#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A decorated former Air Force pilot. A pregnant flight attendant. A dedicated TSA agent. The fates of these three, and many others, converge in Danielle Steel’s gripping new novel—a heart-stopping thriller that engages ordinary men and women in the fight of their lives during a flight from New York to San Francisco.
On a beautiful May morning at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco—one a 757, another a smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous—perhaps ominous—message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent, still grappling with guilt after a disastrous operation in which hostages were killed, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean?
As Ben scans the passenger manifests, his focus turns to the A321, with Helen Smith as its senior pilot. Helen’s military service and her tenure with the airline have been exemplary. But her husband’s savage death in Iraq was more than anyone should bear, leaving her widowed with three children. A major film star is on board. So is an off-duty pilot who has just lost his forty-year career. So is a distraught father, traveling with the baby son he has abducted from his estranged wife. Sifting through data and relying on instinct, Ben becomes convinced that someone on Helen’s plane is planning something terrible. And he’s right. Passengers, crew, and experts on the ground become heroes out of necessity to try to avert tragedy at the eleventh hour.
In her stunning novel, Danielle Steel combines intense action with stories of emotionally rich, intertwined lives. As the jet bears down on its destination of San Francisco, strangers are united, desperate choices are made, and futures will be changed forever by a handful of accidental heroes.
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Danielle Steel’s thrilling suspense story highlights how ordinary lives are impacted by extraordinary events. Piloting a commercial jet from New York to San Francisco is all in a day’s work for Air Force veteran Helen Smith. But then she learns that a terrorist may be onboard her flight—and that she may not be able to trust her co-pilot. Told through the multiple viewpoints of an ensemble cast that includes a vigilant TSA agent and a movie-star passenger, Accidental Heroes is a character-driven novel that never loses its high-voltage, page-turning edge.
This was a great book,held your interest from start to finish .each caricature was different but how all their lives melted together to form this story was another great forDannielle Steele.
Interesting if not factually accurate
Danielle Steele has written a good book. It was an interesting read. I was bothered by the fact though, that although she was commended for thoroughly researching her characters in the early pages, there were many, many inaccuracies in her book. As an airline pilot myself, it was hard to get past some of it. I almost gave up in the first few chapters. I’m glad I didn’t, because it was a good book, but the pilot in me was screaming.
I recently had to get a new phone and lost everything on my old one. I was right in the middle of the book and loved it. Any way of getting it back? Thank you,