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Open Skies Paperback – April 7, 2012
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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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Another good yarn thanks Thomas
Thomas Block hit it big with the best-seller "Mayday" he co-authored with his more famous friend Nelson DeMille. Since then, his solo efforts have been mainly pleasant but not particularly thrilling titles involving aviation technology and related mysteries. To us, this 200-page book fails to deliver enough plot complexity, enough intrigue, enough relationship between characters (what romance there is, is pretty silly), or just enough solid detective work to move readers from indifferent to excited.
That "Skies" was so difficult to find speaks to a very limited production run; and the 1990 publication date, with no books in the bibliography since, suggest this might well be Block's swan song. While we don't consider this or his other efforts bad per se, the author just doesn't seem to generate enough heat or enthusiasm in the reader to justify the light entertainment versus the dollars spent to unearth this item in hardback. Successful airline thrillers form a pretty small genre, despite six attempts from Block. We might not be able to do better, but rate this novel as little more than a curiosity item.