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by A. G. Riddle

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The world’s past and future rests in the hands of five unwitting strangers in this definitive edition of A. G. Riddle's time-traveling, mind-bending speculative thriller.

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have


The world’s past and future rests in the hands of five unwitting strangers in this definitive edition of A. G. Riddle's time-traveling, mind-bending speculative thriller.

En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.

Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they’ve crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?

Five passengers seem to hold clues about what’s really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw, the son of a billionaire philanthropist.

As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they’re letting on—answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past—to save our world . . . or end it.

A wildly inventive and propulsive adventure full of hairpin twists, Departure is a thrilling tale that weaves together power, ambition, fate, memory, and love, from a bold and visionary talent.  

Editorial Reviews

Diana Gabaldon
“Well-constructed and tightly-wound as a fine Swiss watch—DEPARTURE has non-stop action, an engaging plot and, of course, wheels within wheels.”
Publishers Weekly
Mysterious plane crashes in deserted countrysides are likely to bring up memories of a certain TV show, but this light revision of a self-published bestseller dwells more on the decisions people have to make in stressful and unexplained circumstances. Unhappy venture capitalist Nick Stone and conflicted writer Harper Lane are on the doomed flight, and they have surprising responses to finding that the crash has deposited them in 2147 England, which has been shaped by their decisions in their native time of the 21st century. The crash itself turns out to be no accident but an attempt to redeem previous mistakes that come close to dooming humanity. Riddle (the Origin Mystery trilogy) makes an effort to keep the focus on how his characters react to each other (including to their future selves) rather than to the technological marvels that reshaped their world. But the scale of those marvels—thousand-foot dams across Gibraltar, orbital habitats, immortality, Stonehenge under glass—is what will draw the reader’s attention most strongly, particularly when the character interaction falls into well-worn paths. Agent: Danny Baror, Scovil Galen Ghosh Literary Agency. (Oct.)
Library Journal
A plane on its way from New York to Heathrow crashes in the English countryside. Among the survivors are Harper Lane, a London ghostwriter facing a big decision about her next project, and venture capitalist Nick Stone. The two work together to save those they can, while wondering why no rescuers have appeared on the scene. They soon realize that the crash was no accident and that their fellow passengers know more than they are telling about what happened to the plane, and where—and when—they all are now. VERDICT An exciting action-packed suspenseful opening (and one that will inevitably remind readers of the TV show Lost) takes a sf turn that unfortunately squanders its promise on a implausible futuristic plotline. Riddle's ("The Origin Mystery" trilogy) novel, which was wildly successful when self-published in 2014, has already been optioned for a film, proving that for some readers the propulsive action is enough to carry the day. Those seeking deeper characterizations will probably want to look elsewhere.—MM
Kirkus Reviews
Survivors of an unusual plane crash race to understand a strange new world. Harper Lane has a big decision to make when her flight from New York lands in London. Except it doesn't. It crashes—and that's just the beginning of the surviving passengers' troubles. Even though Nick Stone, another passenger, immediately takes charge of the situation and organizes a rescue operation to get people out of the tail section of the plane, plenty of troubling unanswered questions remain. Such as, why is it that no rescue personnel have showed up, nobody's cellphone works, and most importantly, where exactly are they? Propelled by these mysteries, and plenty of action, the opening chapters of this novel gallop along. Unfortunately, the answers to all these questions don't quite fulfill the promise of the strong opening. Once Harper and Nick start to figure out where they've landed, with help from the no-nonsense doctor Sabrina Schröder and Yul Tan, who won't stop working on his laptop even in a broken-apart plane, the narrative starts to get bogged down in lengthy explanations, and the characters stop feeling like living, breathing people and start feeling like devices for advancing the plot. The novel wants to raise good questions about how our decisions shape our futures, but the conspiracies and counterconspiracies our heroes find themselves embroiled in simply don't ring true. This sci-fi mystery starts strong, but the tangled plot that follows ultimately fails to satisfy.

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Meet the Author

A.G. Riddle spent ten years starting Internet companies before retiring to pursue his true passion: writing fiction. He is the author of the Origin Mystery, the million-copy bestselling trilogy—including The Atlantis Gene, The Atlantis Plague, and The Atlantis World. A native of North Carolina, he lives in Florida with his wife.

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Departure 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to the synopsis and at the same time unsure with some negative reviews about one dimensional characters but I don't regret purchasing this book and read it in one weekend. It is a sci-fi book so the plot is bound to be improbable but at the same time fascinating and I actually liked the ending, it made sense. And this is what escapism books are about, an escape from reality for a bit
Anonymous 7 months ago
It is science fiction, romance, mystery, and thriller all rolled up into a great story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seemed very possible
PatAK More than 1 year ago
I liked it until about halfway through, where I started getting lost and unable to follow it well, so I quit it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good book
GiltBuckram More than 1 year ago
“I wonder what the world would be like if we could all glimpse our future before every major decision.” -Nick Stone Aboard Flight 305, JFK to Heathrow, sit Harper Lane and Nick Stone–complete strangers in first class. Somewhere over England the plane loses communication and crashes in a field, the middle of the plane torn in two. Once on the ground Nick immediately takes charge. As the survivors quickly discover phone service is non-existent and after days without rescue, Nick realizes something is terribly wrong. Throughout struggling for survival and unexpected enemies, the passengers of Flight 305 find themselves in a war-torn, disease ridden future, with little to no human race left. Joining together with fellow passengers, Yul Tan, computer and technological genius, and Sabrina, German laboratory doctor, Nick and Harper set out to find answers. The group soon discovers the “why” and attempts to determine the recurring them of saving themselves or the future of mankind. A.G. Riddle created a present-day world that transitioned seamlessly to 150 years in the future. Overall, //Departure// is a fast paced thriller with a steady story line and characters that are so diverse, but their fates forever entwined. According to A.G. Riddle’s website, //Departure// is to be turned into a feature film by 20th Century Fox. **** 4 Stars Departure by A.G. Riddle 336 Pages Published October 2015 by Harper Voyager Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Sci-Fi ISBN-13: 978-0062431660 *Disclaimer: This hardback copy was received through San Francisco Book Review for an honest review and is featured in the January 2016 issue. Gilt & Buckram . . . the framework that holds adventure.
Drewano More than 1 year ago
An amazingly inventive book, ‘Departure’ takes the reader on an amazing sci-fi adventure. With amazing future technologies, a plot that kept me engaged and interested along with enough intrigue to keep you guessing what will happen next it’s a book that hard to put down. The character are engaging and likable, and I was able to connect with them easily which made me invested in their survival. The book is well written, painting a vivid picture in my mind’s eye. I thoroughly enjoyed this story.
Bill_STR More than 1 year ago
This was not a great book. Some of the ideas were interesting but most was way to scattered.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
;) &hearts &star &starf