When the Japanese sabotage and crash fourteen American airplanes as a means of striking America's largest industrial export, the United States is forced to confront the demolition of its superpower economy in the light of thousands of deaths. Tour.
I think I bought this book because I heard it contained P-3 Orion aircraft, of which I'm a fan. Indeed, they are mentioned in mostly realistic ways, but they are not a main player. The only P-3 Orion technical 'problem' was on page 821 where Hagberg says that the Orion throttled back to deploy dipping sonobuoys. A "dipping sonobuoy" is the terminology typically used for the equipment on a anti-submarine helicopter, not an airplane. While you could stretch the term to apply to the sonobuoys planes drop, it's not what one would usually use.
Overall, it's nice entertainment.
I picked up this book on name recognition alone. To be honest, the description on the back of the book didn't do anything for me, and I shuddered at the size of the book, but I dove in anyway because Hagberg is, to, me, a proven product.
I wasn't disappointed at all. The first few pages were enough to get me hooked, and I don't agree with criticisms about the length of the book because the vast majority of it is necessary to set up the action. I could see cutting 50 or 60 pages, but I don't agree with people saying that it should be 300 pages shorter. That sort of criticism is valid for a lot of Tom Clancy's work, but Hagberg makes better use of his pages than Clancy does.
This is not the best novel I've ever read, but it's in the top five. It requires a lot of time invested, but you won't be disappointed.
That said, we have a very intriguing concept here. It has been called Japan Inc. and the concept that business is war is taken to its logical extreme in High Flight. How separate is the Japanese government from entrenched business interests? And could there be a government behind the government that could engineer an economic attack on the United States in order to expand Japan's control over the Pacific Rim.
This is a very complex plot that involves baiting the Russians to strike back and the Seventh Fleet to intervene on behalf of the Japanese. Into this mix, a covert group attempts to gain control of America's domestic airline production industry and the plot involves sabotage of civilian airliners. There is a lot going on in this book, but it is well written and it continues to draw you on to the next page. Considering it is almost 900 pages long, this is a page turner that deserves to be read.
Whether you agree or disagree witht eh book's premise, it is worth considering.
The American aircraft manufacturing company counters the potential Japanese hostile takeover by hiring a former CIA assassin to help them stop the Japanese plot. At the same time a former Undersecretary of State has his own agenda. He wants to warn the administration and the American public that Japan is getting too powerful. He wants to avoid another Pearl Harbor. He teams up with a former East German spy/assassin and a couple of American weirdos to blow up eight airplanes and blame these terrorist acts on the Japanese.
If I had to write this review with one word, it would be: Unbelievable! This is definitely not one of my favorite novels.
• Character Development: Hagberg hardly spends any effort in developing the characters. I don't have any feeling for the main character, the CIA assassin, nor the villains, the East German assassin and the former Undersecretary of the State. This novel is definitely not character driven.Read more ›