source: copy for review via MerylMoss Media and Dunn Books
title: Final Flight
author: Eric Anderson
published: June 9, 2020
genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Political thriller
rated: 3 1/2 out of 5 stars
On a clear, cold night high above Asia, a China Air passenger jet disappears from radar. An anomaly, a fluke, an unsolvable puzzle-and then a couple of hours later, it happens again.
A former member of the U.S. intelligence community, author Eric Anderson takes us to 2023 in his new book FINAL FLIGHT (Dunn Books: June 9, 2020), and picks up where real-life Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 left off. What happened to that airplane and all the people aboard?
Former Air Force maintenance officer Jason Montgomery and his erstwhile wrench-twister, Rob “Ski” Kalawski, have just landed the gig of their lives. China Air’s aging fleet of Boeing 777s now desperately needs navigation hardware and software upgrades. It’s a multimillion-dollar contract, and they’re just the guys to do it. Too easy, right?
The Japanese firm supplying the gear knows the Chinese will reverse-engineer and steal it, so they’ve planted a deadly navigation bug to trigger at the first sign of theft. Jason’s just the middleman, but he finds himself trapped between yakuza gangsters, a tattooed dragon-lady sales exec, and murderous Russian mobsters looking to make a profit on the missing airplanes and passengers. If these crazies don’t start behaving like moral adults, people are going to die by the hundreds . . . and they do.
FINAL FLIGHT, the latest prescient tale from the man who brought us the “New Caliphate” trilogy Osiris, Anubis and Horas as well Byte, might make you think twice before boarding the next plane.
Final Flight is different from my usual reading fare. This is a story revolving around two China Air Passenger planes that went missing from radar. The book is based on real life Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 which went missing over the ocean in China in 2014. Jason Mongomery and Ski Kawalski have been hired by China Air to install the software and hardware on their Boeing’s. However, Jason soon realizes that the Japanese company that supplies the software planted bugs on it. He just wants to get the job done and get home back to the U.S. Jason and Ski find themselves in the midst of an all out mess and are even blamed for sabotaging the software themselves. As the book goes on you are introduced to a set of several characters like Yamakita, Bao, computer programmer Yatso, the gangster tattoo artist Kanto and his love interest an executive named Sako. Side note, the dragon tattoos Kato does for Sako sound pretty intricate and bad-ass.
While I did not find myself connecting too much to this cast of characters the book held my interest throughout. The story gets very gritty as Jason cuts apart a gangster and disposes of the body and as torture tactics are described in detail. Some of the bad guys are over the top bad, especially the Russians. I could see this being made into an action film with the fight scenes and villains and plot twists. As we get the story through several of the characters POV’s we don’t get to the two missing planes until nearly the end of the book.
“In the case of insidious decompression-likely a result of a seal leak or malfunctioning of the aircraft’s pressurization system-the passengers and crew were at risk of suffering hypoxia without realizing the danger. Unless oxygen was administered promptly, there was a high likely of inactivation and loss of consciousness. His brother had often speculated that this was the reason Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 had disappeared into thin air-no pun intended.” p.152-Final Flight by Eric Anderson
Also, without giving too much away the ending was ice cold. I did not expect what happened and to whom it happened to. I’ll leave it at that.
Overall this was an interesting book full of action scenes and as I read I could tell author Eric Anderson knew what he was talking about in regards to the settings, the planes and the software used. He has a pretty amazing bio so I’m not surprised. Also included at the end of the book is a glossary of terms and names for reference.
“Downtown was where the action happened. The Shanghai exchange was once again considered a wise investment. A sea of skyscrapers, with a plethora of quirky designs, screamed of money. The restaurants were grossly overpriced, but everyone in them was on an expense account. Good whiskey was plentiful, the fish seemingly fresh, and you could have Peking duck without suffering Beijing’s traffic and eye-burning pollution.” p. 86-Final Flight by Eric Anderson
about the author:
ERIC C. ANDERSON was a member of the U.S. intelligence community who served tours in Hawaii, Iraq, Japan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Washington D.C., where his work focused on Northeast Asia-specifically China and North Korea. Among his many duties, he authored more than 600 articles for the President’s Daily Brief, the National Intelligence Council, the International Security Advisory Board and the Department of Defense. Eric’s career was academic as well as military.
He taught at the University of Missouri, the University of Maryland, and was an assistant professor of political science at the US Air Force Academy, as well as National Intelligence University. He served as a guest speaker for a wide range of classes at Harvard University, and was an active participant in the pre-eminent professional development program for public sector executives at the Kennedy School of Government. Eric Anderson passed away on October 5, 2018. His vast literary contributions, from his fiction writing to his understanding of the complex intelligence and military challenges facing Western democracies, are incalculable. -quoted from Amazon
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