Friday, August 17, 2012

Karma Media Book Tours: "Captain" by Thomas Block Review

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This tour will feature:
Author: Thomas Block
Featuring the book: Captain
CreateSpace (April 7, 2012) - 348 Pages
Available in Paperback and Kindle ($16.99/$6.99)

About the Author:

Thomas Block has written a number of aviation-oriented novels, many which have gone on to acquire best-seller status in numerous countries. His novel writing began with the publication of "Mayday" in 1979. That novel was rewritten with his boyhood friend, novelist Nelson DeMille in 1998 and remains on DeMille's extensive backlist. "Mayday" became a CBS Movie of the Week in October, 2005.

Other novels by Block include "Orbit" (a top bestseller in Germany, among other nations), "Airship Nine", "Forced Landing" (also done as a radio serializatoin drama in Japan), "Skyfall", "Open Skies" and "Captain". Thomas Block is still writing both fiction and non-fiction, and has edited and updated his earlier novels into ebooks of all the major formats and also into new full-sized (trade soft cover) printed versions.

About the Book:

'Captain' is his most ambitious, intricate and action-packed aviation tale yet . It is a chilling and all-too-real story about a routine Trans-Atlantic airline flight that suddenly turns absolutely insane. In the doomed airliner's cockpit, inside the passenger cabin and on the ground, a complex array of characters have been propelled at jet speed into a sudden and frantic race for survival. 'Captain' is about the individual and collective struggles of each of these men and women as they attempt to deal with and ultimately fight against the odds and circumstances that are stacked against them.

'Captain' is a novel that pits man against man while also pitting man against machine. It is a story about the need for human judgments, hard-learned experiences, gut feelings and unbridled perseverance in an effort to rise up against a world where the strict adherence to written rules, regulations and procedures have been accepted as the norm.

'Captain' is about the way real airline pilots think, feel and react, especially after those giant airliners that they've strapped themselves to have suddenly turned vicious and unpredictable.

CaptainCaptain by Thomas Block
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Are you ready for one of the wildest rides of your life?  This book was incredible!  When I began reading it, I thought I might be bored with the book.  After all, what on earth do I know about airplanes.  And, yes, some of this book is technical, and I did not understand all of those sections.  But you know what?  I did not matter!  This book was filled with such nail-biting, edge-of-your-seat action that I almost could not put it down.

The characters were quite intriguing.  There was a lot more going for this book than just the main story.  There were several sub-stories that made me consider the meaning of life and the way people react to stress and various other situations.  The author seamlessly wove the other stories into the very fabric of the book, and nothing seemed out of place.

I am happy to announce that there were no sex scenes.  Yes, there was profanity, but mostly it did not bother me.  The strength of the story kept me going, and I was able to overlook any language issues.

I truly enjoyed the style in which the book was written.  The reader was able to go back and forth between what was  happening on the air and what was happening on the ground.  In so doing, the tension was doubled.  The reader is privy to both sides of the story, and this made my pulse race as I continued reading and reached the conclusion.  And how does it end?  Read it yourself!  I will tell you this.  You will not know for sure until the end!

So if you are ready to read a book that will transport you to the friendly skies and rob you of sleep and peace, this is the book for you!  It is a wild ride, and I seriously doubt you will regret it.

I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.  All opinions are 100 percent mine, and I was not financially compensated.

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