BIG IRON 44
(nonfiction, release date TBD)
Bone-dry CA forests are itching to burn in the summer of 2008. Mother Nature obliges them with thousands of lightning bolts. When responding fire crews are threatened by subsequent lightning, the veteran pilots of Helitanker-766 answer the evacuation call. The helicopter they trust with their lives crashes and kills nine, making it the deadliest disaster in aerial firefighting history. NTSB investigator Zoë Keliher, trained to find safety pitfalls rather than solve crimes, navigates alien territory as she unearths a maze of deception, greed and corporate cover-ups.
In BIG IRON 44, Thomas shows how Mother Nature and human nature can conspire to kill unsuspecting pilots and their innocent passengers.
AUTHOR - PILOT - MARINE