High Flight Hardcover – Aug 8 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
Through 22 novels, Hagberg (Desert Fire) has become known as a suspense writer who delivers. This massive near-future thriller will only enhance his reputation. It is 1997, and a carefully designed plot by a cabal of Japanese business and political interests is ready to be implemented: electronic units have been inserted in the fleet of a major U.S. airline, enabling the cabal, via satellite signal, to destroy the planes in mid-flight. A confrontation between a Japanese submarine and a Russian ship then puts their parent nations on the brink of war. In the U.S., a powerful newsletter publisher who believes that his country must confront the Japanese now, rather than be destroyed economically later, learns of the cabal's plot but plans to strike first by enacting the sabotage plan and blaming it on the Japanese government. To do so, he puts together a charismatic team composed of a deadly former East German assassin and two eccentric half-brothers, one an eco-terrorist, the other a computer whiz. Pitted against all this evil is ex-CIA operative Kirk McGarvey (returning from Critical Mass), who is hired by Guerin Airlines to protect its interests?but when McGarvey discovers the truth, few will believe him. Though overlong and episodic, Hagberg's narrative maintains its pace, and, by the final pages, with planes falling from the skies and WWIII seemingly inevitable, readers will be so engrossed they won't want to blink.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
Guerin Airline Company, plagued by mysterious accidents, hires ex-CIA officer Kirk McGarvey to investigate. He discovers that a Japanese conglomerate has planted a bomb in the engines of each Guerin airliner. Edward Reid, an anti-Japanese fanatic, also learns of the devices and plots to use this knowledge to his advantage. Japan, meanwhile, must deal with a scheme by rabid nationalists to start a war with Russia. After 14 American passenger planes explode, McGarvey rushes to convince the Russian, Japanese, and American governments that this was not an act of war but a terrorist attack. Hagberg (Desert Fire, Tor Bks., 1993) resurrects the worn-out ex-CIA officer scenario but combines it effectively with the current political milieu to keep readers' interest peaked. Although a bit long, this novel should appeal to those who like military, political, and espionage fiction. For all public libraries.?Grant A. Fredericksen, Illinois Prairie Dist. P.L., Metamora
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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 ›
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It's pretty rare that I can say "After 600 or so pages, it really heats up" about a novel without sarcastically panning it, but in this case I can. Read morePublished on July 12 2003 by Skvoznyak
After reading most of David Hagberg's Books I was hooked on this one. I usually read in bed at night but I could not put this book down. I didn't want it to end. 5 stars. Read morePublished on June 7 2001 by Gwen Brokaw
After reading several David Hagberg books High Flight was a big letdown. Rrossfire,Countdown,White House and Joshua's Hammer were excellent thrillers that I enjoyed reading. Read morePublished on Feb. 26 2001 by Melvin Hunt
It always pains me to see "Clancy and Bond better look over their shoulders . . ." as a review of a Hagberg/Flannery novel. Read morePublished on June 9 1999
This novel pales in comparison to other authors of the genre(Tom Clancy, Larry Bond, Stephen Coonts, etc. Read morePublished on Sept. 11 1998