If you are nervous about flying, then don't read this. But it does give a very good example of how the media influences things in our everyday lives. Asuperb book.
Airframe is is nonstop Crichton: the extraordinary mixture of super suspense and authentic information on a subject of compelling interest. Three passengers are dea. Fifty-six are injured. The interior cabin vitually destroyed. But the pilot manages to land the plane....(8 audiocassetes)
Unabridged. Read by Frances Cassidy on 8 cassette tapes. Approximately 11 hours.
From Library Journal
On the heels of several timely successes (e.g., The Lost World, 1995) comes this latest novel from Crichton, which, contrary to what you may have been led to believe by the hype, should reassure even the most jaded U.S. air traveler. The tale begins with the problematic flight of a foreign carrier, during which the plane dives and climbs rapidly for unknown reasons. Although the plane lands safely, several people are killed. Enter Casey Singleton and a team of investigators from Norton Aircraft, manufacturer of the airframe, who must search for the cause. Crichton's talent lies in making arcane sciences fascinating to even the most spirited Luddite, and fans won't be disappointed by his descriptions of the technology employed in the making of passenger planes and, in particular, the precision with which the aircraft's wings are designed. Most popular collections should have a copy or two.