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Nance, John J.
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New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2002.
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390 pages ; 24 cm
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The passengers of Meridian Flight 6-delayed for hours and mistreated by rude and inept airline personnel-have been pushed to the edge. When Captain Phil Knight makes a forced emergency landing in war-torn Nigeria, abandoning his copilot to certain death, violence erupts inside the airplane as the enraged passengers attempt the first-ever commercial airline mutiny. But what they don't know could kill them: The unscheduled loss of radio contact has led NATO and the CIA to believe they have been hijacked by terrorists and must be carrying a deadly chemical weapon into the heart of Western Europe. In the pressurized last moments as Flight 6 approaches, NATO scrambles to uncover the truth of the plane's cargo, while Navy pilots bring the 747 into their gun sights and the lives of innocent passengers hang in the balance. Expert in-flight details, a compelling cast of characters, and spine-tingling action prove Nance once again to be "the king of the modern-day aviation thriller" (Publishers Weekly).

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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.

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Booklist Review

Fast-forward to several years after September 11, and the crisis in the airline industry is worse than ever. Even after a government bailout, the airlines continue to cut back service to protect profits. The situation comes to a head aboard Meridian Airlines Flight 6, where the underqualified captain must make an emergency stop in a war-torn African region. Trouble is, the U.S. government has lost communications with the flight and believes the airplane to have been hijacked by terrorists, which leads to military preparations involving NATO, the CIA, and the navy. Meanwhile the flight's passengers, fed up with their plight, prepare for an all-out mutiny. Nance knows how to build suspense, to be sure, but it's hard to like anybody in this page-turner: the passengers care only about themselves; the airline employees are cranky and impatient; and the politicians are inept, self-serving, and power hungry. But, with plenty of aerospace jargon and heroic stunts, the high-energy tale will appeal to the technothriller crowd. --Mary Frances Wilkens

Publisher's Weekly Review

It's unclear why anyone who's read a Nance novel is willing to board an airplane: Nance (Headwind, etc.), a veteran pilot, specializes in the scary side of flying, and his latest thriller delivers the suspense his fans want, even as its overcomplicated plot keeps it from reaching full altitude. Meridian Airlines is a major carrier plagued by greedy management and hostile employees; Brian Logan is a surgeon whose wife hemorrhaged to death aboard a Meridian flight, for which he blames the airline. As Logan prepares to fly to South Africa on Meridian, the only airline available U.S. government officials are growing concerned about the possibility of terrorists planning to use an airplane as a weapon escaping detection by flying under the guise of, say, an airplane diverted by mechanical troubles. Logan proceeds on Meridian toward South Africa, while the plane's sullen crew alienates passengers right and left; the pilot, fearing an engine fire, lands in a war zone in Nigeria, where the co-pilot is shot and left for dead. The plane takes off again, returning to Europe for lack of fuel, but a Nigerian warlord claims he has forced the passengers off the plane to hold them for ransom. To folks in D.C., it looks as if a passengerless plane is heading to a major European city, with evil intent; meanwhile, on the plane, the passengers actually are rioting. Nance's prose is serviceable, as are his characters; both lack subtlety, but do the job of spurring the plot to ever higher excitement. The novel's flurry of happy endings, however, will satisfy only the most Panglossian reader. (May) Forecast: The big question: post-September 11, will readers buy a thriller involving the threat of airplanes hijacked by terrorists? Probably, but don't be surprised if Nance sees a (perhaps one-time) dip in his sales. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Set in the near future with the specter of terrorism still looming, aviation thriller writer Nance's book explores the extreme possibilities of air rage and how a series of coincidences, circumstances, and apparent conspiratorial events can be perceived as a real terrorist plot. Both the passengers and crew of Meridian Flight Six are all pushed into their own whorls of anger by mistreatment and slights at all levels as the flight moves from Chicago to London and then toward Cape Town, South Africa. The worst villains in the piece are clear for the most part, but as emotions boil over, the culpability for mistakes by all the key players head the plane toward tragedy onboard and off. Nance makes the story engaging and believable, with two exceptions-an incomplete subplot with an infant and an obvious method of communication ignored when all else fails. Recommended, but it won't make you want to fly!-Joyce Kessel, Villa Maria Coll., Buffalo, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.