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Blackout (Kat Bronsky #2)

3.78  ·  Rating Details  ·  516 Ratings  ·  31 Reviews
Minutes after a Boeing 747 rises majestically into a Hong Kong sunset, a flash splits the darkening sky. The pilot -- suddenly blinded and doubled over in pain -- fumbles in the dark in a frantic effort to gain control as the huge jet shudders through its descent. Kat Bronsky, FBI agent and terrorism specialist, is assigned the hunt for a Challenger-class business jet seen ...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 737 pages
Published July 1st 2000 by Thorndike Press (first published February 1st 2000)
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I was so engrossed in this book that I didn't want to put it down. A couple of deadly plane crashes have the government on edge so when a journalist approaches an FBI agent with information about the crashes, she is prepared to listen to him. She becomes convinced that there is a conspiracy when the journalist is almost killed. As his 747 takes off, a bright flash in the sky blinds one pilot and kills the other, leaving the passengers with the terrifying task of safely putting the plane on the g ...more
May 31, 2014 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, thriller, fiction
One of the best thrillers I've read in a while- though I don't usually read something this suspenseful! A plane disappears with hints of foul play- the story has you in the plane with the passengers- then another airliner is attacked and you are again a passenger- only this time a few survive including a tough female FBI agent. The rest of the book is the bad guys chasing the good guys with political intrigue mixed in. I couldn't guess the ending but it really has a message of a 2nd secretive go ...more
Jan 30, 2011 Anne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was really getting into it and then it just ended randomly. I guess that is because it is part of a series but I like a book with a plot arc. I put a hold on the next one though and look forward to reading it.
Lauren Bradshaw
Jan 01, 2015 Lauren Bradshaw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant read! The first chapter itself captivates you to continue reading. I have read this book about 6 times now, and i will probably read it another 6 more times. Its exciting, terrifying, vivid, realistic and filled with suspense. John J Nance is an author that i adore and love the majority of his works!
Baz M
Feb 26, 2015 Baz M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I gave this a 5 as I thought it was a high 4.
With this book I have definitely found a new top author to start reading more of.
I don't think Nance's books are for everyone, but if you like suspense, planes and flying and a good variety of settings (from airports, to jungle, to cities, to the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest) then you'll like this.
Frederick Bingham
Kat Bronsky is an FBI agent in charge of counterterrorism. She gives a speech in Hong Kong where she meets a reporter for the Washington Past, Robert McCabe. She and McCabe are about to leave Hong Kong on a flight to LA when she is pulled off the flight. After the plane takes off it is attacked by a terrorist group and crashes, killing nearly all aboard, except McCabe and a few others. The story goes on from there. It involves rogue FBI agents, evil bad guys, corrupt government officials, narrow ...more
Angela Dawn
The most interesting part of this book was that it talked about blinding a pilot to cause his or her plane to crash into the World Trade Center before 9-11.
Noel Kelly
Aug 07, 2014 Noel Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rip roaring entertainment...for the first half anyway. The book is a third too long but all in all, worth it for the first half alone.
Mar 23, 2015 Attila rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, aviation
A light read that kept me entertained on long bus rides to the university. Not too memorable, and with lots of clichés.
Jul 02, 2014 Ricardo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay at best, it pushed the limits of credibility and transforms a rookie FBI agent into a female Rambo caricature
Leslie Erin Quinn
Jul 21, 2010 Leslie Erin Quinn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a terrible book. Cheesy and unimaginative dialogue from one dimensional characters who I found myself not caring about with a plot so achingly predictable that ends without much payoff. I'm happy for the author that he knows all about planes and flying but he should stick to nonfiction if that is all he wants to write about. If he wants to continue to write fiction, he should co-write it with somebody who has a bit more of an imagination. Avoid this like the plague. I imagine trying to r ...more
Nov 01, 2011 Space rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
John J Nance is a master at creating suspense in the air. All of his novels (so far as I know) take place on an aircraft. This one involves government conspiracy, murder, and all other types of ill radish. I have read most of the Nance novels, and very much enjoy them. This is the kind of suspense you can easily find yourself in, if you ever fly. Therefore, it's easy to get lost in these stories since they could easily happen to you. A lot easier than a time-travel, or a visit to Neptune, for in ...more
Marijn Vanbelle
Black out

Een Boeing 747-400 is net vertrokken van het vliegveld van Hongkong, als een explosie de gezagvoerder doodt en de tweede piloot verblindt. Met de hulp van een paar passagiers probeert de blinde piloot het toestel aan de grond te krijgen. Een vrijwel onmogelijke opgave. Kat Bronsky, FBI-agente en anti-terreurexpert, krijgt de leiding over de jacht op een klein Global Express vliegtuigje dat vlak voor de explosie in de buurt van de Boeing is gesignaleerd. Is er sprake van een ongeluk? Of
Jan 08, 2008 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every once in a while I hit a book that is like a roller coaster ride. You get on and zoom to the end with no chance of stopping. Nearly all of John Nance's books are like this and Blackout is no exception. Some kind of bright flash of light blinds both 747 pilots as they fly out of Hong Kong for the United States. One of them actually dies on the spot. There are no other pilots aboard. And the roller coaster ride begins. Terrorists, conspiracies, information leaks, you name it, Nance included i ...more
Sarah Eckert
Apr 01, 2008 Sarah Eckert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this was the third or fourth John Nance book that I read and, as with the other two or three before it, I could not put it down. A definite read for pilots or anyone who's interested in things that go flying in the night (and day)
Nov 02, 2008 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and it has a nice pace to the story. It is a bit predictable in my opinion, yet I was drawn into the story. I would recommend this book to friends that enjoy pulp fiction action adventure.
Chad Davis
Well writen aviaiton suspense book. Able to be downloaded off the Cuyahoga County web site using Overdrive. Its a good read for everyone, but technically acurate enough to keep people in aviaion involved.
Aviation Thriller.! It's interesting that the Author makes a passing remark about the possibility of terrorists hitting the twin towers with a passenger plane..!! : )
(Book was released in 2000)
Mar 23, 2010 Judy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like thrillers, you'll love this one -- i couldn't put it down. I guessed the bad guy but I didn't know why -- breathstopping action -- an FBI agent who was fantastic!!!

Feb 01, 2016 Tina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense, thriller
Amazing! Former pilot John Nance takes aviation thrillers to a whole new level. If you like your books with edge-of-your seat suspense you'll definitely want to read this one!
JoAnn Ainsworth
Oct 31, 2012 JoAnn Ainsworth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Started with high tension, but toward the end the writing fell apart and the tension fizzled. The plot was good and I’m glad I read it.
Gage Hodges
Aug 18, 2012 Gage Hodges rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A real page turner. Tons of action, was hard to put down. If you like Clive Cussler you will like this one.
A bit weak but never the less good action. I think Nance has a problem with his endings!
Oct 23, 2012 LasVegasBookie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing! Exciting! Nail-biter! On the edge of my chair right up to the end. Whew!
Jan 26, 2011 Debi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first Nance book - absolutely loved it! Suspenseful and page-turning!
Whoa suspense! Aviation and fast-paced action. Loved it. Sharing it!
i just got it today so i tell you more about it tomorrow
May 26, 2012 Wayne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aviation
A real pageturner. Hard to put down once you're into it.
Sep 21, 2013 Larry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A lot of this has Northwest connections. Good book.
Andrea Kepner
Another solid book from Nance.
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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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