Pandora's Clock by John J. Nance

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There is no antidote for terror

Captain James Holland is the pilot on a routine flight from Frankfurt to New York, packed with people eager to be home for Christmas. When a passenger collapses from what appears to be a heart attack, Holland is forced to request an emergency landing at London's Heathrow Airport. But to his great surprise, the air traffic controllers will not let him land in England -- they tell Holland that his sick passenger has contracted a dangerous new form of influenza and that the plane must return to Germany.

But when German officials also refuse the landing, and other European countries follow suit, Holland begins to suspect that he's in much more trouble than anyone's letting on. In fact, his sick passenger is carrying a deadly virus accidentally released from a Bavarian laboratory, and it is feared that everyone on board is now infected. At the same time, someone with access to the CIA's computers wants to shoot the plane out of the sky, and there is a United States ambassador on board with powerful terrorist enemies who want to see him dead. While the panic on the ground spreads from the White House Situation Room to a small airport in the Ukrainian Republic, Captain Holland has only one concern: Where and when can he land?

Pandora's Clock -- the most gripping, heart-stopping read of the year.

About John J. Nance

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John J. Nance, aviation analyst for ABC News and a familiar face on Good Morning America, is the author of several bestselling novels including Fire Flight, Skyhook, Turbulence, and Orbit. Two of his novels, Pandora's Clock and Medusa's Child, have been made into highly successful television miniseries. A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, Nance is a decorated pilot veteran of Vietnam and Operations Desert Storm/Desert Shield. He lives in Washington State.
Published January 1, 1996 by Headline. 501 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Action & Adventure, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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Renegade CIA deputy director Jonathan Roth, however, sees an opportunity to use Flight 66's dire straits for political ends: Roth figures that since everyone is going to die anyway, he'll scheme to have the 747 shot down and blame it on the Arabs.

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Though the author manages a few pulse-pounding sequences, his cardboard characters (most of the passengers are little more than props) and lame repartee keep this thriller on mundane terra firma.

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What can it mean when a novel advertises itself as ''Speed meets The Hot Zone'' — other than that the literary world has now successfully co-opted Hollywood high-concept-speak?

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When a shipment of vials is sent to the wrong place and one is broken, a deadly level 4 pathogen is released.

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