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On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs - the painter - and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul's family.
With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members - including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot - the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. As the passengers' intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations. And while Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.
Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.
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By Snozzle on 07-31-16
What you should know before listening...
A friend of mine recommended this book. It was not at all what I expected and I soon realized that the reason why I didn't like this book and would never recommend it to anyone is that it is simply not my kind of book.
From the summary, I thought I would be reading a mystery/thriller - when in actuality it was a 12 hour commentary on the moral disintegration of our society. From that perspective, the author does a great job. I was right there with him, experiencing it all. He enables the reader to visualize each character and each scene. Unfortunately, it wasn't something I was interested in listening through.
If I didn't appreciate the writing quality and what the writer was trying to accomplish, I would have given this book one star. I was so annoyed by the ending that I really didn't care why the plane crashed and sort of hoped that something terrible would befall the protagonist. That is never a good sign.
On the upside, the narrator was perfect!
55 of 57 people found this review helpful
By shelley on 09-17-17
The end sure does fall...
Interesting book. Plane goes down in water shortly after it takes off. Nine known people on board but the only survivors are a forty something year old artist and a four year old. Miles from shore the artist a former long distance swimmer is able to swim to shore with the boy on a flotation cushion. The boys father (a media mogul) was worth over $100m and so the suspicions begin. One employee on a news show begins stalking the artist and publicly accusing him of somehow being responsible for the plane crash, as if he would crash to plane he himself was on! How would he know that he would survive?
As the book continues it examines the life of each of the passengers in detail. The media mogul and his wife, the banker who launders money for terrorist countries and is under investigation and his wife, the employees on the plane and the artist.
I wouldn't exactly call this a thriller. It is somewhat of a mystery as throughout the book you are lead in different directions as to why this plane literally fell out of the sky. Was it bombed or tampered with? Or was it simply an accident ? Or was this a purposeful act by someone on the plane?
The author fleshes out every single character, some from childhood right up to the time of their death. And then the plane crash and then THE END. It's not that the end was bad, it's that after all this build up it is very anticlimactic and abrupt.
Robert Petkoff does a fantastic job narrating this book.
I purchased this book on sale for $4.95 and for that price I would recommend purchasing it. If you read this review right after it is written (9/16/17) I believe this will be on sale for another few days.
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