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Captain Paperback – April 7, 2012
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Author Nelson DeMille says "...one of the best aviation/adventure thrillers you will ever read...an edge of your seat story of what happens when something goes horribly wrong when there is no room for wrong!"
About the Author
Thomas Block has written a number of aviation-oriented novels, many which have gone on to acquire best-seller status in numerous countries. His novel writing began with the publication of "Mayday" in 1979. That novel was rewritten with his boyhood friend, novelist Nelson DeMille in 1998 and remains on DeMille's extensive backlist. "Mayday" became a CBS Movie of the Week in October, 2005.
Several of the other novels by Block include "Orbit" (a top bestseller in Germany, among other nations), "Airship Nine", "Forced Landing" (also done as a radio serialization drama in Japan), "Skyfall", "Open Skies" and "Captain". Thomas Block is still writing both fiction and non-fiction, and all his novels are available in print and in all ebook formats.
Block's magazine writing began in 1968 and over the next five decades his work has appeared in numerous publications. He worked 20 years at FLYING Magazine as Contributing Editor, and as Contributing Editor to Plane & Pilot Magazine for 11 years. Block became Editor-at-Large for Piper Flyer Magazine and Cessna Flyer Magazine in 2001.
During his long career as an aviation writer he has written on a wide array of subjects that range from involvement with government officials to evaluation reports on most everything that flies. An airline pilot for US Airways for over 36 years before his retirement in April, 2000, Captain Thomas Block has been a pilot since 1959.
Since 2002, he has lived on a ranch in Florida with his wife Sharon where they board, compete and train horses. Visit the author's website at ThomasBlockNovels.com to see complete details on all of the Thomas Block novels.
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I read extensively and for a book to pique my interest, it must grasp my attention from the onset. Mr. Block did just that from page one to the thrilling conclusion in the final chapter. He has an uncanny knack for developing the characters and explaining even the most technical aspects of the storyline with explicit detail so that even the most casual reader can fully understand the technology aspects of the book.
I have read all of Mr. Block's books and many of his published articles over the years and I truly believe that "CAPTAIN" is his best work to date. This is a book that once you open the cover, you will not want to put down until the final page. I hope that Mr. Block is well into writing his next book as I am already anxiously awaiting its publication!!!
Ok, I admit to being a sucker for great aviation stories, but I'm especially fond of realistic misadventures that touch my sense of right and wrong while providing me an avenue to solve the non-stop malfunctions right alongside the book's main character heroes. I probably experienced every possible emotion while reading this book. Mr. Block has created one hell of a compelling story that's hard to put down.
The character profiles build nicely and transition seamlessly from past-fact into present-circumstance. The multi-faceted plot will keep you engrossed. This tome was an easy page-turner right from the get-go. If you don't enjoy this book, then you're not right in the head, or... you're someone who's too busy putting on makeup while driving and simultaneously texting your shrink that you'll be thirty minutes late for your appointment!
In addition to that plot we also have personal greed vs humanity and rule book vs common sence and experience. But maybe most compelling is the parallel between the psychological impact upon people in life threatening situations like being on a crippled airliner and surviving the death camps of the Holocaust. At first it seems a stretch but a doctor on the plane puts it in perspective.
This book will appeal to aviators, computer geeks and people who are interested in human behavior. And oh yes, there is a love story.