The Long Reach of Modern Social Media

Here is a personal experience that we recently had of how the social media connections we participate in these days can often reach out much further and wider than we ever imagined was possible:         In addition to our website at www.ThomasBlockNovels.com, we have participated at Facebook at two individual pages: www.Facebook.com/ThomasBlockNovels and (with the publication of our most recent novel)  www.Facebook.com/Captain.by.Thomas.Block.   It was on that Facebook site for Captain that we received the following...

‘Skyfall’ Sample Chapters

 Chapter excerpts from Skyfall   …”Thanks for the good job.” As he spoke, Nicholetti raised the pistol slightly. He gently pressed the trigger once, the hollow popping sound of the weapon’s silencer filling the interior of the white Ford. Alex Caldwell took the single bullet directly between his eyes. He, too, was dead before his body had toppled forward into the dashboard. With that, Nicholetti took off the weapon’s silencer and jammed it back...

‘Orbit’ Sample Chapters

  Chapter excerpts from Orbit   Prologue    After the supersonic Concorde airliner had been relegated to nothing but a historic artifact by the Fall of 2003, and with the fleet of NASA Space Shuttles executing their final missions before their phased-out retirement, there was suddenly a great deal of concern about a developing void on the commercial aviation and technological horizons.  Mankind was, the high-tech experts all agreed, about to take a giant...

‘Open Skies’ Sample Chapters

   Chapter excerpts from Open Skies   …Bridges was stirring slightly and groaning, which meant that he’d be getting to his feet in a few minutes. “Get in.” Zarrillo jumped into the motorized tug just as it began to speed away towards the deeper shadows. “Christ, slow this damned thing down.” “Shut up.” The man at the wheel jerked the tug to a stop as he heard the first of several new sounds from...

‘Forced Landing’ Sample Chapters

    Chapter excerpts from Forced Landing   PROLOGUE This book didn’t start out to be anything like what the end result has become.  My original assignment had been to compile and then create a piece of historical fiction on the lives and contributions of various United States Secretaries of the Navy.  My storyline was to begin with Joseph Hewes who – in addition to being one of the signatories of the Declaration of...

‘Airship Nine’ Sample Chapters

        Chapter excerpts from Airship Nine   PROLOGUE    There are countless alternate realities existing in the infinite and ever-expanding Universe.  Those parallel states – those simultaneous states of being – are the depository of what one dimension might have been at a confluence of various critical cosmic factors.  These simultaneous states of being are not ideas, nor dreams nor nightmares, but, rather, they are an objective existence that has grew...

‘Captain’ Sample Chapters

  Chapter excerpts from Captain   PROLOGUE             The fire was directly behind them and catching up. Ray could not only feel the on-rushing hot and acrid air that rolled over them from behind, but he could sense the flames and, every now and then, would catch a glimpse of that holocaust when he dared peek over his shoulder. “Hurry,” he said as he and Katie ran down the long, narrow valley in northern...

Life on our Florida Ranch

Thomas Block, Author of ‘Captain’, talks about life on his Florida Ranch   My wife Sharon has been a horse-involved person her entire life, and she managed to finally get me involved soon after I retired from airline flying in April, 2000.  I rode my first horse when I was 56 years old, so I was definitely an older guy starting something totally new! You can see more about this at both of our...

Hezzi-D’s Book Review

  The Internet website ‘Hezzi-Di’s Books and Cooks’ reads and reviews Captain            ...

“CAPTAIN” – by Thomas Block

Thomas Block has created Captain – his most ambitious, intricate and action-packed novel yet . It is a chilling and all-too-real story about a routine Trans-Atlantic airline flight that suddenly turns absolutely insane. In the doomed airliner’s cockpit, inside the passenger cabin and on the ground, a complex array of characters have been propelled at jet speed into a sudden and frantic race for survival. Captain is about the individual and collective struggles of...

“ORBIT” – by Thomas Block

The Star Streak Hypersonic airliner is the successor to the supersonic Concorde. During a routine flight, an unexplainable engine malfunction hurls Consolidated Flight 14 far too high and into a low-earth orbit. With only limited oxygen onboard, Captain Donald Collins is about to try a desperate and unproven maneuver to save the ship and its 100 passengers. On the ground, one of the designers of the aircraft has discovered evidence that the airliner might...