Audiobook CD - 1997
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A U.S. Navy missile strikes a Tokyo-bound airliner and, while the four surviving passengers struggle to bring the huge jet to a landing, airline representatives, Navy officers, and insurance company personnel agree that the plane's disappearance would be best for all.
Publisher: Santa Ana, CA : Books on Tape, p1997
ISBN: 9780736660600
Characteristics: 12 sound discs (14 hrs.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in


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Oct 15, 2018

Nelson Demille made a real switch from his other stories with Mayday. The audiobook was an excellent way to listen to this story. I won't go into the plot details as another review does that. I will say that the story concept was unique and well thought out and presented.

As improbable as it may seem, the events of this story all take place in less than 24 hours. It doesn't seem that a story covering such a short period could capture the attention of an audience, yet I was riveted through the entire story. Certain aspects of the story seem quite improbable, but that's why it's called fiction. In particular, the level of brain damage suffered by nearly everyone on the plane due to oxygen deprivation and their resulting behavioral changes don't necessarily seem reasonable to me. I would have expected a wide range of behavioral changes due to the oxygen deprivation, but that may be nitpicking.

The real issues of the story are due to the reactions of the airline and their insurance company when confronted with the concept of landing a planeload of brain damaged passengers and how far they are willing to go to dispose of that problem. I recommend Mayday to anyone that likes a story full of suspense.


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