Notes From a Romantic’s Heart is pleased to welcome author Audrey J. Cole to the blog today. She’s introducing us to her latest thriller, The Pilot’s Daughter. You can find all of her stops for this review tour at Goddess Fish Promotions. Don’t forget to enter the Rafflecopter draw for an Amazon Gift Card. The entry form is at the bottom of this post.
About the Book
Welcome aboard Pacific Air Flight 385, with nonstop service from Seattle to Honolulu.
Cora is scared to fly again after her husband died in a recent helicopter crash in Pago Pago.
A thousand times she has told herself to turn around, not get on the flight, go back to her young children.
But now, she’s seated in first class across the aisle from the girlfriend of a famous billionaire pharmaceutical entrepreneur.
Halfway across the Pacific, the flight is hijacked. Six people are dead—including the pilots.
Cora is a young widow, mother, and emergency room nurse...but as the world closes in around her, she’s also a pilot’s daughter.
Lost off radar in the middle of the vast Pacific Ocean, the motive behind the hijacking remains a mystery. Not knowing who to trust, Cora works with the man seated beside her, Seattle Homicide Detective Kyle Adams, to save herself along with the remaining one hundred and fifty-four souls on board.
Enjoy an Excerpt
Kyle heard a baby crying in the main cabin. Passengers were starting to flood first class. They were pushing each other to try and see what was happening. Several were yelling hysterically.
Kyle headed back toward his seat, where a couple passengers were helping the first-class flight attendant tape over the bullet holes. The piece of tape they stuck to the wall was quickly sucked out the hole. The loud hissing returned.
“My dad told me they used wet toilet paper in the Air Force to plug small holes in their planes.”
Kyle turned to see Cora beside him.
Mila raised her eyebrows. “Toilet paper?”
Cora nodded. “Yeah, they would get it wet and wad it up against the hole. Then the end would get sucked outside and freeze to seal the leaking air.”
A male passenger tossed the medical tape onto a seat. “It’s worth a try. I’ll go get some.”
Kyle and Cora stepped aside for him to move past them. Kyle stepped toward Mila and put his hand on her shoulder.
“You need to get on the Intercom and tell everyone to calm down. The hijackers are dead. We need them to stop panicking.”
She turned toward him. “Okay.”
“Is that the pilot?” one of the passengers from the back screamed, seeing the co-pilot’s body at the front of first class.
“Please!” Kyle put both hands in the air. “We need everyone to return to their seats.”
He turned toward Mila as she pulled the Intercom from the wall. “Try not to alarm everyone,” he said to her in a low voice. He took a step toward her over the dead hijacker. “But we need to know if there’s anyone on board who can fly a plane.”
The Pilot’s Daughter was a rollercoaster ride of excitement and face paced scenarios. My only qualm was the rushed relationship between Cora and Kyle. However, given the stress they were under, it’s somewhat understandable.
That said, the author did do a good job of setting the scene and making us feel as if we were there, on the plane, with all the other passengers. And, the climactic landing scenes were well written.
As I said, I wanted more from Kyle and Cora. The attraction felt rushed. However, with this huge cast of characters (some fleeting, some not), it was easy to see how the action was far more integral to the plot than the relationships.
If you’re a fan of thrillers, especially those that involve airplanes and hijackers, you will likely enjoy this book.
Meet the Author
Audrey J. Cole is a registered nurse and a USA TODAY bestselling thriller author. She resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and two children.
Enter the Giveaway
Audrey J. Cole will be awarding a $15 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter during the tour.
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