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Fly By Wire: A Jammer Davis Thriller by [Larsen, Ward]
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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

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  • File Size: 1634 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing; 1 edition (September 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: September 6, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0046XRKJ6
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By M. Lignor on 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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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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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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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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"Fly by Wire," by Ward Larsen is a really good story, at times even a page-turner. Unlike the 2 other books of Larsen's that I read and reviewed ("The Perfect Assassin" and "Stealing Trinity"), the plot in this one is actually about 90% feasible, a high score for any book by any author in this genre. The tale is very 21st Century, up-to-date, and filled with a plenitude of technical mumbo-jumbo that has the ring of truth to it (read Larsen's afterward). And there are only a few last-minute coincidental Cavalry-riding-in-to-save-the-good-guys aspects to it. Thanks for that!

Larsen does resort to stereotypes to pen his characters. The French guy, who leads the investigation into the crash of the airplane, for instance, is not credible or believable. The CIA-agent woman and love-interest is too perfect and at the same time also too purposefully flawed to be taken seriously. Her background story is ruinous to her credibility. The main character, Jabber Davis, is an unlikeable man, a really bad dad, a 40-ish ex-pilot who now works for NTSB as an air crash investigator with serious anger control problems. While he is bright, he is way too proud of his lack of people skills, and Larsen more-or-less glorifies Jabber's crude macho bull-in-a-china-closet approach to everything. I hope there is not a sequel, because Jabber Davis is not the character from which 10 further novels are made. Unlike Daniel Silva's main character Gabriel Allon (who has a life, other interests, significant art expertise, and seems to be a more-or-less normal human being, except for the hate that drives him to assassinate people for Israel), Jabber in this story is one-dimensional and the reader harbors little hope for his being more fully humanized.
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