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Good Aviation Fiction Books?

Tue May 09, 2000 7:33 am


Aside from Airframe and Airport, do you know of any other worthwhile commercial aviation fiction books?

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RE: Good Aviation Fiction Books?

Tue May 09, 2000 11:31 am

Total Control by David Baldacci. I haven't read it but it's supposed to be about a wife investigating her husbands death on a plane crash.

Also, Rainbow 6 has quite a bit of Aviation in it. It starts off with the hijacking of a LHR bound UA 777. Then the group flies over in Europe on BA. I'm halfway through the book.
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RE: Good Aviation Fiction Books?

Tue May 09, 2000 11:36 am

I loved "Medusa's Child" and "Phoenix Rising" both by John Nance. You honestly can't put them down.
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RE: Good Aviation Fiction Books?

Tue May 09, 2000 11:52 am

Like USAirways said, "Medusa's Child" is excellent. If I remeber correctly, Nance is (still or formerly) a 727 pilot.
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RE: Good Aviation Fiction Books?

Tue May 09, 2000 12:00 pm

"Wings" by Robert Serling rocks. It's about a young man, and his rise to the top while running a fictional airline. When it comes to aviation writing, Robert Serling is the best, bar none.

Regarding John Nance, his history of Braniff Airways is excellent reading. By the way, he does continue to fly, I believe for Alaska Airlines.

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AC_A340/Rainbow Six

Tue May 09, 2000 10:31 pm

Yes, Rainbow Six has some nice paragraphs on planes, but I noticed that the applauded Tom Clancy isn't quite an expert on commercial aircrafts.

For example, Swissair has no A340 in its fleet (only from 2002/2003 on, but the story takes place in 2000). Sorry Mr. Clancy! :-(

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RE: Good Aviation Fiction Books?

Tue May 09, 2000 11:11 pm

I agree very much with the above about John Nance the ex Alaska Airlines Capt. who writes some great airline fiction...
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RE: Good Aviation Fiction Books?

Tue May 09, 2000 11:29 pm

Anything by John Nance. Final Approach, Medusa's Child, Blackout, The Last Hostage, Pandora's Clock, Phoeinx Rising, are all excellent. His non-fiction story on Braniff (Splash of Color's) is another good read.

I also agree with another poster, Rod Serling has some great novels, but his non-fiction airline histories cannot be beat.

Finally, no list would be complete without mentioning Ernest K. Gann and "Fate is the Hunter".
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RE: Good Aviation Fiction Books?

Wed May 10, 2000 1:29 am

My favs are Pandora's clock, Medusa's child and airport. A bunch of definant page turners.
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RE: Good Aviation Fiction Books?

Wed May 10, 2000 1:53 am

Thanks, Alex, for starting this topic. I've been meaning to ask the same question. If you can get your hands on the March 1998 Airways magazine, they had a pretty good article titled "Flights of Fiction" covering aviation related novels. I just looked over it again, and interestingly enough, John Nance isn't even mentioned in the article, after most previous posters have recommended (sp?) his work.  
One book reviewed and not yet mentioned, that I think sounds interesting, is Flameout by Basil Jackson. It sounds similar to Airframe to me. Accident investigation on a new wide-body jet which crashes mysteriously in Kansas.

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RE: Good Aviation Fiction Books?

Wed May 10, 2000 3:17 am

One of the best Authors out there is Nevell Chute(appoligise if I screwed up the name) he has a book out there called No Highway. It was made into a movie with Jimmy Stewart, and I can't think of her name.

Anyway the basis is that Jimmy is an american aerospace engineer. Anyway is convinced that the metal in this new British aircraft design with fail, causing crashes. Then he is sent to investigate the crash of one by flying on another of the same type!!!

Sounds like a copy of the Comet accidents right. I thought is was when I first saw the movie......But get ready...The book was written four years before the Comets first flight.

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RE: Good Aviation Fiction Books?

Wed May 10, 2000 4:50 am

Last Hostage by John Nance!!
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Good Aviation Non-Fiction Too

Wed May 10, 2000 9:16 am

If any of you like non-fiction as well, I recommend reading "Odyssey of Terror". It is about the hijacking of a Southern Airways DC-9 from Birmingham to Cuba back in the 70's. It's been quite a few years since I read this book but I know the author was the captain of that flight and his last name is Haas.

RE: Good Aviation Non-Fiction Too

Wed May 10, 2000 9:53 am

I encourage you all to read anything by Richard Bach. He is a pilot and very inspirational.

To L-188: I remember Bach mentioning Nevell Chute in one of his books.

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