Top critical review
Could have been so much better
November 7, 2018
The basic plot of a post card being found that leads to the discovery of problems aboard a flight from NYC to San Francisco, is very promising. As the story builds it keeps the attention and though it is obvious fairly early on who the culprit is, the excitement of how it is dealt with is well worth the read. I really liked the TSA agent who found the card that could be nothing or could be the foreshadowing of disaster.
I only gave it 2 stars because as I read, there were a number of distractors. I kept wondering if the author has stock in an airline because she sang the praises of of flying and how wonderful airports are a number of times. Two Homeland Security agents searched the suspects apartment without a warrant. They used a key from his old girlfriend to enter. Two different times in the book the agents said they were allowed to do it but Homeland doesn't want the public to know. Those statements bothered me a great deal and almost made me put the book down and stop reading.
The conclusion to the problem in the cockpit, while exciting, just seemed farfetched. I didn't find it believable. It could be because I lived in The Bay Area and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge twice a day, five days a week for years. I've seen one of the Blue Angel planes fly under the bridge during an air show. I've seen the air craft carrier Enterprise come through the bridge and the Queen Mary II. I know what the water looks like in The Bay and the land masses on either side look like.
The other reason I gave this book 2 stars was because the adventure/drama ended and the book was only about 60% finish. The rest was tying up all the relationships - in great detail- that were formed on the flight. Sure I wanted to know what happened to some of the characters, but it was taken too far. The book should have been shorter, or the adventure more involved.