I’ve worked as an air traffic controller for nearly the last thirty years, since being hired as a raw rookie by the FAA in 1982 at the age of twenty-two, making it the only real full-time job I’ve ever held.
So it seems only natural that aviation would be the subject of my debut novel, Final Vector, a thriller about air traffic controller Nick Jensen, a man whose wife has died under suspicious circumstances and who finds himself drawn into a plot to assassinate U.S. President Robert Cartwright.
Unfortunately, thanks to the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001, the attention of many of the world’s terror organizations has been focused for the last decade on aviation as their target of choice for attempted mayhem. And in a twisted way, it makes sense. An attack on airplanes affects us all, because who doesn’t fly? Who hasn’t felt a little twinge of nervousness walking into a long skinny aluminum tube preparing to rocket five miles into the sky?
Final Vector is my way of combining decades of aviation experience with a love for the thriller genre, asking the horrifying question, “What if?” What if an organization bent on pulling off the ultimate assassination managed to procure information regarding transportation of lethal weapons and hijacked those weapons?
What if the same organization learned the itinerary of the President of the United States, and staged a takeover of a critical air traffic control facility—with no one in the outside world the wiser—on the day the president was to fly into the airport served by that facility?
And what if that terrorist group were to force the air traffic controllers, at gunpoint, to place their target—Air Force One—in the exact location needed for a deadly missile attack, with only one man standing between these people and the success of their mission?
What if that man was unarmed and alone, with no way to contact the authorities and no way to get help? What if?
To learn more about Final Vector, as well as my upcoming projects, please check out www.allanleverone.com. I love to hear from readers and welcome constructive feedback concerning my work.
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Allan Leverone is a three-time Derringer Award Finalist whose short fiction has been featured in Needle: A Magazine of Noir, Shroud Magazine, Twisted Dreams, Mysterical-E and many other venues, both print and online. His debut thriller, titled FINAL VECTOR, is available February 2011 from Medallion Press. For details, please visit www.allanleverone.com or his blog at www.allanleverone.blogspot.com.