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Before the Fall
On a foggy summer night, 11 people - 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter - depart Martha's Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only su ...more
On sale today for $3.99 (Kindle special)...........I'm jealous! lol.... I paid full price! The movie rights have been signed. So---if you have been considering this book --the price is good at the moment.
I'm sure the price will go back up again just before the movie comes out. (we are on to you, Amazon)...ha!
"No French philosopher living or dead could convince Jack LaLanne that the
problem of man were existential. It was a matter of will, of perseverance, of mind over
matter. Wher ...more
I found myself mid-chapter wandering off to read th ...more
There is only two survivors, the painter, Scott and the young boy. He sw ...more
Not an edge of your seat page turner but rather a behind the scenes look at the talking heads we see on our television screen after ev ...more
This is a story of the crash of a private airplane into the ocean, the two who survived, and the ones who did not. More mystery than thriller, it focuses on what brought down the plane, the arrogance of money, and the sleazy journalism tactics employed while reporting the story.
Remember when the news on television really was news, with stories confirmed by more than one source and reported in a professional manner? It se ...more
"Everyone is from someplace. We all have stories, our lives unfolding along crooked lines, colliding in unexpected ways."
When a private jet goes down into the vastness of the ocean on its way to New York, eleven people are caught up in the buzzing headlines of that ill-fated day. Neither fame nor plush leather seats could buy you another day in this ...more
Ted Turner, Rupert Murdoch, and Larry King are morphed with other contemporary news personalities to essentially slur the 24-hour news cycle and all those who feed its machinery. King's infamous suspenders and Murdoch's phone-tapping allegations ...more
In some summaries I have seen, Scott Burroughs, the survivor who saves the life of 4 year old JJ, is portrayed as a has-been, or a down-and-out painter, and so forth. This isn’t true. Granted, Scott has lived a life overflowing with addictions, bad habits, and the lack of moral sense t ...more
The framework of the book is simple enough: one summer night, a plane takes off carrying the head of a major television network (think: Fox News) and his family, a soon-to-be-indicted wealthy money launderer and his wife, a security detail, the crew ...more
BEFORE THE FALL begins with the crash of a private plane and the heroics of one man, then reverts to give background stories of each of the 11 passengers and crew members telling how they came to be on the downed aircraft. With each story, the reader is provided with possible clues of what caused the disaster.
One of my favorite things was its honest portrayal of pop culture and the media and how, together, they skew our view on things with no evidence - just a negative spin on the facts. I found myself wonde ...more
It's an evening in late August, a little foggy but otherwise uneventful. On Martha's Vineyard, the private plane belonging to David Bateman, the power behind one of the country's major cable news networks, is scheduled to take off and head back to New York. David and his wife Maggie, and their two young children, ...more
But after that great first section, it was a mixed bag.
Before the Fall is the story of a private plane that crashed in the ocean after leaving Martha's Vineyard. Who was on the plane? Why were they there? What caused the plane to crash? What happens to the survivors?
If you ever saw the show "Lost," which also featured a plane crash, the structure of this novel reminded me of those episodes, in that the book jumps back and ...more
A private aircraft departs from Martha's Vineyard to New York in foggy conditions; with eight passenger's and three crew members on-board the Ospray 700 SL, which was manufactured in Kansas. The flight under normal conditions should take about twenty nine minutes but, sixteen minutes into the flight, the aircraft crashes into the Atlantic ...more
Part One of BEFORE THE FALL was an absolutely fantastic and on the ...more
As is quite evident by the book's cover, Before the Fall tells the mysterious story of a plane crash, in a private jet on its way to New York over the Atlantic ocean. Why did the plane crash? Was it a conspiracy? Does it have to do with one of t ...more
Something brushes against his leg....more
He freezes, starts to sink, then has to kick his legs to stay afloat.
Shark, he thinks.
You have to stay still.
But if he s
I was under the impression that this was a thriller/suspense novel, and I didn't get that vibe at all from this book. It was quite slow in parts, and though there is the mystery of the plane crash, I came to the point of not even caring what happened.
It is an interesting look at today's world of entertainment, and perception vs. reality. I also thought the format of the book ...more
Before the Fall is a book containing extremely rich (no pun intended) characters, most of whom are quite flawed; some are likeable (Scott, Eleanor & Gus), some are detestable (Bill & Doug, etc.). Throughout the book, everyone is trying to figure out who or what caused the crash, That is the mystery.. Who are the good guys? Are there good guys or is everyone so fatally flawed that it makes them sinister? Scott at first, is portrayed as the ...more
The Hook A disaster and a hero. Can’t hurt that Author, Noah Hawley is creator of the TV Fargo.
The Line ” How any two people end up in the same place at the same time is a mystery.”
The Sinker – I loved the beginning pages of Before the Fall. Then I found myself losing interest only to regain the flow only to be disappointed in the end and wanting to make a noise like they do on Antique Roadshow when the value goes down.
Hype has raised it’s ugly head once again. Too ...more
I have always been intrigued by plane crashes. More in the 'oh there's an accident, let me see what is going on' kind of fascination. So much mystery involved: Why did it crash-was it foul play or a mechanical issue? Did the passengers know what was happening? There are still many unanswered questions about some major plane crashes today, with teams of people and tons of money devoted to trying to find some answers.
This is a book about one such fictional plane crash, with a total of 11 ...more
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