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Fly By Wire

(Jammer Davis #1)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,400 ratings  ·  127 reviews
The C-500 is the world’s most advance cargo aircraft, built by a consortium funded by
a group of oil-rich states. Yet a routine delivery goes horribly wrong, crashing in
central France, and the world calls in the best experts available to find out why.

Jammer Davis has a reputation for getting things done, and letting no one stand in his
way. His first finding is troubleso
Kindle Edition, 316 pages
Published September 6th 2010 by Oceanview Publishing
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Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Well doctor, I am not sure why I chose to read this book on a long flight. Yes, I read the cover blurb: "The C-500 is the world’s most advance cargo aircraft, built by a consortium funded by a group of oil-rich states. Yet a routine delivery goes horribly wrong, crashing in central France, and the world calls in the best experts available to find out why...."

No, it didn't make me feel nervous about the flight I was on. I was just too into the plot about why this C-500 crashed and what it had to
Here is a book that has an interesting twist in the suspense/thriller genre. I'd almost characterize the story as "thriller-lite" compared to other authors. There is very little in the way of profanity and excessive gore or grit. I like the idea of the storyline and how it is written.

Jammer Davis is a single dad of a 15 year old daughter. His wife was killed 2 years earlier in an auto accident. Jammer was his pilot call sign flying fighter jets when he was in the Air Force. Jammer now works for
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Have you ever read a book where the hero was a really bad-ass comptroller who was recruited into a secret organization and ended up saving the world through his superior knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Principles? I know you haven't, but just pretend anyway. Well, this book is about a really bad-ass former pilot who is reluctantly pulled into high-profile international intrigue due to his ability to forensically reconstruct airplane crashes. I want you to stop, take a few deep breaths ...more
Alan Livingston
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, aviation
This is a really good, fun aviation story, with the entertaining main character Jammer Davis. I liked this even more than Larsen's other Jammer novel, Fly By Night. My timing was a little wierd, reading an air-accident investigation story during the disappearance of Malaysian Air 777. This is a good who-dun-it set in France, and this one gets solved. I'm very glad to have found Mr. Larsen, and I'll be adding another of is books to my "To Read" list, and looking for another with of this NTSB-guy ...more
Alan Marston
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing

Amazon Description.

With its revolutionary fly-by-wire technology, the C-500 had become the freight airframe of choice. Until a routine delivery goes horribly wrong. Falling like a stone from six miles up, a brand new C-500 crashes in central France, killing two pilots aboard. When French officials take over this highly public investigation, they call in the best there is: they call Frank Jammer Davis. A retired U.S. Air Force fighter pilot, Davis is part of the NTSB's go-team. With a reputation
Brenda Dennison
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent Read!

Very interesting, suspenseful and a reality. Having said that, I am Muslim, so I hate to see this wonderful religion marred by the very few that would ever do this. In the end, it was never about religion, just greed by mostly non-Muslims. Please keep writing, Mr. Larsen. I will definitely be a fan.

Deborah Whipp
Dec 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Didn't love it. I found "Jammer" to be just a touch obnoxious and immature, with a hint of bully in there. I love thrillers and espionage books, but this isn't a protagonist I'd bother with again.
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
3 1/2 *. Some weeks ago, I read and reviewed Ward Larsen's 3 Assassin novels featuring David Slayton. Fly By Wire is one of Larsen's earlier books and introduces Jammer Davis, a former fighter pilot and now an investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board. He is called on to investigate the crash in France of a brand new plane and becomes involved with a CIA agent, Anna Sorenson. Together, they look into the possibility that the terrorist Caliph is involved in the crash, as well as a ...more
John E. Donovan
Sep 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Out of tragedy, victory!

Jammer Davis, it turns out, is NOT someone you want to mess with! An NTSB Investigator partners-up with an undercover CIA operative to find the reason why a new type of aircraft has crashed, and in doing so, find themselves as targets from unknown sources.
Author Ward Larsen has delivered-up a first-rate aircraft crash thriller, introducing to the reader a very tough and very tenacious protagonist, in the form of one Jammer Davis... and, in doing so, has created a 'hero'
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Larsen has matured as an author: the writing was sharper, more natural; some of the dark humor had me chuckling; and the central idea was very cool. Having said that, I think the book suffered from the fact that it had two, parallel narratives going. I thought it not only diluted the pacing, but also stole most of the suspense. The story had a lot more potential than the author delivered, but Larsen is now pretty good at the tradecraft and I'm sure his next novels are going to be better than his ...more
Susan C Stafford
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great adventure story

I read book 2 in this series first. Both books have a tight plot with plenty of fast, page-turning action. I think the secondary characters were a little better drawn in the second book than the first. At the pace was a bit faster in this book and I appreciated the author's ability to explain technical background information without sounding like he was talking down to the reader and actually making it very interesting. If you like a good mystery, well structured suspense, a
Michael F. Zemlicka
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The book moves at a good pace with several twists that keep the reader's interest. 'Jammer' is a combination of loving parent and maverick government employee. His priorities are correct and he handles himself well in the dangerous and heartwarming situations he faces.

I have started the second installment and hope that it will continue this direction of adventure, excitement and fast paced action. Stay tuned.
Matthew A Kauffman
Jun 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fast paced, worthwhile read.

Jammer Davis is the right amount of action hero and type A personality. And Ward Larsen gets his star character into and out of a reasonable and/or believable amount of trouble.

Thus was a right-sized novel. A well thought out plot delivered with just the right amount of writing allowed this story to keep moving at a quick pace. I am an average speed reader and got through this book in a week with little effort.
Stephen Dahlin
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Fly By Thiller

The main character of this book, Jammer Davis is highly relatable & well defined by the author. This book has a little bit of everything exciting complex characters, diversified story lines that all come together in the end. It would make for an excellent movie in the realm of any Tom Clancy book/movie. I highly recommend this book & cannot wait to read Jammer Davis next encounter. This is book one of so far a 3 part series.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Fly By Wire is a fast-paced action adventure with an interesting protagonist with a complex back story. The story keeps you guessing and keeps you interested. There are a few small holes in the plot, and at times the author gives away a little too much, but he always has a twist coming. The writing is top notch, and the back story between the protagonist, Jammer Davis, and his teenage daughter, as well as a romance plotline between Jammer and a pretty CIA agent provides nice interludes between t ...more
Marco Morissette
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Wow! Wow! Absolutely amazing this is my first read of this author and wow the comments are so well deserve! I was not able to put it down! The plot, the characters and the way the authors used them all make a Masterpiece of book! Readers who like planes and actions will be please to read this one! Can't wait to start the next one!
David Lightcap
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Aircraft down

Very realistic tale of aircraft investigation mixed with political intrigue. The story begins with loss of an aircraft, finding out what happened, how, and as in any mystery the why. In the story a almost godlike figure of terrorists is believed to have been behind the crash. Time, investigating of facts,and the story looks completely different.
Nov 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Really fun book to read. I felt like I had stumbled upon an old fashioned mystery/thriller that had been created in contemporary times. It moves at a quick pace, has some great twists and turns, inevitable chases and a main character that turns out to be as entertaining as his name. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
Uncle  Dave Avis
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was a really good book with lots of action and strategy. The main character has a very human side as well as a brilliant analytical mind. I enjoyed the interaction with his female counterpart who, herself is strong and independent.
This author is a fine wordcrafter and I will look forward to reading the second book in this series.
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: millife, misc
A decent good to very good story about a Crash inspector who's latest job gets him involved in a world where business and holy wars meet. Can Jammer Davis with his beautiful and talented sidekick Ho9neywell save the free world with some all american butt kicking and stick-to-it-ness? You will have to read the book.
Kenn Triebelhorn
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A thrill filled read.

Mr. Larsen has written a true thrill packed read. A bit of science fiction, but very believable and authentic. Many of the story lines seem to mimic what is happening in the world. I'm looking forward to reading more of his books.
Gary Stinebaugh
May 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent research. I am retired ATC and he knows his stuff. Great writing.

I have firsthand experience in aircraft accident investigation. Very good writing. Its really good to see good knowledge of the subject being written about.
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was ok
It felt rather flat to me and was easy to put down or get distracted from. Never developed a liking for the main character either, a bit obnoxious and overbearing. Pretty predictable and a bit over the top at the end.
William Murphy
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
First one read but not the last

GREAT I will not finish a book when I can figure out what is coming next. Had no problem finishing this one. Really looking forward to the next one in this series.
Matthew Laird
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another solid Larsen work.

Larsen's stories and characters flow easily without wasted ornamentation leaving the reader satisfied and desiring more. I will be ordering the next in the series without delay.
Syd Perry
Oct 12, 2017 rated it liked it
New to me author. Jammer Davis is a great character. He's raising a teenage daughter alone while trying to save the world. This is a fun book, the first in a series of three. I have the other two, so I better get busy and see what will happen next.
Melinda Forsberg
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Liked the book

I think it is bullshit that you can’t just read the book. You can’t get out of it until you give a review so I would give this a one star just because of this practice
Jun 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Fast-paced, great storyline and characters and full of action. I have read this series and the Slaton series. Mr Larsen has become one of my go-to writers. I will read anything he writes. Write faster Mr Larsen!
Lee Hale
May 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Starts slow, but stick with it. The story has character.

This story contains action, intrigue and air flight. All the very best characteristics of a top notch story. The plot is interesting and you won't be able to stop reading.
marvin shults
May 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Started slowly but got interest in after a few chapters

Very interesting read. Enjoyed this book and after a few chapters , did not want to put down ,with a lot of action and surprising characters. Language is clean
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Ward Larsen is the USA Today bestselling author of espionage thrillers. A five-time winner of the Florida Book Award, his first novel, The Perfect Assassin, is in pre-production as a motion picture with Amber Entertainment.
A former Air Force fighter pilot, he has also served as an airline captain, and is a trained aircraft accident investigator.

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