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Skyhook

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  300 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
A top-secret computer program is created to help planes in distress, but it is not yet ready to be developed. However, someone will stop at nothing to see that it is developed--even commit murder.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published November 25th 2003 by Jove (first published January 1st 2003)
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David
Jul 27, 2009 David rated it liked it
Nance turns out another cool aviation thriller. What does a top secret military experiment have to do with the railroading of a professional pilot who crashed his plane in Alaskan waters? Why is the government seeking to immediately (without any investigation) place the blame for his crash on pilot error?

Nance turns out a good thriller with interesting aviation background and delivers an interesting cast of characters, a clever plot, and a page turner of a novel. Not nearly as good as "Turbulen
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Joe White
May 13, 2013 Joe White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: on-shelf, fiction
This is a fast paced lightweight read. It seemed targeted to a general junior high school age group reading level. While there were aviation inspired action sequences, the suspense was maintained by the creation of a background force operating clandestinely to interfere with attempts to access the true purposes and scenario of actions and investigations of results of those actions. Most of the tension played out in the legal realm.

The legal system as portrayed in operation doesn't operate in the
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Kara Jorges
Dec 14, 2012 Kara Jorges rated it did not like it
During the top-secret testing of a new remote flight control box, something goes horribly wrong, and a Gulfstream nearly crashes. At the same time and, obviously in the same airspace, 747 captain Arlie Rosen flies his Albatross into trouble. Arlie, using visual flight control, flies into a cloud bank where he throws a propeller blade and crashes. He and his wife Rachel are rescued, but Arlie gets his pilot’s license revoked by an overzealous FAA inspector. This sends his daughter April and ...more
LecturerRich
Sep 29, 2016 LecturerRich rated it it was ok
a bit convoluted but okay
Dan
Aug 14, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it
This was my first experience with Nance, and I'm happy to say it was a wonderful ride. David Wilson said it right when he said,

Nance turns out another cool aviation thriller. What does a top secret military experiment have to do with the railroading of a professional pilot who crashed his plane in Alaskan waters? Why is the government seeking to immediately (without any investigation) place the blame for his crash on pilot error?

"Nance turns out a good thriller with interesting aviation backgro
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Susan
Jan 07, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing
One truth is that when you pick up a novel by John Nance, you are guranteed a great read. While this isn't my favorite Nance, it's still a long ways from disappointing. Ben Cole is working on a scheme that would essentially enable unmanned fights but at the 11th hour a snag that makes no sense is causing him great worry. Meanwhile an expert private pilot out with his wife mysteriously crashes and the FAA slams him with negligence. Nance makes every bit of all of it fit together in a thrilling ...more
Jeff Brateman
Feb 25, 2010 Jeff Brateman rated it did not like it
Argh! The only reason to finish this boring excuse for a book is for something to happen. It was written with suspense, action, etc... but nothing really happened. Even in the end, nothing happened. Hello? Was this supposed to be some post 9/11 concept that is geared to make us scared? Or is it the wave of the future that we are to accept with one open arm? Or does it just suck? The latter seems the best choice.
Linda
May 16, 2013 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like many other reviewers, I thought Skyhook was slow and boring. Although the plot gets off to a great start, the legal stuff was too involved and slowed the story to the point that I was flipping pages. I usually "read" audio books. This was an exception. It went on vacation with me and, if it hadn't been a library book, I would have left it at the resort. Definitely not worth taking up shelf space at home.
Wanda
Sep 17, 2014 Wanda rated it liked it
A little difficult to follow during some of the more technical discussions in the beginning. Lots of research went into the book with regards to aviation and law. Does have the government conspiracy aspect to it and has the "little guys or common people" fighting back using the law. Also shows how frustrating it can be to go up against the different governmental agencies especially when they are working together to cover something up.
Tiffany
Sep 13, 2007 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone
I loved this book! I've loved all his books that I've read so far. I'm sure that I'll read everything he's written and is yet to write! Fun and thrilling.
Debra
Jan 23, 2011 Debra rated it it was ok
Interesting, technologically intriguing. The whole legal red-tape issue was solved a little to neatly, but perhaps the page limit was coming up...
Micky Parise
Jan 22, 2016 Micky Parise rated it it was amazing
First time reading John Nance and was rather impressed. Great plot, characters and story just flowed. Recommend highly.
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John J. Nance is an American pilot, aviation safety expert, and author. He served in the USAF during the Vietnam War and also as a Lt. Colonel in Operation Desert Storm.
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