A pilot calls into the control tower to reqest an emergency landing. Following a mystery incident, the plane's cabin is virtually destroyed, ninety-four passengers are injured and three are dead. Investigating this fatal accident for the airline, Casey Singleton must find out the truth before the multi-million dollar business goes bust in the face ...
A pilot calls into the control tower to reqest an emergency landing. Following a mystery incident, the plane's cabin is virtually destroyed, ninety-four passengers are injured and three are dead. Investigating this fatal accident for the airline, Casey Singleton must find out the truth before the multi-million dollar business goes bust in the face of a huge meda backlash. Further lives are at stake and it seems everyone is against her - even her own colleagues - and everyone has something to hide. Airframe is a fast-paced, adrenaline-fuelled thriller from the master of high-concept storytelling.
My wife and I listened to it on cd while driving. I was so cool, I bought the book for my Dad. He was a navigator in the Korean war and really enjoyed all the info about airplanes. Great book.
Jul 27, 2009
Awesome & Accurate
Crichon spanned such broad topics, yet wrote about each one with precision and accuracy. As the daughter of a pilot and crash scene investigator, Airframe hit it home for me. The detailed explanations and examinations were well written.
The storyline itself is excellent, There's a mix of mystery, conspiracy and cover-ups. It's a perfect balance that keeps you reading.
Dec 3, 2007
One of His Best
Even though the "dinasaur" books recieved such attention, I feel that this is one of Crichton's best books. The title is really a pun meaning both the "frame" on an airplane, and the "frame" of false accusations that a reporter tries to hang around the neck of the aviation industry. The story is engrossing, both for the way that the reader learns a lot about how airplanes are put together, and the cheap way in which the media sometimes represents the aviation industry.
Publishers Weekly, 1996-11-11 Like his role model, H.G. Wells, Crichton likes to moralize in his novels. In this slight, enjoyable thriller, the moral is the superficiality of TV, especially of its simplistic news coverage. Readers willing to overlook the irony of this message being broadcast by the man who created TV's top-rated drama (E.R.) will marvel again at Crichton's uncanny commercial instincts. The event that launches the story, conceived long before TWA Flight 800's last takeoff, is an airline disaster. Why did a passenger plane "porpoise"-pitch and dive repeatedly-enroute from Hong Kong to Denver, killing four and injuring 56? That's what Casey Singleton, v-p for quality assurance for Norton Aircraft, has to find out fast. If Norton's design is to blame, its imminent deal with China may collapse, and the huge company along with it. With Casey as his unsubtle focus-she's one of the few Crichton heroines, an all-American gal who's more plot device than character-Crichton works readers through a brisk course in airline mechanics and safety. The accretion of technical detail, though fascinating, makes for initially slow reading that speeds up only fitfully when Casey is menaced by what seem to be union men angry over the Chinese deal. But as she uncovers numerous anomalies about the accident, and as high corporate intrigue and a ratings-hungry TV news team enter the picture, the plot complicates and suspense rises, peaking high above the earth in an exciting re-creation of the flight. It's possible that Crichton has invented a new subgenre here-the industrial thriller-despite elements (video-generated clues, for one) recycled from his earlier work. It's certain that, while this is no Jurassic Park, he's concocted another slick, bestselling, cinema-ready entertainment. 2,000,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; film rights sold to Disney for a reported $8-$10 million; simultaneous large-print edition and Random House audio and CD editions. (Dec.)
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