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Dangerous Past

3.69  ·  Rating details ·  55 ratings  ·  32 reviews
Airline Captain Frank Braden is being stalked by unknown assailants who must arrange his death to look like a suicide or an accident before a specific deadline.

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Silver Hawk Press
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Danica Page (One Page at a Time)
My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.

Disclaimers: I received a copy of this book for review as part of the Reading Addiction Tour. I didn't receive any compensation for this review, but the review host was paid to set up the tour. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. I didn't receive any compensation and wasn't obligated to write a good review.

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I went into this story blind. I had no idea what to expect and hadn't really heard anything about it. But it was a
Denniger Bolton
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
I took Ebbers' novel along to read on an airplane trip across country. Big mistake. It opens to a scene from 30 years ago, as Captain Frank Branden's brother is murdered in Viet Nam, by a man who in the present time is up for the job of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, and then immediately launches in Chapter Two into a truly thrilling, very realistic, how do we keep this Boeing 737-200 in the air until we can get it safely on the ground again despite the fact there's 10 by 12 foot hole blown in ...more
Chrissy (The Every Free Chance Reader)
3.5 stars

Did I enjoy this book: For the most part.

I have mixed feelings about this book. On the positive side, Mr. Ebbers tells a great story. Its interesting, entertaining, and easy to read. His characters are likeable and easy to root for. If thats all youre looking for in a novel, stop reading now and go buy the book. Enjoy.

But as a reviewer, I have to be a little more discriminating. While I enjoyed the book overall, I got tangled in the weeds of those pesky details that just seemed off to
Mar 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Frank Braden has done what he loves best - pilot airplanes in order to make a living. A veteran of Vietnam, flying has always been a part of what he's known. There's nothing more soothing than coasting through the air, watching the clouds go by as you transport people to their current destinations. For him, it's a dream come true.

When the flight he's navigating is sabotaged, Frank soon realizes something is amiss. Though he's not quite sure of what's going on, he knows there has to be a suitable
Yvonne Mikell
Sep 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
The past is never buried till all participants are dead.
That is what protagonist Frank Braden discovers in the suspense thriller Dangerous Past. A Vietnam veteran turn airline pilot, Braden is en route to Memphis when the plane he is piloting is suddenly damaged by a hole in the planes floor. Braden fights to land the plane as everything that could complicate an emergency landing does; one of the engines catches fire while the other is rendered useless. He manages to land safely and is regarded
Sep 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I was given a pdf copy of this book from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility. This story is really a thriller whodunit, with information and scenes that bounce back to the Vietnam War. The protagonist, Frank Braden is now a commercial pilot, and one with secrets. Those are revealed in tiny bits and pieces as the story unfolds, and we see where the past collides with the present in truly frightening ways; ...more
Beth Cutwright
Oct 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
I absolutely love a great mystery/suspense novel that sucks you in and captivates you through to the bitter end. Dangerous Past definitely did just that! And after reading the author info below, I question if this book could be truth or fiction as the author and pilot Frank Braden appear to have much in common. (But that is beside the point, here). The story is fluent and moves along quite nicely, starting with the present day and a bomb being planted in Frank's plane and it's explosion mid air, ...more
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
How desperate somebody should be to plant a bomb in an aircraft filled with passengers just to get one person out of the way? How lucky one should be not just to escape alive from this attack but other repeated attacks? Who wants Airline Captain Frank Braden out of the way before a particular day? What happens on that particular day that Braden should be dead before that? Or Braden really just suicidal as FBI believes him to be? We know there is a Dangerous Past and ghosts from the past are ...more
Nov 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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I think it was Spider Robinson, who said (in Callahan's Crosstime Saloon) that people should write about things that they know, irrespective of what those things are. I have paraphrased it, of course, what he said was definitely much funnier. I realized how true that was as I read this book. The author's confidence with his own material is striking throughout the book and that makes it unlike most debut novels. The book is a
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Aug 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
What did Frank Braden do that caused someone to plant a bomb in a plane, purposely leave him unconscious on the railroad tracks, and point a gun right into his face and make it look like he was trying to commit suicide.
Someone definitely had a grudge, but who? And how could Frank prove all of these things were not suicide attempts and get his job back. Could it be someone from his Viet Nam days?

DANGEROUS PAST is a very suspenseful mystery that focuses on the frightening fact that someone can
Liz Terek
Dec 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Many stories, good & bad, have come out of the Vietnam War. Soldiers carried things with them that were too big to bear. Most probably thought they left the memories in Vietnam. Captain Jack Bender thought that what happened in Vietnam stayed there. It didnt.
Jack now flies commercial planes. A surgeon for a wife, 2 kids in college, & a dog are his neatly packaged family. Flying a routine flight one fateful night, Jacks only worry is keeping his marriage fresh. That is, until a giant
CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
Jul 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Commercial airline pilot Frank Braden is on a routine flight when suddenly his world is thrown upside-down. His plane is sabotaged, almost goes down. After his horrific experience, he learns that someone wants him out of the picturefor good. Another attempt on his life and his wife, Nicole, is also convinced he is being framed. By whom? Frank can only think this has something to do with his time in Vietnam during the war, when he has worked undercover trying to avenge his brothers murder. By ...more
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Review will be posted on Sept. 12, my blog stop for this book tour.

Review of Dangerous Past

Dangerous Past is an exciting, hair-raising, thrilling novel written by an author who knows of what he speaks. Pilot Frank Braden, twenty-some years into a mostly fulfilling marriage to a surgeon, thinks that his war service thirty years ago is long past. But Frank doesnt realize that his Vietnam tribulations are about to intrude with fatal consequences into the present day. Back then, he disbelieved in
Ruth Hill
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
What a fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing at every turn! My interest never waned once as I was reading, and I struggled to put it down. Just about the time I thought I had it figured out, the author threw in a curve ball that I did not see coming.

I enjoyed practically every aspect of this book. No sex scenes (yes!), and profanity was minimal--almost not worth mentioning. I sometimes grew tired of all the flash backs, but again, it was not enough to spoil my enjoyment of the book.

Teressa Morris
Dec 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Admittedly, the subject matter of Dangerous Past is a little out of my comfort zone. I am not that knowledgeable about the Vietnam War, or its planes and weaponry. I had to run parts of the book past my husband, Art, in order to have him verify or explain them to me.

However, the storyline was fast-paced and adventurous. I enjoyed the mystery and suspense, even had to keep turning the pages just to see if the hero would make it out alive or to find out who was that mysterious homeless man at the
Dani Sue
Dec 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Suspense/Mystery is not my usual genre, but I wanted to challenge myself by going outside my genre box. I must say that I'm glad I did! From the first page, set in the past in Vietnam, you're thrown right into the thick of drama. Someone dies right off the bat and then the second chapter starts with a terrifying explosion on a plane! The suspense and excitement continue with each new chapter. I love the personalities of Frank and his wife Nicole. Under the circumstances, they are able to remain ...more
Athena Nagel
Oct 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
This was a very intriguing story with so many twists and turns. If you want action, drama, mystery and crime - this book is for you. Frank and his wife Nicole are constantly trying to figure out why someone is trying to kill them. Who is that someone? And what could they possibly have against them? Soon they will figure it out but is it too late? The story includes this massive web spun from the past during the vietnam war. In the middle of Frank and Nicole trying to figure out what is going on ...more
Elizabeth Larson
Nov 18, 2014 rated it did not like it
I paid 99¢ for the Kindle version of this book. I'm wondering if the free and deeply discounted ebooks are such because the publishers save by not paying for editing or proofreading. While the story was OK, it was hard to focus on it because of the complete disregard for spelling, punctuation (quote marks appear purely at random), and even names. In the opening sequence, Jack Braden is suddenly and temporarily referred to as "Phillips," which is not even his alias, it's just random. Later on, ...more
Nov 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Frank Braden is faced with identifying who is trying to kill him and why. His past has returned to haunt him and revenge runs deep. Frank must use his past experiences and knowledge to figure out how to save himself and his family from certain death. Wow!!! I was not expecting this read to be so intense. I felt a range of emotions and was pleasantly surprised by each one. Just as I thought the ride was over I was blind sighted by some new information that changed the course of things. This is a ...more
Ashley Chen
Jul 23, 2012 rated it liked it
First of all, I love suspense/thriller genre so I immediately thought I would like this book. The book started out intense as you shall see when you read part of the excerpt below. I enjoyed reading the book since I was trying to figure out what was going to happen next. But at times I found that I was waiting too long for more information to be revealed. *brain cramp* At parts I was so engaged that I was left breathless but some parts I felt left out. I really enjoyed reading the parts about ...more
Kathleen Kelly
Jul 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Dangerous Past is a story that starts out in 1967 Vietnam with the murder of Jack Burnside, a man who was impersonating an enlisted aviation clerk to investigate the improper disposal of used oil by one of the American military units. What starts out as a murder in 1967 continues to be an issue 30 years later when Frank Braden and his wife are stalked by an unknown assailant intent on doing away with them both, but he is unsuccessful in his attempt's. This puts Frank on high alert and he is ...more
Jonathan Sweet
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was ok
Interesting premise for this book - a pilot being framed for a terrorist attack - but the execution doesn't live up to the promise. (Please note: I was provided a review copy of this book.)
I'm all for a good yarn, but too often the author asked us to abandon logic in order to follow him on this adventure. Countless times I found myself saying, "Well, that wouldn't happen." It also seems as if the story was written over a long period of time. Parts of it seem to have been written pre-9/11, while
Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings

A prologue starts the book in Vietnam during the height of the war on the battlefield and confused me a little as to where the story was going to go, but as soon as we hit present day in Chapter 1, I was able to start finding the pieces of the puzzle and putting them slowly together. Frank Braden is our main character and as we quickly finds out lost a brother in the war in Vietnam and someone is out to see that he doesn't make it to see tomorrow.
Sep 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This was a fantastic first novel by Mr. Ebbers. The story toggles between the Vietnam War and Present day. The transition is wonderfully easy to follow as each character recollects portions of their past. The imagery was amazing, and the suspense kept me pulled into the story. Needless to say, I enjoyed this spy thriller so much; this book was very difficult to put down, worthy of a five star rating.
Jul 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
I really didn't expect much from the book as seeing it mostly war, planes, assassins and conspiracy, but I was totally surprised at A. F. Ebber's "Dangerous Past". It just grabs you right from the beginning and doesn't let go until the end. Fast paced, strong characters, historically accuract and pact with action! For a first novel, A. F. Ebber has all the elements of a great thriller.

This review is based on a complimentary copy which was provided for an honest review.
Mar 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-reviews
A fast paced read, I thought the author did a good job in describing action sequences. I felt as if I was experiencing what Frank was experiencing. There were some typos, however I didn't find them distracting. I also liked how the author weaved in historical facts in with the plot. A nice debut novel.

* I received a complimentary copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Reynolds S
Jan 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Plot line is believable. The characters make mistakes while trying to determine who is trying to kill them. There are several grammatical errors but they do not detract from the story. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a quick and entertaining read.
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was ok
I only made it halfway through this book. The plot was good, the grammar and sentence structure was HORRIBLE! I couldn't get past that enough to be able to enjoy the plot and finish the book. It almost appeared to have not been edited, at all.
Terry Davy
Aug 30, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a pretty good story, but the dialogue was a little stilted & sometimes the author made references or used slang that wasn't explained.
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