Larry Walder, veteran airline pilot, is fast asleep on the morning of July 4th. If events move as they should he will awaken normally and ready himself to fly a plane filled with vacationers to Cozumel, Mexico. But events do not move as planned. He and his wife and child are rudely awakened when three men break into their house, take his family hostage, and tell Larry that he will fly the plane as planned, but to an airfield of their choosing.
Corin takes his readers on a giddy ride into terror with a plot that could occur in today’s world of extremist attacks with no aversion to murder. Captain Walder is forced into a car and driven to the airport to take command of his flight. On the way a police officer stopping the car for a minor infraction is shot to death by the terrorists. And that is just the first of many killings at the hands of the people kidnapping him and telling him that if he doesn’t do as told his wife and child will be murdered.
Why the take over and rerouting of the plane is the centerpiece of Corin’s engrossing novel. The terrorists have planned their actions with great care, and look like they have thought of every possible counter action that could thwart their interests. To call the book “an all nighter” does not do it justice. The reader will be caught up in details that are carefully plotted by Joshua Corin and will find it almost impossible to put the book down before finishing it.
Well done and certainly presenting the author as a master of plot and character and one to follow in the future.
3/15 Paul Lane
COST OF LIFE by Joshua Corin. Alibi (March 17, 2015). ASIN: B00N6PEWCS. Print Length: 294 pages