It’s a tour day today, for a chilling thrill ride of a read: Joshua Corin’s Cost of Life!Cost of Life by Joshua Corin
Published by Random House on March 17th 2015
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Happy Independence Day. You’re all going to die.
Life can’t be better for veteran pilot Larry Walder. He has a great job, a terrific kid, a gorgeous wife—and no inkling that tonight will be the end of the world as he knows it. In the early hours before the Fourth of July, three men break into Larry’s home. And as the day lurches on to its terrifying course, a life is taken, and Flight 816 from Atlanta to Cozumel, Mexico, vanishes off the radar.
In the air, Larry must find a way to save his family, his crew, and his passengers. On the ground, disgraced FBI agent Xanadu Marx goes rogue, making it her mission to track down the missing flight before the hijackers reach their diabolical endgame. With the casualties racking up and the world’s busiest airport under lockdown, a message arrives: This is no ordinary hijacking, no typical hostage crisis. This ransom is a totally different beast—the first hint of a conspiracy that might bring America to its knees.
Disclosure: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Terrorism is the name of the game in Joshua Corin’s Cost of Life, channeling shades of 9/11, Malaysian Airlines flight MH370, and a silent auction fundraiser.
The plot: Larry Walder is a commercial airline pilot whose wife and child are kidnapped the night before he’s scheduled for a flight to Mexico. You have guesses why, right? I did, too. Then I got to find out if I was right.
The characters: I want to say Larry’s a good guy, but he’s really just a guy trying to save his family and so the decision he makes only serves his purpose (and that of the kidnappers-slash-terrorists), and puts all of his passengers at risk. But never mind Larry, he’s just the dude who got dragged along for this dog-and-pony show.
The real star of this show is former FBI agent Xanadu Marx (her parents really wanted her to get picked on!), on the wagon, and tagged with a teenage intern babysitter with bone cancer. Xana is gifted with languages and an abundance of attitude, but she’s good at her job (which really isn’t hers anymore) and pulls out all the stops to find out where Flight 816 disappeared to, and what the terrorists want. She’s not nice but she’s definitely smart and skilled, and thus her exploits are very entertaining.
The story: Cost of Life is well-written, with a tight plot and taut tension throughout. The characters are interesting if sometimes a bit predictable in their actions and reactions. The ending was a bit limp for my taste, but not so much that it marred my enjoyment.
Cost of Life is a fast-paced thrill ride packed with action and drama, sure to satisfy the fussiest thrill seeker. Pick it up today!
drey’s rating: Excellent!
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