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  • 09/2014
  • 9781496199676
  • 550 pages
  • $18.95
Mack Adams
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MISSED APPROACH
Mack Adams, author

Adult; Mystery/Thriller; (Publish)

 

 

AVIATION PUSHED TO THE LIMIT

Rick Harris has just signed on as an aircraft sales executive with the upstart Brazilian aircraft manufacturer, RioAero. The year is 1981. Three years have elapsed since the U.S. Congress essentially reinvented an industry by passing the Airline Deregulation Act. The swipe of a pen removed both heavy government restrictions and generous subsidies.

Established airlines are jockeying to maximize growth and profitability in a market that is wide open to competition. Point-to-point travel is phasing out as legacy airlines muscle to build hub-and-spoke fortresses. Start-up regional airlines are being created at a dizzying pace to partner with the legacies and capitalize on new free-market opportunities.

The frenetic race has fomented a fierce battle among airframe manufacturers as each positions to capture increased market share at whatever the cost. New aircraft are in very high demand and sales potentials are staggering. Now, the gloves are off and any tactic seems plausible however questionable it might be.

Thrilling to the competition of this sizzling marketplace, Rick Harris slams into the reality that intrigue and sabotage threaten his efforts. In this fast-paced arena, Harris jarringly realizes there are only hours, not days or weeks to complete his mission. He must turn amateur sleuth and face dangers that risk all he holds precious. Unless Rick Harris succeeds, his aircraft, his company, and maybe he himself will perish.

 

Reviews
Adams draws on his experience as an aircraft sales executive in his impressive thriller set in the world of aircraft manufacturing. In 1978, passage of the historical U.S. Airline Deregulation Act leads Salo Montero, CEO of the Brazilian company RioAero, to see a business opportunity. Salo believes that the legislation will result in major air carriers pulling out of unprofitable markets, creating a void for newer airlines to fill—with just the kind of new commuter airplanes RioAero builds. Three years later, American Rick Harris, a character who resembles the author, becomes RioAero’s director of aircraft sales, charged with selling the company’s new aircraft, the WindStar-100, in the North American market. When a series of disturbing incidents raise safety concerns about the WindStar, Rick hires a PI, Tommy Maxwell, to investigate. Further developments, including an attack on a WindStar by heat-seeking missiles, up the ante considerably. Readers who would have thought that they had no interest in aircraft-industry intrigue will be pleasantly surprised. (BookLife)
Formats
TRADE PAPERBACK Details
  • 09/2014
  • 9781496199676
  • 550 pages
  • $18.95

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