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Final Vector

3.68  ·  Rating Details  ·  294 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
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
Mar 23, 2011 Debra Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 29, 2011 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-bought
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
Mar 02, 2011 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-books
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
An excellent thriller

Final Vector is an excellent thriller full of tension and action. The author slowly built up the action and by the end I was flying through the pages. The characters were very well built and I loved that the hero was regular person and not a superhero. The pace was good throughout and the slower parts never were boring. I really cared about the characters and this book was a thrill to read. I recommend this book to all thriller readers.
T.W. Barton
Feb 28, 2016 T.W. Barton rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A convergence of events pits Nick Jensen against a deadly foe bent on changing the world as we know it.

As a huge action/thriller fan I love tales like this and you often have to be willing to suspend belief. This tale takes it to the limit in a spot or two but I still really enjoyed it and would have no problem recommending it.

It's clear that the author has vast knowledge of air traffic controller's processes and procedures and that really adds to the feeling that you're with the character and e
Mar 24, 2013 Dale rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Terry Parrish
Jan 03, 2013 Terry Parrish rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Ty Strange
This books reads more like a screenplay and would be quite suitable for the theaters. It's entertaining enough, but there are scenes where the POV would have been better presented by another character. The one oddity, from a storytelling point of view, is the introduction of a new character just 25 pages from the end of the book. I think a better way to have portrayed that particular scene, and stay inline with the flow of the story and plot, would have been to present the POV from the one of th ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Lelina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
No more free books from Amazon for me for a while. You get what you pay for, I guess. Lesson learned.
Kevin Bowser
OK, this had the makings of a great book. But the author's own description of the book is erroneous. The action does not take place at the control tower at Logan airport in Boston. But rather, miles away in an auxiliary facility in New Hampshire.

Having said that, the makings of a great story were there so I kept on reading. There were several times where some things just didn't ring true for me. For instance I find it hard to believe that there would be little to no Secret Service presence at ev
May 26, 2011 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 14, 2012 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
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
Lisa Biela
May 30, 2013 Lisa Biela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 19, 2014 Marti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Randy Evans
Sep 21, 2014 Randy Evans rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot. Nice normal guy saves the day instead of the super hero types we all see in so many books. Second book I've read by "Allan Leverone" the first one being "The Lonely Mile" which was also a normal guy put in a extreme situation. Both books were five star reads in my opinion and I would suggest these books to anyone who enjoys reading. Will look for more from this author.
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
Sep 01, 2012 Jackie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2014 Mtbike40 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-thriller
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.

Sep 01, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gary Sedivy
Jan 31, 2016 Gary Sedivy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty decent mystery thriller. The hero is an Air Traffic Controller. The bad guys are going to ruin someone's day. The action is pretty steady, and the ending is not implausible.
Nov 18, 2014 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Exciting premise, not overdone. Some language and light gore. Reference praying to "whatever gods" otherwise, OK. Would read author again. Recommended with that proviso. 2011 ...more
Jan 21, 2015 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was a little bit too bloody for me and the author kept repeating things like a TV show coming back from a commercial. However, the plot was entertaining and pretty original.
Carmel McCartin
May 11, 2014 Carmel McCartin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2011 Bri Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 25, 2014 Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jim A
Oct 19, 2015 Jim A rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Very good idea for a story line. Could have been written better though.
May 01, 2014 Arthur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I highly recommend it, especially those interested in aviation and air traffic control operations.
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Allan Leverone is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of nine novels, including the dark thriller, MR. MIDNIGHT, named by Suspense Magazine as one of the "Best Books of 2013."

A 2012 Derringer Award winner and 2011 Pushcart Prize nominee, Allan lives in Londonderry, NH with his wife of more than thirty years, three grown children and one beautiful granddaughter.

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