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This is a first class aviation thriller, the kind the author has built a solid reputation writing. An airline captain sky jacks his own airliner - Boeing 737 - and a new hostage negiotator, Kat Bronsky, is called into handle the case. After establishing contact, the sky jacket then leads her on a flying adventure flying from one airport to another as she chases the 737 in a commandeered Gulfstream.

The action relating to the attempted rescue of the passengers is tense then compounded as the pilot's reason for the sky jacking becomes clear. Kat strives to comply with the captain's demands and begins to unravel a mystery involving the death of the captain's 11 year old daughter two years in the past.

As revelation after revelation unfolds, Kat finds herself solving a crime brought on by events no one saw coming!

Thrilling airplane action and tense human drama. I highly recommend this book.
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on January 14, 2015
Great book love the purchase.
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on April 19, 2014
This is only the second John Nance book I’ve read. Although it wasn’t as good as the other one, it was still a great, enjoyable, exciting thrill ride.

The previous Nance book I read was ‘Pandora’s Clock’ which was one of the most intense, riveting novels I’ve read in recent years. Although ‘The Last Hostage’ can’t match that one, it is darn good in its own right.

The story moves along with many twists and turns. It’s enjoyable, exciting and very entertaining. I’d give this a 5 if it wasn’t for 2 minor things:
1) In Pandora’s Clock, the author included many passengers from the plane. It read like a throw-back to those disaster movies from the 70’s—Earthquake, Towering Inferno, Poseidon Adventure and yes, the Airport films. In ‘The Last Hostage,’ there was no connection to any of the passengers. With a few exceptions, they were ‘just there.’

2) I sometimes felt the dialogue was a bit…off. Sometimes it appeared like the words used by a professional airline pilot or FBI agent seemed a bit---unbelievable.

Still, it was an excellent book. I strongly recommend it.
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on April 18, 2014
I love action and adventure fiction novels. Mr Nance writes in the style and of the subject matter that keeps me reading for hours!
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on August 29, 2013
This book was captivating. Written in a style that made it impossible to put down. Knowing the author is a pilot made the plot even more interesting. As a retired homicide detective, I have met US Attorneys who were exactly the way this book portrayed them: impossibly arrogant. I have already recommended this book to my law enforcement friends and I commend the author for coming up with an ingenious plot. I have been in pursuits on the ground before, but I have never imagined a pursuit in the air.
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on September 11, 2012
The story line was so interesting that I was compelled to sit and listen to the whole book at one time. Great presentation and story line.
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on February 23, 2012
Taut thriller that I could not put down. Fantastic book from the master of aviation thrillers! Ken Wolfe could have quickly become a villainous character, but Mr Nance creates him with so many layers that I was completely invested in his plight and his story.
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on October 15, 2008
Nance is my favorite author. I am not sure if it is his writing style or that I love aviation thrillers, but together I am totally immersed from page one until I flip the last page of each of his books. I have read at least eleven of his books and two of them, Medusa's Child and Pandora's Clock: Hour By Hour, The Terror Is Rising, But One Man Won't Be Denied are my all time favorites of all books.

This book had constant surprises and kept focusing your attention in different directions. I especially liked the rookie lady FBI hostage negotiator that kept violating procedures even after becoming a hostage. An excellent book that draws you into the middle of the action, no matter where it was taking place. You are there. You see it. You feel it.

Author of al-Qaeda Strikes Again
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on July 7, 2007
I thought this book was pretty interesting. It's not one of my all-time favorites, but I think it's one of Nance's better work. A little wordy at times, but it fits into the white-knuckle aviation conflict genre quite well.
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on October 5, 2003
This is by far the best book i have ever read. The last hostage truly does take the reader "hostage".
After the captain of the 737 takes the crew and passengers hostage until the Attourny General confesses to releasing the man who murdered his daughter, he finds out that the attourny general is in possession of kiddie porn, PLUS the attourny general has a secret about the captain's daughter's murderer that he isnt telling the police. The Last Hostage is an intense book that will keep you guessing until the end.
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