Search Results: "John J. Nance"


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BLACKOUT by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 7, 2000

"If this saga is ever filmed, the screenwriter should toss its second half."
The talented Nance, an air safety analyst, retired Air Force pilot, and civilian 737 pilot for a major airline, here keeps the tension as high and nasty as in his last two airborne thrillers, The Last Hostage (1998) and Medusa's Child (1997). Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: July 17, 1991

"Still: lucid, punchy popular science, and the personality- focused narrative does keep it moving. (Photographs—not seen.)"
There is no shortage of popular books dealing with the state of the world's ozone layer and with global warming. Read full book review >

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TURBULENCE by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2002

"If only aviation expert Jance (Headwind, 2001, etc.) weren't quite so transparently manipulative. A less bizarre Judy, for instance, might have kick-started that old willing suspension of disbelief."
Near-miss thriller about a commercial airliner threatened with hijacking—by all of its passengers. Read full book review >

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THE LAST HOSTAGE by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"Many slam-bang special effects, and the characters are unremarkable, but Nance's streamlined narrative offers some nicely nasty twists right up to a startling, and grimly appropriate, climax."
Strongly knotted, twisty airline melodrama from Nance (Medusa's Child, 1997, etc.), an air safety analyst and retired Air Force pilot who served in Vietnam and Desert Storm, still serves as a Boeing 737 captain for a major airline, and is a licensed attorney. Read full book review >

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MEDUSA'S CHILD by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1997

"Nothing new, maybe, but a thriller that grips and absolutely doesn't let go. (First printing of 100,000)"
Retired airline and Air Force pilot Nance improves steadily, this time borrowing from his own plot for Pandora's Clock (1995) but leaving out the romance. Read full book review >

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SCORPION STRIKE by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 1992

"White-knuckle flight scenes more than make up for some silly business about the woman both pilots loved."
Unspeakably nasty Iraqi microbes threaten to overturn the victory of Desert Storm. Read full book review >

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ORBIT by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2006

"Not quite the right stuff, but passable as a guilty pleasure."
Another novel from Nance (Fire Flight, 2003, etc.) about manly men doing manly things in their marvelous flying machines. Read full book review >

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HEADWIND by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2001

"Hugely entertaining: a gripper that not only battles heavy headwinds while fuel runs low but plunges you headfirst into a meat-grinder of international legal complexities."
Retired Air Force pilot Nance shows the same skill at guiding a thriller through white-knuckle weather as he did as a civilian landing a 737. Read full book review >

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PHOENIX RISING by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 22, 1994

"Phoenix Rising takes much too long to lift off—the conspiracy is too slowly unveiled, the villains make their appearance very late in the story—but once it gets airborne, it develops some momentum."
Combining elements of the financial and the aviation thriller, Nance (Scorpion Strike, 1992) puts together a would-be page-turner marred by cardboard-thin, uninvolving characters and a not entirely credible conspiracy. Read full book review >

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SAVING CASCADIA by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2005

"Nance does it again, thrill upon thrill."
The prolific retired Air Force officer, a top aviation-thriller writer and often hugely entertaining (see Medusa's Child, 1997), charges up his latest white-knuckler with earthquakes and helicopters. Read full book review >

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FIRE FLIGHT by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Nov. 11, 2003

"Nance strives for no style like that of the early Richard Bach in Stranger to the Ground or of Ernest K. Gann in Fate Is the Hunter—in fact, the writing here at first feels hacked out and thriller-thin before it rises to blazing excitement."
Mixing white-knucklers (Headwind, 2001, etc.) with the occasional near-miss (Turbulence, 2002, etc.), Nance now takes up fighting the wildfires that yearly send up hundred of homes in flame. Read full book review >

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SKYHOOK by John J. Nance
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 1, 2003

"Nance's amiable cast is partly what makes his tenth outing (Turbulence, 2000, etc.) work so well."
Thoroughly entertaining thriller about secrets, lies (bureaucratic sort), and little guys beating the odds. Read full book review >