Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Flying Too Low

Dangerous Past by A.F. Ebbers is both a mystery and a thriller.  I was intrigued from the beginning.  This is a fast and enjoyable read. 

Also, the book surprised me, and will probably surprise you.  There’s no sex in it.  There’s no nod to the current cultural preference to prove how modern, how “hip,” how “up-to-date,” the author is, by making one of his characters, gay, or having gay children, or living with his gay partner.  Instead, (Make sure you’re sitting down.) the author relied on his talent.  I repeat.  The author relied on his talent! Imagine that.  A successful novel with no sex, no gay culture, relying on pure, unadulterated talent. 
Dangerous Past is so well written than you care about the characters, Frank Braden, Nicole, the FBI, the bad guys.  A. F. Ebbers skillfully employs flashbacks.  The pace will have you staying up later than usual, to see what develops.

The story begins with an explosion on an airplane.  The major character, Frank Braden, is the pilot of a Boeing 737 airliner with 110 people on board.  Miraculously, Frank only loses one person, an airline attendant, and lands the plane.  He’s a hero—for a short while.

Shockingly unbelievable, the police, actually, the FBI, (standard procedure with airplanes), think Frank is trying to kill himself. 

Adding to the drama, are flashbacks to Franks’ service in Vietnam.  They are not distractions; they’re background.  They are needed because that’s actually where the story begins.  It is because of crimes committed in Vietnam, that Frank is being stalked. 

At first, the FBI think Frank is trying to commit suicide.  It takes some frustrating convincing, but gradually the police see that Frank’s life is in danger because of something that happened in Vietnam.  It’s very suspenseful.

If you love thrillers, you’ll love Dangerous Past.  If you love to be riveted to a story, you’ll love Dangerous Past.  If you love history, you’ll love Dangerous Past.  I you love good, well written stories, with solid well drawn characters, you’ll love Dangerous Past.

 I did.

I did receive an e-copy of this book, from Tribute books, but I was not compensated to write a favorable review.  This is my honest evaluation.

Formats/Prices: Ebook ($0.99), Hardcover ($10.00)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
ISBN: 9780978948238
Pages: 240
Release: May 1, 2007
Publisher: SilverHawk Books

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