- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 13 hours and 15 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: September 26, 2002
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00005JH3A
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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'.
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.
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.
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
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
One of my favorites. I read it as a library book and bought it so my husband could read it too. I knew he would love it.Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
OMG!! This is DeMille at his best! I was on the edge the whole way through this book...and I read part of it while on a flight...right to the end, it was super!Published 7 days ago by Virgina Swinhart
Not recommended for in flight reading but a fabulous tale that will absorb you anywhere else. Fasten your seat belt.Published 7 days ago by David Craig
Had read the book on paperback a Iong time ago. Finished it in a day. Wanted to my fiancé to listen to it on a long drive, and also wanted to familiarize myself with it... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cassandra Creed
Great book but knowledge of San Francisco is fair at best. The greed, self entitlement and disregard towards others exhibited by the villains is spot on.Published 1 month ago by Falko
It is fast paced but it has several F-bombs along with pretty graphic and sad descriptive scenes of the mid flight plane incident. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kim
Great book! Exciting,suspensful,kept me reading until the end, and satisfying ending. One of DeMilles better books. A must readPublished 2 months ago by Ronald Edwards