Fly by Wire

  • by Ward Larsen
  • Narrated by Tim Campbell
  • 9 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

With its revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, the C-500 had become the freight airframe of choice. Until a routine delivery goes horribly wrong.
Falling like a stone from six miles up, a brand new C-500 crashes in central France, killing two pilots aboard. When French officials take over this highly public investigation, they call in the best there is: they call Frank "Jammer" Davis.
A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Davis is part of the NTSB's "go-team". With a reputation for getting things done - and for steamrolling anyone who gets in his way - Davis starts to dig.
But just as Davis starts his investigation, news of the crash is overshadowed by a more spectacular disaster: suicide bombers attack oil refineries worldwide, sending governments and financial markets into a tailspin.
A relentless Davis keeps investigating, but uncovering the cause of the crash, and its terrifying connection to this worldwide disaster, reveals a conspiracy of unthinkable proportions - a conspiracy he might not be able to stop.
Jammer Davis won't stop until he gets answers - or until somebody stops him from getting answers.

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I REALLY enjoyed this espionage novel!!

The scenario seems very unlikely, but possible. There is lots of action and suspense. The author could make this a great series.
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- Wayne "I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!"

If you don't like flying, go by ship or train.

For those of us frustrated pilots and sanguine airline passengers, perhaps viewers of TV programs on the macabre investigation of air crashes, this is a good story, stretched a little by the effects of globalised airline construction. Radical technology is an interest of mine but fly-by-wire is very real. Larsen takes this to a higher level (I was tempted to pun a plane) and the dangers inherent in computer-directed systems. In this genre Michael Crichton's Airframe leads the field and although the aircraft concerned is a cargo plane, the possibility of passenger derivatives is always at the back of the mind. The problems of sub-contracting construction and potential for sabotage are all too real. Inter-agency squabbling add a little piquancy to the story, although some of the escapes from danger are slightly wild, a good novel needs heroes with just a tad of luck. This book is well worth a read.
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- Christopher "Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-04-2012
  • Publisher: Oceanview Publishing