Finally, a good book from Danielle Steel. I've been reading and enjoying her for years and years but in her more recent books all her character's thoughts and phrases were so repetitious and boring, hum drum. Every time I would finish a book, I'd swear I wasn't going to buy anymore of her books for this reason but, then a new one would come out and I'd have to try again. I'm so glad I did this time. This book was totally different than anything she has done. It was exciting and interesting and kept you on the edge of your seat.
This story is so down to earth and very realistic. A tragedy with so many heroes. And yet LOVE was still found. I started reading this book and could not put it down till I was finished. Another awesome story!
A better novel than some of the author's recent ones. This suspenseful flight kept one reading, and reminded me of Capt. Sullyberger's plane landing in the harbor... though this was a revengeful terrorist-type plot on the flight to San Francisco. There were many relatable characters, and a brave former military woman pilot. There was a subtle tension building chapter by chapter. All the passengers had interesting backgrounds or reasons for being on the flight. A near death experience brings everyone to re-evaluating their goals and relationships. I gave it 4 stars, simply because I would have liked a little more character story development in terms of life after surviving the plane going down. The title rings true: no one on an ordinary day sets out to be a hero. It is unusual circumstances that bring forth courage and fortitude, to go beyond the ordinary, to take risks to help others in perilous situations.
I am a Danielle Steel fan to the tune of owning every book she has ever published, second time around!! My first collection was ruined!!! I read Accidental Heroes in one day and wanted it to have more chapters. The book was in flawless condition as are all my purchases from Amazon, and arrived in a reasonable amount of time as I was tracking it daily I was so excited!!!! Well done....
The basic plot of a post card being found that leads to the discovery of problems aboard a flight from NYC to San Francisco, is very promising. As the story builds it keeps the attention and though it is obvious fairly early on who the culprit is, the excitement of how it is dealt with is well worth the read. I really liked the TSA agent who found the card that could be nothing or could be the foreshadowing of disaster.
I only gave it 2 stars because as I read, there were a number of distractors. I kept wondering if the author has stock in an airline because she sang the praises of of flying and how wonderful airports are a number of times. Two Homeland Security agents searched the suspects apartment without a warrant. They used a key from his old girlfriend to enter. Two different times in the book the agents said they were allowed to do it but Homeland doesn't want the public to know. Those statements bothered me a great deal and almost made me put the book down and stop reading.
The conclusion to the problem in the cockpit, while exciting, just seemed farfetched. I didn't find it believable. It could be because I lived in The Bay Area and crossed the Golden Gate Bridge twice a day, five days a week for years. I've seen one of the Blue Angel planes fly under the bridge during an air show. I've seen the air craft carrier Enterprise come through the bridge and the Queen Mary II. I know what the water looks like in The Bay and the land masses on either side look like.
The other reason I gave this book 2 stars was because the adventure/drama ended and the book was only about 60% finish. The rest was tying up all the relationships - in great detail- that were formed on the flight. Sure I wanted to know what happened to some of the characters, but it was taken too far. The book should have been shorter, or the adventure more involved.
I honestly did not remember ordering this book, but upon completing it I am so glad it will be in my library so at a later date I am sure I will read it again. I strongly recommend this book to both men and women they will enjoy it as much as I did.
Danielle Steele is best known for romantic stories, but this one is different. It starts with a TSA agent who finds a postcard with a cryptic message written on it. Is it a threat or nothing at all? What follows will leave on the edge of your seat. This is a tale that could be ripped from the headlines. Would be a great movie. Read it!