232nd Review Status: MISSING- D.W. Maroney
Based on the missing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH 370 that disappeared under mysterious circumstances, the author has written a fiction thriller about several commercial airliners that disappeared also without a trace.
Major Megan Sloan is the leader of an air force intelligence department that has been ordered to solve the mystery of the missing and possible hijacked airliners and she formed a taskforce of computer freaks that should solve the mystery. There is a broad suspicion that the drone technology i.e. a hack of the board computers that controls the airplane could be in play. By sheer luck a signal is intercepted that could indicate another intended disappearance and indeed the plane that flew near to that signal disappeared from the radar screen and all attempts to save the plane failed. From there on the search for the location of the signal and tracing the plane starts and the dramatic race to avoid further catastrophic losses is developing fast.
Fortunately the cockpit crew of the missing plane took measurements so the authorities could trace what happened on board just before their fatal crash. A desperate but very cool action of the pilots. In the meantime an important governmental jet with VIP’s on board is also hijacked by taking over the controls from a hostile source and rerouted to an unknown destination and Major Sloan tries desperately to avoid another disaster.
The aviation technology in this book is well described and the plot of the book is very actual in view of the many drones that are in use all over the world controlled from a computer centre located far away from the actual drone activity.
For a change reading a fiction aviation thriller is nice and certainly by an author that knows the aviation world and terms or did a thorough research beforehand. Besides that, the book keeps you on the edge of your chair till the end. This pocketbook (299 pages) is nice to have in your luggage on holidays and guarantees thrilling and interesting reading.