Guest Blogger Thriller Author Allan Leverone talks about the story behind ‘Final Vector’

We have a special guest blogger today.  Allan Leverone, author of the thriller novel, Final Vector, is here with us to talk about the story behind the writing of his book!

Here’s what his book is about:

Air traffic controller Nick Jensen’s life is in a shambles. His wife Lisa has died following a horrific automobile wreck and the authorities suspect foul play. He finds evidence suggesting Lisa, a Pentagon auditor, had discovered potentially treasonous material on a fellow employee’s computer, a man who also winds up dead.
Desperate to escape the pain, Nick throws himself into his work and is on duty at the radar ATC facility serving Boston’s Logan Airport on the night U.S. President Robert Cartwright is scheduled to fly into Boston. Armed terrorists storm the facility, killing the security staff and taking Nick’s fellow controller hostage as he works.
Nick escapes capture, but with time running out, must use the information from his murdered wife to unravel the terrorists’ plot and stop an assassination while outnumbered, unarmed and on the run…
The Story Behind Final Vector
by Allan Leverone

I’ve worked as an air traffic controller for nearly the last thirty years, since being hired as a raw rookie by the FAA in 1982 at the age of twenty-two, making it the only real full-time job I’ve ever held.

So it seems only natural that aviation would be the subject of my debut novel, Final Vector, a thriller about air traffic controller Nick Jensen, a man whose wife has died under suspicious circumstances and who finds himself drawn into a plot to assassinate U.S. President Robert Cartwright.

Unfortunately, thanks to the devastating attacks of September 11, 2001, the attention of many of the world’s terror organizations has been focused for the last decade on aviation as their target of choice for attempted mayhem. And in a twisted way, it makes sense. An attack on airplanes affects us all, because who doesn’t fly? Who hasn’t felt a little twinge of nervousness walking into a long skinny aluminum tube preparing to rocket five miles into the sky?

Final Vector is my way of combining decades of aviation experience with a love for the thriller genre, asking the horrifying question, “What if?” What if an organization bent on pulling off the ultimate assassination managed to procure information regarding transportation of lethal weapons and hijacked those weapons?

What if the same organization learned the itinerary of the President of the United States, and staged a takeover of a critical air traffic control facility—with no one in the outside world the wiser—on the day the president was to fly into the airport served by that facility?

And what if that terrorist group were to force the air traffic controllers, at gunpoint, to place their target—Air Force One—in the exact location needed for a deadly missile attack, with only one man standing between these people and the success of their mission?

What if that man was unarmed and alone, with no way to contact the authorities and no way to get help? What if?

To learn more about Final Vector, as well as my upcoming projects, please check out I love to hear from readers and welcome constructive feedback concerning my work.

Thanks so much to As the Pages Turn for giving me an opportunity to connect with your readers. As a debut novelist, I am by definition an unknown quantity, and well aware of the difficulty in convincing people to spend their hard-earned money on my creation. You guys are awesome!

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