Flight for Control, a new novel by Karlene Petitt

Flight for Control

a new novel by Karlene Petitt

Book Review By JR Hafer

Flight For Control

Certainly, both author Karlene Petitt and Jet Star Publishing, Inc., should be applauded for the debut novel, “Flight For Control”. Not often do we see a home run hit on the first time at bat, but folks, I’m telling you, Ms. Petitt has hit one out of the park! It is hard to believe this is her first book.

Prologues are usually dry reading at best, just background information to set the stage for the story line of the book, generally boring stuff. However, in “Flight for Control” there’s no boredom in the Prologue I assure you, “It blew my sox off!”  It was exciting, breathtaking, shocking, horrifying, and absolutely brilliant, and that was just the prologue!  

I feared following the build up and the crescendo-like prologue, the author would not be able to continue the pace and hold that level of intensity throughout the book. However, Ms. Petitt was able to develop her characters and weave the webs of deceptions, lies and exploits with the obvious expertise of a professional craftsman that she is.

I have authors who contact me regularly to review their books. I sometimes have a difficult time getting “into” their book, sometimes it takes several chapters for me to really get interested and involved, depending on how well the characters develop and how the background information is presented. Oftentimes I am bored. In Flight for Control, I was really “into this book” by the first paragraph, and I believe you will be too. I suspect you might not be able to put this book down, as I was captured and held hostage by this author myself. My old eyes were stinging and watering, and I was cross-eyed before I would stop reading this book at night. Reluctantly I would close the book to hope for morning, only to start reading again first thing.

The author’s vast working knowledge of aviation worked to her advantage, but she never let the professional jargon overwhelm the reader and was able to keep it simple without being condescending. Her love for aviation was abundantly clear though the industry’s problems in reality was good fodder for the plot and gave credibility to the fictional storyline.   

I have always said a great book must have three ingredients to be a “hit”. First, it must have airplanes; second, it must have a great plot and third, it must include sex. Folks this is absolutely a great book! I can’t wait until Karlene Petitt’s next novel is published. Between you and me, I want to read more about sexy Darby and her experiences, (grin), but Neil’s a loser… I understand there is a sequel to this book coming in the near future…

Flight for Control is a great read for aviation enthusiasts and non-flyers alike. If you like a grand mystery and a thriller with lots of twists and turns in the plot, then you will enjoy this book. In my opinion, Karlene Petitt is a prodigy and will learn exponentially from this first experience, and the next one will be even better. Petitt is already in the league of Nance, Coonts, Griffin, Thor and Berent. Watch for amazing things from Karlene Petitt. Read her book Flight for Control. I highly recommend it!

JR Hafer, Aviation Writer

Karlene Petitt is an International Airline Pilot who is type-rated and has flown and/or Instructed on the B744, B747, B757, B767, B737, B727 and A330. Petitt is a 33-year veteran of flying, and has worked for Coastal Airways, Evergreen, Braniff, Premair, America West, Guyana, Tower Air, Northwest Airlines and currently flies an Airbus for an international airline. She is the mother of three daughters, grandmother of six, and holds MBA and MHS degrees. She lives in Seattle with her husband of 30 plus years, and is active in promoting safety within the airline industry, active in general aviation, speaks at schools, and supports dreamers of all ages.

Her writing career began with designing and authoring training programs for major airlines. Her education and life experiences has taken her into a multi-dimensional author writing fiction~ Thriller, Mystery, Romance. Non-fiction work in progress includes~ Motivation and Leadership, Aircraft Training Guides, and a Memoir. She’s also writing and illustrating books for small children.


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