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  • By Ronald W. Hull
    Aug 1, 2012
    Weaver's Needle is the first novel of retired airline manager, Roland Smith. Using his considerable knowledge of airlines and commercial aircraft, and the culture of commercial airline employees, Smith has spun a fictional sequel to the infamous D.B. Cooper hijacking that is to be admired both for its writing and for its technical accuracy. The hero, Jack Traner, is the typical engineer, caught up in the circumstances of his company's poor decisions about profit, employee welfare, and safety, that is a metaphor for the way many companies are operating in today's financially driven economy. Trainer is just one of the many disgruntled employees out there because of the operating practices used by greedy executives and curmudgeon bosses who have risen to power by using Machiavellian practices. After his wife's death caused by the neglect of his superiors, Jack Traner plots his revenge and carries it out in minute detail. An unfortunate incident threatens to unravel his perfectly executed... More > plan; but, as with any good novel, an appropriate twist saves the day. The only drawbacks are that the desert incident would seem to be very unlikely and the total escape of a suspect with complete known history and identification, including age, fingerprints, photos and known skill sets by the FBI and Interpol could succeed. Roland Smith's story is very straightforward and easy to follow. His characters are well developed and the interpersonal relationships are very strong and believable. I highly recommend anyone interested in airplanes, airlines, corporation politics, or D.B. Cooper read this novel. However, anyone interested in a contemporary, well thought out, hijacker as Robin Hood story, should read it for pure enjoyment. Ronald W. Hull, author of It's in the Water and Other Stories and four novels.< Less
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Product Details

Roland Smith
July 13, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
2.04 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
5.5 wide x 8.5 tall
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