#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLER * NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
“Terrifying…buckle up for a chilling summer read.” —People (Best Books of the Week)
“The perfect thriller! A must-read.” —Gillian Flynn
“Stunning and relentless. This is Jaws at 35,000 feet.” —Don Winslow
You just boarded a flight to New York.
There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard.
What you don’t know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot’s family was kidnapped.
For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die.
The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane.
Enjoy the flight.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The question at the center of this heart-pounding thriller is simple. Who would you allow to die: three members of your family, or 150 strangers? When terrorists break into the home of pilot Bill Hoffman, holding his wife and two children hostage with suicide bombs strapped to their chests, he navigates this ultimatum...from 35,000 feet up. Jumping off from this frightening premise, former flight attendant T. J. Newman crafts a tightly wound thriller that’s packed with insider knowledge of the cockpit and true-to-life jargon. The story shifts back and forth from the air to the ground, where FBI agents try to save Bill’s family. Like a trick plane, Falling darts and turns, surprising us with each suspenseful curve and keeping us white-knuckled for the entire wild trip.
Soon after Coastal Airways captain Bill Hoffman, the hero of former flight attendant Newman's superlative debut, is airborne on a flight from Los Angeles to JFK Airport, he gets a blank email from his wife, Carrie. The attached photo shows her and their 10-year-old son, Scott, standing in their living room, their faces covered with hoods and bombs strapped to their bodies. Then he gets a FaceTime call from Saman Khani, who presents the pilot with a choice: Bill must crash the plane, or the terrorist will kill Carrie, Scott, and Elise, the Hoffmans' baby. Telling anyone of the situation or sending anyone to the house will ensure their deaths. Determined to avoid choosing between the lives of his loved ones and those of his crewmates and the 144 passengers on the flight, Bill must use all his experience and smarts to achieve that impossible goal by trying to get help to his family via a crew member who has a trusted relative in the FBI and by taking the flight attendants into his confidence. Newman makes buy-in to the setup easy by ensuring every character, including Khani, is multidimensional. This tense, convincing thriller marks the arrival of an assured new talent.
Suspenseful, predictable, & Hollywood bound
This is definitely a can’t put down page turner. The predicaments are suspenseful and the characters are likeable. The story line was a bit too predictable (Middle Eastern terrorists, white saviors, loose cannon FBI agent, and an injured hero that hangs on just long enough to save the day). The biggest problem I had with the plot was the coincidence that the lead flight attendant just happened to have a nephew who worked for the FBI, and was assigned to the LA office, and he was just rogue enough to emerge as a hero. (Insert eye roll). Good summer read, however.
Not your book if you are afraid to fly
WOW, what a story, wrapped in and around world events and decisions. For a 1st book, Newman did an outstanding job of keeping the reader engaged and enthralled. Hard to put down, pretty emotional at the end.
Amazing story, I found it Captivating, I thought about my own flight experience and what kind of a soul I would be. I never had an experience as traumatic as this group of great souls, thanks to the author for this intensive but informative story alive.