Nance, John J. Blackout. Putnam. Feb 2000. c430p. ISBN 0-399-14594-X. $23.95. Fiction.

Here, aviation analyst, former commercial pilot, and novelist Nance plunges readers into a terrifying nose dive as SeaAir Flight 122, an MD-11, drops precipitously and inexplicably from the sky, killing all aboard. Investigative journalist Robert MacCabe has information implicating an unknown terrorist group that has made him its next target and is willing to bring down a 747 to keep him from unmasking the people behind a secret weapon of devastating force. For help, MacCabe turns to FBI agent Kat Bronsky (heroine of Nance’s The Last Hostage), and soon they find themselves in a deadly race to learn the truth, while elements of the government (CIA? FBI?) seem arrayed against them. Nance is at his best in several gripping flight sequences, particularly that of a doomed 747. Though the situations are sometimes implausible and the characters thin, the melodramatic action, bolstered by an ever increasing threat, will propel readers at breakneck speed to the final confrontation. For all public libraries.

LJ, 125, no. 2 (February 1, 2000), 118.

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