Coastal Airways Pilot Bill Hoffman agreed to take a flight at the request of the chief pilot at the last moment over wife Carrie’s objections. It means he’s missing his son’s opening day baseball game so when he left the house that morning, things were tense even though the cable guy was there to figure out what was going on with their internet. Just a normal start of the day in a family’s household. Until it wasn’t. After Bill leaves home, the “cable guy” took his family hostage and once he received clearance for takeoff and left the tarmac, he gets an email that will change his life forever.
Grab some popcorn and settle in for a quite a ride! The man holding Bill’s family hostage, strapped to explosives, wants him to choose his family and crash the plane or choose his passengers and sacrifice his family. Bill is a senior, seasoned officer so he relies on training and experience to try and think his way out of this. I learned a lot about flight training from his perspective and the crew, which included what type of responses are drilled into them. This drives their decisions and, most importantly, help them focus on rising above the fear and panic. Bill know there’s a “backup” plan by the hostage taker so figuring out who that might be is another challenge.
This turned out to be exactly what I’d hoped for, a tense and nail biting listening experience that measures up to all those Airport movies I’m a sucker for. (By the way, this is a perfect movie vehicle and, in fact, has already been optioned by Universal Pictures following an intense bidding war.) The motivation behind the hijacking is an added element that is provocative. I bonded with the crew, the captain, Carrie and the FBI agent who gets in the mix of things. There are some predictable moments but when you get invested in the characters that matters less. That ending…*sigh* I listened to the story, narrated by one of the finest, Steven Weber, and he nailed everything. Most importantly, he helped make these characters human and elevated the suspense. I got everything I hoped for in this story and can’t wait to see it on screen.
- Release Date: July 6, 2021
- Narrator: Steven Weber
- Audio Length: 8 hours, 26 minutes
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
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(Thanks to Simon & Schuster Audio for my complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.)