1 out of 4 stars
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The Mystery of Flight 2222, by Thomas Neviaser, is an exciting, fast-paced thriller fiction. We are immediately introduced to our main character, the steely-eyed, athletic, and often forgetful Frank Mason. He is employed as a stock analyst, a job that often takes him away from Kate, his wife of nine years. This time around, the job is for Frank to travel to Buenos Aires, to secure his company a spot on the bottom tier of a new but promising company. The job should be an easy one, and Frank expected to wrap things up within a couple of weeks, no big deal. Unfortunately, the hands of fate had other plans for Frank Mason, the passengers and the crew of Air USA Flight 2222. The plane experiences catastrophic engine failure, and they crash into the middle of the ocean, thousands of miles away from land, help, or hope. The survivors must rely on each other, and inner strength they didn't realize they had in order to make it out alive...
I wanted to like this book, I really did. Unfortunately, I have to rate The Mystery of Flight 2222 1 out of 4 stars. The story has a great concept, and there is an obvious message the author wants the reader to take away from it, which is The Law of Karma. But in no way did I see this translate well while reading, and at the end of the story, (and the epilogue and afterward that follow) I was left with more questions than answers.
My biggest disappointment when reading this book was all of the errors, both in editing and in the story itself. I found many times where what the author was describing would just not be possible for the characters to do, or survive even. There is also a lot of foreshadowing the main character, Frank Mason does that makes the story too predictable. I found it super irritating, and it took away too much of the mystery to me. It was never explained why only he could do this. Reading the dialogue between different characters was painful and oftentimes cheesy. There were Spanish characters that spoke Spanish, both to each other and others. But an Asian couple, who were native to their respective Asian countries, spoke broken English, even to each other. So that struck me as odd, and out of place.
There also seemed to be a lack of planning on the author's part when writing this novel. The main antagonist is simply named "The Boss" and the men who work for him are just called "goons", over and over again, which is tiresome. Also, as the characters go through the story, there is no real personal development, and the readers don't know who they really are until the epilogue. Also, the background's of most of the character's were messy, shallow, lacked depth and description. I found that the way the characters were described in the epilogue didn't translate at all when reading their respective parts in the story.
While I respect the idea Thomas Neviaser was trying to get across, I believe this story needs a lot more work before it is an acceptable adult thriller, and children are not suited for some of the adult themes that are presented in this book. So I can only recommend The Mystery of Flight 2222 to someone who is looking for an adventure novel while keeping these negative aspects in mind.
The Mystery Of Flight 2222
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