Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Airframe by Michael Crichton

Book Details
Airframe by Michael Crichton
Paperback, 448 pages
1995, Arrow Books Ltd
ISBN: 0099556316

The twin jet plane en route to Denver from Hong Kong is merely a green radar blip half an hour off the California coast when the call comes through to air traffic control: 'Socal Approach, this is TransPacific 545. We have an emergency.' The pilot requests priority clearance to land - then comes the bombshell - he needs Forty ambulances on the runway. But nothing prepares the rescue workers for the carnage they witness when they enter the plane. Ninety-four passengers are injured. Three dead. The interior cabin virtually destroyed. What happened on board Flight TPA 545?

This is one of my least favorite Michael Crichton novels. The story wasn't bad, just technical in a way that was less entertaining and interesting than most of his other novels. The mechanics of airplane design and engineering was informative but very much too confusing to follow. The character interaction in this novel was less compelling than in his other novels and was overshadowed by the mechanical description. I have yet to read a bad Michael Crichton novel. Airframe was just lesser than some of his better, more famous novels.


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