Book Title: Final Boarding
Author: A.J. Mayers
Series: Possible future sequel/prequel
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Fiction, Conspiracy Theory
Date Read: 11/17/16
Pub Date: 11/15/16
Patrick Baldwin had no idea missing Phoenix Airlines Flight 619 would mean he would live to see another day. The flight he missed went missing itself over the Pacific Ocean, going off radar without a trace or any sign of debris. When the world can’t stop talking about the disappearance, Patrick begins to delve into the mystery of the missing airliner in hopes of discovering its fate and the fate of his three colleagues who were on board. The deeper he finds himself in this mystery, the stranger the circumstances become. Was Flight 619’s disappearance an accident, or something more sinister?
Like everyone else so far I was blown away by Final Boarding. The cover drew me in immeditately, and while I was expecting something different, this book didn’t disappoint in the least. Let me explain; I recently read another plane crash themed book called Before the Fall, and I think because it was still fresh in my mind it lead me astray in thinking what this book would be. Where BTF was more a survival themed suspense with a tinge of mystery and heavily character driven, Final Boarding was more of a conspiracy theory with high tension and heavily mysterious action. The book was inspired by the missing Malaysian Flight MH 370 from 2014, and while this is a fictional story, it came across as realistic and really gave me pause to wonder just what DID happen to that plane. The explanation given in FB was heavily plausible and I applaud Mr. Mayers for the time and effort he put into making this story so believable.
I immediately found myself caught up in the plot; I won’t tell many details (go buy the book!), but the broad assumption we are working with is that Professor Patrick Baldwin has missed a flight and it ended up saving his life. The story is told completely through his experience and vision; I loved how the author did this through letters, journal entries, and experiences. I have always loved a story with unique formats and this is one to add to the collection. As I made my way throughout the book wearing my little detective cap, I noticed that each time I thought I had something figured out I was completely wrong. Huh. I started scratching my head and realizing that I’m clearly not as smart as I claim to be. Bravo Mayers. I think it’s safe to say that this is one to just follow along and let the story reveal it’s mysteries as it chooses. I was shocked by the ending but pleased with how the author chose to close the book out. We discussed a possible sequel if this book does well, so please go support him so I can get my sequel!
I think it’s safe to say I was taken with Final Boarding. If you like gripping, tense, suspenseful reads that follow the growing trend of plane crash themes, this is for you. I don’t want to give any comparisons or say too much, but I could really see this being a book to get you out of a reading rut with it’s compulsive, shiny plot. I’m very excited to compare notes with other readers once more people have finished this.
*I’d like to thank the author for providing my copy; it was my pleasure to provide an honest review.