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Nance, John J.
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New York : Putnam's, 2001.
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viii, 389 pages ; 24 cm
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"In Athens, a Boeing 737 noses into its gate, and its crew is suddenly confronted by Greek officials waiting to arrest one of its passengers, a beloved ex-president of the United States, John Harris. Captain Craig Dayton, believing Harris's life is in danger, stages a daring escape by backing the jet away from the gate without clearance and taking off down a vacant runway." "The dilemma for Captain Dayton and his precious cargo is that Peru has signed an Interpol warrant for President Harris's arrest, using the same treaty employed by Spain to extradite former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet. The Peruvian government alleges that Harris is personally responsible for a supposed ClA-led strike against a biological weapons factory during his term of office. But the nightmare for Harris - and the U.S. State Department - is this: There is no place to hide, because almost every nation in the world has signed the treaty and every one of them must honor the warrant and give Peru what it wants - a president to humiliate on the international stage." "Captain Dayton flies Harris and his crew on an against-the-clock mission around the world to find a safe haven, while Harris's rumpled and out-gunned lawyer wrestles an international team of legal sharks snapping at their biggest prize yet."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Author Notes

John J. Nance was born on July 5, 1946. He received a Bachelor's Degree from SMU and a Juris Doctor from SMU School of Law, and is a licensed aerospace attorney. He is a decorated Air Force pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield, and he is a Lieutenant Colonel in the USAF Reserve. He is also an internationally recognized air safety analyst and advocate, and is the Aviation Analyst for ABC World News and the Aviation Editor for Good Morning America.

He has written several non-fiction books including Splash of Colors, Blind Trust, On Shaky Ground, What Goes Up, and Golden Boy. He has also written numerous novels including Final Approach, Scorpion Strike, Phoenix Rising, The Last Hostage, Blackout, Headwind, Turbulence, Skyhook, Fire Flight, and Saving Cascadia. His novels Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child both aired as two-part mini-series on television.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

One-term former president John Harris is a passenger aboard pilot Craig Dayton's Boeing 737, which is approaching a stopover in Athens on its way to Rome. What waits on the Greek runway, however, is an Interpol warrant for Harris' arrest. Unbeknownst to the former president--and the plane's crew--is the fact that he is set to be hauled to international court under the same treaty that did in former Chilean madman Pinochet. Could it be that the respected and moralistic Harris ordered the torture and execution of hundreds of Peruvian civilians, as the warrant claims? Captain Dayton is not about to feed his esteemed passenger to the international hounds voluntarily, so he and his Brit co-pilot mastermind an exciting escape, bouncing from country to country. Formerly an air-force and commercial pilot, and currently an aviation expert for ABC, Nance was one of the first authors to write an airplane thriller. In his latest, he masterfully puts you in the world of aeronautics, whether in the cockpit, at the control tower, or in the passenger seat. The ending, thrilling both in the air and in a Scottish courtroom, brings this page-turner to a satisfying landing. --Mary Frances Wilkens

Publisher's Weekly Review

The real-life Pinochet extradition case inspires this international legal thriller peppered with bestselling author Nance's (Blackout, etc.) trademark razor-edge escape scenarios and death-defying aviation theatrics. Peru charges that former U.S. President John Harris ordered the brutal slaughter of peasant families by Shining Path mercenaries on a CIA-led raid on a Peruvian drug factory, in violation of the recently ratified International Treaty Against Torture. Powerful British lawyer Sir William Stuart Campbell takes Peru's case and, with a personal grudge to avenge, plans for the immediate arrest and extradition of the former president, who is on board a German commercial airline about to leave Athens. Tipped off by an American stewardess, the American and British pilots fake a hijacking and run for Rome, only to learn that warrants are waiting at every European airport. From the plane, Harris calls Jay Reinhart, a brilliant former law partner who was booted off the Texas bench, and gets him to take on Campbell's formidable team. While Reinhart jousts with Campbell in foreign courts, the pilots evade warrants by staying airborne with one stop at an American military base for refueling, playing nifty tricks that fool police, air traffic towers and their own company executives. Nance gets in jabs at diplomatic scuttling of military actions and sets up the David vs. Goliath legal battle with aplomb. Hair-raising near-disaster in the air, high courtroom drama and a strong international cast of characters make this surefire bestseller a nonstop read, with gut-wrenching twists that leave the reader scrabbling for a parachute. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A former President aboard a Boeing 737 just landing in Athens discovers that Peru has signed an Interpol Warrant for his arrest. So the pilot takes off again. Let's hope the novel does, too. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.