Skyhook

Skyhook

Book - 2003
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Penguin Putnam
John Nance's reputation for nail-biting suspense has grown steadily with bestsellers like Headwind, Blackout, and Pandora's Clock. "A roller-coaster ride" (New York Post), "a humdinger" (Los Angeles Times), and "so compelling it's tough to look away" (People), sang critics nationwide.

In Skyhook, Nance crafts another winner. The "boomerang box," a high-tech computer program designed to save a plane experiencing flight trouble, is Dr. Ben Coles's baby. After a test run over the Gulf of Alaska goes awry, he suspects someone has sabotaged the plane's computer systems. And mysteriously, and almost simultaneously, April Rosen is horrified to learn that her father's plane has narrowly escaped a midair collision over the same patch of sea.

While Dr. Coles considers the uncomfortable notion that someone within his own company might wish him harm, Rosen begins her search for the cause of her father's hair-raising "near miss." But what both don't know is this: their fears have a common source. They are being watched by people in the Pentagon, who believe that the two might stumble upon the secret that will destroy them all before Skyhook has a chance to succeed.

What is Skyhook's real purpose? Is it commercial or military? And will its early implementation compromise the safety of fliers everywhere? In the hands of the talented John Nance, the race for the answers will leave you hanging on to your seat.

Baker & Taylor
Dr. Ben Coles investigates suspicions that his new airplane safety technology has been sabotaged, while pilot's daughter April Rosen tries to figure out what caused her father's near-collision in midair.

Blackwell North Amer
The boomerang box, a computer-based system developed in a "black project" called Skyhook, is the brainchild of Dr. Ben Cole. It is designed to return a pilotless plane safely to earth, and when a critical test flight nearly ends in disaster, Ben suspects that someone is tampering with the system's basic code. Simultaneously, April Rosen, daughter of a senior airline captain, discovers her parents' private plane is down in the Gulf of Alaska. They're rescued, but the FAA revokes Captain Rosen's right to fly, claiming that he was drunk - even though the crash may been a midair collision in the same airspace used for Operation Skyhook.
While Ben Cole bends the law to find a suspected saboteur, April Rosen and another vibrant young woman, Seattle lawyer Gracie O'Brien, battle shadowy forces and the government to exonerate April's father. When April and Gracie's path crosses Ben's maverick investigation, forces are set in motion that will allow neither to succeed. Operation Skyhook's real purpose, and its real dangers, are elements ripped from tomorrow's headlines, and the race for answers will keep readers on the edge of their seats.

Baker
& Taylor

Dr. Ben Coles investigates suspicions that his new airplane safety technology has been sabotaged, while pilot's daughter April Rosen tries to figure out what caused her father's near-collision in midair. 50,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003
ISBN: 9780399149801
0399149805
Characteristics: 451 p. ; 24 cm

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