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Veteran crash investigator Nick Phillips has discovered evidence of fatal pilot error often enough to expect it. But when a private jet slams into a ridgeline, a far more disturbing possibility emerges.
Nick’s career-obsessed boss tries to remove him as head of the investigation team. His replacement? The boss’s clone, a quintessential minion who will do anything to climb the bureaucratic ladder. It’s an unusual move, and Nick’s personal radar takes notice.
The owner-pilot faced indictment for war crimes as the leader of an anti-terror assassination squad. What if he signed his own death warrant with his well-publicized threats to implicate the high-level government officials who sanctioned his targets?
Nick suspects a cover-up in the making. The victim’s legendary reputation as a mediocre aviator is a perfect smokescreen to conceal airborne murder behind an expeditious finding of pilot error.
But it’s not going to happen on Nick’s watch. They have no idea who they’re dealing with.
And neither does Nick . . .
Retired aviation accident investigator Nick Phillips wants nothing more than to be left alone. To run a flight school, be a good husband to his wife of twenty-five years, and a supportive father to his two college-age children.
But Nick’s tenacious investigation into the government’s sabotage of a private jet and assassination of a prominent political figure four years ago still captures the public’s imagination. His past will not be denied a continuing role in his life when a reporter for an obscure publication named American Vigilante contacts him to propose a “Where Is He Now?” article. Nick refuses the interview. The reporter writes it anyway and publishes an eBook titled Airborne Justice that sells over 200,000 copies in the first month alone.
Snooping tourists sporting cell phone cameras and paparazzi aiming lenses as long as their tentacle-like arms descend on the sleepy mountain town of Cedar Valley, Colorado, and wreak havoc on Nick’s once-quiet existence. Then into the mix drives a black Mercedes sedan with a married man’s worst nightmare at the wheel.
Caitlin Monroe, a heart-stopping beauty carrying a Walther PPK-S .380 semi-automatic pistol as more than a fashion accessory, preys upon what Nick has lost: the thrill of the hunt for clues as to how someone tampered with an airplane and transformed it into a pile of smoldering junk with her lover at the controls. Murder is no accident, and crash detective Nick Phillips cannot resist the temptation to prove it.
WINGS ON MY WORDS
Do you have a novel in you, trapped by the gatekeeper monopoly of literary agents and the Big 5?
Has the eBook revolution re-awakened your aspirations?
Are you hesitating, unsure how to make your dream a reality?
In Book One of Wings On My Words, tales from the writer’s desk, Tosh McIntosh shares the lessons learned during his personal journey from the seed of a story idea to completed novel and his decision to Go Indie.
Takeaways in each chapter identify key milestones along the way and provide the motivation of common experience to help you keep the goal in sight and persevere.
WORDS ON MY WINGS
Boarding an airliner, do you ever glance to your left for a quick peek into the cockpit? And do you wonder what it’s like up there with your hands and feet on the controls, doing all the things commercial pilots do?
What about those military pilots who put themselves in harm’s way to protect the freedoms we enjoy? Have you ever fantasized about flying one of those magnificent flying machines?
Tosh McIntosh knows. With over forty years as a professional aviator in tactical fighters and commercial jets, he puts you in the cockpit for a glimpse of his world as seen through the lens of personal experience.
Book One of Words On My Wings, tales from the cockpit, begins with the fickle role of fate in setting the course of Tosh’s career, covers the early days of learning to fly light aircraft, and describes the initial portion of his Undergraduate Pilot Training with the United States Air Force.
Subsequent books in the series will cover the stages of his military and civilian careers and the transition to sport aviation after retirement from professional aviation.