Friday, 20 July 2012
Dangerous Past by A F Ebbers
Suspense / Thriller
Title: Dangerous Past
Author: A.F. Ebbers
Date Published: 9/11/12 - ebook version
Airline Captain Frank Braden and his wife Nicole are suddenly stalked by professional assassins who have a deadline to make their deaths look like an accident or a suicide. And the couple doesn't know why they are being targeted. They don't realize that they stand in the way of a deadly conspiracy. Little by little they are pulled into a dangerous web of intrigue by a murderous criminal network that deceptvely offers the pilot his wife's life if he will concede to their demands. This is a thriller that rocks the highest levels of Washington.
How desperate somebody should be to plant a bomb in an aircraft filled with passengers just to get one person out of the way? How lucky one should be not just to escape alive from this attack but other repeated attacks? Who wants Airline Captain Frank Braden out of the way before a particular day? What happens on that particular day that Braden should be dead before that? Or Braden really just suicidal as FBI believes him to be? We know there is a Dangerous Past and ghosts from the past are crying for blood.
So what really happened in the past? Most of the story is narrated in third person except for the Vietnam story. Braden narrates part of the Vietnam story to his wife Nicole. Another part of the Vietnam story is narrated by another important player from past. As the Vietnam part is narrated in first person, I was expecting immediacy, a sense of involvement and more action than it presented.
Mostly you know what to expect but Ebbers manages to throw a surprise now and then. I like the surprise in the climax. Initial Series of attempts on Braden and the last part where Braden tries to save his wife are action-packed and visual like watching a movie.
A. F. Ebbers, a journalism graduate of Ohio University was a reporter/writer for major newspapers, ad agencies, and in public relations for Cessna Aircraft Company. He also graduated from Army Flight School and flew for the Ohio and Kansas Army National Guards. Later he was called to active duty and served two flying tours in Vietnam. After retirement from the military, he flew for corporations and for regional airlines. A dual rated ATP pilot, he has written for numerous national magazines, Sunday supplements and trade and travel magazines and has written screenplays and short stories. Today he lives with his wife in the Austin, Texas area and, when not writing, enjoys tennis, flying and piano. Dangerous Past is his debut novel.
About writing. I write realistically about what I have experienced. Most of the places in this novel are real because I’ve been there: from Vietnam to Europe to Asia to Washington to Texas and most places in-between. I create characters using a combination of real and imaginary personalities. My motto for writing fiction is always write what you know.
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