One of DeMille's earlier books that was made into a movie. Book is much better than the movie.
A supersonic airliner has an unfortunate meeting with a navy test missile at high altitude. The plane depressurizes, and only a few crew and passengers survive without suffering from lack of oxygen before the plane levels out at a lower altitude. Led by a weekend pilot, the few survivors bravely try to bring the plane home, but they have to battle not only the elements, a plane full of irrational brain-damaged passengers, and their own fears, but also those who would rather see the plane crash at sea.
A missle strikes a jumbo passenger jet twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean..the flight crew is crippled or dead. Three surviving passengers attempt to land the plane or all remaining passengers will die a horrible death.
An aviation related thriller. Many twists and turns in the plot. A great read.
Demille is one of my favorites and this is one of the best he has written...