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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (467 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: John J. Nance Narrator: John J. Nance Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2006 ISBN: 9781423301639
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Captain James Holland is the pilot on a routine flight from Frankfurt to New York, packed with people eager to be home for Christmas. When a passenger collapses from what appears to be a heart attack, Holland is forced to request an emergency landing at London's Heathrow Airport. But to his great surprise, the air traffic controllers will not let him land in England—they tell Holland that his sick passenger has contracted a dangerous new form of influenza and that the plane must return to Germany.

But when German officials also refuse the landing, and other European countries follow suit, Holland begins to suspect that he's in much more trouble than anyone's letting on. In fact, his sick passenger is carrying a deadly virus accidentally released from a Bavarian laboratory, and it is feared that everyone on board is now infected. At the same time, someone with access to the CIA's computers wants to shoot the plane out of the sky, and there is a United States ambassador on board with powerful terrorist enemies who want to see him dead. While the panic on the ground spreads from the White House Situation Room to a small airport in the Ukrainian Republic, Captain Holland has only one concern: Where and when can he land?

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea Kepner | 2/16/2014

    " One of my all-time favorite books. I can read it over and over without getting bored. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 2/11/2014

    " Interesting book as someone put it they figured it would be like Snakes on a Plane and Andromeda Strain... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lady Belinda | 2/8/2014

    " Excellent book. I read this after I saw the movie with Richard Dean Anderson many years ago. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jodi | 2/5/2014

    " I enjoyed reading this book - it was quite a page-turner! I was so mad that nobody would help them and nobody was disclosing the truth! It was a catch 22 though! Risk involved but someone needed to step up and help. I was so glad the captian of the plane finally stood his ground and landed!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 1/27/2014

    " Very Good; Plane searches for safe haven with passenger exposed to doomsday virus on board "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda Blake | 1/25/2014

    " This was a nice thriller but just not my cup of tea. I labored to get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Page | 1/20/2014

    " As a lover of aviation books I was thrilled to find Nance. He writes about flying like Clancy writes about naval concerns. This "what if" book is a cautionary tale for anyone who flies internationally. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabiel | 1/4/2014

    " Excellent, excellent thriller. Especially creepy today, what with the bioterror risk and the potential of various influenzas and whatnot to cross continents via aircraft. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff Brateman | 1/3/2014

    " Interesting plot of a virus on a plane, and no one allowing it to land, but that's about it. Not really great writing, and the characters were just blah. Of course, I don't really remember much about the book, so who knows. Obviously it wasn't great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maurean | 1/2/2014

    " I thought this was a pretty good suspense novel. I likes the Wall Street Journal's description: "The Hot Zone in the ozone". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Suzie Quint | 12/23/2013

    " I almost stopped reading this halfway through, since all seemed very predictable at that point. I'm glad I didn't since the suspense was just about to start. It turned into a pretty decent suspense novel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaclynn | 12/12/2013

    " Good little twist at the end! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amanda Brenner | 12/4/2013

    " This was one of those books I read when I had time to block out distractions. Nance has an impressive background that shines through in his writing. This is a clean, engaging book I would feel comfortable in recommending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 11/27/2013

    " Good pot boiler aviation thriller by Nance; the first of his novels that I read, and I've enjoyed it each time I've gone back to it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca Heywood | 11/18/2013

    " i loved this book, althought I would give it a PG-13 rating because of the graphicness of it and how scary it can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 8/18/2013

    " I was glad that I read the book before watching the moving. They left so much out in the first half that it made it hard to follow. The book was hard at times to put down because I wanted to find out what happened next. I wish John Nance would write more like this one. It was my favorite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 8/13/2013

    " I had fun reading this book. It had many twist & turns, most of which were fairly predictable. This is why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5. Nance is a pro when it comes to aviation and it shows throughout this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lbd | 7/22/2013

    " Do not read this if you are flying or about to fly. John Nance's description of the possibilities of contaminates on board a plane are enough to make you want to avoid mass transportation! Wonderful, scary, intense reading! Typical for Nance! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Xzennon Martinez | 7/9/2013

    " it was totally a thrill.......... i was always speechless while i read it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 1/5/2013

    " Of mass-market types, one of the better ones - not formulaic, at least. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 12/1/2012

    " This was the first book I've read by Nance and I did enjoy it. It moved quickly and held my interest the entire time. And to think this book has been in my 'book closet' for more than 10 years!!! Now, I have to locate the movie. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 8/1/2012

    " This one is a GRIPPER! Thriller set in an airborne 747. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wayne | 7/22/2012

    " Non-stop action from the first page. Clearly one of Nance's best. Accurate depiction of the clear and present danger of a potentially deadly virus being spread worldwide due to the ubiquitous nature of air travel. A genuine page turner! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tina | 11/25/2011

    " First book I ever read by this author, and it was an edge-of-your-seat thrill ride from start to finish. If you like aviation thrillers, I highly recommend this author! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adam | 7/15/2011

    " For some reason I really enjoy books about commercial airplanes in trouble and Nance is the best. He puts you in the pilots seat without overloading you with details or "techno jargon". A suspenseful and terrifying story; I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 5/17/2011

    " This book was full of excitement and intrigue. It made you stop and think. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carollia | 4/24/2011

    " I didn't like it very much.During the first part, the author spent so many pages talking about the disease, and repeats the same story over and over again, it's hard to keep reading. It gets a little bit better after that . He uses the word "nodding" a thousand times, it's very annoying "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/28/2011

    " I am reading more mysteries and this was a favorite. It is one of the few books I would like to reread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 2/24/2011

    " This was the first book I've read by Nance and I did enjoy it. It moved quickly and held my interest the entire time. And to think this book has been in my 'book closet' for more than 10 years!!! Now, I have to locate the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca | 1/21/2011

    " i loved this book, althought I would give it a PG-13 rating because of the graphicness of it and how scary it can be. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Belinda | 1/13/2011

    " Excellent book. I read this after I saw the movie with Richard Dean Anderson many years ago. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nadine | 11/17/2010

    " Started pretty good but got more and more ridiculous :/ "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeff | 3/21/2010

    " Interesting plot of a virus on a plane, and no one allowing it to land, but that's about it. Not really great writing, and the characters were just blah. Of course, I don't really remember much about the book, so who knows. Obviously it wasn't great. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Carollia | 11/26/2009

    " I didn't like it very much.During the first part, the author spent so many pages talking about the disease, and repeats the same story over and over again, it's hard to keep reading. It gets a little bit better after that . He uses the word "nodding" a thousand times, it's very annoying "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 9/29/2009

    " A good thriller, probably could have been a little shorter. Interesting to read in the face of swine flu... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/16/2009

    " Very Good; Plane searches for safe haven with passenger exposed to doomsday virus on board
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 8/4/2009

    " Interesting book as someone put it they figured it would be like Snakes on a Plane and Andromeda Strain... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 7/20/2009

    " This was a nice thriller but just not my cup of tea. I labored to get through it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maurean | 11/23/2008

    " I thought this was a pretty good suspense novel. I likes the Wall Street Journal's description: "The Hot Zone in the ozone". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 krin | 10/17/2008

    " This was an exciting thriller set on board an airplane, in Washington, DC and in the Middle East. While some of the characters started as clichéd, they gradually became more three-dimensional as the medical and political crisis grew.
    "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Page | 10/14/2008

    " As a lover of aviation books I was thrilled to find Nance. He writes about flying like Clancy writes about naval concerns. This "what if" book is a cautionary tale for anyone who flies internationally. "

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About the Author

John J. Nance is a full-time writer, a veteran airline pilot, and an expert aviation consultant recognized worldwide by the print and broadcast media. He is the author of aviation-based novels and other nonfiction works. He lives in Seattle.