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Forty Years and Forty Fathoms by Cass Howell
Jared Scott: Some love him and some hate him. Unfortunately, there’s a lot more in the second group than the first. There’s the traitor, Trazer, whose ear Jared shot off in Viet Nam; Korbler, his incompetent CIA boss; and of course there’s the three gals from the Honolulu First Baptist Church choir he got pregnant—he left them all holding the (diaper) bag. But the hate that hurts the most is from his mother, who has never forgiven him for killing his brother, albeit accidently. Throw in some PTSD and manic-depressive tendencies and you’ve got a candidate for Loser of the Year. Actually, Loser of the Decade.
Enter Lori, a beautiful young woman with a big heart and bad judgment. She thinks he can be “fixed,” if she loves him enough, a prospect that terrifies Jared almost as much as Trazer’s quest for revenge. In fact, Jared is mentally lacing up his emotional-escape track shoes when the unbelievable happens—Lori’s father inexplicably shoots to death a Japanese tourist. Bad enough under any circumstances, but her father also happens to be the newly elected Governor of Hawaii.
Lori’s biting challenge to Jared’s run-away mentality brings out the best in him as he reluctantly plunges into a dark underworld of white slavery, war crimes and a secret so shocking it will change history if exposed. Set in 1980 Honolulu, Forty Years and Forty Fathoms is a mystery thriller about a man’s redemption and a woman’s utter sacrifice of her honor.
Shadow Flight By Harrison Jones
In Shadow Flight, Harrison Jones has spun an aviation tale of kidnapping, drug running, and intrigue. The story opens with flight instructor, Kyle Bennett, teaching slow flight and stalls to one of his students, Brooke Roberts, the wife of a surgeon. Brooke’s husband, also a pilot, gave his wife flying lessons as a birthday gift.
Ultimately, that gift could cost both Brooke and her instructor their lives. Fast paced and riveting, this is a flying story that winds its way through almost every facet of a flyer’s career, from flight instructing to charter work to airline flying. Jones’ background as an international captain for a major airline gives him the unique insight required to tell this account of crime and terrorism.
For those interested in flying as a career, this great read is educational in airline operations while the author spins a wonderful yarn. Shadow Flight will not disappoint. Once you begin reading, you will not want to put Shadow Flight down until you are finished.
If you are a pilot, you will connect with this story on many different levels, but in particular, you will absolutely identify with your own level of flying in this story—from student pilot to flight instructor, to second officer, to line maintenance technicians, to line security, to airline captain.