The Last Hours of Their Lives by Joseph A Wellman
Published by Boot Locker
The title of this book conjures up images of a life and death struggle and a rollercoaster ride through dangerous skies - hold on to your hats because you are in for a bumpy ride!
The atmosphere aboard this routine flight changes dramatically when one of the pilots becomes violently ill with symptoms that indicate a bout of food poisoning. Shortly thereafter, the second pilot becomes ill and the plane is left flying on autopilot.
The cabin crew put out a call firstly for anyone with medical training then for anyone with piloting skills. Both calls are answered but the other passengers and crew are not instantly reassured. Gradually, the passengers realize that there is no back-up pilot on board as they had expected, so some of them start to shout and scream and panic. Others are more stoical and reflective about their current situation and their lives up to this point.
The stories of the various passengers are woven as a backdrop to the unfolding drama with many ironic tales being told - anger, regret, love, hate, deceit, fear, and a myriad of conflicting emotions are brought to the surface as the journey progresses.
Will the plane be able to land safely? Will they crash? Will any or all of the passengers and crew survive? I recommend that you read the book and find out! Looking forward to the big screen version.