Read Tracon by Paul McElroy Online


At OHare airport the world's busiest air traffic controller Ryan Kelly is a master in a virtual game of 3D chess. His pawns: planes full of human lives. When an outsider upsets his board, two jetliners collide and Kellys world spins out of control. Convinced hes not to blame, Kelly fights to save his reputation and expose the true villain before he strikes again....

Title : Tracon
Author :
Rating :
ISBN : 9780967996301
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 493 Pages
Status : Available For Download
Last checked : 21 Minutes ago!

Tracon Reviews

  • Chaplain Stanleigh Chapin
    2019-05-19 08:31

    IntriguingI had a first cousin that was unable to ever get acclimated after being fired by Reagan. This story seems to show that very little has changed with the politics of the FAA. I did not think that the sexual activity added to the story line.

  • Danie
    2019-04-27 11:26

    Of all the pure thrillers I've read (i.e. with not too much, or no mystery) this one had very little thriller to it.Honestly I wasn't sure what the plot was, even at the end of the book. But the main event of the story was a plane crash. But, that didn't take place until what felt like more than halfway into the book. Needless to say the beginning really dragged on.The main character, Ryan Kelly, was okay-ly written. Wasn't perfect, but wasn't so flawed to be unbelievable. The other characters, such as Christy, JJ, Bear were also written fine, nothing special. The place that it broke down was in some of the descriptions. The ones that related to the romantic, thriller storyline were very trite and pedestrian. And the descriptions that were about the air traffic controlling, being in TRACON or in a plane or wherever, those seemed to be out of some sort of ATC manual or something.Anyway, it wasn't really a surprising plot, and there wasn't much suspense. It wasn't horribly written, just not as well written as, say, [Crashers] by Dana Haynes which was the book that spurred LibraryThing to recommend Tracon to me. Guess I'll have to enter this two stars and the rec. algorithm will be enriched.

  • Dana Griffin
    2019-05-08 12:28

    Being an airline pilot, I enjoyed reading this book. Mr. McElroy is not an air traffic controller, but it seems he did his research and got the details correct without taking the reader to air traffic controller school. I’ve often wondered what life on the other end of the two-way transmission I often take for granted is like and got a firsthand glimpse of that life. As an author of airline thrillers, I loved the plot in this story, and a bit envious it has been used. It’ll make the reader feel the possibility of something similar having happened when the story takes place — more than a decade ago – might’ve happened.But a great plot is no good without believable characters to carry the story, which was not a problem with this novel. I cared for the characters, hated a couple, and shook my head at a few.The story moved forward at a moderate pace without lagging by stopping to tell backstory. What backstory is told is told in conversation which makes learning about the character more realistic. If I had a dislike it was the author’s choice to change character points of view within a chapter or section numerous times; a personal grip of mineOverall, I recommend this story.

  • Joe
    2019-05-01 08:27

    I really liked this book! The author has a real knack for drawing you into a scene. When the characters adrenaline rises, the reader’s does too. The scene of newspaper staff trying to reach deadlines at the offices of the Chronicle was nearly as intense as rush hour in the TRACON. Great fun. The quality of these scenes made me feel like the author had a strong grasp on the subject matter and I loved it. Senator Master's ego and political gaming was also very well done and it brought about a very satisfying conclusion.I would have enjoyed this book more if the extortion section would have been left out. It was too unbelievable that this character could have stolen items from a crash scene to begin with, but it was totally unnecessary and really a distraction from an otherwise perfectly exciting story. Overall a great book!

  • Lauren Ukkerd
    2019-05-11 08:01

    I've always been interested in aviation and ATC in particular. While this book had interesting parts on a whole it was a very slow read. There were times as I was reading where I would ask myself how many more pages to the end. I am the type of reader that will finish a book no matter what but I have to admit it really got tiring at times to continue reading to the end. I always finish a book before I start my next book. I am not really sure what the plot in this book was. I followed some of the story lines but that's about it. Out of five stars I rate this book two stars.

  • KennyO
    2019-05-02 08:12

    A pretty good thriller with an aviation backdrop. Here, though, it's not the pilots who are center stage but the air traffic controllers. The telling of the tale got a thumbs up from working controllers so silly errors in technology and job activity were excised and don't distract from the plot. I'm a pilot and I enjoyed Tracon a lot.

  • Todd Wilhelm
    2019-05-11 10:15

    This book does a nice job of giving people an inside look at what it is that air traffic controllers working in a TRACON actually do. That said, I found the story itself a bit lame. The Afterword contained a valuable section titled "Troubled Union" The Pressures of PATCO: Strikes and Stress in the 1980's, A critical examination of the 1981 air traffic controller's strike by Rebecca Pels Lust.

  • Arthur
    2019-05-11 15:16

    Good plot about the intricacies of Air Traffic Control in extremely busy airspace. Book was written pre 9/11 and is therefore outdated but it does give in-depth insight into the personalities and stress on air traffic controllers.

  • Christa Levko
    2019-05-18 14:21

    This book was a great thrill ride!

  • David Perrin
    2019-05-01 13:13

    Fairly accurately portrays the pressures of Air Traffic Control. Also covers the theme of how much we humans should trust technology blindly.

  • Nancy Stanley
    2019-04-30 12:22

    Pretty good edge-of-the seat thriller. If you are a nervous flyer then DON'T read this book about what it's like to work in air traffic control.

  • Wayne
    2019-05-08 12:25

    If you confine your reading to the actual book and avoid reading the patronizing front and back matter, it's a good read.

  • Sue Stewart
    2019-05-06 12:18

    Outstanding! Complex, incredible attention to detail, great characters, soooo believable, could not put it down.Hope this author does more in this genre.

  • Beth E
    2019-05-02 15:26

    I loved this vision of what life is like for air traffic controlers. What a powerful story!