Ward Larsen crafts suspense in Sudan

Fly by Night, by Ward Larsen. Oceanview Publishing. 336 pages. $25.95.

Ward Larsen has done it again, adding another pulse-racing Jammer Davis aviation thriller to last year’s exciting Fly by Wire. Suppose a power-hungry imam, Rafiq Khoury, had gained control of a downed experimental stealth drone and had it hidden in a guarded hangar at the Khartoum airport? Suppose this same person had headquartered his shady air freight company, a collection of patched together DC-3 aircraft, at that same airport? Suppose one of those aircraft mysteriously crashed into the Red Sea? Suppose U. S. security officials had some notion about the location of the drone? 

What would they do? Who are they going to call? Jammer Davis – maverick crash investigator. His job? Under cover of investigating the DC-3 crash, check on the whereabouts of the drone and discover what technological secrets might be stolen from it and put to dangerous purposes. Readers follow Davis as he makes his way to Khartoum’s FBN (sarcastically called Fly by Night) Aviation and begins his inquiry.

Episodes following Davis’s investigation alternate with others that follow the development of Khoury’s effort to master the remote control technologies of the stealth drone. Khoury and his underlings are in a race against time to fulfill a destructive mission of enormous regional and world consequences. While Ward Larsen keeps that mission’s objective obscured until near the end, he matches the ticks of the villain’s clock against those of Davis’s research – there is a huge threat that Davis must defuse before it’s too late.

Davis’s tasks multiply as his one-man mission brings him into arduous adventures on land, in the air, and on and under the sea. Seemingly equipped for almost any mental or physical challenge, Davis keeps in touch with his Washington, D.C. superiors as best he can while planning and improvising his way into and out of trouble.

One of the hallmarks of a Ward Larsen book is a high-octane blend of suspense, emotion, action, and technological detail. Fully master of the technological issues that Davis confronts, Mr. Larsen has the special talent of describing them in ways that are understandable to the general reader, that never stop the action, and that always keep that reader engaged. . . .

To read this review in its entirety, as it appears in the November 9, 2011 issue of the Fort Myers Florida Weekly and the November 10 Naples and Palm Beach Gardens editions, click here: Florida Weekly – Ward Larsen 2 pdf

For review of Larsen’s Fly by Wire, click here: Florida Weekly – Ward Larsen pdf

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