As he explains it, "I am more of a nuisance than a detective. But I get results. Hidden inside this techno thriller is a mystery novel, and it succeeds as both. It is assumed destroyed upon crashing, and it may have even gone down in the Red Sea, so no worries FBN is indeed a Fly By Night aviation company, hiding behind an international consortium of owners and named after a law firm that has a bad reputation for representing dubious clients, many of Arab descent.
Neither the airport, or FBN existed until a few months ago, so for a company flying ancient DC-3s as cargo aircraft around Africa and supplying arms to rebels and dictators alike to to maintain a secret hanger is a bit suspicious. To cement that suspicion, the airline is headed up by an Islamic cleric named Rafiq Khoury.
Khoury called for an investigation in fear that someone may have actually seen the DC-3 go down, and he expected Sudan's own Air Safety investigators to handle the investigation and pencil whip it. He didn't expect that it would get kicked upstairs to the world body, ICAO, and certainly not that they would have the temerity to assign the job to the hated American's and the NTSB.
This is where Jammer comes in. Better yet, he has a reputation of charging ahead and getting the job done. The CIA asks Davis' old Air Force buddy to recruit Davis to go to Sudan and under the guise of investigating the crash of a 70 year old DC-3, and determine clandestinely whether Blackstar has been recovered by this cleric.
But Davis's thinks Clandestine is something you light in church, he's about as secretive and covert as a tarantula on an angel food cake. Davis is officially retired from both the Air Force and the NTSB, and is dealing with the recent death of his wife in a car crash, as well as a teenage daughter who has grown distant from him following the loss of her mother, and is currently attending school in Europe. Davis takes the job. As soon as he lands in Khartoum, the action begins when he is way laid by some Sudanese highway robbers who end up biting off more than they can chew in the 6'4" plus pound Davis.
And when he arrives at the airport run by FBN, he is greeted by their chief pilot, Bob Schmidt, an ex fighter jock himself whose irresponsibility led him to a dishonorable discharge from the Air Force, brought about by Davis' condemning report. Needless to say, no love loss between Schmidt-head and Jammer.
What follows is a top notch mystery, cloaked in a techno thriller, as immediately Davis discovers that, as suspected FBN flies arms, drugs, and black market diamonds as well as UN Humanitarian supplies to NGOs.
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After all, this is the horn of Africa where there is no effective governments but there are plenty of buyers for all of the above. Davis is there investigating the DC-3 crash only as a cover for finding out what happens in the closely guarded hanger, and whether or not some extremist faction, or dubious private army has recovered the high tech and stealthy Blackstar.
But Davis can't leave the DC-3 crash alone. Things don't add up. For instance, why did FBN even report the crash in the first place, and further, why did they apparently report one plane crashed, that Davis discovers is actually still being used, but in disguise of another DC To add to the masterfully wrought tension of the story, Davis develops a yen for an Italian aid doctor and his sparring match with Schmidt is nonstop.
His side trips to avenge the beating of the Italian doctor and one of her African aids, gets him on the wrong side of the Sudanese army as well. Davis follows the clues, like a bull following a red cape, from the top of the worlds highest pyramid which he nearly wipes out to the depths of the Red Sea, the whole time thoroughly pissing off everybody that gets in his way. The book is very story driven through the use of the mystery wrapped in the thriller, and fans of Clancy and Coonts will love it, as Larsen writes tighter prose than Clancy and doesn't befuddle the reader with technology like Coonts.
The characters are well developed, if a bit predictable and light-weight at first glance. But in the end they turn out to, not quite, live up to the expected stereotypes, and consequently leave the reader very satisfied and hoping to read more of the in future adventures. It all adds up to a very good read, and one the reader is likely going to want to revisit time and time again. If Ward Larsen isn't already considered in the top tier of thriller writers today, he is grabbing shirt tails, a la Jammer Davis, and throwing others off the ladder as he reaches the top.
Dec 23, Eric rated it liked it Shelves: spy-thriller , suspense-thriller , terrorist-theme , action-adventure , fiction , reading-challenge. I found the idea behind the main plot sort of lame. The characters are good. Fly By Night is not as nearly as good of a book as the first one. Still this book has its high points and was fairly entertaining. An airplane crash coincidentally happens shortly afterwards. Sudan doesn't have governmental agenc 3 shakey stars This book was about a 2. Sudan doesn't have governmental agency to investigate plane crashes and relies on other countries to investigate, usually France.
Jammer Davis gets the job to investigate the plane crash which is really a covert mission to find the lost drone. They haul anything from UN medical supplies to ammo and guns to tribal commandos in the Congo. The personnel who keeps this dinosaur fleet in the air are some American aviation outcasts. One of which, is a former Air Force pilot who has an unpleasant "history" with Jammer. Apparently, the CIA romantic interest in Book 1 didn't pan out.
She doesn't even get an honorable mention in this book. The "lady of intetest" in this book is a beautiful and hot tempered Italian doctor who is a rotating volunteer providing medical care to the local Sudanese people. She and Jammer get off to a rough start but manages to get caught up in the intrigue.
Underlying all these story elements is a radical plot involving the drone. Jammer mostly focuses on the plane crash investigation for clues to figure out what is going on in the wholly suspicious situation. The process results in a slow read with some contrived scenes to keep it from fizzling altogether.
That is until last quarter of the book. It is still kind of hokey but turns out be a tense and exciting climax. This isn't a bad story.
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I just think the story has a weak foundation so the writing is kind of forced. I still really like this author and will be checking out his other books. Jun 08, Veselin Nikolov rated it it was amazing.
This seems to be the most ridiculous of the three books about Jammer Davis. The main protagonist is some sort of white washed Hulk - Indestructible, strong, and knows how to fly airplanes. There are moments of the book that are plausible, but it's mostly one-of-those-thrillers where the action is important, the last-minute twists are important, and the plausibility is well hidden.
Apr 21, Philip rated it liked it Shelves: fiction , mystery-thriller , desert , africa-north. As I'm going to Khartoum soon, I thought reading a thriller set there would be pretty neat - but the story never gets any closer to Khartoum than the airport, which Larsen locates much farther out of the city than it really is.
So there is really no detail or feel for Sudan specifically, and as a result this is just a generic desert-based story that could be set in any generic Muslim country. So big disappointment here. And the second half is your standard ticking clock "bring down the aircraft before it hits its target" actioner. Not bad, but nothing unique either. Plus, a few proofreading misses, along the "don't know what do to" line.
And one of the more egregious gaffe I've seen in a long time when our hero dons a baklava rather than a balaclava to go out snooping around at night - unless he really intended to bribe his way out of trouble with a delicious pastry dessert. Oh, and there's a gorgeous Italian doctor working away in the middle of nowhere - when is there not? And finally - yeah, gotta deduct at least a coupla points for naming his hero "Jammer.
Mar 19, Janet Lynch rated it it was ok. Didn't enjoy this one anywhere near as much as the first and third books in the series. It was hard to get into and too technical at times. The setting in Sudan didn't interest me and Jammer Davis seemed to make one bad decision after another. Great adventure story As I began to read, my first impression was that this was like a high-end adventure film. It started with an opening scene, then after normally credits would have rolled switched to the hero playing rugby.
It is here that the hero receives his mission and the story takes off. It's a good story and I was impressed by the authors ability to develop characters, build the narrative, and set scenes. There were times when I felt like I was sitting in a bar with a bunch of pilots Great adventure story As I began to read, my first impression was that this was like a high-end adventure film.
There were times when I felt like I was sitting in a bar with a bunch of pilots of no specific allegiance, who were telling me about Jammer Davis and his exploits. Put my strongest impression was that this was an author who knew how to take care of his readers. There is enough explanation to keep those of us who are not pilots clued in to the story.
Some characters are drawn with quick strong brushstrokes, so I know exactly what they're like without a great deal of explanation. Others are developed over the course of the book, so I get to know them gradually but thoroughly. Quick explanations are provided about the things I might not know, without making me feel talked down to or taking away from the narrative. There's plenty of action without getting too gory, and a little romance, but not a lot of sex. This is the second book in the series, yet I was able to enjoy the story without having read the first book.
It's always a good feeling to be in the hands of an author who knows how to tell a story and knows how to take care of his readers. If you like adventure, mystery, and well-crafted stories, you will love this book. Jan 12, Wayne rated it liked it. That's just between an "I liked it" and "I really liked it". While in Africa he gets involved with a shady cargo airline company called FBN He runs into an old nemisis who flys one of their planes, stays at their air-strip, and discovers all sorts of strange things.
As in the first Jammer Davis novel, he also gets involved with a gal who, in this case, is a doctor caring for the down and out in Sudan. One can't help liking Jammer and his unorthodox ways. This is another exciting aviation novel. Sep 26, John E. Donovan rated it it was amazing. J D does it, again! Author Ward Larsen does it, again, bringing us an even wilder ride than in his first in the series book, Fly by Wire. Jammer Davis is bigger and badder then ever, doing what he does best, figuring out how a plane crashed, and in the process of doing so, getting himself right in the middle of some very dangerous people!
Larsen's Jammer Davis series has only gotten better, with this 2nd book, and if there's a book 3 coming along, I'll be sure to buy it, as soon as it becomes av J D does it, again! Larsen's Jammer Davis series has only gotten better, with this 2nd book, and if there's a book 3 coming along, I'll be sure to buy it, as soon as it becomes available!
Feb 17, Michele Bailey rated it it was amazing. Buckle your seatbelt! Five stars for another incredible "Jammer" adventure! Is there anything that this man can't do? Ex-military, jet fighter pilot with combat action and a mind that never quits. He's somewhere between Mitch Rapp and John Ryan, as he answers the call of his country while helping the CIA, and investigating air disasters, while raising a teenage daughter as a single parent.
Can't wait to start "Passenger 19"! Jul 03, Stephen Dahlin rated it it was amazing. Crash Landing This is book two in the Jammer Davis series, it can be read as a stand alone however as you would only miss some subtle nuances of the first book. Jan 16, Va toebbe rated it it was amazing. Hanging on to my sofa Exciting and believable. I think I'm falling for Jammer If you are wondering whether to read this book or no?? If you live for excitement by vicarious means Nov 08, Holly rated it really liked it. Another fun book in the Jammer Davis series. Not as good as the first one, but definitely entertaining.
He's a refreshing "hero" in modern times while the book reminds me of thrillers I've read and enjoyed in the past for their straightforward path and intrigue. I will be reading the next one in the series as well because the Jammer character is, quite simply, a lot of fun. Jul 29, Jayne Navarre rated it it was amazing. Another fun spin with Larsen This is my second wild adventure with Jammer Davis. His lone nurse lets slip that he has been officially declared dead, lost in the crash.
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Woolf can always be relied on to carry out an assignment with surgical precision - and exterminate a threat with extreme prejudice. But his latest mission is different. A devastating terrorist action catapults him from a world of moral certainty and decisive orders into the shadowy realm of espionage, where ambiguity is the only rule. His new mission: hunt down those responsible for the greatest tragedy in the history of the US Special Ops and bring them to justice. Salvation appears in Stella - a woman as damaged, and resourceful, as he. But when a coded distress call from his former CO leads him to a shadowy NSA operative, Tom is recruited for a "black op" to bring back the now-rogue man who saved his life.
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But normally the front line is much further from home. Sent to New Orleans on the trail of Russians wanting to claim back what was stolen from them in Afghanistan, it doesn't take long for Walker to realise that in the murky world of espionage, the rules of war do not apply. The mission ended in tragedy. The team was infiltrated and decimated by a bomb. An enemy prisoner was killed. Mahegan was dismissed from service - dishonored forever. A top-secret drone crashes in the lawless Horn of Africa. The CIA is prepared to write off the loss, until evidence surfaces that the wreckage of their prized aircraft is hidden in a hangar outside Khartoum's main airport.
The hangar is owned by a shady cargo airline that flies ancient DC-3s across Africa and the Middle East. The U. He goes to Sudan in the name of solving an air crash, but with the true aim of locating the priceless remains of America's latest techno-logical marvel. As Davis enters this inhospitable world, he finds the two disparate mysteries strangely intertwined.
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True to his nature, Davis barges ahead. Yet everything he finds takes him in reverse. The story is simple and interesting, joined to the beautiful, detailed descriptions of the technical aspects of every event, reading is pure joy and listening to the clear, expressive vocal narration makes the book as pleasant as a joy ride flight to a heavenly destination.
Thank you for a wonderful book. Excellent story line, and because I like audio books I thought Tim Campbell was a very special narrator. This is my second book by Ward Larsen and I look forward to future books. Especially if Tim is the narrator. Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why? I enjoyed this, but was often put off by the voice.
At times there would be this awkward "he said" as if added later. The voice inflection at times was distracting. That said, it was a good story. I enjoyed some of the details. Having been a diver years ago I was a bit skeptical that Davis could go down 50 feet and scout a sunken C DC-3 on the bottom of a sea.
That is fiction, I guess. Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? Did Tim Campbell do a good job differentiating all the characters?