Point Of Impact (1996), by John Nichol essays
John Nichol'sfirst novel, Point Of Impact, is an amazingly gripping thriller in which Flight Lieutenant Drew Miller takes it upon himself to find out why Air Force jets are dropping out of the sky on practice flights' Even if it takes his own life. I guarantee that once you start reading, you won't be able to put this book down.
Drew Miller is an English pilot that flies fast jets called Tempests for the RAF. When a close friend is killed on a training mission he suspects nothing, but when his own jet stops responding to controls when he is out flying, he wants to find out why. Drew starts researching the history of aircraft crashes and despite strict orders to stop, he continues trying to uncover the mystery. He is then sent to fight in Serbia, where another plane he is flying loses control and crashes in enemy territory. The Serbs kill his best friend and navigator but he survives and after running for days, escapes from there with a team of American solders. Drew keeps trying to find out why the planes fall out of the sky but to find out whether or not he cracks it, you have to read the book.
This book is excellently written, seeming close to real life many times throughout the story. The plot is well constructed and I didn't notice a single plot-hole. The characters are also well constructed, well enough that when he writes you feel like you know the person you are reading about. It has a fast-moving dialogue that doesn't hang around one topic for any longer than it has to but still captures the moment perfectly. The story is also very convincing, as John Nichol has combined hisfirst-hand combat experience and excellent writing skills to create a work of art. The vivid descriptions make you feel as though you are really there, watching the whole story unfold.
This exciting book would be an enjoyable read for anyone over twelve. As well as being an excellent thriller this book has relationships,