. The major flaw in the novel is the somewhat old fashioned macho attitude expressed by the narrative in several places. There is at times a sense we are living once again in a simpler time when there was a perception that men and especially women had their defined roles with lines to be crossed at considerable personal risk.
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59 of 63 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very thrilling and informative story August 31, 2010
Format:Hardcover
The author was a former combat pilot who flew military aircraft and worked on accident investigations. So he knows his subject. So sit back and get ready to enjoy a very thrilling and informative story that will keep you interested until the final page.

A very new cargo plane, the C-500, is on a course across the Atlantic headed for Houston International Airport in the U.S. Unfortunately, the plane develops trouble and dives like a stone from six miles up and crashes in France, killing the two pilots aboard. There are at least one hundred of these planes in service around the world so the folks in charge want to get to the bottom of this tragedy as soon as possible. They call in Frank "Jammer" Davis, who is a retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot and part of the NTSB's first response team. Davis has the knack of insulting everyone in his path but, knows how to get answers and starts to dig into this accident to see what, either mechanical or not, caused it.

When Davis starts his investigation, the news of the crash is cancelled out by some other unusual and elaborate disasters: Terrorists are attacking oil refineries across the world and sending governments and stock markets into a spin. Davis keeps on working persistently and is finally able to find out the cause of the crash and the relationship between the crash and the attacks. It seems that there is a conspiracy at work that is enormous and Davis might not be able to stop it.

This book is a good read and will be understood better by people that know about planes and can understand the horrible conclusion of the plane's demise. I really enjoyed the author's previous books: The Perfect Assassin and Stealing Trinity, but, had a bit of a hard time with this one.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good suspenseful read October 8, 2010
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Ward Larsen spins an interesting tale of intrigue. There is plenty of technical detail ala Tom Clancy without over doing it. The suspense continues throughout the story and takes a very interesting twist as the story concludes. Again I think it a good read. I have added Ward Larsen to my list of preferred authors and I think many others will too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting thriller that will prove hard to put down October 7, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Technology has become the greatest weapon in warfare, but technology has no morals - it cares not who it serves. "Fly by Wire" tells the story of a conspiracy surrounding the C-500 aircraft. Frank Davis is sent to investigate a crash of this new technology, and finds that this failure of technology has darker meanings, and the truth is much more than some simply faulty technology. "Fly by Wire" is an exciting thriller that will prove hard to put down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold on to your seat May 24, 2011
By Smooth
Format:Hardcover
I never really thought the Air Force to be a branch of the Armed Forces.. Just kidding! It's the Army way of coveting something the Army can not do. This is my personal attack on the author, by the way, myself being a straight laced Army :-)

Seriously though, Ward Larsen is just one of the few writers today I would ever read. It's a shame he has to fly airplanes for a living which barely leaves him enough time to write a book or two. I wish he'd start churning stories twice a year.

Fly by Wire is a winner in the field of research, plot, plausibility and flow of logic. And of course the narrative style grips you very quickly, no wordy meandering here. I really enjoyed The Perfect Assassin when it was released and made a note to keep an eye on the USAF jock turned writer. Look forward to another book, if it's planned.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Great book. Kept me interested from first to last page. A real page turner and well worth the read. Well written.
Published 1 hour ago by Danny Cochran
5.0 out of 5 stars Fly By Wire - I loved it. What a read.......
Fly by Wire - I think this was my first book read written by Ward Larsen, and what a great, edge of your seat thriller this one was. Read more
Published 1 day ago by WhiteCougar
5.0 out of 5 stars A really good story
The mix of fact, mystery and really funny humor is what makes this book great. Larsen has the single parent thing down cold.
Published 2 days ago by Baker's Friend
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy read
Something you can just relax and leisurely read. Decent plot good story line, will download another and read for just pleasure.
Published 8 days ago by James D Sedgwick
4.0 out of 5 stars good
I was reading this book while the Malaysian boing disappeared, and this gave me understanding about many things related to crash. I have read other book written by W. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Eleonora
5.0 out of 5 stars Could not put my Kindle down
Great mystery story . Great action . Very current theme . Reading a mystery story with current references makes the story come alive . Very well written .
Published 25 days ago by Alfred Cerutti
5.0 out of 5 stars flying can be hazardous to your health
book deals with underhanded plot to sabatoge the reputation of a new design of aircraft, and the ace pilot and engineer who worked to uncover the people behind the scenes who did... Read more
Published 25 days ago by paul bass
3.0 out of 5 stars Fly By Wire
The final half of the book was exciting. The whole first half was way too informational. He didn't build any excitment until the final half. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Beverly Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars Misdirection terrorism and family life
Great story with lots of storylines all wrapped up neatly together.
Humor for those of us who have lived through the teenage years when your daughter starts dating and all the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Marsha J. Kerr
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
An excellent tale of global intrigue. The characters were vivid and memorable. He developed the plot, piece by piece, at an interesting pace. Read more
Published 1 month ago by dn
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More About the Author

Bestselling author Ward Larsen is a two-time winner of the Florida Book Award. His first thriller, The Perfect Assassin, is currently being adapted into a major motion picture by Amber Entertainment. His work has been nominated for both the Edgar and Macavity Awards. A former U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Larsen flew twenty-two missions in Operation Desert Storm. He has also served as a federal law enforcement officer, airline captain, and is a trained aircraft accident investigator.

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