Dangerous Past

Dangerous Past

by Allen Ebbers

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Overview

Airline Captain Frank Braden is being stalked by unknown assailants who must arrange his death to look like a suicide or an accident before a specific deadline. He is given the choice of following his assassins demands or forfeiting his wife's life. Braden must choose between doing what ought to be done or keeping his family alive by allowing a murderous and powerful Washington VIP to escape his past.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940013376106
Publisher: Silverhawk Books
Publication date: 01/09/2008
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 33,027
File size: 232 KB

About the Author

A.F. EBBERS, A journalism graduate of Ohio University, was a reporter/writer for major newspapers, ad agencies, and worked in public relations. A military pilot, he served two tours in Vietnam and later flew for corporations and airlines. He has written for numerous national magazines and has written screenplays and short stories. Today he lives with his wife in the Austin, Texas area. Dangerous Past is his debut novel. For more info see website: www.afebbers.com

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Dangerous Past 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author could use a better proof reader. Sorry, but to The author needs a better proof reader. Sorry, so many errors for a short story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book i have read in awhile
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When a bomb is planted onboard his flight, it's clear that someone wants Captain Frank Braden out of the picture. As the painful events of his past come back to haunt him, Frank goes on an intriguing journey to figure out the identity of the person who is trying to kill him. As he starts putting the pieces of the puzzle together, Frank unravels the mystery surrounding his brother's death during the Vietnam War. However, by stirring the pot, Frank puts his own life in jeopardy by bringing to the forefront things that were long buried and forgotten. His days are numbered unless he can somehow vindicate himself and bring the killer to justice. This is a suspenseful book that will leave you on the edge of your seat at the end of every chapter. If you enjoy the thriller-mystery-suspense genre, then you're in for a real treat.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: For the most part. I have mixed feelings about this book. On the positive side, Mr. Ebbers tells a great story. It’s interesting, entertaining, and easy to read. His characters are likeable and easy to root for. If that’s all you’re looking for in a novel, stop reading now and go buy the book. Enjoy. But as a reviewer, I have to be a little more discriminating. While I enjoyed the book overall, I got tangled in the weeds of those pesky details that just seemed off to me. Here are a few inconsistencies I tried really hard to overlook but in the end, I just couldn’t: - After getting out of a river where he narrowly escapes his assassin, he rushes to the house and tells his wife, “Get me a wet towel, quick.” I spent several minutes flipping back and forth through the book trying to figure out if there was a reason he needed a wet towel after swimming in a river. I never found one. - The book seems outdated. The bad guys use payphones. If you ask many readers today what a “Payphone” is, they’ll likely tell you it’s a song by Maroon 5. - A helicopter carrying the villain landed in our main character’s backyard and is considered untraceable. A helicopter??  In a neighborhood backyard??  No tweets??? No Instagram???? Even the Navy Seals couldn’t get in and out of the bin Laden compound without being outted on Twitter. - I could go on listing these examples for pages, but I promise this is the last one. The main character is very athletic. He swims, he runs, he shoots bad guys, crash lands airplanes, and is a Viet Nam vet. All the Viet Nam vets I know are sliding past 70 or flying headfirst into 80. I know vets are tough, but that’s a tall order for even the most athletic 70- to 80-year-old. Would I recommend it: If you want a good story and don’t get hung up by confusing details or inconsistencies, it’s a fun, easy read. Will I read it again: No. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.)
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
The dual story lines of this thriller come together like two out of control freight trains on a collision course with one another. The resounding impact creates quite a jolt. Author A.F. Ebbers weaves a compelling narrative of high octane, super charged twists. This action packed suspense novel never lets up. The plot is dynamic and engaging enough to fly through in one sitting. Ebbers is a writer with a fertile imagination. He seamlessly connects the dots between an execution style murder in the Vietnam War with a plane crash in the present day. The link is his protagonist, commercial airline pilot, Frank Braden. Frank's brother is the one who was killed in the jungle all those years ago, and now the perpetrator is out to silence him, planting a bomb on his aircraft and nearly killing everyone onboard. The scenes that ensue are pulse pounding as the killer sets Frank in his crosshairs after his first attempt goes awry. He drugs Frank and leaves his vehicle sitting astride a busy set of railroad tracks. He helicopters onto his back lawn to threaten the lives of his children. He kidnaps his wife, a highly respected surgeon, in the middle of her hospital ward. He's a cunning and daring adversary, who always seems to be a step ahead of his prey. The final showdown between the two is an epic standoff as Frank must battle a raging river in order to save his wife from the clutches of this homicidal maniac, whose sanity slowly starts to unravel when he passes the point of no return. Frank knows the only way out is by taking him down. The final chapters lead to a heart stopping conclusion worthy of such a gripping tale. Ebbers succeeds in leaving his signature mark on the tried and true suspense genre. He's a promising debut author who certainly leaves readers clamoring for more of his innovative plot devices. He's a daredevil of a writer, willing to take chances, making his brand of adventurous storytelling all the more entertaining and unique.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Location, location, location. For a good thriller, you have to have movement. And A.F. Ebbers goes backwards and forwards in time, journeying to many different locales. The Vietnam War era shifts to the present. An affluent Texan housing development is visited before traveling to the corridors of power in Washington DC. Buckle your seatbelt and turn on your time travel devices because you're in for one heck of a thrill ride. The novel kicks off with a shady murder and wartime coverup that happened nearly half a century ago. Then you're instantly transported forward in time to the current day inside the cockpit of a plane as a flight crew desperately tries to save their doomed aircraft after it was ripped apart in midair by a bomb. The shift from a jungle assassination to a plane in mayday is meant to be disconcerting. You can tell the author wants the reader to feel just as upended and confused as the main character, Frank. Why was it so important to start off with that Vietnam murder scene? Because it shows just how long Frank's been living with the mystery surrounding his brother's death. He's been replaying it over and over again in his head, nearly all his life and he's no closer to finding closure until his plane is ripped out of the sky. After all these years, the trail is no longer running cold. Instead, it's heating up in a hurry. Ebbers does an admirable job in engaging the reader. You can't help but root for Frank to figure it out and finally get some vengeance for his brother's death. It's been a long time coming and while the going gets tough, now he can at least see the light at the end of the tunnel. He's able to uncover the identity of his brother's killer before going head to head with him in a battle of survival. It's always good to see the underdog trounce those in power, especially when they're as corrupt as the criminals that Frank's up against. It's not easy for a regular guy to seek justice and clear his name when the deck is so clearly stacked against him. His enemy even kidnaps his dog and stuffs the bomb in its dead body before putting it on Frank's flight. Why? To frame the incident as a suicide attempt on account his unexpected financial difficulties. How sick and twisted is that? These people are ruthless and they'll stop at nothing to silence Frank. But he refuses to stay quiet, and you have to admire him for that. I don't know too many people who would risk it all in order to right a wrong. But Ebbers creates a character willing to go the extra mile for those he loves. And that's a heartening and uplifting concept for any novel, much less a suspense thriller. Kudos to A.F. Ebbers for deftly infusing such a powerful message in the guise of a mystery novel. It made me like it even more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
MISS SAIGON, THE BOURNE IDENTITY or A FEW GOOD MEN? In my mind, I kept shuffling through freeze frames of these different different stories when perusing the pages of this book. Not that that's a bad thing. DANGEROUS PAST has a little something for everyone. Flashbacks to the Vietnam War. A man and woman running for their lives. A military cover-up of mammoth proportions. It's all in there and then some. If there's one thing I can say about this novel - it may have a multiple personality disorder - but it's certainly not boring. It moves, or better yet, it flies. The pace is non-stop from beginning to end. The only time it hits a little bit of a speed bump is when it delves into the inner workings of a prostitution/drug smuggling ring in Southeast Asia. This extemporaneous foray into the backstory provides the crux of the whodunit, but it could have been alluded to in a few paragraphs instead of multiple chapters, but really that's my only complaint. Otherwise, the drama is action packed. Plane bombings. Car crashes. People hurled off waterfalls. People thrown into flood-swollen rivers. Lethal packages sent in the mail. Congressional hearings with surprise foreign guests. Assassins gunning people down in front of the Lincoln Memorial. FBI agents falling like flies. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Usually, I'm not a fan of so many subplots, but for some reason for this particular book it works. It's an entertaining mixture of superfluous details and head scratcher moments that somehow add up to a cohesive whole. It's all about taking the best parts of each genre and mashing them together for maximum enjoyment. There's a tragic love story between a hooker and a G.I. There's a husband and wife trying desperately to stay alive while being hunted by a powerful adversary. There's a conglomeration of high ranking military men trying to cover up their illegal activity by spilling even more blood. Conspiracy theories abound. If you're in the mood for something completely different, try this. It's off the wall, yet captivating. A.F. Ebbers throws everything in but the kitchen sink, but his writing style makes you want to tag along on a wild and crazy ride. He's good at laying a trap to get you to keep reading. It's all about hooking the reader and he definitely knows how to do that. Man, I can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
TheCharacterConnection More than 1 year ago
Captain Frank Braden is a guy's guy. An airline pilot. A CIA covert agent. A hotblooded lover. But he sure knows how to stumble into dangerous situations. Does he tremble when a high ranking government official puts a target on his back? Not at all. The only thing that scares him is his fear of water. That's right. He can handle being roughed up by a trained hit man. He can bounce back from falling hundreds of feet out of the sky. Just don't dunk his head underwater or he's toast. Hey, every man has his kryptonite. Frank's way of thinking is an interesting blend of old school rationale and modern yuppie suburbia. He's a sex-crazed man obsessed with his wife's body. In fact, he can't get her tight curves out of his head. But at the same time, he's okay with his little woman making more money than him. His wife is a surgeon, while he nearly bankrupted the family through some shoddy investments in the stock market. When he's put on suspension from his job, she's the one literally supporting him. It's a tough pill to swallow, but he's more concerned about her leaving him than having to downgrade their upper middle class lifestyle. He's okay with playing the role of stay-at-home spouse rather than give her up. He'll do anything to save their marriage because it's what he values above all else. Frank is a romantic at heart, and his assailant knows it. It's not hard for him to pinpoint Frank's weakness when he abducts his lovely wife. The perp knows there's nothing Frank wouldn't do for her, and Frank plays right into his hands. It doesn't take much to lure him to an isolated, wilderness environment in the hope of finishing the two of them off. What the predator doesn't count on is that a woman in danger can be just as resourceful as the man in her life. Together, Frank and his wife work as a team to gain their freedom and thwart the evil intentions of a madman. On a side note, Frank's wife, Nicole, is a pretty awesome chick. Since her father was a mechanic, she knows a thing or two about cars, and she's able to save Frank from disaster by repairing the damage done to her vehicle with her own two hands. She's gritty and tough, and assists Frank on more than one occasion as a capable partner and trusted ally. I'm a fan of husband and wife pairings that compliment each other and these two certainly are a good match.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dangerous Past by A.F. Ebbers is both a mystery and a thriller.  I was intrigued from the beginning.  This is a fast and enjoyable read.   Also, the book surprised me, and will probably surprise you.  There’s no sex in it.  There’s no nod to the current cultural preference to prove how modern, how “hip,” how “up-to-date,” the author is, by making one of his characters, gay, or having gay children, or living with his gay partner.  Instead, (Make sure you’re sitting down.) the author relied on his talent.  I repeat.  The author relied on his talent! Imagine that.  A successful novel with no sex, no gay culture, relying on pure, unadulterated talent.    Dangerous Past is so well written than you care about the characters, Frank Braden, Nicole, the FBI, the bad guys.  A. F. Ebbers skillfully employs flashbacks.  The pace will have you staying up later than usual, to see what develops. The story begins with an explosion on an airplane.  The major character, Frank Braden, is the pilot of a Boeing 737 airliner with 110 people on board.  Miraculously, Frank only loses one person, an airline attendant, and lands the plane.  He’s a hero—for a while. Shockingly unbelievable, the police, actually, the FBI, (standard procedure with airplanes), think Frank is trying to kill himself.   Adding to the drama, are flashbacks to Franks’ service in Vietnam.  They are not distractions; they’re background.  They are needed because that’s actually where the story begins.  It is because of crimes committed in Vietnam, that Frank is being stalked.   At first, the FBI think Frank is trying to commit suicide.  It takes some frustrating convincing, but gradually the police see that Frank’s  life is in danger because of something that happened in Vietnam.  It’s very suspenseful. If you love thrillers, you’ll love Dangerous Past.  If you love to be riveted to a story, you’ll love Dangerous Past.  If you love history,  you’ll love Dangerous Past.  I you love good, well written stories, with solid well drawn characters, you’ll love Dangerous Past.   I did. I did receive an e-copy of this book, from Tribute books, but I was not compensated to write a favorable review.  This is my honest  evaluation.
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
What a fast-paced thriller that kept me guessing at every turn! My interest never waned once as I was reading, and I struggled to put it down. Just about the time I thought I had it figured out, the author threw in a curve ball that I did not see coming. I enjoyed practically every aspect of this book. No sex scenes (yes!), and profanity was minimal--almost not worth mentioning. I sometimes grew tired of all the flash backs, but again, it was not enough to spoil my enjoyment of the book. The characters were well-developed, and I found my heart nearly stopping during the fast-paced action of the book. When an author can cause me to care about the main characters, I know this is a book that is well-written. I am so glad I continued reading once I finished the prologue. I say that because I did not find the prologue terribly exciting, and I figured I would not like the book. Was I ever wrong! Never judge a book by the prologue. I don't want to give away anything, so all I will say is that if you want a book that is a fast-paced summer read, look no further. You will not be sorry! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Mrsjonsey More than 1 year ago
Good book!  This is a fast paced, page turner book.  Captain Frank Braden is under suspicion for bringing a jet airline down in an  apparent suicide attempt.  Frank spends the rest of the book trying to prove this theory wrong.  A  good written book that keeps you entertained and trying to figure out how it will end.   I give it 3 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In memory of silverhawk from tumblekit
mysterybook_nerd98 More than 1 year ago
A fast paced read, I thought the author did a good job in describing action sequences. I felt as if I was experiencing what Frank was experiencing. There were some typos, however I didn't find them distracting. I also liked how the author weaved in historical facts in with the plot. A nice debut novel. I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Stressed_Rach More than 1 year ago
Dangerous Past is a fast paced story, I was gripped from the very beginning. It was quite scary with a bomb planted in a plane that the main character Frank, a pilot, is flying. Frank has been set up and it starts to look like Frank is in fact on a suicide mission which obviously he isn’t but when he is sacked from his job and worried for his and his families lives he decides that he will find the person who is trying to ruin his life but that means raking up the past with secrets and memories that were best left where they were. That is where I am ending because I do not want to spoil it for potential readers. It is a great plot. I didn’t think I would like the book but it proved me wrong and I enjoyed it a lot. It was very well written and hats off to A F Ebbers for a fantastic book.
tabularasa92 More than 1 year ago
I think it was Spider Robinson, who said (in Callahan's Crosstime Saloon) that people should write about things that they know, irrespective of what those things are. I have paraphrased it, of course, what he said was definitely much funnier. I realized how true that was as I read this book. The author's confidence with his own material is striking throughout the book and that makes it unlike most debut novels. The book is a page turner and can be read in one, exciting sitting. The suspense is well maintained and quite frustrating (in a good way.) I could never figure out what was going to happen next and the author kept me well on the edge of my seat throughout the book. I loved the climax and the shocking revelations it brought. The theme of the book is also haunting and the title perfectly suits the story. The idea that someone can be so thoroughly framed is scary. The setting is very visual, and I liked the descriptions of Vietnam. The characters are convincing and not overly stereotypical. I liked the dialogue, I think very few authors can write good, realistic conversations. My only problem with the book might have been the jumps in time and point of view and the confusion caused by them. Another thing was that the plot and action was at times a bit cliched and it felt too much like watching a movie. But in a combo of mystery, suspense, thriller, that is to be expected of most books. Dangerous Past by A. F. Ebbers is a riveting read and I recommend fans of the genre as well as anyone looking for a fast read to try it out.
WantedReaders More than 1 year ago
Frank Braden is faced with identifying who is trying to kill him and why. His past has returned to haunt him and revenge runs deep. Frank must use his past experiences and knowledge to figure out how to save himself and his family from certain death. Wow!!! I was not expecting this read to be so intense. I felt a range of emotions and was pleasantly surprised by each one. Just as I thought the ride was over I was blind sighted by some new information that changed the course of things. This is a quick read as you will have difficulty putting it down. Ebbers weaves an intriguing mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat and turning the pages. With glimpses of the Vietnam war seen from both sides and how decisions made then continue to chance present day lives, Ebbers keeps you on your toes.
TheStuffofSuccess More than 1 year ago
This was a very intriguing story with so many twists and turns. If you want action, drama, mystery and crime - this book is for you. Frank and his wife Nicole are constantly trying to figure out why someone is trying to kill them. Who is that someone? And what could they possibly have against them? Soon they will figure it out but is it too late? The story includes this massive web spun from the past during the vietnam war. In the middle of Frank and Nicole trying to figure out what is going on they must also contend with accusations from the FBI about whether or not Frank is trying to commit suicide at all costs because they are going through a very difficult financial period. This is not the typical type of story that I would read but I did enjoy it. Out of a five star rating I would give it a four. I am participating in this tour and review via Partner in Crime Tours. All opinions good or bad are my own.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Check out the full review at Kritters Ramblings A prologue starts the book in Vietnam during the height of the war on the battlefield and confused me a little as to where the story was going to go, but as soon as we hit present day in Chapter 1, I was able to start finding the pieces of the puzzle and putting them slowly together. Frank Braden is our main character and as we quickly finds out lost a brother in the war in Vietnam and someone is out to see that he doesn't make it to see tomorrow. Although there are hints as to who this person is, the reader isn't quite sure until the right moment in the book.