Crashers by Dana Hayes is two stories in one. The first revolves around the NTSB investigation of a plane crash in rural Oregon. The investigation initially points at pilot error as the cause of the crash, but is it really? The second involves an Irish Protestant terrorist group in California, with a female former Mossad agent thrown in. Naturally, both of these stories eventually intersect.
Written with as much action as an episode of “24” the book was fast-paced and hard to put down. I found the descriptions of the NTSB investigation fascinating although I do not know how much of a resemblance they bare to reality. While I thoroughly enjoyed Crashers it was not perfect. Haynes used one of the recurring plot devices from “24” that has become tiresome on the show and which I could have done without here. A couple of scenes towards the end of the book were over the top and read more like a script for a summer block buster, which may well be the intention. Lastly, the story centered on the terrorists did not pack the same punch as the plane crash and investigation parts of the book did.
In spite of these relatively minor issues and the fact my favorite character was killed, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. Haynes is apparently working on the sequel, which I will be sure to read. I would recommend against reading this book if you are planning on flying anytime soon, there is a big difference between knowing intellectually what can go wrong with a plane and having it spelled out for you.
I received this book as an Advanced Reader’ Edition from Minotaur Books.
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Whenever a plane goes down in the U.S., a “Go Team” made up of experts is assembled by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate. Those people—each of them a leading expert in a specific area—are known informally as “Crashers.”
When a passenger plane, a Vermeer One Eleven, slams into the ground outside Portland, Oregon, “The Crashers” quickly assemble to investigate the cause. Under the leadership of the IIC (Investigator in Charge), Leonard “Tommy” Tomzak—a pathologist who recently quit the NTSB—the team gets to work as fast as possible.
Usually the team has months to determine the cause of a crash. But this time it’s different. This time, the plane was brought down deliberately, without leaving a trace, and this was only a trial run.
In L. A., Daria Gibron—a former Shin Bet agent, now under the protection of the FBI—spots a group of suspicious-looking men. Missing her former life of action, she attaches herself to them only to learn that, somehow, they were responsible for the plane crash and are preparing for another action. While her FBI handler tries to find her and save her, Daria risks her life to try to get close enough to learn what’s going on and thwart the coming terrorist action. But time is running out and her cover story is running thin.
A fresh and utterly compelling thriller, an original mix of action, investigation,...