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Fly by Night: A Jammer Davis Thriller by [Larsen, Ward]
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Book 2 of 3 in Jammer Davis Thriller (3 Book Series)
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"Larsen is fast becoming a thriller writer to watch. He clearly knows his subject matter..." Booklist

"Fly by Wire combines complexities of aircraft technology, international conspiracies, terrorism, oil shortages, falling financial markets, a father's love for his daughter." Mystery Scene

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About the Author

As a fighter pilot in the US Air Force, award-winning novelist Ward Larsen flew over twenty combat missions in Desert Storm. He has also been a federal law enforcement officer and an aircraft accident investigator. Presently captain for a major airline, he resides with his family in Florida. He is also the author of The Perfect Assassin and Stealing Trinity.

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  • File Size: 9477 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (November 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005V1ZJ72
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This novel is a decent read for both plot and characters, and was definitely worth my Kindle daily deal price.

I would recommend this novel to a friend for escapist reading. I also agree with another reader, this book is not quite as good as the author's Fly by Wire book. That one got 5 stars from me because it had a better pace and "edge" all the way through, whereas I gave this book only 4 stars, because it dragged in a few places.

Keep in mind that I buy these Kindle Daily Deal novels for escapist reading only, so my expectations and standards are not very high for these kinds of books.
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An ultra-secret CIA drone has disappeared somewhere in the vicinity of Somalia. A source advises that the recovered aircraft is hidden in a hanger in Sudan. Rather conveniently, a Sudanese aircraft has just disappeared, presumably crashed; rather improbably, the United States has been asked to assist Sudan in the accident investigation, giving the CIA a chance to poke around in search of its missing drone. NTSB investigator Jammer Davis (last seen in Fly By Wire) is recruited to do the poking. The Sudanese airline that Davis investigates, like the suspicious hanger, is owned by an imam who has close ties to a member of the Sudanese military. Too predictably, the bad guys have a mission of violence in mind for the salvaged drone. The target of that mission, however, isn't the sort of target I expected; that aspect of the plot is rather clever. As Davis tries to find a way inside the hanger, he becomes intrigued by fate of the missing Sudanese aircraft, particularly when evidence begins to suggest that it didn't crash at all.

The characters in Fly By Night are less interesting than the story. Davis is a fairly standard one-note action hero; efforts to humanize him with a daughter who won't return his calls and a beautiful Italian doctor who manages to drink pinot noir with him in Sudan are uninspired. The bad guys are caricatures of evil.

Ward Larsen's writing style is workmanlike. He adds authenticity to the story by including overwhelming detail about the science of aviation and crash investigation. At times, he goes overboard; whenever he finds an opportunity to add a flying metaphor or to give the reader a pilot's outlook on life, he takes it. Too often Larsen's prose comes across as a lecture. Occasionally the tone is a bit smug.
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Frank 'Jammer' Davis, former Air Force pilot turned NTSB investigator, returns for a second adventure in Fly By Night, by author Ward Larsen.

A CIA secret drone has disappeared over the desert, and is believed to be in a Sudanese hanger owned by a shady imam, who runs a newly established "fly by night" air cargo service. One of their ancient DC-3 cargo planes has crashed, and the CIA pulls some strings to send Jammer there to investigate, but his main purpose is to get a peek inside of the mysterious hanger, to see if the drone is really there.

The book is interesting from the start, but begins to stumble along due to a thin story line and weak character development, other than Jammer. It's not hard to figure out where the story is going, and the crash investigation is anti climatic (which comes almost 2/3rds into the book)and needlessly drawn out, as you pretty much know why/how it crashed. Same can be said for the ending.

FBN does not have the depth, intrigue and page turning excitement that was in Fly By Wire, however still worth the read (especially if you have not read FBW), as Jammer is an interesting character with lots of potential. Hopefully, the author will give him more to work with the next time.
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In this thriller, the protagonist, Jammer Davis, attempts what we all know to be the impossible: to be a perpetual motion machine. A pilot (like the author), ex-U.S. Air Force, investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, and rugby player, Jammer is asked to go to Sudan where the CIA believes a crashed drone might be hidden in an airplane hangar owned by a local air freight company called FBN (you guessed it: Fly By Night) Aviation.

Well, Jammer goes to Khartoum purportedly to investigate an airplane crash and finds himself in the midst of a secret operation which precludes him from looking into the hangar. Instead, he gets involved in all kinds of superhuman feats which often strain one's credulity. .Whatever facts prompted his investigation appear to be at odds with what he learns or surmises on his arrival, and leads to all kinds of exciting adventures both on land, at sea and in the air.

The story is replete with all kinds of excitement, danger and mishaps, with some violence thrown in. And from a technical point of view, there is plenty of aviation background there to be included by an experienced pilot such as this author. It is a far-out and gripping plot, and is recommended.
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"Fly by Night" by Ward Larsen is a pretty good, fast-paced 3rd world terrorist story set primarily in the Sudan and stars returning hero Jammer Davis. Character development seems okay, though all the bad guys (even those who switch allegiances) are stereotypical in their extreme behavior, talk and plan. As is so true in so many stories in this genre, the writers never quite get the Arab (or Muslim) bad guys right, especially their between-character dialogue.

Jammer Davis is elaborately himself: smart, macho, impulsive, irreverent and lucky. He is the epitome of the good-guy hero, a single dad with a college-bound daughter to add to his sometimes murky credentials and questionable past.

The silliest plot feature is the ludicrous Red Sea "search" for a downed old-timer DC-3 (these planes are at the center of this story). In this scene, Jammer is pulled around in the water for 2 days at the end of a long Jerry rigged rope by a Sudanese fishing boat, whose owner uses a Garmin GPS to track a crisscross pattern in the shallow 50-foot deep azure sea (lucky it's so shallow, no?). Does he find the DC-3? Be prepared to suspend belief here, page after page! This episode even surpasses the other not-credible scenario in the Congo, where Jammer survives a hair-raising take-off, people-shooting-at-him escape in yet another venerable 60+ year old DC-3.

The female interest is also slightly fantastic (as in unbelievable), an Italian 30-something soon-to-be-divorced doctor, saving lives in the poorest region of the Sudan. She's smart, beautiful and just what Jammer needs, a side-kick he can trust and lust after. Lucky for us we are spared any and all sex scenes. Thank you, Mr. Larsen.

The finale is tense, fast-moving and conclusive.
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