Thunderbolt (Miranda Chase NTSB #2)
The best ground-attack support fighter jets ever built—the A-10 Thunderbolt “Warthogs”—are falling out of the sky.The Air Force brass repeatedly schemes to decommission this low-tech jet. They’ve been blocked by soldiers, pilots, and Congress…so far.The “Hog” lies at the crux of a high-tech struggle for power. An interagency skirmish that now rapidly descends into a battle fought on a global scale.Miranda Chase, air-crash savant for the National Transportation Safety Board, and her team dive in. The high-risk stakes mount in the battlespace—and a secret from their past could make them the next target. Miranda may become the spark that ignites a war.

Thunderbolt (Miranda Chase NTSB #2) Details

TitleThunderbolt (Miranda Chase NTSB #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 17th, 2019
PublisherBuchman Bookworks, Inc.
Rating
GenreThriller, War, Military Fiction

Thunderbolt (Miranda Chase NTSB #2) Review

  • Darcy
    January 1, 1970
    I think what I liked most about this book was how awkward Miranda is. At times she realizes it, at times not. It's always funny to see how everyone reacts to her. Most think she's a bitch at first, but then when her mind makes these crazy leaps and figures things out they realize she isn't a bitch, just not all that great with people. I thought it interesting that others are noticing her team "managing" her by not letting her get off on her "Miranda" tangents, better was Miranda starting to I think what I liked most about this book was how awkward Miranda is. At times she realizes it, at times not. It's always funny to see how everyone reacts to her. Most think she's a bitch at first, but then when her mind makes these crazy leaps and figures things out they realize she isn't a bitch, just not all that great with people. I thought it interesting that others are noticing her team "managing" her by not letting her get off on her "Miranda" tangents, better was Miranda starting to notice this as well. As a team they are really starting to gel and work well together, to depend on the others to get what they don't.I still want the CIA bitch to get hers though. She's so sneaky and gets away with everything. I want her to be found out and taken down in a spectacular way!
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  • Marlene
    January 1, 1970
    Originally published at Reading Reality“Friendly fire” – it sounds kind of warm and snuggly, doesn’t it? In a video game it can be no big deal – except for maybe the resulting trash talk. But in real life, in a real life military situation, it doesn’t matter whether the fire comes from friendlies or foes – because the result is just as deadly no matter who pulls the trigger. It also doesn’t matter whether you know which end of the fire you are on – or why you are on it or why it is happening at Originally published at Reading Reality“Friendly fire” – it sounds kind of warm and snuggly, doesn’t it? In a video game it can be no big deal – except for maybe the resulting trash talk. But in real life, in a real life military situation, it doesn’t matter whether the fire comes from friendlies or foes – because the result is just as deadly no matter who pulls the trigger. It also doesn’t matter whether you know which end of the fire you are on – or why you are on it or why it is happening at all. If it is really happening at all.The story in Thunderbolt is a wheels-within-wheels political technothriller – the kind the Tom Clancy used to write.But Miranda Chase isn’t like any of Clancy’s heroes – or anyone else’s. Clarissa Reese, on the other hand, is just the kind of self-centered and villainous operate that Clancy used to wrap whole books around.And the matchup between Chase and Reese is an absolute doozy every step of the way – even if – or especially because Chase never sees it that way.All that Miranda Chase ever sees is that there’s a plane (or two, or in this case nine) down, and that it’s up to her to figure out why it happened – so that she can prevent it from ever happening again. Or at least prevent it from ever happening again the exact same way.After all, that’s why Chase joined the NTSB in the first place, to prevent anyone else from losing their parents the same way that she lost hers – in a crash. Her single-minded focus – and possibly her neuro-atypicality – has made her a savant that even the military calls upon when the situation goes really really pear-shaped. And it makes her a fantastic protagonist for this thrill-a-minute ride of a series.Miranda Chase doesn’t seem to ever be the person that anyone expects – but when she’s what they need to solve the most complicated problem – she always delivers.Escape Rating A: I enjoyed Thunderbolt even more than I did the first book in Miranda Chase’s series, Drone. And I liked that one an awful lot. But Thunderbolt is even better – at least in part because the team has already been introduced and set up, so now we get to sit back and enjoy the ride as we watch them work.Part of what I love about this series so far is the team dynamic. It isn’t quite a “Five-Man Band” or at least not yet, but the roles that the members play do mirror the members of the trope, while at the same time turning the whole thing a bit on its head. Miranda, of course is the leader, and Jeremy is definitely the Smart Guy, but the “Chick” in this group is Mike, the only person whose specialty is human dynamics and not engineering or geekery of any kind. And in a complete subversion, the role of the Lancer (second-in-command) and Big Guy strongman is former SAS operative Holly. So a woman is in the traditional masculine roles while a man is in the traditional female role.I like a good subversion when it works and this one definitely does.The other fun thing about this series so far is that both the hero and the villain are women. Women who are at the top of their fields and are both smart and successful. They also represent very different versions of female protagonists/antagonists, as one uses her sexuality as a tool in her arsenal while the other acts as if she doesn’t have any. Another contrast is that one does most of her work through other people, while the other leads from the front. One is very much a manipulator while the other honestly doesn’t understand how other people think or what other people feel well enough to manipulate anyone. Her people follow her because they want to – and with eyes wide open.I will also say that the while both women are cold in their own ways, it’s Clarissa’s cold calculation of means and ends that really sent chills up my spine. And I hope we get to see her comeuppance in a not too distant entry in the series.But what makes this book and this series stand out is the edge-of-the-seat thriller of the plot. Just as with the “spheres” that Miranda Chase uses to analyze a crash site, the story begins with a broad focus on a narrow event. There’s a downed plane. Miranda’s team then pokes into, under and around every facet of the crash site and the downed plane. Despite temptation, they do not reach conclusions. They just gather evidence – often right before it blows up in their faces or over their heads. That painstakingly gathered evidence leads, slowly but inexorably, towards the reason why the plane crashed.That’s it’s never the obvious is what makes Miranda’s investigation so compelling to follow. That someone is out there trying to prevent her from discovering that non-obvious solution is what adds the accelerant to the incendiary device of this story, and puts readers right in the middle of the action watching for the explosion – or its prevention.I’ll admit that I can’t wait to see what catastrophe Miranda Chase draws as her next assignment, but I’m looking forward to finding out next year in Condor.“I received a free copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review.” And I honestly loved this story!
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  • Diane Flindt
    January 1, 1970
    Second Books in a Trilogy Are Always TrickyI love Book #1 in a series—the world building, the novel characters, the bad guy depicted at his evil worst. I love Book #3 in a series—the characters using their own natures and the world they inhabit to scramble around and come up with a plan to defeat the bad guy, finally, at the last minute. The bad guy, sensing how close he is to losing it all, behaves even more despicably—making his defeat all the more satisfying. Justice happens. Justice rules. Second Books in a Trilogy Are Always TrickyI love Book #1 in a series—the world building, the novel characters, the bad guy depicted at his evil worst. I love Book #3 in a series—the characters using their own natures and the world they inhabit to scramble around and come up with a plan to defeat the bad guy, finally, at the last minute. The bad guy, sensing how close he is to losing it all, behaves even more despicably—making his defeat all the more satisfying. Justice happens. Justice rules.But Book #2 can leave me less than enthused. And that’s how I feel about Thunderbolt. Oh, don’t get me wrong. I loved Book 1, Drone. I still love Miranda Chase and her ever-growing team. And while I welcome the newest team member, and I appreciated learning more about Jeremy, I still have questions about other characters—what’s with Holly, anyway? The world inhabited by the NTSB is still fascinating. Oh, the science/technology in Thunderbolt overwhelmed me at times, but I had confidence in Matt Buchman that he’d ultimately bring me up to speed on all the nuts and bolts. And he did.And the bad guy is getting worse which is both satisfying and frustrating at the same time. Satisfying because I can smell the denouement from here, the hand of God poised to make a flat patch out of the evil doer. Frustrating because I’m impatient and I want the comeuppance now, damn it.So I really liked Book 2, Thunderbolt, the massively complex plot, the layers of characters and events. Thoroughly engrossing for a book that isn’t Book #3. I received a free copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review.
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  • Annabelle
    January 1, 1970
    I’m a big fan of Buchman’s, and have read and loved almost everything he’s done. But I keep wanting to compare the books in this series to hard core military sci fI. Which does it a disservice, because it definitely isn’t that. It’s much more military thriller, set in the near future, which I’ve read very little of. So direct comparisons are difficult.I have to say, I think Buchman is on the edge of something really good... but he’s not there yet. There’s a lot of promise, but I was a little I’m a big fan of Buchman’s, and have read and loved almost everything he’s done. But I keep wanting to compare the books in this series to hard core military sci fI. Which does it a disservice, because it definitely isn’t that. It’s much more military thriller, set in the near future, which I’ve read very little of. So direct comparisons are difficult.I have to say, I think Buchman is on the edge of something really good... but he’s not there yet. There’s a lot of promise, but I was a little bored with Thunderbolt.Ha! I just realized I was rather bored with the Jack Reacher books I’ve read too, so maybe my issue is with the genre itself, or with cold, emotionally unavailable main characters, and not with the excellent plot, writing, or other elements.I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. I have been a fan of ML Buchman and have read all of his books. The first Miranda Chase book blew me away with the plot and characters. This one is even better. Miranda Chase is another Emily Beale as she builds a team to investigate crashes with the NTSB - but she doesn't realize that she is building a team. This book, like the first, is investigating Military crashes of an old plane, the Warthog. I really was I received a free copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. I have been a fan of ML Buchman and have read all of his books. The first Miranda Chase book blew me away with the plot and characters. This one is even better. Miranda Chase is another Emily Beale as she builds a team to investigate crashes with the NTSB - but she doesn't realize that she is building a team. This book, like the first, is investigating Military crashes of an old plane, the Warthog. I really was intrigued with the hackers and how they were able to control the airplanes and information (something I think could happen in real life). I wasn't fond of how the Daemon hacker ended up - but no one really knows for sure - would like to see her show up in a different story on the side of the good. Can't wait for #3!!
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  • Barbara Murrin
    January 1, 1970
    Even Better than the First Book!This second book in the series is even better than the first. It focuses on the mysterious aircraft sabotage incidents--both in tangible arenas and in the arena of coding--the planes, pilots, their abilities, and a whole lot of Miranda's brilliant thought processes. Like Jeremy, I'm totally in awe of Miranda (whose brilliance and social awkwardness reminds me in many ways of Connie from the Night Stalkers). I can hardly wait to read the next book.I purchased this Even Better than the First Book!This second book in the series is even better than the first. It focuses on the mysterious aircraft sabotage incidents--both in tangible arenas and in the arena of coding--the planes, pilots, their abilities, and a whole lot of Miranda's brilliant thought processes. Like Jeremy, I'm totally in awe of Miranda (whose brilliance and social awkwardness reminds me in many ways of Connie from the Night Stalkers). I can hardly wait to read the next book.I purchased this book (although I also received a copy from the publisher for an honest review).
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  • Theresa Wall
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! I really enjoyed the first installment of the Miranda Chase NTSB books, Drone. Book 2 does not disappoint! Thunderbolt is packed full of detail, technical and otherwise. As each puzzle piece of the mystery falls into place, my mind is jumping to solve the next piece of the puzzle. I enjoyed getting to know more about the main characters and meeting the new ones. Definitely a must read, I can’t wait for Book 3! I received a free copy of this title from the publisher for an honest Loved it! I really enjoyed the first installment of the Miranda Chase NTSB books, Drone. Book 2 does not disappoint! Thunderbolt is packed full of detail, technical and otherwise. As each puzzle piece of the mystery falls into place, my mind is jumping to solve the next piece of the puzzle. I enjoyed getting to know more about the main characters and meeting the new ones. Definitely a must read, I can’t wait for Book 3! I received a free copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review.
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  • Charlene Long
    January 1, 1970
    Another great thriller from Buchman! I have to admit my main genre is romance but these books suck me in like few do. The Miranda Chase series is as full of intrigue, mystery and twists as all of Buchman's are and I find it irresistible. So few writers have the ability to speak in such deep technical and military language while still keeping the reader riveted but these are spot on. In this second book, we see Miranda and her team continue to grow as a family as they each continue to find their Another great thriller from Buchman! I have to admit my main genre is romance but these books suck me in like few do. The Miranda Chase series is as full of intrigue, mystery and twists as all of Buchman's are and I find it irresistible. So few writers have the ability to speak in such deep technical and military language while still keeping the reader riveted but these are spot on. In this second book, we see Miranda and her team continue to grow as a family as they each continue to find their footing together. I cant wait for the next book in the series.
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  • Paula
    January 1, 1970
    I volunteered to read and review an advance readers copy of Thunderbolt . I enjoyed reading this intense story . This is book two in The Miranda Chase series . I love the quirkiness of Miranda . Her team of unique characters fit with her just great . It's a fantastic suspense and definitely an edge of your seat story .It was interesting from the start . It held my attention from start to finish . I highly recommend reading .
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  • Kim Vanravenswaay
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. I enjoyed, Thunderbolt. The funny thing about it is that some of the things that I like about it, are also the same things that I don't. There are a ton of facts, I mean a lot. Sometimes they went right over my head. Other times I found them to be helpful and almost humorous a points when Jeremy was involved. It did help to make Miranda's character unique.
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  • Reba King
    January 1, 1970
    "I received a free copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review." It's easy to give an honest review when you love a book as much as I did this one! Every scene with Miranda-- I liked her more. The team is well-developed, the plot is gripping, and I can't wait for the next book!
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  • Sara Downard
    January 1, 1970
    Warthog fighter jets are falling from the sky and Miranda must get to the bottom of what is going on. Book two in the Miranda Chase series is a must read military thriller that's a fast paced page turner. Highly recommended!!
  • Beverly
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review.I'm really starting to like this series. I like the characters as well as the action and suspense. This is a series that gets better if you read the series in order.
  • Barbara Renick
    January 1, 1970
    Gripping but also fun readingQuirky heroes using intelligence to track down the bad guys and gals in a science and militaristic milieu--I like it as much if not more than his Night Stalkers series
  • Mari
    January 1, 1970
    I really like Miranda and her quirks. The plot was very engaging and wrapped up well.
  • Theresa Hurley
    January 1, 1970
    Great story! Lots of suspense. Love her team!
  • Val Booklover
    January 1, 1970
    Really. Go get these books.
  • Celine
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this title from the publisher for an honest review. Absolutely enjoyed this second book. A lot of facts which makes the reader understand how complex Miranda Chase is. The secondary characters’ personalities are coming through more in this book.
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