May 18, 2015

COST OF LIFE by Joshua Corin



Description:  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.



My Thoughts on Cost of Life by Joshua Corin

How can you miss with a line like "Happy Independence Day. You're all going to die?"  Fortunately author Joshua Corin swings for the fences and hits it out of the park with this thriller.

  For me, Cost of Life started slowly.  A hijacked plane isn't anything new but the pace quickly picked up.  I was thrilled to discover that the story took place, at least at inception, in my hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.  I personally find it exciting to read of correct street names and locales when flipping through pages.

Pilot Larry Walder was a strong, endearing hero.  I liked him immediately and felt for his terrible situation.  Are the lives of his wife and son more valuable than those of over one hundred strangers on his flight?  How can he save his family, himself, his crew and his passengers while thwarting the hijackers? 

His female counterpart, on the ground and in the FBI, is Xanadu Marx.  Xana, refreshingly, isn't your typical thirty year old heroine - she's forty-six, a recovering alcoholic and determined to solve the mystery of Flight 816 with an unusual sidekick.  As a child of the late 70s/early 80s, I got a kick out of the 1980 Olivia Newton-John film references to which others believed Xana was named.

Author Joshua Corin
I actually read this book while flying the friendly skies and while it was certainly the perfect type of book to while away travel time, it does make you give a second glance at your traveling companions.  Cost of Life had my stomach in knots and veered off my suspected track several times.  It kept me guessing until the very end, leaving me with a pounding heart and satisfied literary experience.

Cost of Life is available for purchase at major booksellers including Amazon.

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FTC Disclosure: The review copy of this book was provided by TLC Book Tours in exchange for a fair and honest review.  The provision of this book did not affect the outcome of my review.  I was neither paid nor compensated for this review. 




Thank you, TLC Book Tours, for including me on this tour!