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Cruising 35,000 feet above the earth, a twin-engine commercial jet encounters an accident that leaves 3 dead, 56 wounded, and the cabin in shambles. What happened? With a multi-billion-dollar company-saving deal on the line, Casey Singleton is sent by her hard-driving boss to uncover the mysterious circumstances that led to the disaster before more people die. But someone doesn't want her to find the truth. Airframe bristles with authentic information, technical jargon, and the command of detail Crichton's readers have come to expect. Check out Amazon.com's Airframe feature and read an excerpt from the book! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Like his role model, H.G. Wells, Crichton likes to moralize in his novels. In this slight, enjoyable thriller, the moral is the superficiality of TV, especially of its simplistic news coverage. Readers willing to overlook the irony of this message being broadcast by the man who created TV's top-rated drama (E.R.) will marvel again at Crichton's uncanny commercial instincts. The event that launches the story, conceived long before TWA Flight 800's last takeoff, is an airline disaster. Why did a passenger plane "porpoise"-pitch and dive repeatedly-enroute from Hong Kong to Denver, killing four and injuring 56? That's what Casey Singleton, v-p for quality assurance for Norton Aircraft, has to find out fast. If Norton's design is to blame, its imminent deal with China may collapse, and the huge company along with it. With Casey as his unsubtle focus-she's one of the few Crichton heroines, an all-American gal who's more plot device than character-Crichton works readers through a brisk course in airline mechanics and safety. The accretion of technical detail, though fascinating, makes for initially slow reading that speeds up only fitfully when Casey is menaced by what seem to be union men angry over the Chinese deal. But as she uncovers numerous anomalies about the accident, and as high corporate intrigue and a ratings-hungry TV news team enter the picture, the plot complicates and suspense rises, peaking high above the earth in an exciting re-creation of the flight. It's possible that Crichton has invented a new subgenre here-the industrial thriller-despite elements (video-generated clues, for one) recycled from his earlier work. It's certain that, while this is no Jurassic Park, he's concocted another slick, bestselling, cinema-ready entertainment. 2,000,000 first printing; Literary Guild main selection; film rights sold to Disney for a reported $8-$10 million; simultaneous large-print edition and Random House audio and CD editions.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
It has been some time since I read this book. Still drawn in by the fast pace & well developed characters.Published 9 months ago by Mealoaf
This was my first book by this author and I could not put it down. I have continued to read his books ever since.Published 11 months ago by Janet Stewart
The research that was required in order to write this book had to be phenomenal
and painstaking...... Read more
This is first and probably the last Crichton book I will read. The characters are all two dimension, the story fails to deal with the conspiracy. Read morePublished on June 12 2011 by Andyp213
This book is Michael Crichton at his best.
The entire book is so suspenseful and gripping that you won't want to put it down until you're finished... Read more
this was my first michael crichton book so i approached it with sceptisism. i was not dissappointed however as this had me gripped from start to finish. Read morePublished on April 26 2004 by M. Mansell
Unlike many of Crichton's other works, this lacks both excitement and information on science and technology. Read morePublished on April 23 2004 by Amazon Customer
I found this book disappointing, and not even close to as captivating as his other books.
If you're an airplane buff, you'll like this book. Read more
Good book, but the reason for the 3 instead of 5 is the anticlimax at the end of the book after such an intriguing start and middle section. Read morePublished on March 3 2004 by Vikram Ramanathan