Minutes after takeoff, Flight 1421 crashes off the coast of Hawaii. After an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean, everyone starts to evacuate, believing it would be the safest move to be outside the plane and in the water awaiting help. But Will Kent, traveling with his eleven-year-old daughter Shannon, knows better. He's an engineer and urges everyone to stay in the plane. Only a few listen to him. Twelve passengers and crew remain in the Airbus. Will also believes that things are going to get worse before any chance of a rescue. And he's right. The plane starts to sink into the ocean. With the plane partially flooded and not much oxygen left, it becomes a race against time. And the rescue team, which includes Will's estranged wife, Chris, needs to figure out a plan. Fast.
Author T.J. Newman, a former flight attendant, had an impressive debut in 2021 with Falling. Drowning - The Rescue of Flight 1421, which I liked even more, demonstrates that Newman has found a strong voice and an exciting niche. Between the heart-pounding action, the backstory of Will and Chris is revealed. And while the focus is on the Kent family, there is a strong cast of secondary characters all dealing with this unimaginable situation. If you're looking for a story to keep you on the edge of your seat, check out this fast-paced, often claustrophobic book. Just don't read it on a plane.
Rated 4.25 out of 5 stars.
Thriller / Suspense.
Publication Date: May 30, 2023.
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