5.0 out of 5 stars Flying Boats and Spies,December 7, 2011
By J. R. Hafer (Lakeland Florida USA) –
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This review is for: Flying Boats & Spies
Jamie Dodson has a way of introducing and assimilating the reader into the youthful innocent character of young Nick Grant just in the very few first pages. From within the psyche of Nick Grant, the author takes us along on Nick’s adventurous quest to save the Family’s home. After losing his friend “Mac” to a murderous Japanese spy, although unbeknownst to Nick, He boards a ship to adventure that involves him in a historical pre-war venture of Pan American airways building of a “Skyway to Asia”. A combined Tale with foreign intrigue, murder, Nick’s Conscience and moral character which all makes a formula to make a man out of Nick in a matter of months. Just in that few months we watch a sixteen year old high school runaway Kid turn into a hardworking construction Stevedore Hero Man and a seventeen year old Pan Am employee with a promised career and great potential.
Flying Boats and Spies Combines a great fictional story with factual history in the W.E.B. Griffin fashion. The impeccable use of aviation terminology and technical knowledge reveals an exciting, thrilling and plausible book that just can’t be put down, and the reader may actually get irritated when the book comes to an end and will be very tempted to rush right out and get the next one! There’s no way any reader will not feel a kinship to Nick Grant upon reading about his experiences, it is almost like reading letters from a loved one writing home and telling you what is going on in his life.
Needless to say, I recommend this book to anyone who has a beating heart and can read. You will come away with a charming story and a history lesson all wrapped up into one attractive package. Jamie Dodson should be applauded for a fine effort. I cannot wait for the movie.
Flying Boats and Spies
By JR Hafer
Jamie Dodson has a way of introducing and assimilating the reader into the youthful innocent character of young Nick Grant in the first few pages. From within the psyche of Nick Grant, the author takes us along on Nick’s adventurous quest to save the Family’s home which involves him in the historical Pan American building of the “Skyway to Asia” combined with foreign intrigue and murder. Just in a few short months we watch a sixteen year old high school runaway turn into a hardworking construction Stevedore, to a Hero and a seventeen year old Pan Am employee with great potential.
Flying Boats and Spies Combines a great fictional story with factual history in the W.E.B. Griffin fashion. The impeccable use of aviation terminology and technical knowledge reveals an exciting, thrilling and plausible book that just can’t be put down, and the reader may actually get irritated when the book comes to an end. You will want to rush right out and get the next one!
The China Clipper did meet my high expectations. I had my doubts though since most authors often get lost and start to confuse the plot for the readers in a second effort. A second book of a series must be a stand alone book but must also be a continuation of the story, which is difficult to do without getting boring. I continue to be amazed by this author, at the well thought out plot and the applied factual history combined with the fictional story line. Colonel Dodson must be more of a student of Pan Am aviation history indeed, he seems to be an Asian Historian as well. I continue to ask myself as I read these books “has he actually been to all these places?” because I have been to most of them and he is “Right on the button” with the “Flavor and smell” of the story. Folks that is almost impossible to do unless you have actually experienced them in first person. Colonel Jamie Dodson has not only got the flavor and the smell right, he has written a fantastic second book with a marvelous baffeling plot that keeps me on the edge of my seat anxious to turn to the next page, never wanting to put the book down, making me almost angry when the book ends. I want the story to go on and on and on! Therefore, I want the next book to be there right away to start reading when I finish this one… NOW!
Great Job Colonel Dodson on China Clipper!
Jamie Dodson the author of “Mission: Shanghai” has saved the best to last in this, the last edition of the Nick Grant adventure series! The first book is Flying Boats & Spies, introduces the reader to Nick Grant and sets the stage to the building of the Pan Am “Sky Bridge” to Asia, with the blood sweat, tears, joy and help of a young run a way “high-schooler” Nick Grant. The second book is “China Clipper”, in which the story provides the stage for Nick Grant to become a hero once again working for Pan Am battling his nemesis Commander Toshio Miyazaki of the Japanese Intelligence Force.
Dodson’s alter ego has grown into a mature young man, achieving his dream of becoming a Pan Am clipper pilot. Still on the trail of Miyazaki and vowing to avenge the death of his best friend and mentor Mac. (Book one).
Flying Pan Am Clipper ships (Sikorsky S-43) and working with the office of Naval Intelligence along with his friend Roger and old boss Bill Grooch pursues Commander Toshio Miyazaki half way around the world setting a trap for the elusive bad guy. (It is interesting to note, Bill Grooch was an actual real person who was a most important figure in building Pan American Airways in the early 1930s. Dodson used him in this historical fiction novel and was quite accurate in historical details. Grooch wrote the book “Skyway to Asia”).
Miyazaki a member of the Black Dragon Society is given a new mission by his superiors at Imperial Japanese Naval Intelligence. That mission is to steal the secret United States Naval secure communications codes. Commander Miyazaki has vowed on his to kill Nick Grant and this mission just provides him with another opportunity to full fill that oath he has sworn.
In 2001 Mr. Dodson began his writing career. He has spent over 25 years in the Military Intelligence community. Jamie also served with Special Operations, Army Aviation, Airborne Infantry, and Military Police, and was involved in operations in Laos, Viet Nam, Cambodia, Germany, Hungary, Croatia, Bosnia, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Japan, Korea, Guam, Samoa, the Hawaiian Islands and the continental United States, just to mention a few.
This is Nick Grant’s most dangerous mission and he risks it all, even his very life, to settle an the score with Miyazaki. I recommend this page turner you won’t be able to put it down, until you finish the book. When you finish it, you will put the book down and realize you can now take a breath and relax,
And you will feel a little glow and a smile come to your lips…
Thanks to Jamie Dodson for bringing us such a grand experience in the Nick Grant adventure series. I am wondering what is next for this gifted author…