Fasten your seat belts and enjoy this turbulent ride! Jun 27, Bejon rated it it was amazing Shelves: other. I don't give out a lot of 5's, so I really need to explain this one for this very reason in addition to this book is way outside of my usual reading genres.
I've always felt that if the author can properly evoke an intended emotional response in a reader, then the book is fairly well written. And while this book does stray outside of the realm of possibility on a number of occasions, I don't necessarily discount stories that take creative liberties.
Isn't that why they are called stories? With a I don't give out a lot of 5's, so I really need to explain this one for this very reason in addition to this book is way outside of my usual reading genres. With all of that in mind, this book is one hell of a ride. The suspense is palpable, the horror gut wrenching and the spirit invigorating.
There were times where I was actually angry with the authors for taking the detail to the levels that they did. In the end, I couldn't stop with this book. I had to see it through to completion. And while yes the ending was predictable, that didn't keep me from liking the book.
I felt compelled and had to experience this from end-to-end. This isn't the most intellectually challenging of reads, but the story is more than solid. Boil it all down, and you will be entertained when you finish with Flight Jun 09, Joe Kucharski rated it it was ok.
The story behind the story is probably known well enough by now. Thomas Block, pilot by day, writer by night, pens an air flight disaster novel back in the seventies with the help of his good friend, and superstar Mayday in the making, Nelson DeMille.
The story is a success and twenty plus years later, DeMille does a re-write to bring the tale into modern times, or at least modern by late 20th-Century standards. The airline disaster plot is a fun, quick read and Block provides plenty of tech speak and filler that could even get diehard Clancy fans reaching for their air masks.
However, when oxygen deprivation makes most of the passengers the Walking Dead, this reader quickly wanted to jump ship as amateur pilot and protagonist John Berry is no Rick Grimes. Nor is he John Corey. Or even John Sutter. Missing throughout the entire book is a complete absence of that DeMille sarcasm. Also missing is anything that remotely passes for believable dialogue, posing the conspiring question whether DeMille really performed a rewrite, or did he simply remove references to in-flight smoking and add the occasional mobile phone appearance.
The star and hero of the book, John Berry, likewise only gets adequate play as far as character development goes, including a half-contrived rocky marriage to deliberately stumble over as he is forced to team-up with a beautiful, and single, stewardess. May 19, Skip rated it it was ok Shelves: thrillere-books. As a big Nelson DeMille fan, I was happy when I finally snagged this library ebook, but I have to say it was a big disappointment.
Excruciatingly slow at points, the basic plot is a Navy violation of an arms treaty causes a missle to inadvertently transect a supersonic jet at 62, feet, causing death or brain damage to all but five people, who are either in the lavatories or sub-deck flight attendant station.
Meanwhile, nobody seems to want the jet to return safely as the Navy seeks to cover i As a big Nelson DeMille fan, I was happy when I finally snagged this library ebook, but I have to say it was a big disappointment. Meanwhile, nobody seems to want the jet to return safely as the Navy seeks to cover its mistake and the airline and insurance carrier fear for their respective futures.
Simply ludicrous. View 2 comments. Apr 13, Kevin Bresnahan rated it it was amazing. The book is stated as "one of the greatest air disaster novels of all time". They weren't kidding, as it is tremendous in its drama, horror, suspense, and redemption of the human spirit. A missile is inadvertently shot through a giant passenger airplane in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. The utter deveastation is heart wrenching, and almost all either die or are incapicated. Only three people are coherent enough to follow through: a recerational pilot, a flight attendant, and girl adolescent.
T The book is stated as "one of the greatest air disaster novels of all time". The maneuver the plane and try to save what is left of themselves and the brain damaged bretheren. It is quite graphic in places, yet necessary.
The other half deals with a arrogant Navy commander, and a top adminstrator of the plane corporation who are ruthless to allow this plane to crash and all die. When it comes down to it, it is good vs.
For anyone who enjoys top notch suspense, this book is for you! Dec 02, Corey rated it really liked it Shelves: militarysuspense-thriller. A great edge-of-your-seat disaster thriller! Reading Mayday felt like watching one of those old disaster movies!
The Military test-fires a missile, missing it's target the missile strikes a large passenger flight, killing the flight crew and some of the passengers, and leaving the survivors severely brain-damaged due to the loss of oxygen. Only 3 coherent survivors are left on board, John Berry, a man with flight experience a 13 year old girl named Linda, and Flight Attendant Sharon, take it upon A great edge-of-your-seat disaster thriller!
Only 3 coherent survivors are left on board, John Berry, a man with flight experience a 13 year old girl named Linda, and Flight Attendant Sharon, take it upon themselves to do everything in their power to land the plane, while certain parties on the ground have a different agenda, the Insurance Companies and the Military trying to cover up the incident.
The book was originally written in the 70's, and it was updated in the late 90's. I picked up a used copy at Goodwill and I'm guessing it's the updated version because Cell Phones are mentioned, and those weren't even thought of in the 70's. Ok This is just what you want to read when you are flying in a couple of days, kinda like reading Jaws before a week at the beach. A secret missile test goes awry over the Pacific Ocean and hits a jumbo passenger jet. The missile is not armed but goes through the fuselage.
The oxygen masks fall and all that crap but it doesn't do much good. The plane loses elevation, and everyone is without oxygen for a little too long, except for a few people who were trapped in locations where the oxygen level Ok This is just what you want to read when you are flying in a couple of days, kinda like reading Jaws before a week at the beach.
The plane loses elevation, and everyone is without oxygen for a little too long, except for a few people who were trapped in locations where the oxygen level didn't fall too low. Needless to say, there are only like 5 people who are ok. The rest are like zombies. Fresh brains, fresh brains, and you also have the sleazy, greasy, pompous villians who are trying to stop the plane.
I love Demille, he can tell a story like no other. Great read. Nov 16, Jina Howell-Forbes rated it really liked it Shelves: unusual-storyaction. A Military screw-up causes a passenger plane to be hit by a missile.
While an amateur plot, a flight attendant and a 13 year old girl try to fly and land the plane safely, military personnel, an insurance agent, and an airline executive, plot to undermine a successful landing to save their own backsides. This novel is Nelson DeMille at his best. A tight, suspenseful story with lots of twist and turns, corruption within the ranks of those in power, interesting interpersonal relationships, and a n A Military screw-up causes a passenger plane to be hit by a missile.
A tight, suspenseful story with lots of twist and turns, corruption within the ranks of those in power, interesting interpersonal relationships, and a nail-biting ending. There were, however, two things that I would have liked better.
First, the part of the plot that had a bunch of menacing, oxygen-deprived brain-injured survivors in the plane was over-done and unnecessary. The plot was riveting enough without them, and having them there gave a too-easy excuse for others to act inhumanely. Also, the teen-aged girl as a main character, needed to be given more depth and substance. She seemed like a add-on that wasn't given a distinct role. Despite those things, the book was a fun-scary read.
If you're into planes or disaster scenarios, you should definitely pick up this book. It's written by a pilot so the descriptions of the plane, protocols, etc. It's actually pretty gory in some parts and that turned me off although I can see why some of those parts were in the book. The book has characters you'll cheer for, characters you'll hate, and even those you'll feel sorry for.
I've heard that some people have problems w If you're into planes or disaster scenarios, you should definitely pick up this book. I've heard that some people have problems with the decompression "zombies" on the plane and while I did have problems once or twice, I honestly don't know enough about decompression to accurately gauge whether the book hammed it up or not. I thought the ending was movie-ish. May day may say mayday I felt like yelling May day throughout the entire book, one f the best I have e read in some years.
Will be reading more by this author right away. May 01, Linda Wells rated it it was amazing. Mayday is an exciting story from beginning to end.
The story was believable and gripping, and I finished the book at a. If you like suspense, read Mayday. You're in for a "wild ride. Oct 07, Barbara rated it did not like it. Disappointing, not the Nelson DeMille I know.
One of the best thrillers I have ever read. I simply could not put it down and stayed up all night reading it. View 1 comment. May 31, Henri Moreaux rated it it was amazing Shelves: americasmilitary-wardisaster-accident. Mayday was originally written back in and was a pretty substantial hit, twenty odd years later it's now been updated to more modern standards giving it a contemporary feel which doesn't feel at all dated.
The essence of the story is that a supersonic aircraft is rerouted due to weather through a military testing area, the military commander on scene is pressed for time and chooses to press ahead with his missile test without checking for civilian aircraft conflicts. The end result is a ki Mayday was originally written back in and was a pretty substantial hit, twenty odd years later it's now been updated to more modern standards giving it a contemporary feel which doesn't feel at all dated.
The end result is a kinetic missile punches through the side of the passenger supersonic aircraft causing catastrophic depressurisation, the lack of oxygen disables the pilots and majority of the passengers except for a handful in positive pressure zones of the aircraft.
From here it's a battle to save the plane, keep it aloft and somehow get home. Complicating the issue is that the radios have been disabled, navigational systems have been disabled and the only contact they have to the outside world is a text based data link system with the airline headquarters dispatch office. A dispatch office that is soon to be manned by a executive and insurance officer who are both more interested in limiting exposure than they are in getting the plane home safely.
The military commander on scene, after realising what has happened is also more interested in limiting exposure than saving lives. It's quite a gripping tale and I would recommend for people interested in thriller, disaster, aircraft novels.
Jan 06, Harold Kasselman rated it it was amazing. The action is unrelenting and the horror of the premise is played out in stark scenes based on the expertise of the authors.
True, the cynicism expressed through the actions of the naval and airline agents is a bit far fetched I hopestill this is plausible enough to be thought provoking and frightening. Oct 09, Dalene W. This is an updated book that was published in It's very well done. Nelson is my favorite author and he doesn't disappoint in this reprinted book. His books are always accurate and to the point.
This is an edge-of-your-seat thriller that had hubby and I absolutely riveted. Highly recommended. Jan 25, Laura Gibson rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-thriller. Love this book! I was on the edge of my seat the entire book. Sep 25, Mayday, Paul Sveen rated it it was amazing.
Loved this book. It was non stop action. This is a thriller from start to finish. Oct 21, Clark rated it it was amazing Shelves: dramaaudio-book. Easily 5-Stars for me. This novel has intense drama combined with expert knowledge of aircraft and flying, plus many questions regarding human integrity and criminal behavior.
It all comes together for a great read. Further details would spoil your enjoyment of reading it. The time is the near future, and the Pentagon, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to preempt the Congress' arms limitations treaty by testing a very sophisticated new type of missile that is much more maneuverable than previous models.
Unfortunately, because of a number of normally inconsequential but interlocked failures of equipment and personal situations of the participants, the officers of the Nimitz are unaware that a Boeingthe newest supersonic passenger jet, flying at 63, feet, The time is the near future, and the Pentagon, in its infinite wisdom, has decided to preempt the Congress' arms limitations treaty by testing a very sophisticated new type of missile that is much more maneuverable than previous models.
Unfortunately, because of a number of normally inconsequential but interlocked failures of equipment and personal situations of the participants, the officers of the Nimitz are unaware that a Boeing Mayday, the newest supersonic passenger jet, flying at 63, feet, has deviated slightly from its normal flight path and is flying dangerously close to the target drone.
The pilot of the F that is supposed to fire the new test missile does see two targets on his screen, but assuming one must be an electronic anomaly, he fires anyway, under pressure to have the test come off successfully.
The new missile tracks the larger of the two targets and strikes the Because it has no warhead, the missile plunges through the jet causing a sudden decompression, which at 63, feet is deadly. The pilot throws the plane into an emergency dive, remembering to engage the autopilot just before losing consciousness. At that altitude, the oxygen does not help because of the lack of pressure.
If you don' like flying, this is not the book for you, because DeMille' description of the cabin' depressurization and what happens to the passengers is rather graphic. Not everyone is killed, but all except two are left severely brain-damaged. The two who survived the decompression were in the lavatories at the time, enclosed Mayday that decompressed much more slowly because the doors sealed, closing from the inside against the frame, and the compressors continued to supply compressed air through the vents.
They could not open the doors to get out because of the extreme pressure and so did not suffer brain damage or fatal complications. The lesson here, of course, is to spend your entire flight locked in the bathroom. Smoke, too, but leave the box cutters at home. Commander Sloan, captain of the Nimitz, then plots how he can cover up the tragedy. The pilot reports seeing no one alive on the plane, so Sloan tries to persuade the only other person on the bridge, a retired, observing admiral, that given that the test was technically illegal because of the arms limitation treaties, shooting down the aircraft, now cruising along unaided at 11, feet, would be in the best interests of the Navy.
In the meantime, John Berry, a small plane pilot and bathroom survivor, discovers two flight attendants who had been isolated in the lower galley, a little girl and another man who had also been lucky enough to be in the bathroom at the time of decompression. Together, they try to figure out what has happened and how they might get out of the mess they now find themselves in. Those passengers who had managed to put on oxygen masks were not dead but had suffered severe brain damage and several of them have begun behaving erratically, often in a threatening manner.
John discovers that none of the four radios are not working; fortunately the data link, a special communications line to the company, still works. Using the autopilot to help keep the plane under control following directions from the company over the datalink, Berry begins a slow turn of the plane back toward California.
The trailing fighter pilot now realizes there must still life — Mayday at least a vase of flowers and assorted fruit and nuts — on board and he only pretends to follow Sloan' orders to down the plane. Clearly, DeMille has a cynical view of supervisors and those in command. In both books, those in charge spend most of their time basing decisions on how the results might affect their career or promotions rather than on what is right or what the facts may warrant.
In Mayday, the insurance agent for the airline and the VP of operations both decide to vector the stricken airliner into the sea; the agent, because the liability of caring for the disabled people the rest of their lives is more exposure than the insurance company can bear; and the VP, because he was involved in the decision to save money by not spreading the risk, and is also afraid that some maintenance shortcuts may come to light, especially as they think it may have been a bomb that caused the decompression.
They also react to the current American fetish that all accidents and mishaps must be somebody' fault and therefore someone — anyone — must be punished.
This was one of DeMille' first books, and his co-author is an accomplished wide-body airline pilot. It lacks some of the delightful wisecracking of John Corey, hero of some of his later novels, but nevertheless already has the taut suspense-filled-fasten-your-seat-belt-can' content so typical of his books.
I received this audiobook for review from Hachette Audio. I did not receive any compensation for my review, and the views expressed herein are my own. This is my first DeMille novel, and it won't be my last! This heart-pounding thriller will have you gripping the edge of your seat! I had no idea that this book was actually originally written in the s. In order to update aviation procedures and technology, it was updated and re-released in the s.
A commercial airliner Trans-United Airlines' Stratton is accidentally struck by a missile launched by the Navy during a secret illegal testing operation. Instead of hitting a drone target, the missile blows through one side of the passenger jet and out the other. Some passengers Mayday immediately swept away out the holes of the jet and others are injured in the immediate aftermath but what happens next is what is most frightening: The complete depressurization of the cabin at an altitude of 60, feet has left the majority of passengers and crew brain-damaged except for the few that were in pressure-stable areas.
The hero of Mayday, passenger John Berry, is a salesman and "weekend" pilot that has only flown small planes. He is the only person aboard that is capable of attempting to land the plane. Assisted by Flight Attendant Sharon Crandall, the two must defy the odds in order to survive aboard Flight John and Sharon manage to contact the airline's headquarters in San Francisco by data-link, which is a computer-messaging system.
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