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On the fateful Airbus A330 flight three years later, Dan finds himself co-pilot to Tollefson's captain on a flight from Tel Aviv to JFK. A VIP on board is Moishe Lavi, the ex-Prime Minister of Israel who has been strident in his views that Israel should carry out a pre-emptive strike on Iran. In a parallel thread we hear that the wrong A330 has been taken out of storage in the Mojave desert for Pangia. Later, we're told that this same A330 is the plane Dan and Tollefson are flying. It turns out that the plane has been fiddled with, a box of tricks being inserted between all of the controls and the normal onboard computers. Just after leaving Irish airspace an encrypted signal is received and the black box takes over, and turns the plane round to retrace its steps. The problem being that 600 miles after Tel Aviv lies Tehran, and the Iranians will either shoot the plane down or launch nuclear warheads on Israel.
The rest of the book is the story of the crew's battle to wrest back control. Plus every US intelligence agency and the president struggling to work out how it all happened, and come up with a fix. Will Dan and Tollefson reconcile? Will the A330 run out of fuel? Will Dan use his tech skills to save the day? Will any planes get shot down? How does a heroine come to the rescue? Is Moishe Lavi one of the bad guys? How many marriages will be triggered?
The writing is good, and doesn't get in the way of the story. The plot moves along rapidly, with almost no pauses to catch breath. I enjoyed it.
If you've ever wondered what goes on in the cockpit of an airliner, this is the book for you.
The characterisation is on point, the skill displayed in wracking up the tension and the intrigue was first- class.
The reason I enjoy this type of well researched novel is the belief that it could actually happen, who knows what goes on in the black and secretive world of intelligence and poli tics. Well worth a read at no point did the writing slow down, nor was it littered with irrelevance. The finale was just what I wanted.
"Lockout" narrates in real-time the battle to save a stricken airliner, from the ground and on the plane itself, as time (and fuel) run out. The "Lockout" in the title relates to the pilots being unable to regain control of the plane after its in-flight controls lock: not by accident but rather by deliberate electronic interference. Nance is an aviation veteran and the technical detail provided in the book, which add to the vivid reality of the drama, is excellently described by the former airline and test pilot. The drama is set amidst sky high Middle East tension between Iran and Israel and allows insight into the rivalry between the various American intelligence agencies as the suspicion develops that Pangia 10's plight is the result of an undercover Black Op gone wrong.
Packed full of action, thrill, political intrigue and tension this book is bound to be a bestseller and deservedly so.
(My review was based on an eBook file provided to me free of charge by the publisher through NetGalley. My review is totally independent.)
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