Blurb (as on Goodreads):
A decorated former Air Force pilot. A pregnant flight attendant. A dedicated TSA agent. The fates of these three, and many others, converge in Danielle Steel’s gripping new novel—a heart-stopping thriller that engages ordinary men and women in the fight of their lives during a flight from New York to San Francisco.
On a beautiful May morning at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco—one a 757, another a smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous—perhaps ominous—message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent, still grappling with guilt after a disastrous operation in which hostages were killed, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean?
As Ben scans the passenger manifests, his focus turns to the A321, with Helen Smith as its senior pilot. Helen’s military service and her tenure with the airline have been exemplary. But her husband’s savage death in Iraq was more than anyone should bear, leaving her widowed with three children. A major film star is on board. So is an off-duty pilot who has just lost his forty-year career. So is a distraught father, traveling with the baby son he has abducted from his estranged wife. Sifting through data and relying on instinct, Ben becomes convinced that someone on Helen’s plane is planning something terrible. And he’s right. Passengers, crew, and experts on the ground become heroes out of necessity to try to avert tragedy at the eleventh hour.
Let me tell you something about Danielle Steel. She loves her characters. She makes sure each character runs a full circle, as in, is carefully built and maintained throughout the plot.
‘Accidental Heroes’ is a book set partially on an airplane, and partially in the office of Homeland Security. It is based on the concept that, in stressful and scary situations, we meet and get to become heroes. The courage, patience, and sacrifice that people are capable of, reveal themselves in stressful situations, and there are the people who help us survive catastrophes.
The characters are so diverse. There is a captain who has survived the worst, a crew who is waiting to land so that they can get back to their life, and passengers who want this to be a regular flight. Then we get to meet the person who follows her hunch and is crucial in the operation, and a bunch of people forgetting all about their problems just to save the passengers and the crew from the aforementioned crisis.
Accidental Heroes lacks intensity at places, but it also gives us a bittersweet story that will tease the hormones responsible for emotions in a very satisfying manner.
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