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Mayday | [Nelson DeMille, Thomas Block]

Mayday

Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time. Also available abridged.
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Publisher's Summary

Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet and leaves the flight crew either crippled or dead. This is the story of how three survivors must achieve the impossible and land the plane. Master storyteller Nelson DeMille and veteran pilot Thomas Block collaborated on Mayday, the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller of all time.

©1979, 1998 by Thomas H. Block and Nelson DeMille, All Rights Reserved; (P) and ©1998 Time Warner AudioBooks, A Division of Time Warner Trade Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Strong and electric!" (Washington Post)
"Truly horrific...delicious terror. Mayday is a novel for the true connoisseur of disaster novels." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    Douglas Thompsons Station, TN, USA 02-15-03
    Douglas Thompsons Station, TN, USA 02-15-03 Member Since 2000
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    "Great adventure! Hard to put down."

    I wouldn't give many books five stars, but this one is well deserving. Although updated from the original written in the late 70's (which I haven't read), the story is by no means old. The characters are well defined, and the story line keeps you hooked and wanting more.

    The author throws in enough twists to keep you on your toes and unable to predict the next move. Granted, not everything is 100% believable, but is entertainment after all. I have read other DeMille books and highly recommend him as an author.

    25 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    P. Minor Indiana/USA 02-18-03
    P. Minor Indiana/USA 02-18-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Mayday"

    Not enough superlatives to describe this book.....gripping, most definately comes to mind. I found myself searching for things to do that did not require thought so I could continue listening to "Mayday"....I just didn't want to turn it off. As one who does not like to fly, I found myself even more convinced that staying on the ground is prudent. And, "Mayday" will make everyone think twice about the motives of corporate leaders when disasters strike.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 08-09-13
    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 08-09-13 Member Since 2004

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Thrilling Listen--Hard to Put Down"

    This novel will make you think twice before getting on another airplane. I listened to it years ago, and recently listened to it again. Although written in 1979, the time before all our current technology-- makes no difference to the thrilling, edge of the seat experience you get here.

    Imagine flying at 62,000 feet (where there is no oxygen to breathe) and having a hole torn into the plane by a missile. It doesn't disable the plane, but the resulting horrible effects on the passengers and crew is chilling. The few people left that were not affected, not only have to try and get control of the airplane - but face threats from the other passengers who have become brain damaged.

    There were several different issues that came together simultaneously to cause the plane to be hit - and the resulting actions of some of the military, airplane executives and insurance company representatives will make you mad enough to scream. There was a movie made of the same name-but be assured, this novel is not like the movie at all-so don't let that keep you from this experience.

    Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block did a great gob collaborating on this thriller. Scott Brick does a pretty decent job of narrating too. It is a good novel for a long car trip, or when you have several hours to listen, because you really won't want to stop.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jilda Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-06-09
    Jilda Los Angeles, CA, United States 05-06-09 Member Since 2007
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    "You'll keep thinking about it long after finishing"

    Absolutely amazing, thought provoking and chillingly real. An updated version of a timeless novel by one of the great authors of this century! The book starts quickly and keeps going and going!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    R. Gallegos Houston, TX USA 08-30-08
    R. Gallegos Houston, TX USA 08-30-08 Member Since 2007

    47 is the real answer

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    "Suspenseful and wonderful"

    I must confess that I didn't care for this narrator's style. However the story and knowing the kinds of books Nelson writes was enough for me to still enjoy listening to this book. It was hard to put down and get some sleep. I also found myself taking an extra lunch break so I could finish a chapter. The details and the dynamics of real air planes was well-researched and added to the realism. I guess there was a movie made from this book, which I know isn't as good knowing how movies are, so I might watch it one day if I'm bored. This book is a definite keeper however and is worth reading more than once.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-30-12
    Jean Santa Cruz, CA, United States 09-30-12 Member Since 2010

    I am an avid eclectic reader.

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    "Riveting, nail biting suspense"

    The book opens with the statement if you are on a plane do not read this book. Apparently it is a remake of a book from the 70's they updated it and it was also made into a TV movie. The story grabs you from the beginning and the story goes into one problem or disaster to another and there is just no good place to put the book down. A missile hits a super sonic passenger jet at 62,000 feet and the plane decompressed, some passenger die and some are have oxygen deprived brain disorder only 5 people are functioning and one is a civilian pilot. I won't give the story away but you will find you can not stop listening. There is enough real world situation to the story to make one think about flying but enough is far fetched to keep one going to the airport to catch a plane.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Hoppers Crossing, N/A, Australia 04-02-06
    Andrew Hoppers Crossing, N/A, Australia 04-02-06 Member Since 2006

    I enjoy both Fiction and Non Fiction Books. Not having the best of eye sight, Audible books are a bonus. Great stuff.

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    "A1.. Excellent story!"

    I’ve recently finished listening to this book for a second time and as I love well written fiction (and non fiction) stories about air disasters, Mayday most certainly didn’t disappoint me. I wish Audible would stock more of this genre.

    I disagree with the many negative comments we see here about the narrator as I found the narration to be excellent, but I guess that just boils down to personal preference. Happily, the books sample audio gives you a good idea of what to expect so be sure to check that out before you buy.

    The story doesn’t take too long to get you hooked and the author avoids a lot of pointless dialogue just to fill in pages. He has a great imagination which led to me totally enjoying the story. Can’t recommend this book highly enough. Get it!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dammschippee LR, AR USA 12-30-04
    Dammschippee LR, AR USA 12-30-04 Listener Since 2004

    Schippee

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    "Makes a disaster fun."

    Although the story has quite a bit of gratuitous grossnesses (?) with unbelievable events and plot twists, that's what makes it fun. I couldn't stop listening as I had to know what kind of trouble these folks would get into next. The narrator is kind of stiff, but I think we're all getting spoiled by Scott Brick. If you can put Mr Brick out of your mind, Mr Prichard isn't too bad.

    If you aren't obsessed with accurate details and logical plot, but just what a good nail biter, then this is the book for you. Otherwise, read Up Country.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Anthony Farmington, CT, USA 07-11-03
    Anthony Farmington, CT, USA 07-11-03
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    "Great Book -- Suspenseful -- Nice plot."

    Great book. I'm into Airplane type books and suspense novels. The authors involve corporate and military scandals in which a layperson would never think of.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Carly Petersham NSWAustralia 12-27-07
    Carly Petersham NSWAustralia 12-27-07
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    "Some good some bad"

    Whilst the story idea is certainly riveting and would likely be a good read, the robotic narration accentuates the use of awkward metaphors and glaring cliches. A better narrator may have done this novel more justice, as it sounded like a computer was speaking at times. It was enjoyable nonetheless, but I don't think it is DeMille's best. I half wished that some of the painfully extended dialogue could have been replaced with a better conclusion better describing the aftermath and repurcussion of the events. I would recommend the book, but would warn again the audiobook unless you're willing to put up with the bad narrator (I suggest use the preview first).

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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