Happy Independence Day. You’re all going to die.
Life can’t be better for veteran pilot Larry Walder. He has a great job, a terrific kid, a gorgeous wife—and no inkling that tonight will be the end of the world as he knows it. In the early hours before the Fourth of July, three men break into Larry’s home. And as the day lurches on to its terrifying course, a life is taken, and Flight 816 from Atlanta to Cozumel, Mexico, vanishes off the radar.
In the air, Larry must find a way to save his family, his crew, and his passengers. On the ground, disgraced FBI agent Xanadu Marx goes rogue, making it her mission to track down the missing flight before the hijackers reach their diabolical endgame. With the casualties racking up and the world’s busiest airport under lockdown, a message arrives: This is no ordinary hijacking, no typical hostage crisis. This ransom is a totally different beast—the first hint of a conspiracy that might bring America to its knees. (Summary and book cover courtesy of goodreads.com)
Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review courtesy of TLC Book Tours.
A fun added dimension to reading this book was that the only times I found time to read it while I was commuting to work aka: on a plane. Reading circumstances aside, this was a very good thriller told from different perspectives that kept it intriguing. Initially I did struggle to get into the book, however once Xana is introduced I enjoyed it more. She’s a fascinating character that seems to equally irritate and entertain those she encounters.
Since the story is told from a few different viewpoints this allows the reader to fill in some of the gaps rather than being told everything that happens. This was definitely a book all about the action and was full of twists and turns I didn’t anticipate. Though I found the characters interesting and the plot unique, there wasn’t something that really PULLED me into the story and had me waiting on needles. All in all, this is a solid mystery read that I would happily recommend to fans of the genre.
Warning: Contains graphic violence
Rating: 3 stars!
Who should read it? Thriller fans that don’t mind another story involving plane hijackings.