Gate 76

Gate 76

by Andrew Diamond

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ISBN-13: 9780996350761
Publisher: Stolen Time Press
Publication date: 06/01/2018
Pages: 322
Sales rank: 1,241,311
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

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Gate 76 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Deana0326 24 days ago
This is a fast pace book with twists that keep readers on the edge of their seat. It had the feel of a cross between Perry Mason and Dragnet. Freddy is a good character and I like his profession as a private detective. Can you imagine that your job is snooping into other peoples lives? People have secrets and Freddy is the person to uncover the truth. What would you do if you saw a woman being forced onto a flight? Freddy dismisses what he saw until he hears unsettling news. Remember the woman he saw being shoved on a plane? Looks like the plane didn't make its destination. Why would a plane explode? Was there someone on there who did it or was someone on the plane the target? Freddy takes on the investigation into the plane's demise and is thrust into danger, secrets and corruption far beyond what Freddy expected. The story is intense and I loved the mystery that seemed to explode as the story continued. It's a good story that kept me glued to the book and I loved finding out more about the mysterious woman. If you like a good mystery with well developed characters, this book is for you. I received a copy of this book from Good Reads Giveaway. The review is my own opinion.
Cat Wyatt 8 months ago
Gate 76 is Andrew Diamond’s third novel, and while I haven’t read any of the others yet, he seems to be a very interesting writer. He seems to enjoy taking careers and situations and twisting them into fascinating tales, such as this one. Warnings first: This is a gritty PI novel, even if it doesn’t look like one. There are drugs, overdoses, rape, assault, murder, and anything else you can think of. The rape and assault scenes are probably the more detailed of these, and they can easily make one uncomfortable to read. There were times where I actually skipped ahead because I couldn’t take it. So please be aware of this before you start reading. This novel is about a private investigator named Freddy. Unlike the PI we picture in our heads though, Freddy’s current case isn’t all about skulking in allies and that sort of thing. Believe it or not, he’s investigating a plane crash. Now realistically I can actually see how it makes sense for an airline to hire as many people as possible to investigate something major like that. For one thing they need as many eyes on it as possible, and for another a different perspective could very well help. Not to mention that if they want to look into every single passenger on a plane…well that’s an awful lot of people to look into, isn’t it? I do love the different use of a PI character here. I can honestly say that I’ve never read a novel where a PI investigated a plane crash, and I really love it when authors try something new. So I can’t give this part enough credit. I will say that I loved the introduction to this novel; it immediately pulled my attention to it. I couldn’t stop reading, and I just had to know what happened next to the mystery woman that so captured his attention. Unfortunately I also feel that the introduction was the highlight of the novel. From there I feel like the book lost focus, delving deeper and deeper into criminal activities, slowly making itself more convoluted and complex as time went on. It ended up becoming less about the parts I loved, and more about gritty crimes and the like. I think my biggest complaint would have to be all the effort put in to making Freddy look like an awesome guy. The author wanted us to simultaneously believe that he’s a badass with anger issues while still being a super sweet guy that’ll do anything to help someone. Now, that’s actually doable, it just takes a bit of finesse. My problem is how they did it, here’s an example: Freddy met a woman who’s been put into the position of being a prostitute (I’m not entirely sure it was on her own free will either) and she wants help getting out of there. While he did buy her a plane ticket, he also slept with her. So it kind of seems like she paid for the ticket with her services…which makes him seem like less the good guy and more like one of her clients… I had other problems with Freddy’s character, but that was the biggest point for me. On the whole I just feel like this book got in over its head. It was trying to do too much with not enough pages or time. Maybe if it had been stretched out into a couple of books it would have worked better?
Anonymous 9 months ago
Initially, I was very hooked into the story, but as it wore on I had to continually level up my suspension of disbelief and some of the things that happened in this story took me out of it. In the end, I was not sure what the resolution of the story was supposed to be when I reached the end, but I enjoyed the ride of reading it. I found the main character to sometimes be frustrating, but he had a somewhat unique point of view and I found his backstory to be fairly interesting. I wish the female characters had been more fleshed out because they were very one-dimensional and were definitely used to serve the character development of the male characters in the story. Overall, I found this to be fun and interesting to read, but not the most engaging thriller I've ever read.
3no7 9 months ago
“Gate 76” by Andrew Diamond is a modern thriller with a classic noir feel. Freddy Ferguson, A private detective with a dark and troubled past, notices a suspicious woman at San Francisco International airport. When the plane that lists her on the passenger manifest explodes, killing everyone on board, he resolves to find answers. The case mesmerizes the nation, and Freddy works to discover the truth. In the process, he uncovers corrupt politicians, dirty cops, and past secrets. Diamond creates a complex tale with slow suspense, plot twists, and cliffhanger moments. The characters are numerous (almost too many) including the good, the not so good, and the ones who might be both. I received a copy of “Gate 76” from Andrew Diamond, Stolen Time Press, and Net Galley. I recommend it for readers who want the old noir feel in a current setting. I am not usually a reader of noir, either classic or current, so it is hard for me to accurately rate a book of this genre, but I liked “Gate 76.” It has the elements of a good story, and the mixed chapter length gives readers needed breaks from the drama.
Nurse98 11 months ago
This was a good mystery/thriller type story, not stellar, but good. The writing flowed and the story took off right away. There was not a lot of slow paced areas, just straight up action from the get go. Enough that it kept you going. The only parts that were a little slower were the backstory parts but they were probably necessary for the story so I didn't mind it. However, it just wasn't a book that kept me wanting to turn pages and keep reading way past my middle age bedtime. I found myself having to make myself pick up the book to finish it instead of looking forward to my nightly reading. So because of that I am giving it 3 stars, a good story but not anything super special. Thank you to the publishers for my advance copy.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This book’s blurb claims that the MC believes the mysterious woman witnessed a crime that has captivated the nation. That...is not at all the situation. I don’t mean that he believes it and is ultimately proven wrong; I mean the description itself is not what happens in the story, and I don’t know how it got past X number of people and into the summary. Otherwise, this was just an alright book for me. The writing was pretty decent but the plot wobbled around a fair bit. The only character who really sparked my interest was - as luck would have it - only in one scene, and thereafter didn’t merit even a mention by name. TW/CW for violence, fatphobia, sexism, mentions of rape, alcoholism, hard drug use, depictions of domestic abuse.
iamree More than 1 year ago
Fast=Paced Airline Thriller: When I originally read the few preview pages, I knew I would like this book... and i was right! The book never lets up on its fast-paced investigation of a suspicious airline "incident" that killed everyone on board. The catch is (and this is not really a spoiler if you read the preview since it happens right off the bat) the question of who was truly on board. Author Andrew Diamond creates some interesting and unlikable characters which add depth to the personal life of the first person narrator: from sleezy Lomax, the FBI guy who tries to hit on a girl at a funeral, to the verbally cruel ex-wife of the first person narrator. A reader will not want to skim a single page, and the reward will be the unexpected sentences that have you cheering for the good guy investigator. This is a book you will recommend to a friend who wants an interesting story.
KimPr More than 1 year ago
Andrew Diamond does a wonderful job of putting a puzzle together. We meet Freddy, an ex-boxer turned PI, who has premonitions. He's at an airport and sees Anna and follows her only because his gut tells me to. When Anna is presumed to die in a plane crash, Freddy becomes obsessive with finding her. Oh, he finds her and when it does, he finds there is corruption at the highest levels in Texas. As he attempts to gather evidence which will allow Anna to come out of hiding, he's jailed, beaten, shot and doubted. Thankfully he runs into Julia, Chester Dixon, and and Jimenez. This is a story where we'll often believe a Muslim man is guilty while believing a White FBI agent or Governor is innocent. We truly see how the love of money can cause people to make regrettable decisions with deathly consequences!
angnay01 More than 1 year ago
like the cover for Gate 76. The story was good and had me interested. Freddy is an detective and while at the airport there is a women that gets his attention. He watches her get on the wrong plane. Later, the plane she was supposed to have been on crashes. He finds himself in the middle of the investigation to discover just why the plane went down. The author flashes back giving us an inside look at Freddy's past. At times it was a little slow, but it was interesting to get to know the character. There was a lot going on in the book and a lot of characters to follow. I could see Freddy becoming a character in a series. I enjoyed the book. Thank you Bookishfirst for an advanced copy for my honest review.
gabizago More than 1 year ago
“Gate 76” has action from beginning to end. The story is told in the perspective of Freddy Ferguson, a private investigator working on a plane accident case. Prior to being a PI, he was a boxer. And we also learn through the pages that he also has some weird social skills. Throughout the pages, it is nice to learn a little bit more of his past, and how he became who he is now. It is such a nice character. And although this is most of the time a fast thriller, there are some passages that seem to be a little bit slow and boring. The plot is actually interesting, and I found myself wanting to read the next chapter to see how everything would be related, and who was behind the plane accident. Government, FBI, state patrol, detectives, drug dealers, hookers, the story it has a little bit of everything.
gabizago More than 1 year ago
“Gate 76” has action from beginning to end. The story is told in the perspective of Freddy Ferguson, a private investigator working on a plane accident case. Prior to being a PI, he was a boxer. And we also learn through the pages that he also has some weird social skills. Throughout the pages, it is nice to learn a little bit more of his past, and how he became who he is now. It is such a nice character. And although this is most of the time a fast thriller, there are some passages that seem to be a little bit slow and boring. The plot is actually interesting, and I found myself wanting to read the next chapter to see how everything would be related, and who was behind the plane accident. Government, FBI, state patrol, detectives, drug dealers, hookers, the story it has a little bit of everything.
Katie__B More than 1 year ago
This book had elements of a good story but the final result just didn't do anything for me. It started off promising with a private detective noticing some suspicious behavior by a woman at an airport. She's listed as a passenger of a plane that explodes, killing everyone on board. Freddy Ferguson is determined to find the answers to the case that is captivating the nation. Unfortunately, the best part of the book is the beginning and then it is all downhill from there. I started to lose interest once the story started flashing back to Freddy's boxing career. Normally, I am all for good character development but I just didn't care for the whole troubled and damaged story line. I became so bored with Freddy that it really took me out of the present story of finding out more about the female at the airport. In general I just wasn't a fan of the writing style and the book just wasn't for me. Thank you to BookishFirst for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
First off, I want to say that apparently this author is not well known. Yet. Well, I think readers are missing a very good book here. Now, on with my review. Wow! What an adventure this book took me on. I absolutely loved the narration by Freddy about his life. He would make a statement about something in his past and then a few chapters later, he would explain what had happened to him. The mystery woman shows up very early in the book, as in chapter 1 and then anything about her goes away. This caused some disappointment. However, the author kept me so interested in the other things that were going on that I quickly forgot about it. I realized why the author had hidden her for a while whenever she was brought back into the story. And, why I hadn't heard anything about her. When she did reappear? Wow!! What a story. It was a surprise for the reader, as well as Freddy. I could not believe all the layers and layers of the truth and how those crimes were committed. It was very original and an excellent read. I tore through this book wanting to know WTF? Andrew Diamond is now officially one of the author's I will be looking for in the future. Huge shout out to the character, Bethany. This woman has got it all going on and she doesn't take any crap. Loved her!! Thanks to Stolen Time Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
FeatheredQuillBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Private Investigator Freddy Ferguson, who is currently on a case involving stolen artifacts from the Smithsonian, finds himself in the San Francisco International Airport staring at a couple ahead of him in the security line. He’s drawn to them, like the proverbial moth to a flame, and can’t help noticing their details; she, a hard-looking, but attractive blonde with bloodshot eyes, and he, a greasy goon in a suit that doesn’t quite match his overall look. He’s got a grip on her elbow, and though she has a stoic look on her face, Freddy can’t exactly figure out why he feels the need to keep watching them. Later on, after going through security, Freddy spots the same girl, this time completely alone. What catches his eye this time is the fact that an airport worker who’s supposed to be emptying trashcans is clearly more interested in also watching the blonde lady, and begins to push his cart closer to her gate. PI Ferguson eventually boards his plane heading towards Washington Dulles International Airport. During the flight, he can’t help but spend time thinking about what he witnessed earlier at the airport. He can’t get it out of his head, something is niggling inside his mind, perhaps it’s one of the premonitions he often gets not only from being a private investigator, but from his troublesome past as a champion boxer. When the flight lands in Washington, he walks out into the airport and immediately his eyes are drawn towards breaking news playing on a nearby television. The flight bound for Honolulu never made it to its destination. Reports say the flight was fully booked, but Freddy knows the truth, not all the passengers were aboard the flight that went down into the ocean. Like a dog with his favorite bone, Freddy Ferguson is in hot pursuit of answers, and won’t give up trying to find the blonde woman, despite a few run-ins with law enforcement, and being told by his boss to “back off” and continue with his current assignment. Readers will be hooked from the shocking beginning of this thriller that has both corrupt law enforcement and politics at its core. They will be whisked through several plot twists as the main character tries to not only discover and find the mysterious woman, but who she is running from, all before they get to her first. However, the author may lose or confuse some readers due to his numerous characters intertwined throughout the storyline; perhaps a character list would be a helpful addition to the beginning of the novel. But that should not dissuade readers from diving into Gate 76 by Andrew Diamond, especially fans of action-packed thrillers. Readers will quickly find themselves following along with the main character, a former boxer with an abrasive past, as he desperately tries to put all the fragmented pieces together and to ultimately put a stop to the blonde woman’s pursuers. Quill says: Gate 76 is a good read filled with an intense plot, and equally powerful characters that will have readers quickly flipping pages until the very end.
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
Ebook/ARC/Mystery: First, I receive this book in lieu of an honest review from NetGalley. While this book started out interesting, it really did not hold my attention. I enjoyed the parts where the author gives you more insight to the main character and first person narrator, Freddy. This is done with backstory memories & dreams and then with the relationship he has with his son. However, there is so much going on between Anna and her sister and the two get confusing. My biggest problem is with the plane crash itself. No one, including Freddy, really cares. And the conspiracy really behind the crash doesn't really make sense, or maybe it does, but I got confused with all the characters. The author does a great job describing setting and some characters, but other characters who I felt were important never get too much detail. The book is readable, but I feel it is average. I would often forget that Freddy was a PI and not in law enforcement. Again, the book starts off really strong, but tapers off with the introduction of too many characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book starts out with an observant detective in an airport who notices a woman in a situation that doesn't sit right with him. I was drawn in from the first chapter. I wanted to know more about this man - Freddy the detective and Anna, the woman. Freddy's character drew me in. I've read quite a few detective novels and Freddy fits the bill as a lead character - a guy with a dark past and a chip on his shoulder. He also wants justice. The storyline had me hooked. I liked learning about Freddy's back story - his family of origin and his defunct boxing career. I wanted to know more about Anna. Why she switched planes and what she was up to. Did she know the plane would crash? The twists and turns that lead Freddy to the truth will keep you turning the page.
Cinemabelle More than 1 year ago
In the right place at the right time, boxer turned private eye Freddy Ferguson catches sight of some very wrong people in an airport security line just before a flight explodes at the San Francisco International Airport. And even though he's been contracted to go through passenger lists as part of the B team hired by the airline, Freddy can't help but follow up on what he'd witnessed on that deadly night when an enigmatic blonde woman escaped certain death by checking in only to change her appearance in an airport bathroom rather than get on that flight. Is she a part of a bigger conspiracy or merely the last living witness of a horrific crime? Stylistically reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and Elmore Leonard with its no-nonsense first person point-of-view, indie author Andrew Diamond's Noir flavored page turner is terse, strong, and oozing with tension. But while Freddy's redemptive plight is fascinating indeed, the otherwise terrific Gate 76 makes a few missteps in its final third as – instead of zeroing in on its increasingly complicated Grisham level mystery – one of its female leads begins to preach at Freddy, and therefore the reader. And even though I appreciate the book's bold characterization and vivid description, moments like this are not only the opposite of subtle but they also pull focus away from the main storyline. Juggling a large number of characters to the point that in the end, Freddy has to phone a few to literally tell them and the reader what is going on, Gate 76 might've worked even better if it had cut down on some of the middle-men to avoid the repetition of needing to explain something we've already figured out alongside our lead. From its dynamic opening that plays just like an action movie, Gate 76 is a largely effective and entertaining thriller. With his keen sense of humor, eye for details, and ability to weave together an intricate number of subplots with style, this was a great introduction for me to Andrew Diamond and makes me eager to pick up some of his other reads. If available I would rate this title 3.5 out of 5 stars. Note: I received an ARC of this title via Bookish First in exchange for my honest opinion.
Cinemabelle More than 1 year ago
In the right place at the right time, boxer turned private eye Freddy Ferguson catches sight of some very wrong people in an airport security line just before a flight explodes at the San Francisco International Airport. And even though he's been contracted to go through passenger lists as part of the B team hired by the airline, Freddy can't help but follow up on what he'd witnessed on that deadly night when an enigmatic blonde woman escaped certain death by checking in only to change her appearance in an airport bathroom rather than get on that flight. Is she a part of a bigger conspiracy or merely the last living witness of a horrific crime? Stylistically reminiscent of Raymond Chandler and Elmore Leonard with its no-nonsense first person point-of-view, indie author Andrew Diamond's Noir flavored page turner is terse, strong, and oozing with tension. But while Freddy's redemptive plight is fascinating indeed, the otherwise terrific Gate 76 makes a few missteps in its final third as – instead of zeroing in on its increasingly complicated Grisham level mystery – one of its female leads begins to preach at Freddy, and therefore the reader. And even though I appreciate the book's bold characterization and vivid description, moments like this are not only the opposite of subtle but they also pull focus away from the main storyline. Juggling a large number of characters to the point that in the end, Freddy has to phone a few to literally tell them and the reader what is going on, Gate 76 might've worked even better if it had cut down on some of the middle-men to avoid the repetition of needing to explain something we've already figured out alongside our lead. From its dynamic opening that plays just like an action movie, Gate 76 is a largely effective and entertaining thriller. With his keen sense of humor, eye for details, and ability to weave together an intricate number of subplots with style, this was a great introduction for me to Andrew Diamond and makes me eager to pick up some of his other reads. If available I would rate this title 3.5 out of 5 stars. Note: I received an ARC of this title via Bookish First in exchange for my honest opinion.
LisaB95 More than 1 year ago
This was an intriguing read. It started off at a fast pace, with Freddy observing a man and woman boarding a plane acting strangely. Freddy does undercover work and notices more than the average man. He also notices that the woman doesn’t board the plane as expected. Then the plane explodes in midair. Freddy winds up investigating the incident. This leads us to meeting a lot of unsavory characters. I liked this story and the intensness of the pace but didn’t care for the use of the Lord’s name in vain. Also, while I appreciated the backstory of Freddy’s boxing past, I felt like it was a little overdone. It helped to know he had done this as a career because it strengthened the character in regards to his occupation in the present but it was touched upon a little too much. However, this didn’t take away too much from the story. I would recommend this book. It would make a great movie.
conni7 More than 1 year ago
This book was off to a great start from the very first page when the main character, Freddy, spots a woman and man acting suspiciously at an airport. The plane she should have been on explodes while in the air, and the PI firm Freddy works for is hired to try to find out who was responsible. He ends up spending much of his time looking for the woman. After the intriguing beginning, I was increasingly feeling let down when many characters were introduced who were into a lot of different things. You have prostitutes, drug dealers, drug users, alcoholics, bad parents, gamblers, dirty cops, bad FBI agents, real estate agents, and politicians. It was difficult to keep track of all the people and what they were involved in. There is also a LOT of cursing. I don’t think it adds anything to a book. It’s a filthy habit that I don’t wish to pick up. I would love to read more books without it. I especially don’t like all the swear words that use God’s name in vain and the book is saturated with them. The prostitutes bring nothing to the book but a bunch of bad commentary from the men about using them. There is a lot of detail about Freddy in the book from his rough upbringing to his career as a boxer. For awhile, I thought much of the book was actually going to be about boxing, but then the author went back to the main plot. Freddy has some major anger issues and he doesn’t seem to be much of a team player preferring to keep important information to himself. I honestly didn’t like the character. Usually there are a few people in the book that I like, but in this case, I didn’t connect with any of them. By the end the lose ends were wrapped up.