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Blackout [Paperback]

John J. Nance
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9 Dec 2000
When a passenger craft goes down near Cuba, is it an accident, a terrorist incident, or an attack by Castro's regime? Robert McCabe, Washington journalist, has received an enigmatic message from a just-murdered friend, which suggests a lethal conspiracy is in motion.

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; paperback / softback edition (9 Dec 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330481916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330481915
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11 x 4.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,153,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars NOT one to read on a plane. 22 Mar 2004
This book would be a fairly average terrorist based techno-thriller if it wasn't for 2 points:
The first is that the author is an extremely experienced military & civil pilot. The two plane crashes described at the start of the book are stomach churning. If you've seen the crashes in movies such as "final destination" or "Alive" you'll know what to expect. Its rare that an author can describe a moment of such terror quite so well.
The second feature is a slightly frightening comment on page 487. "So what's next? Are we going to get a 747 impacting the world trade centre in New York because the two pilots were taken out leaving Kennedy?". This book was published 12 months before 9/11.
Plotwise the book rattles along very nicely. FBI agent Kat Bronsky has more to her than many fictional hero's. The fact that she's female makes a welcome change. She's a cross between James Bond & Clarice Starling. A little more mortality would be nice- surviving one near death encounter is exciting... surviving ten gets tedious.
This book and many of Nance's others deserve 4 stars. (5 should be reserved for works of genius). As far as holiday thrillers/ techno thrillers go he's one of the best.... just don't read this while waiting for a plane- you won't get on board!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Non-stop action thriller 2 April 2001
By John R
Having never read one of his books before, it was a spur of the moment decision at the airport along with the premiss of a good adventure without too much effort that made me pick this book. In terms of genuine non-stop thrils, it is difficult to find a better on the edge of your seats thriller. In terms of plausability and character development it misses, especially in the middle section centering in Vietnam, but it comes back strongly once back in the USA. The emotions are heavy handed, but I did feel empathy with the characters which is important with this type of book. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes no brain action!
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4.0 out of 5 stars FBI Superwoman keeps the airlines profitable 7 Sep 2003
The first half of BLACKOUT by author John Nance, a commercial pilot himself, is an edge-of-your-seat ride maybe best left at home on your next plane trip. It makes severe air turbulence the event of choice for the truly discriminating road warrior. Meridian #5, a 747 on a flight from Hong Kong to the States, has its pilot killed and the co-pilot completely blinded by a mysterious flash of light shortly after take-off. As there's no other qualified pilot aboard, uh-oh, who's going to land the aircraft? How about that smart-alecky 14 year old kid in coach? You think? And what is the relationship of this incident to the other airliner that nosedived into the Caribbean just two months earlier?
Enter FBI agent Katherine Bronsky. Kat can fly planes, both jets and prop jobs. (Too bad she's not on Meridian 5.) She can also pilot helicopters and drive a Sno-Cat. Best of all, she can disguise herself to look like a blond and expensive working girl. (Now, that's my kind of woman!) In this potboiler's second half, she mothers a group of Meridian 5's passengers as they're pursued from the jungles of Vietnam to the snowfields of Idaho by murderous villains. (How did the plane land, you ask? Well, read the book.)
BLACKOUT is perfect escapist entertainment for a day at the beach or the ski lodge. The first half is infinitely better than the second because of the in-flight action. The latter suffers from being a more-or-less ordinary and extended chase sequence built around several mighty close shaves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best I've ever read. 12 Jun 2005
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What a book! I immensely enjoyed this novel and I'll tell you why: because I love action oriented books and this book had a great plot, massive tension and suspense, and the ability to keep everything flowing and unpredictable; which is hard when you're on a plane for half the novel. I think the weapon used by the terrorists was an interesting conception and one that could actually exist! The way that the people on the plane come together to help the ailing pilot is also a highlight, because he captures the terrifying experience of a ailing pilot brilliantly, but also captures the never-say-die attitude of the people who desperately try to help out. If you're looking for a good read that keeps you enthralled the entire length of the book, then look no farther. Nance is one of my favourite authors because I like his style of writing. He never bores you with the dialogue and his storytelling is superb. Plus the part on page 487 isn't just scary, it's downright uncanny! Brilliant book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it in 2 days - could not put it down! 21 Sep 2001
Best book I've read this year! Fast, action-packed, unexpected twists and turns, leaves you gasping! My first John Nance book, which inspired me to read all his others: still think is the most gripping - with a female James Bond character, this book begs to be made into a blockbuster movie.
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