THE PASSENGER: A REVIEW

This 1999 novel by Patrick A Davis came to me via a box of donations for my LFL (Little Free Library) from a friend who was moving. My husband confiscated the book for his own reading as he helped unpack the box, and after finishing it, said, “You’ve got to read this book.” And, I’m so glad I did. It was an action-packed mystery which included a military cover up and was a thriller in every since of the word.  Although written some time ago, the events could have been today’s headlines.

The blurb on the cover catches one’s attention, “A military jet crashes and Washington insiders scramble to cover their tracks.” Oh, and did I mention that the passenger of the title was the President’s half brother?

Colonel John Quinn, our protagonist, was declared, “not good enough to fly” after being shot down by an Iraqi missile, and when the novel opens, he is assigned to the Pentagon. His position leads to the “biggest investigation of his life.”  Ted, his disgraced, techie friend, who now owns a bar is called in to aid the investigation as a consultant. And Quinn’s ex-wife, Jennifer, shows up as a participant in the investigation as well.

The author was a military man, an Air Force Major, and is still a pilot for a major airline.  One can’t help but feel as he/she reads that the reader is getting the “real skinny” on what we don’t read in the headlines.

 

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

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