--Online Book Club
"A free-wheeling, engaging espionage tale that aims to enlighten readers!"
From the Author
But words have a funny way of combining into powerful messages, to become deeper, more profound, and more inspiring than even the author intended or expected. It most definitely happened with my novel, The Last Bush Pilots. And the Code Name: Dodger series, I believe, has become just that as well.
One of the writer's oldest maxims is, Write what you know. Well, after a 35-plus year career as an airline pilot, what I know is flying. Moreover, desiring to thrill the avid readers of my aviation books and capnaux.com blog, I decided that my 6th book--and Justin's third mission--would take place aboard a hijacked airliner.
Spying and flying merged to form a new genre--let's call it the "Spy/Fly thriller"--and Mission 3: Jihadi Hijacking was born. (Mission 2: Cartel Kidnapping is bit "Spy/Flyish," too.)
For Jihadi Hijacking, however, I felt that a simple battle of "good versus evil" would be selling the story short, and shorting the reader as well. Far more importantly, I didn't want to fall into that easy trap of "terrorists versus good guys" that we often find in today's espionage novels. Plot: evil radical Muslims hijack an airliner and/or WMDs, and it's up to our intrepid hero to save the world. Yawn.
OK, maybe not yawn, but . . . superficial. An empty, bubblegum action flick that you see in the theaters, then forget the next day. So, quite deliberately, this book has become much more than a story copycatting the above-mentioned plot.
As Rudyard Kipling said, "East is East, and West is West. And never the twain shall meet." Well, in Jihadi Hijacking they do, in somewhat intimate and violent ways. Through Justin, we experience this clash. He, and thus we, do not escape unscathed.
But remember: none of this ever happened.
Phoenix, Arizona, USA
May 22, 2015
Note to concerned parents: all elements of this book and series could be considered to be rated a "mild PG."