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Final Vector

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Reeling from the brutal murder of his wife, air traffic controller Nick Jensen throws himself into his work at Logan International Airport in Boston. Returning to the operations room from a break, he sees three heavily armed men dressed in black fatigues and patrolling the corridors of the supposedly secure FAA facility. After having murdered two armed guards, the terroris...more
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Published February 1st 2011 by Medallion Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Debra Martin
Have you ever read a book that was so realistic that it scared you? I don’t mean horror or true-crime, I mean a fictional book that affects you so profoundly that you keep looking over your shoulder to make sure the bad guys aren’t right behind you.

This is the kind of book you’ll find with Final Vector by Allan Leverone. The author takes an everyday guy with a regular job—Nick Jensen, air traffic controller at BCT, the Boston Consolidated TRACON in Merrimack, New Hampshire—and spins a tale of i...more
Wow that was intense...if it been a movie I'd been "sitting at the edge of my seat" intense. Probably the best I've read since Airport by Arthur Hailey! What is so scary is something like this could happen at anytime/anyplace in the USA. I liked how Allen gave us a nice view of what inside the tower is like for the people that work there Felt like I was walking around seeing what they see everyday but also with a very intense story with terrorists in there with them! Loved the book, would love t...more
Nick is an air traffic controller at the Boston Consolidated TRACON in New Hampshire, where he's responsible for sequencing and spacing all of the arrival traffic for Boston's Logan Airport. When his wife is murdered, Nick takes some time off but decides to get back to work to ease the pain and get his mind off his loss. At the same time, a man known as Tony Andretti, who is actually from the Middle East, is organizing a sleeper cell of terrorists who are planning to shoot down Air Force One as...more
This book had quite a bit of action and suspense in it. It involved a plot to take out the President while flying in Air Force One with stolen missiles from the government. This was written in a very alpha male and take no prisoners attitude, which I believe would resemble the crew of a real life mission of this nature. The characters were well written and story progressed smoothly. There weren't any ridiculous twists to muddy up the story, but the lack of twist and turns prevents a higher ratin...more
Jane Blanchard
I read Final Vector by Allan Leverone as part of the Deadly Dozen: 12 Mysteries/Thrillers set.

Nick Jensen’s wife, a Pentagon auditor, dies in a car crash. Grieved, Nick enters her closet to get a sense of her and finds a mysterious file. Puzzled by it, he shows it to the police who call the FBI. It is discovered that the wife was murdered, as well as her coworker. Why?

Nick returns to work as an air traffic control in Boston. Since Nick is one of the best controller, he is asked to cover the nigh...more
Terry Parrish
Excellent book. Liked Nick a lot because he's not your usual hero. Very calm and thinks things through. Just hope something like this never happens in real life. All in all, I thought the book could'nt have been any better. And especailly loved all the tech about airport towers and what they do. Will definitely be reading more of this authors books.
No more free books from Amazon for me for a while. You get what you pay for, I guess. Lesson learned.
If I could only use five words to review Allen Leverone's Final Vector, I would choose "edge of your seat suspense". Fortunately, I can be as expansive as I like and I can tell you that not only does Final Vector keep you on pins and needles, it's an exciting joy ride of thrills and very well written, to boot.

Final Vector grabs you from page one, locks you in its literary jaws and doesn't let go. The overall plot is a thrilling, if simple, one - - terrorists plan to shoot down Air Force One wit...more
I picked a bad time to be reading this, considering what was happening around the world on this eleventh anniversary of September 11th, but in any case this was a book that I'd give a positive score to overall and would be worth reading if you're just expecting an interesting way to pass a day, and not expecting greatness.

That said, the premise of having a terorist trying to take out a sitting president as he flew in Air Force One was a good one. I would have liked to have at least SOME informat...more
Lisa von Biela
I'm suffering from sleep deprivation as I write this, because I couldn't put this book down last night until I finished it. First, the good stuff:

- Well rounded, believeable characters. Some of the characters don't live so very long, and even those are well fleshed out, not throwaway cardboard. You care that they just got murdered; they're not just fodder. And of course, you're rooting for the main characters (well, and against some of them!).
- Suspense! And lots of it. The end of each chapter w...more
This is a fairly compact book about a man who works in air traffic control on an early morning when the President's plane is due at Logan Airport in Boston. Unfortunately for everyone concerned, terrorists have figured out a way to divert the plane and ultimately blow it to smithereens. Several of the air traffic team get injured or killed, but there are still a few left. Will that be enough? How will they have the know how and tools to do the job?
Paula Ratcliffe
This book was sent to me via Pump Up Your Books for an honest and fair review. This book was a great read it reminded me of the Die Hard Movies. You have Nick who is working as a Air Traffic Controller, after having suffered some loss he goes back to work to get into something while mourning his wife. When one night all hell breaks loose and Nick finds the strength to fight the terrorists. It definitely had me on the edge of my seat wondering how the terrorists would be defeated. I will definite...more
If you like edge-of-your-seat suspense, then try out Mr. Leverone. From page one to the end you will be breathless with the suspense. I loved this book. I love how the plot wove itself and how the action played out. The writing was well done, the characters were interesting and the descriptions of how air traffic control works were interesting and informative.

I don't really know what else to say about this book - it is just simply an entertaining and enjoyable and intense story. Mr. Leverone und...more
This book was not a normal pick for me but when the author offered it, I downloaded, read, and enjoyed! It is surprisingly an easy read considering the story matter. Scenes are described vividly, characters are well developed, insights into the minds of terrorist disturbing and a storyline totally believable. The only complaint I have is the casual way the main character reveals his knowledge of his wife's murder and the sequence of his putting together the terrorists connection to that murder....more
This was a nice quick read over the Memorial Day weekend. The story line kept the book moving and made we want to read more. It had been a long time since I had just taken some dedicated time to read a book for fun, and this one was a great place to start.

This was a great edge-of-your-seat thriller! It was entertaining and, when you really think about it, kind of frightening. The Mr. Leverone writes intriguing characters that, as a reader, I could easily picture and relate to. Even the minor characters were given good descriptions so that the seemed to fit into the story. The plot was realistic and plausible for the most part. There are a couple of things that I think Mr. Leverone took artistic license with (i.e. 2 privates would never have been...more
Carmel McCartin
An excellent story that was easy to read and most absorbing. I enjoyed this immensely and would recommend it to anyone interested in a fast-paced thriller.
Bri Clark
A random Pentagon worker married to an air traffic controller dies in a car accident. Seems pretty average right? Wrong! Throw in homegrown terrorists ,you actually relate to, the FBI and a whole lot of conspiracy and you get Final Vector. This novel for me was a first. I've watched the occasional action, conspiracy type movie with the hubster but never read an actual book. Alan has become a good friend online and I really wanted to support his work. Boy am I glad I'm such a good friend or I wou...more
Linda Bonney Olin
I loved this book. The quality of writing, plotting, and character development (especially for a thriller) are excellent.

A synopsis of the action plot would be very short and simple, which helps everything flow logically and followably from one person's point of view to the next. Leverone sucks you in with a sense of immediacy in every scene and situation, which he creates with perfectly drawn details and dialogue rather than with a convoluted plot.

I had never heard of Allan Leverone before see...more
I've come to the realization that I read for pleasure, and not comprehension, as I recalled about 20% of the way into this book that I had read it before, but I didn't remember how it ended.
Arthur Gusoff
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it, especially those interested in aviation and air traffic control operations.
I should have known before I even opened the book, that this book was not for me.....I was an air traffic controller at Boston Center at one point, so reading this was really strange right from the beginning. ( The book is about an air traffic controller.) Thrillers are not my genre of choice, but since I was familiar with who the author was, I wanted to like it. I think my review has less to do with the content of the book, and more to do with this is not my kind-of book at all. I think I will...more
Deadly Dozen: 12 Mysteries/Thrillers
Wendy Burke
Excellent read for a first novel!
Scott Collins
Final vector is the tale of Nick Jensen, an air traffic controller, who after the death of his wife falls straight into the middle of a plot to assassinate the president.

Wonderful plot, fantastic character development, great technical knowledge as best as I could tell. The pacing was just right as I didn't find anything rushed or too painfully slow, just enough to always keep me wanting a little bit more. I'll be taking a look at this author's books for others that might interest me. Well done M...more
Dave Schey
Good story, well told.
Vince Flynn and Brad Thor rolled into one. And since I like both authors, it makes sense I liked this!
Shortly after saying goodbye to his parents, Nick is finally alone to mourn the death of his wife, Lisa only to discover a binder she had hidden in their closet. What is the significance of the binder and why was it in their closet? Why was Lisa killed and who were her killers? What conspiracy did Lisa uncover? This nail biter will keep you up at night to discover the answers to Nick's questions.
Mary Plunkett
Well written mystery, concise without lots of fluff. Author keeps your interest even though the plot was just another terrorist group trying to kill the President. Not a lot of time invested in character development, but the excitement kept me reading. This would be a great read for a short trip where you need something easy to read, yet engaging.
Gloria Johnson
This was a book that should be made into a movie! The story revolves around the plot to bring down Air Force One with a Stinger missile. The title refers to the portion of the flight path when AF1 will be shot down. Exciting page-turner that definitely keeps the reader's interest.
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Allan Leverone is a 2012 Derringer Award winner and 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee for his short fiction. He has been hailed by bestselling Author Vincent Zandri (THE INNOCENT, THE REMAINS) as "the successor to Michael Crichton," and bestselling author Scott Nicholson (LIQUID FEAR, DISINTEGRATION) says "Allan Leverone delivers a taut crime drama full of twists and conspiracy."


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