Island Jet 370

Fiction - Adventure
307 Pages
Reviewed on 08/15/2019
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Author Biography

I grew up in Tennessee in the 1970's mostly at my Grandparents house. I learned many things about being self sufficient and living off the land. I learned one basic rule of survival is to waste very little. Bits and pieces of their teachings are scattered throughout this book. I graduated in the early 80's in the top ten percent of my class, skipped college and went to work in factories, bartending, and finally cleaning houses. Bartending and housekeeping both teach you a lot about human nature.
I chose to write this book as a coping device while grieving the loss of an adult child. Thankfully I still have a wonderful son, and a loving husband, but the loss threatened to engulf me. A friend suggested I pick a topic unrelated to my life, research it, and write about it. She was right. It offered me a place to release every emotion in the spectrum which lead to some pretty intense writing. Island Jet 370 prevented me from needing nerve meds or anti-depressant drugs.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Island Jet 370 by L.A. Smith is the story of three people who made some choices for their own benefit but these cause havoc for others. Jack Wellington is a pilot for a commercial airline who tries to do his best in every way possible. On the surface, he has a good job at the airline; he has a wife and two kids and a home to call his own, but he is not satisfied. He longs for the time when he was young and living with his father, the not-so-perfect life was the best he had. So he concocts a plan with his friend Harold and his girlfriend Janie to take supplies and fly the plane somewhere far away from their troubled lives. The only problem is Jack and his friends would have a number of passengers to think about. With some planning and some preparation, they are ready. What is going to happen? Will they succeed in their plan?

This was a dark mystery, one that had me horrified with the thought that it could be real. The author raises a very good point with how we put our lives into the hands of literal strangers, but this has become the norm with how things are these days. The anti-hero of the story is Jack. He is relatable to the point where he is dissatisfied with his life and wants to just run away from it, regardless of how wrong he is to play with the lives of other people. I just loved to hate him, but at the same time, I wanted to see if he would be able to succeed in his plans. The pace was slow at times, but I felt that it was necessary to further the plot. Interesting and original, this novel will definitely give you something to think about before you board your next flight.

L. A. Smith

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