FLYING Magazine’s Captain Les Abend reviews ‘Captain’

      When Thomas Block retired from airline flying in April, 2000, not too long after that he also retired from his position as Contributing Editor for FLYING Magazine (the world’s largest circulation aviation magazine), a position he held for over 20 years.  Replacing him was Captain Les Abend (American Airlines).  Captain Abend has now read ‘Captain’, and here are his comments:               Les Abend’s Review of...

‘Captain’ Video Trailer

    Video Trailer for ‘Captain’     The Internet has changed our world in countless ways, and it has certainly made an enormous impact on everything to do with the writing and the marketing of novels.  When I was younger, even science fiction writers weren’t conjuring up something as powerful and as magical as the online link we all now have such easy access to.  With it, we can be in a real-time...

Retired Eastern Air Lines Pilots Feature ‘Captain’

     The Retired Eastern Air Lines Pilots Association has graciously given the aviation theme/action-adventure thriller ‘Captain’ a full page featured spot in their quarterly publication! They join several other retired airline employee groups who have provided ‘Captain’ with a featured space in their print and online publications. Here is a copy of that full-page display!            ...

‘My Devotional Thoughts’ Review

While it is always satisfying to get positive reviews, the ones that particularly get our attention are where the reviewer saw and commented on many of the same characteristics of the story that we were specifically trying to build when the novel Captain was being created.  Here is a review from the website and blog “My Devotional Thoughts”, which can be found at www.mydevotionalthoughts.com, and a Facebook site of the same...

Author Nelson DeMille August Newsletter

For the fans of my very good friend author Nelson DeMille, I’m sure that some of you have already seen the Nelson DeMille August newsletter, which just came out today. He announced that The Panther was finished (but most of you who come to our website and/or read my own newsletter already knew that, since I had already ‘let the panther out of the bag’ a short while ago). Once again, Nelson mentioned my...

On a Book Tour: A good Author Interview

I’ve done a great many book tours over the years, including a few radio/TV/newspaper mega-tours that included not only most of the U.S., but also England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand.  Different parts of these tours have run the range from great to horrible, although the overall experience was always memorable!  Now, in the era of Internet, so much is done online and book tours are no exception. For Captain, we’ve launched with several...

Particular Reviews

It is so enormously heartening to get the sort of feedback that I’ve been getting these past few months.  While almost all the reviews of Captain have been quite positive (naturally, there have been those scattered few who have said this novel wasn’t what they were looking for; that’s to be expected and since I know up front that no one person can be all things to all people, I try not to get...

Author Interview: “The First 7500 Words”

Here is an online Author Interview that appeared on Monday, July 30, 2012 at the site “The First 7500 Words”.  They have an interesting format wherein they read only the first 7500 words of a novel to see if it ‘grabs’ the reader in several categories (characters, plot, potential, etc) since most readers will only give a book so many pages to get their full attention.  The site had done a review of Captain...

Nelson DeMille talks about ‘Captain’ in his June newsletter.

  June 1, 2012 I’m very pleased to be able to report that my very close friend author Nelson DeMille (my co-author on ‘Mayday’ that was revised in 1997, reissued and eventually became the CBS Movie of the Week in October, 2005) has talked about my new novel ‘Captain’ in his June newsletter. Here is an excerpt from that post to all Nelson DeMille fans: “………..Moving right along, my childhood friend, Thomas Block, has...

Reality imitates art: US Airways Flight and the novel ‘Captain’

        Reality Imitates Art: US Airways Flight and the novel Captain   In a display of reality imitating art, on May 8, 2012, a US Airways flight from Dublin to Charlotte (Flight 725), using a Boeing 757, was at just about the middle of the North Atlantic ocean crossing when the aircraft’s right engine unexpectedly went into a full overspeed condition – and beyond!   Because of all that extra and unwanted...