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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.
From Publishers Weekly
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.
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Since the _Jurassic Park_ in 1989, Crichton becomes an author that bashes a lot. He attacks biotech, and Japanese tycoons, and femm, so to get readers' attention. We now know why he did it. It is all about the power.
From the beginning of Crichton's writing career in mid-60s, he writes a lot on female issues. I have all 8 John Lange books, but only read two of them so far, so I can't say too much about this period. But started from his _A Case of Need_ (a book written under the psuedonym "Jeffery Hudson", a famous 19th century dwarf), Crichton wrote intensively on female issues. In this book, a young woman seeking for independence dies for malpractice of abortion, then illegal in the pre-Roe-vs-Wade United States. A doctor (written in third person, I remember) who wants to clear the bad name for his American-Chinese collegue started to investigate...
The dead body, Karen Rendall, is the mascot of a Boston-based medical family. She wants to escape from her reality, and failed. That's why she lost her life.
The movie _Carey Treatment_ is loosely based on this novel, and is lousy to death. It is just another seen-and-forget whodunit flick Hollywood made every year. If you want to read more about this issue, read Robin Cook's _The Acceptable Risk_. It mentioned about another Boston raised family girl. Her medical career, medical boy friend, and best-of-all, the Salem witchcraft trial that links herself and her 17th century great-...-grandmother. This is a nice book talking abot the forming of role model to a woman who does not know what to do.
Women in Crichton's books are evolving.Read more ›
"Airframe" offers an amazing and interesting insight into several industries. I learned some very interesting things about how the airplanes are made and the tests and regulations required. While reading it I even felt a bit uneasy about flying, and found that I paid a lot more attention to the operations of the jet the next time I flew. But not only was the book informative (for a work of fiction, anyway), but it was also a lot of fun to read. Maybe not my favorite Crichton book, but I really enjoyed it.
I'm married to a pilot, and read aloud the situations in which Casey Singleton found herself. We had a good laugh at this one! And contrary to what some of your "book reveiwers" say, American aviation is safe... real safe, as Michael Chrichton knows and which is why he wrote about it. Unfortunatly this book followed the TWA Flight 800 disaster. I'm sure many of your readers expected something quite similar in plot. Must say though, Michael, that you hit it on the nail when you portrayed the press. BRAVO! I too enjoyed the chapter with the reporter tossing her cookies! (realistic to have her aboard? NEVER!)
Was so looking forward to this book, only to be greatly disappointed. (This book was a Christmas gift too!) Sure hope you can come up with something that is written for the reader (remember us, your loyal fans?) and NOT for the big screen!
Most recent customer reviews
disappointed after reading many of his works over the years. i couldnt accept the fact that unionized workers were that evil. put it down after 40 percent complete.Published 26 days ago by Roger Webster
It has been some time since I read this book. Still drawn in by the fast pace & well developed characters.Published 20 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 22 months ago by Janet Stewart
I remember having postponed the reading of this book, as a result of a comment by a passenger on a flight from Cagliari to London, which advised me against it before flying. Read morePublished on July 9 2014 by Anakina
The research that was required in order to write this book had to be phenomenal
and painstaking...... Read more
While I cannot fault Crichton's story telling ability and his pacing in what is supposed to be a techno-thriller, I found myself being disappointed by the 'techno' part of it, as... Read morePublished on June 22 2013 by VincentG
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
AIRFRAME is another mystery on Crichton's growing list. The daughter in this tale shouts, "Oh, Mom, I missed you! Read morePublished on July 18 2004 by Worldreels
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
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