Books by John J. Nance

Gripping Edge-of-your-seat Thrillers & Unforgettable non-fiction written in John’s award-winning style, a style that Kirkus Reviews once hailed as “Novelistic Non-Fiction."

GOLDEN BOY, (Aiken Press, 2003)

In an age where business is too often seen as brutal combat devoid of ethics and human concern, the amazing story of Harold Simmons’s journey from bank trainee to one of the nation’s… wealthiest, most successful corporate investors is an inspiring record of intelligence, honesty, and faith in the American system. It is also a…
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16 SOULS, (Wild Blue Press, 2016)A pilot’s emergency maneuver lands him in court in this thriller by a New York Times–bestselling author who “knows how to keep his readers turning pages.” —Booklist

On takeoff from Denver during a winter blizzard, an airliner piloted by veteran Captain Marty Mitchell overruns a commuter plane from behind. Bizarrely, the fuselage of the smaller aircraft is tenuously wedged onto the wing of his Boeing 757, leading Mitchell to an impossible life-or-death choice.Mitchell’s decision will land the former military pilot in the…
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LOCKOUT, (WildBlue Press, 2013)A passenger plane is electronically hijacked—and may be aimed at a target that could kill millions: “A wild ride through the night sky.” —Capt. “Sully” Sullenberger, #1 New York Times–bestselling author

 Over the Atlantic in the dark of night, the electronic brain of Pangia Airlines Flight 10 quietly and without warning disconnects all the cockpit controls and reverses course on its own. The crew of the huge Airbus 330 at first senses nothing, the flight displays still showing them on course to New York. But with…
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WHY HOSPITALS SHOULD FLY, (SecondRiver Healthcare Press, Bozeman)

Tackling the third-rail issues of patient safety and hospital quality in an unprecedented way, this compelling and easy-to-read book has become a major influence on how hospitals, doctors, and nurses embrace the lessons learned of human failures and the indispensable role of teamwork, those primary lessons having come from the aviation industry.  This work was…
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ORBIT, (Simon and Schuster, 2005)

For Kip Dawson, winning a passenger seat on an American Space Adventures spacecraft is a dream come true.  One grand shot of self-indulgent insanity, he figures, and he can return to his mundane earthbound existence fulfilled. But the thrill turns to terror when a micrometeorite penetrates the capsule, leaving the radios as dead as the pilot.…
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SAVING CASCADIA , (Simon and Schuster, 2005)

As the Northwest‘s Cascadia Subduction Zone threatens to rupture in the wake of a series of smaller but devastating earthquakes, the folly of building a huge new resort on an earthquake sensitive coastal island comes to a head when hundreds of stranded vacationers try to escape the early signs of a seismic cataclysm which could…
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CHARTING the COURSE,  (With Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN) – (SecondRiver Healthcare Press, Bozeman, 2013)

As the physician protagonist from Why Hospitals Should Fly works to instill in a troubled Las Vegas hospital the lessons he’s learned from St.Michael’s, his new journey as CEO becomes a manual for inculcating the philosophies of the first book.  This is the planned follow-on work to WHY HOSPITALS SHOULD FLY, and as such it…
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FIRE FLIGHT, (Simon and Schuster, 2003)

Two national parks are burning, but the aircraft needed to douse the flames are falling apart, and veteran pilot Clark Maxwell is faced with trying to find out why and who’s cheating on the rules before more deaths occur.  This work was researched on site and has earned high praise from the aviation firefighting community. …
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SKYHOOK, (Putnam, 2003)

A “black” Air Force project is threatened by sabotage as a brilliant young engineer struggles to find and eliminate an extremely worrisome line of computer code that almost killed him – and the project.  Meanwhile, at first appearing to be unconnected, a veteran airline captain is equally desperate, in his case to regain his pilot’s…
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HEADWIND, (Putnam, 2001)

A real-life version of the Pinochet extradition case targeting John Harris, a beloved ex-President of the U.S., and involving a wild chase across Europe and the North Pacific, and careening through the Irish courts in Dublin.  A lightning fast, fun, and fulfilling read against the background of reality. BUY NOW
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Turbulence, (Putnam, 2002)

Deeply disgusted and angered airline passengers stage an airborne revolt at precisely the worst moment.  Professionals in the airline industry claimed to know who each member of this functional flight crew was modelled after, but the guessing game continues.  A seminal novel illustrating the ultimate costs of poor employee treatment. BUY NOW
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BLACKOUT, (Putnam, 2001)

FBI Special Agent Kat Bronsky is back and fighting for her life and the lives of seven survivors of a terrorist-caused accident. BUY NOW
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The Last Hostage (Doubleday, 1998)

An aggrieved father/airline captain hijacks his own airliner to force prosecution of the man he thinks killed his daughter, and a rookie FBI negotiator named Kat Bronsky tries to talk him down to save over 130 lives – including her own. BUY NOW
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Medusa’s Child  (Doubleday, 1997)

A heart-pounding thriller about 5 people trapped aboard a cargo jet with a ticking nuclear bomb that could destroy all the computers in the northern hemisphere.  Also a successful ABC Mini-Series. BUY NOW
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Pandora’s Clock (Doubleday, 1995)

A major Worldwide New York Times Bestseller and a highly successful NBC Mini-Series about a race against time with a doomsday virus threatening the world.A plane carrying a supervirus searches for a place to land in this “combination of The Hot Zone and Speed” by a New York Times–bestselling author (USA Today). On a snowy road in a German forest, Ernest…
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Phoenix Rising (Crown, 1994)

Internationally acclaimed aviation insider and novelist John J. Nance moves with polished ease and compelling authenticity from the cockpit to the boardroom in a world where the big three U.S. airlines have achieved national dominance, with high prices and poor service. Challenging them comes a new, visionary airline, one that combines a great name from…
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Scorpion Strike (Crown, 1992)

A military techno-thriller set after the kick off of the first Gulf War(Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield) when two estranged friends , both now Air Force Colonels, bump into each other in the middle of the Saudi Arabian desert. BUY NOW
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What Goes Up (William Morrow, 1991)

As important and relevant in the arena of global climate change as ON SHAKY GROUND is for earthquakes, WHAT GOES UP garnered high praise from Business Week (among many others) for demystifying and depoliticizing the realities of atmospheric science surrounding the accelerated slide into global atmospheric change.  Written with the pace of a thriller and…
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On Shaky Ground (William Morrow, 1988)

In the 1980’s, most Americans erroneously believed that the threat of serious earthquake damage in the U.S. was confined to California and Alaska.  This was the gripping and fast-paced book that changed all that, documenting through the lens of the personal quests of many seminal geophysical scientists the fact that 34 states stood in direct…
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Blind Trust(William Morrow, 2000)

The glib promises of low fares trumpeted by naive and overeager deregulators in the late 1970’s created a dangerous mix of entrepreneurial airlines run by people who understood little to nothing about airline safety Driven by profitability as their holy grail, such money men built amateurish flight operations in too many “low cost airlines,” which,…
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Splash of Colors (William Morrow, 1984)

Highly-Praised, Splash of Colors is the edge-of-your-seat story of one of the most dynamic airlines in history as it captured the imagination of a generation with cutting edge imagery – including easter-egg colored airplanes and outrageous uniforms – and then spiraled into bankruptcy.  As a grossly underqualified new president (hired away from Southwest Airlines where…
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