Wednesday, March 23, 2016
After finishing this incredibly fast paced, action packed, thrill ride (literally) I came away with one question: Can you actually fly a Boeing 727 jet two hundred feet above the ground at over one hundred and fifty miles an hour in a thunderstorm, blind, with the only directions given by somebody in an AWACs plane a couple hundred miles away? Donlay certainly made me believe that you could. Philip Donlay’s books are to flying like Zane Grey’s stories are to big game fishing. To do it right you have to know how it’s done. An important and critical point of a Donlay thriller is that the technology does not get in the way of the story. Not easy to do with Gulfstream jets, helicopters, and commercial jets as characters seemingly in their own right. While, at times, a little (ok, a lot) of over the top action, Pegasus Down is one more reason why we read Philip Donlay’s Donovan Nash stories. This is a jet fueled international escapade with rough, tough bad guys that seldom allow the niceties of civilization get in the way of their evil ambitions.