- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: Blackman Associates (June 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0955385660
- ISBN-13: 978-0955385667
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,927,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Our main character is a highly sought after aviation insurance expert, Peter Talbert. Peter's investigative assignment takes him to the small island of St. Antony near Barbados.
Following the disastrous night-time ditching of Alpha Delta Airlines flight from London, Gatwick, and then to Barbados, Peter is called into service by Hull Claims Insurance Company. Hull Claims may be liable for a vast sum if the airline's fuselage was, in anyway, the cause of the ditching. Peter's assignment is to determine if this is the case.
Of course, Peter's straightforward claims investigation is anything but. Woven nicely into the story, Peter discovers romance. The romance is more than a page-filler-it is relevant to, and captures, the story's human side. As Peter finds himself unraveling the truth about the reason for the flight ditching, he puts himself and his paramour's life in danger.
There are ample aeronautical terms and language to satisfy aviation buffs, which complements a well-crafted story of intrigue for mystery fans.
The author takes you from the airliner's perilous ditching and the passenger's panic for survival to the forty-second day when the mystery is ultimately solved.
In order to keep the numerous story characters straight, the author provides you with dramatis personae and a description of their responsibilities. This proves to be extremely helpful as you are constantly introduced to different and reoccurring characters throughout the story.
A table of aeronautical acronyms and definitions prove useful; this will maximize your enjoyment of the mystery and minimize confusion as the terms are liberally used to create a realistic aviation mystery investigation.
Author Tony Blackman is a noted aviation authority. As such, his mystery is incredibly convincing. This is the fourth mystery written by Tony with his central character, Peter Talbert, deeply involved in the investigation. There is no doubt that you will find yourself equally engaged in seeking a solution to the mystery. Enjoy.
Armchair Interviews says: Factual woven with fiction to make a very good read.
When this disastrous ditching occurred, Helen and Linda got the escape shoots down and rushed to get the frightened passengers out of the rapidly sinking body of the airplane. Only 69 had survived in very harrowing conditions. Those in the front area of the airplane had no chance with the water filling fast causing the angle of the inside to be far too steep for anyone in the front to get out. Helen and Linda remembered their emergency training steps very well and were very heroic assisting passengers before they themselves could escape. They didn't feel like heroes since so many died.
Peter Talbert was a private insurance investigator who was asked by the hull manufacturer to investigate the accident. He was asked to go to St. Antony to find out what actually occurred that caused the flight to have to ditch. Peter dug deep and didn't care how many he might have offended. He was much more than an insurance investigator; he was interested in finding out what did happen during the flight that caused this grievous wreck.
Peter discovered that Helen, who had survived the crash despite being hurt, was still on the island recuperating. He found her and started questioning her in all aspects of the flight. In addition, he became personally very interested in Helen. She was very beautiful and smart, which didn't deter Peter at all. Helen sometimes assisted Peter in his investigation.
As Peter dug deeper, at first trying to find out what was on the flight recorders (orange boxes) to tell him why this plane had to ditch so close to shore. When one of the boxes disappeared, he got more inquisitive and contacted more and more of those that had anything to do with the airplane itself, the mechanics, the crew of this flight and past flights, and of course Helen and Linda.
Any aviation buff will love this story. Even if you don't understand all of the author's abbreviations, which are listed for your information, the story itself is a terrific mystery that grows and grows to the very end. Tony Blackman is very educated in all particulars of aviation. Being a pilot for years, he became an electronics expert and helped develop some of the in-plane displays and avionic systems in use in various areas of the world.
Tony, you amazed me with your knowledge and especially your way of weaving a mystery that doesn't give the plot away until the very end. Keep these coming. Your writing is great.