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An airliner on a routine flight from San Francisco to Tokyo is struck by a U.S. Navy missile. Because of the sudden change in cabin pressure, all but five people on board are either dead, comatose, or raving mad. As Flight 52 becomes the ultimate test of survival, onboard horrors begin to mount. In addition, the airline, the insurance company, and the Navy are desperate to cover up the mishap -- no matter what the cost.
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Overview

An airliner on a routine flight from San Francisco to Tokyo is struck by a U.S. Navy missile. Because of the sudden change in cabin pressure, all but five people on board are either dead, comatose, or raving mad. As Flight 52 becomes the ultimate test of survival, onboard horrors begin to mount. In addition, the airline, the insurance company, and the Navy are desperate to cover up the mishap -- no matter what the cost.
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New York Times Book Review
Fascinating, frightening, and furiously paced...A story of almost unrelenting suspense.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446604765
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/28/1998
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 480
  • Sales rank: 574,721
  • Product dimensions: 4.12 (w) x 6.75 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Nelson DeMille is the author of 18 acclaimed novels, including the #1 New York Times bestsellers Night Fall, Plum Island, The Gate House, The Lion, and The Panther. His other New York Times bestsellers include Wild Fire, The Gold Coast, and The General's Daughter. For more information on the author, you can go to www.NelsonDeMille.net.

Biography

Nelson DeMille has a dozen bestselling novels to his name and over 30 million books in print worldwide, but his beginnings were not so illustrious. Writing police detective novels in the mid-1970s, DeMille created the pseudonym Jack Cannon: "I used the pen name because I knew I wanted to write better novels under my own name someday," DeMille told fans in a 2000 chat.

Between 1966 and 1969, Nelson DeMille served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. When he came home, he finished his undergraduate studies (in history and political science), then set out to become a novelist. "I wanted to write the great American war novel at the time," DeMille said in an interview with January magazine. "I never really wrote the book, but it got me into the writing process." A friend in the publishing industry suggested he write a series of police detective novels, which he did under a pen name for several years.

Finally DeMille decided to give up his day job as an insurance fraud investigator and commit himself to writing full time -- and under his own name. The result was By the Rivers of Babylon (1978), a thriller about terrorism in the Middle East. It was chosen as a Book of the Month Club main selection and helped launch his career. "It was like being knighted," said DeMille, who now serves as a Book of the Month Club judge. "It was a huge break."

DeMille followed it with a stream of bestsellers, including the post-Vietnam courtroom drama Word of Honor (1985) and the Cold War spy-thriller The Charm School (1988) Critics praised DeMille for his sophisticated plotting, meticulous research and compulsively readable style. For many readers, what made DeMille stand out was his sardonic sense of humor, which would eventually produce the wisecracking ex-NYPD officer John Corey, hero of Plum Island (1997) and The Lion's Game (2000).

In 1990 DeMille published The Gold Coast, a Tom Wolfe-style comic satire that was his attempt to write "a book that would be taken seriously." The attempt succeeded, in terms of the critics' response: "In his way, Mr. DeMille is as keen a social satirist as Edith Wharton," wrote The New York Times book reviewer. But he returned to more familiar thrills-and-chills territory in The General's Daughter, which hit no. 1 on The New York Times' Bestseller list and was made into a movie starring John Travolta. Its hero, army investigator Paul Brenner, returned in Up Country (2002), a book inspired in part by DeMille's journey to his old battlegrounds in Vietnam.

DeMille's position in the literary hierarchy may be ambiguous, but his talent is first-rate; there's no questioning his mastery of his chosen form. As a reviewer for the Denver Post put it, "In the rarefied world of the intelligent thriller, authors just don't get any better than Nelson DeMille."

Good To Know

DeMille composes his books in longhand, using soft-lead pencils on legal pads. He says he does this because he can't type, but adds, "I like the process of pencil and paper as opposed to a machine. I think the writing is better when it's done in handwriting."

In addition to his novels, DeMille has written a play for children based on the classic fairy tale "Rumpelstiltskin."

DeMille says on his web site that he reads mostly dead authors -- "so if I like their books, I don't feel tempted or obligated to write to them." He mentions writing to a living author, Tom Wolfe, when The Bonfire of the Vanities came out; but Wolfe never responded. "I wouldn't expect Hemingway or Steinbeck to write back -- they're dead. But Tom Wolfe owes me a letter," DeMille writes.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Jack Cannon; Kurt Ladner; Brad Matthews; Michael Weaver; Ellen Kay
    2. Hometown:
      Long Island, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 22, 1943
    2. Place of Birth:
      New York, New York
    1. Education:
      B.A. in political science, Hofstra University, 1974
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  • Posted March 15, 2012

    I thought Mayday kept you on the edge of your seat. You could fe

    I thought Mayday kept you on the edge of your seat. You could feel the tension in the cockpit. I loved it.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 13, 2011

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    Mayday begins with a bang!

    Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite

    This review is on the unabridged audio book, Mayday by Nelson DeMille and Thomas Block. Supersonic jet, Flight 52, was on a routine flight to Japan when it was hit by a US Navy missile. The test missile hit the plane and went through the plane causing luggage, seats and passengers to be sucked out. Many of the passengers died from lack of oxygen, others were left brain damaged. John Berry, a civilian pilot, was in the bathroom when the plane was hit. When he opened the door he discovered the mayhem. Barry was the only hope that anyone would survive the accident.

    Mayday begins with a bang! The action and suspense never stops. DeMille and Block skillfully capture the urgency of the situation. The plane and passengers' survival would not be in the best interest of the Navy, airline or insurance company. Greed is more important than the human life.

    This book was made into a made-for-TV movie in the 1990's. DeMille is bestselling author, and when I pick up one of his books, I always know I will quickly be caught up in the plot. DeMille always provides action, conspiracy, danger, and hours of entertainment! In this book, he teams up with Thomas Block, and together they make a formidable team. The plot is exquisite, and the characters are unforgettable, making this an audiobook you won't want to miss. The reader is Scott Brick whose voice will be familiar to fans of DeMille's audiobooks, as he has read several of them. His voice is perfect for this genre. It commands attention and resonates well to the listener. The quality of the audio is perfection. I can always depend on Hachette for high quality audiobooks.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 19, 2011

    marginally good

    Mayday is a very early DeMille novel and his inexperience is apparent.
    The entire second half of the book has so many contrived scenes it made a DeMille fan (me) disappointed.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2005

    How does he do it?

    Just when you think the last Demille book that you read was the best, he does it again. This book had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I could really feel the fear going through the veins of the lead character, a non-commercial pilot, forced to have to land a giant plane, comparable to that of the Concord. The book moves along at a stunning pace. All of the author's books captivate me, with his exceptional character development and uncanny wit, but I think this was definitely his most suspenseful book, aside from Lion's Game. It's a great read, sure to keep you up at night as you ponder the fate of the characters on board!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Rebecca

    *nods* got it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 30, 2014

    Mayday

    Ready for some rules

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2014

    Emma

    Peoplkeep asking me that.... no

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Many years ago, when "MayDay" first came out, my Mothe

    Many years ago, when "MayDay" first came out, my Mother & I listened to the Unabridged audio version of this book, as we carpooled to Dallas. The book was so spellbinding and literally a seat grabber, we couldn't wait until the next day to keep listening. As we got further into the story, we would continue listening, while sitting in the car, in the driveway, then eventually moving to the backporch. We just couldn't stop listening. This book stayed w/me (through the years (back in the late 1990's)). I LOVE this book. We were totally hooked and now, I'm going to read the Nook version. This book's climax mystery (high altitude and what it does to you), came back to haunt me as a possible cause for the Maylasia plane mystery, that happened just recently. I LOVE MYSTERIES!! Can't wait to read it again!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2013

    Couldn't put it down!

    This book reminded me of Alex Hailey's early books. I was captured by it from the very first pages, and couldn't put it down. I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2013

    Well written, worth a second read

    Fast moving story line. Even though this book is one of his early writings, DeMille's talent in his gift of writting promises to please the pickiest of readers. A page turner, and worth a second read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Just ok...

    Basic plot was good. Creeped me out tho.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 4, 2013

    coudnt put it down once i started reading

    Wow twists and turns will eventually read again after my heart stops racing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2013

    Read it!

    Never disappointing. This one has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish.

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  • Posted March 14, 2013

    recommend

    I would include this with one of Demille's top novels. High suspense and non-stop action. I read it in 4 days.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    Exciting to the end.

    Great novel. Very exciting.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    A must read.

    A very exciting page turner.
    A great insight into the workings of government and
    politics surrounding such events.
    One of DeMille's best.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 23, 2013

    THIS WAS THE FIRST AND IS STILL THE BEST - DON'T MISS THIS ONE!

    THIS WAS THE FIRST AND IS STILL THE BEST - DON'T MISS THIS ONE!

    When I bought this years ago in Hardback Thomas Block was given top billing. This is a chilling book that I still remember vividly to this day.

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  • Posted April 7, 2012

    A great read!

    I thought I had read this book years earlier and it turns out, it was an updated version set for today. It was a good book then and it is still a good book. I like aviation books and if you do too, you will enjoy this one.

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  • Posted August 6, 2011

    Two thumbs up!

    Amazing!!! I forgot to breathe!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2008

    2 day read,,,

    Loved this book! I needed a good book that I couldn't put down- this was the one! As an ex-Flight Attendant, I thought it was realistic. Have fun!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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