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Mayday [Kindle Edition]

Nelson DeMille , Thomas Block
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (400 customer reviews)

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Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet. The flight crew is crippled or dead. Now, defying both nature and man, three survivors must achieve the impossible. Land the plane. From master storyteller Nelson DeMille and master pilot Thomas Block comes Mayday, the classic bestseller that packs a supersonic shock at every turn of the page....the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller ever.

Like a growing tidal wave, the escaping air was gathering momentum. A teenaged girl in aisle 18, seat D, near the port-side aisle, her seat dislocated by the original impact, suddenly found herself gripping her seat track on the floor, her overturned seat still strapped to her body. The seatbelt failed and the seat shot down the aisle. She lost her grip and was dragged after it. Her eyes were filled with horror as she dug her nails into the carpet, as the racing air pulled her toward the yawning hole that led outside. Her cries were unheard by even those passengers who sat barely inches away from her struggle. The noise of the escaping air was so loud that it was no longer decipherable as sound, but seemed instead a solid thing pounding at the people in their seats......

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"Truly horrific...fascinating, frightening and furiously paced...unrelenting suspense".-- The New York Times


"An intelligent and accomplished storyteller" WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD "DeMille's narrative energy is unflagging" BOSTON GLOBE "A marvellous contemporary writer" NEW YORK DAILY NEWS "Fascinating, frightening, and furiously paced...a story of almost unrelenting suspense" NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

Product Details

  • File Size: 684 KB
  • Print Length: 480 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0446604763
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (June 1, 2002)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000FA5SS4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,731 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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131 of 136 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Taut, tense and terrific. September 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was coerced into buying this book because of an interest in flying and action/adventure novels. But once I started reading it I didn't remember why I needed coersion. It simply a terrific read from begginning to end. I thought that it would be similar to books like Arthur Hailey's 'Airport' which I had read years ago and quite enjoyed but I wondered how DeMille was going to do anything new with the genre. Although a big fan of the 'X-Files' and the like I was just about "conspiracied" out. But DeMille makes the missile tragedy and cover-up very believable. The attention to detail (as he acknowledged, Thomas Block's aeronautical knowledge was vital)is excellent but he never lets the technicalities (either the problems experienced at the altitude or the militaria) bog the story down. You find yourself in the cockpit right next to John Berry with your heart pounding.
Interestingly the romantic sub plot was barely touched on and was refreshing in this age of sex/sexual tension influencing everything. Rightly, the protaganists put this to one side to concentrate on the more important issues at hand. This leads to the sexual tension being there, just in the periphery. 'Mayday' is brilliantly written and while originally published in the late 1970s, the version that I bought was updated for the 1990s (in much the same way the Stephen King updated 'The Stand') and I can honestly say it's an excellent book. I bought 'Mayday' about 3 months ago and quickly got my hands on and read 'Spencerville' and 'The General's Daughter' by DeMille (both of which are excellent) and we also now have 'Gold Coast', 'Plum Island' 'Word of Honour', 'The Talbot Odyssey' and 'By the Rivers of Babylon' in our bookcase.
For fans of the action side of the story, I can also recommend Clive Cussler, whose earlier books resemble 'Mayday', including coincidentally one called 'Mayday', although I think its American title was 'The Mediterranean Caper'.
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Early, underwritten work by great action author September 24, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Nelson DeMille is one of my three or four favorite authors. He passed Tom Clancy and John Grisham some time ago.
DeMille writes with an almost frantic pace, using regular guy heroes who emerge from the ruins of tragedy or terror. "Mayday", about a jet airliner accidentally damaged by a missle over the Pacific, offered DeMille an early chance to develop his style. Placing almost al of the action in the fuselage of the damaged plane limits his stage. The details of decompression at high altitude are not pretty. The male and female leads are heroic. The victimized pilot of the fighter that fired the deadly shot is a good, if side story.
The conclusions are somewhat predictable. I finished with small disappointment, having read much of his later work earlier.
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DeMilles best January 13, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
From the first page to the last, the action carrys you in the cockpit with all the fear and excitement possible. As with all his books he does not leave much time for anything else until you are done and then want another. I have read all his books and only wait for his next to make my day.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DeMille Hits The Target! July 19, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ever suspect some underhanded cover ups by our own military and government? Ever think that TWA 800 out of NY was part of some ghastly hush-hush job by higher ups?
DeMille urges us to believe anything is possible. He and co-author Tom Block are right on target in this updated and re-released disaster novel.
In "Mayday", we meet John Berry, a survior of an errant missle blasted Straton Flight 52. He is a private pilot and takes on the responsibilty of landing this flying coffin. The dead and brain damaged souls aboard are grahically depicted as decompression at 66,000 feet would dictate.
I am an avid DeMille fan and have been working my way through all of his books since "The Lions Game". DeMilles talent for drawing us in with smooth dialouge, taut as tight-rope riveting action, and dabs of comic or romantic relief with his well defined characters makes him one of my favorite authors.
I could go on and on about this laser paced read. However, I'll let you find your own copy. Simply put..."Mayday" is to the sky what "Jaws" is to the sea.
Thanks for your interest in my comments--CDS
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BAd day all around July 14, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
It is bad enough when your SST gets hit by a stray US Navy missile. It gets worse when the home office figures it would be cheaper for everyone to die in a hurricane rather than face the horrendous insurance costs, and it really turns south when the Navy decides to bury their mistake.
This is a great read by Demille and Block. It has been updated to handle some of the modern issues concerning airflight, but you keep wondering if they are going to make it back.
Don't miss this one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner from Nelson DeMille March 22, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At the start of this one I wondered how he could fill the 460 pages with enough plot twists to keep me interested. It did not take long to get hooked with this different take on "reluctant hero overcomes impossible perils". The pages flew by at at least 100 per sitting. Mr DeMille is a master at keeping you glued to his books and "Mayday" is great entertainment. It takes a minimum willing suspension of disbelief to get totally involved and root for the good guys. The bad guys are well drawn and it is easy to find them dispicable. Fun read.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't count on sleeping July 3, 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
By Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block
My first thought when I finished this book was damn. Damnit, this is too short and should NOT be ending now, it is TOO good a book to end. I found myself putting it down after a couple of pages to think about it. I was just trying to find a way to stretch it out and delay turning the page and finding that last chapter. Yes, Real Readers, THAT kind of book. Okay, here's the setup: Disaster novel. New supersonic airliner zooming along at 62,000 feet when some Navy clones, pretending they didn't catch the news release about a newly signed treaty AGAINST testing the missile they were about to test, tell their pilot to let er rip. Oh, oops, the pilot saw two images on his radar, but what the hell, had to be a glitch, yes? It worked. Sudden decompression at 62K feet isn't a good thing. Five survive permanent brain damage or being sucked out of the big holes in the side by being in a pressurized space, like the head, when the plane got whacked. One survivor, a good guy, with a private pilots license takes over and the cover-ups start. The Navy covering their butts and the airline covering their butts. Guess what? They want the airliner to crash. Or explode. Or just disappear. Call me a cynic, but I buy into comparing our politicians, bureaucrats, or any high brass with lawyers. If their lips are moving they are lying. The victims don't matter. All that matters is the `make-it-go-away-save-my-job- for-the-good-of-the-country'[garbage]. The book is so well written and plotted that you will not be able to put it down until you know that bad guys are taken care of and the good guys win. Maybe they win. Buy this book readers. Immerse yourself in vintage Nelson DeMille. You will absolutely love it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping book, but flawed in many ways
I couldn't put this book down and finally finished it at 1:45am. However, it disturbed me that the authors would have you believe that a U.S. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Linda Gamble
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Simply a great and gripping read, particularly in light of recent airline disasters. Should we rethink MH370???
Published 1 day ago by Stuart
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read
Published 2 days ago by Robert G Maser
5.0 out of 5 stars DeMille, great storyteller
As always with a Nelson DeMille book, you just can't read the words, and turn the pages fast enough. Each story is so well researched as to make it totally believable.
Published 3 days ago by Kay Satchell
5.0 out of 5 stars One of his BEST!
Typical DeMille... Riveting page turner! One of his BEST!
Published 4 days ago by Wirzgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars I thought I'd read pretty much all of his work
This book freaked me out. Don't read it on a plane! I don't know how I missed t his. I thought I'd read pretty much all of his work. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Deborah M. Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars suspense from the beginning
Great book. Was hooked from the very beginning Had a hard time putting it down--wanted to read it straight through
Published 5 days ago by Been There Done That Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
Too much a true story to be fiction. DeMille has looked into the future of drones and high flying aircraft.
very good story
Published 8 days ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great audiobook. Enjoyed immensely. Delivered on schedule.
Published 8 days ago by Happy Feet
5.0 out of 5 stars Gaines dyer
Great book_from the beginning to the end?I had read all of Demille's books--except this one.i am very glad I found this one
Published 9 days ago by bhdyer
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