Author: Terry Paddack
ISBN 978-1-60264-107-5 (softcover)
ISBN 978-1-60264-468-7 (eBook)
Kim Zabo of Zabo Resorts wants to expand her business to the Caribbean and has chosen Caribe Island to build a spa hotel, but only if the current airport is enlarged to allow aircraft that can accommodate more passengers. But with island sentiment set against a new airport and further island growth, the future of the hotel seems in doubt.
Air traffic controller Ford Sullivan is working in the Control Tower at Caribe when a Miami International Airlines jet lands long and skids off the end of the runway. With many of his friends on board the jet, including the parents of Mark Deyer, his new recruit-in-training, Ford helplessly watches the scene unfold before him.
The disaster turns the tide of public opinion in favor of a new and safer airport, but Tamara Gregory, a reporter for the only newspaper on Caribe, wonders about the timing of the crash.
Could the crash have been intentional? If so, whose interests would benefit most from the potential expansion?
The path to find the protagonist takes Ford and Tamara on a journey through three islands, peeling off ever deepening layers of involvement.
What they discover shakes the island to its core.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Terry Paddack's profession as an air traffic controller began on St. Thomas, Virgin Islands in 1976. After working for three years in the St. Thomas control tower, he transferred to Tucson, Arizona for a year and a half followed by a third career move to the New York Common IFR room at JFK airport.
In 1981 it was closed and replaced by a new facility called the New York TRACON, or Terminal Radar Approach Control. While training there, Terry joined over 11,000 other unionized controllers who went on strike, were fired from their jobs and then permanently barred by Presidential order from returning to any FAA facility to work in their chosen profession.
Terry holds a B.S. degree from California State University at Northridge. He currently resides with his wife on Long Island, New York and is employed in his subsequent profession as a Machinery and Equipment appraiser.
This is his second self-published work. While not a sequel to his first novel, Crossing Runways, there are characters and ribbons of themes that reappear and are laced into the fabric of Island Fever.
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