Accidental Heroes

Accidental Heroes

A Novel

Book - 2018
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"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. In her stunning novel Danielle Steel combines intense action with stories of emotionally rich, intertwined lives. As the jet bears down on its destination of San Francisco, strangers are united, desperate choices are made, and futures will be changed forever by a handful of accidental heroes"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781101884096
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 25 cm

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librarychick64
Nov 28, 2018

I had never read a Danielle Steel book before and found that I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. That said, I thought there was a bit too much exposition -- too much telling and not enough showing. Also, it felt like she wrapped up the mystery too early. But all in all, it was a pleasant escape.

ArapahoeDianeM Aug 18, 2018

I have been a fan of Danielle Steel for many decades. Her books are almost always easy reads, fairly interesting & a good story. This one is a little different than a lot of hers, in that, it was supposed to be more of a mystery thriller. It was an "ok" story (although a bit predictable & safe) ---- some of the characters were good. I would have to agree with a previous comment, that this wasn't one of her best books -- although a good quick "escape".

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writermala
Jun 14, 2018

This is one of Steel's better books. A TSA agent at JFK airport spots a suspicious postcard which her gut tells her means something. She reports it to her superiors and soon a search is instigated. Within the time it takes to fly from New York to San Francisco TSA and Homeland Security figure out who a suspect is and what he/she is up to. Will the plane with 111 people on board come down? Or will they be safe? Read the story to find out. Characters are well sketched and plot well woven.

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pharra19
Apr 16, 2018

Reading a Danielle Steel novel is usually a nice, palate-cleansing break from my usual fare of psychological thrillers. So I was excited to see a new book by her, and one that purported to be a suspenseful thrill ride to boot!

Unfortunately, the holes in logic in the plot ruined my enjoyment of the story. The reader is supposed to believe that a mere discarded postcard found in the bottom of a search bin started an investigation that included the FBI. And that, despite there being over a hundred people on the plane, the investigators on the ground managed to quickly narrow the search for the culprit down to one individual? Really????

I found also that the characters, despite having interesting backstories, somehow seemed flat and two dimensional.
This was not one of Ms. Steel's better efforts.

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pktab
Apr 12, 2018

I have been reading this author for many years, many decades actually - since the late 70's to early 80's. Her earlier books really moved me, moved to tears in many instances. However, lately, I haven't felt that same thrill from her books.
This book was different!!!! From the very beginning, it was a book I couldn't stand to put down! I am a computer "junkie" and I even gave that up to finish this book.
There was great character development, so much so that it was hard to comprehend how it would all end.
Read the book, I don't think you will be disappointed.

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