Thursday, March 13, 2014

A.F. Ebbers - Dangerous Past - Review & Giveaway

About the Book

Senior Airline Captain Frank Braden is being stalked in his home town of Austin, Texas, by unknown assailants who must arrange his death to look like a suicide or an accident before a specific deadline. The assassins almost succeed several times, in the air and on the ground. In fact, Braden’s surgeon wife, Nicole, saves his life twice from ground assailants. Both of them don’t know why people are trying to kill him.

Later, he receives a message warning him not to attend a forthcoming Senate hearing in Washington. If he agrees he will receive a million dollars and his wife’s life. When Braden turns to the FBI and local police for help, they doubt his stories since they have been led to believe he is schizophrenic and suicidal, exactly what his assailants want the authorities to think.

Dangerous Past is a story of a man who must choose between doing what ought to be done or keeping his family alive by allowing a murderous and powerful Washington VIP to escape his past.

My Review

The dual story lines of this thriller come together like two out of control freight trains on a collision course with one another. The resounding impact creates quite a jolt. Author A.F. Ebbers weaves a compelling narrative of high octane, super charged twists. This action packed suspense novel never lets up. The plot is dynamic and engaging enough to fly through in one sitting.

Ebbers is a writer with a fertile imagination. He seamlessly connects the dots between an execution style murder in the Vietnam War with a plane crash in the present day. The link is his protagonist, commercial airline pilot, Frank Braden. Frank's brother is the one who was killed in the jungle all those years ago, and now the perpetrator is out to silence him, planting a bomb on his aircraft and nearly killing everyone onboard.

The scenes that ensue are pulse pounding as the killer sets Frank in his crosshairs after his first attempt goes awry. He drugs Frank and leaves his vehicle sitting astride a busy set of railroad tracks. He helicopters onto his back lawn to threaten the lives of his children. He kidnaps his wife, a highly respected surgeon, in the middle of her hospital ward. He's a cunning and daring adversary, who always seems to be a step ahead of his prey.

The final showdown between the two is an epic standoff as Frank must battle a raging river in order to save his wife from the clutches of this homicidal maniac, whose sanity slowly starts to unravel when he passes the point of no return. Frank knows the only way out is by taking him down. The final chapters lead to a heart stopping conclusion worthy of such a gripping tale.

Ebbers succeeds in leaving his signature mark on the tried and true suspense genre. He's a promising debut author who certainly leaves readers clamoring for more of his innovative plot devices. He's a daredevil of a writer, willing to take chances, making his brand of adventurous storytelling all the more entertaining and unique.


Dangerous Past can be purchased at:
Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Kindle, Nook

Prices/Formats: $0.99 ebook, $10.00 hardcover
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9780978948238
Publisher: SilverHawk Books
Release: May 1, 2007
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About the Author

A. F. Ebbers, a journalism graduate of Ohio University was a reporter/writer for major newspapers, ad agencies, and in public relations for Cessna Aircraft Company. He also graduated from Army Flight School and flew for the Ohio and Kansas Army National Guards. Later he was called to active duty and served two flying tours in Vietnam. After retirement from the military, he flew for corporations and for regional airlines. A dual rated ATP pilot, he has written for numerous national magazines, Sunday supplements and trade and travel magazines and has written screenplays and short stories. Today he lives with his wife in the Austin, Texas area and, when not writing, enjoys tennis, flying and piano. Dangerous Past is his debut novel.

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