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Accidental Heroes

Written by: Danielle Steel
Narrated by: Jim Frangione
Length: 6 hrs and 54 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (45 ratings)

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A decorated former air force pilot. A pregnant flight attendant. A dedicated TSA agent. The fates of these three, and many others, converge in Danielle Steel's gripping new novel - a heart-stopping thriller that engages ordinary men and women in the fight of their lives during a flight from New York to San Francisco.

On a beautiful May morning at New York's John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco - one a 757, another a smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous - perhaps ominous - message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security, and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent still grappling with guilt after a disastrous operation in which hostages were killed, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean?

As Ben scans the passenger manifests, his focus turns to the A321, with Helen Smith as its senior pilot. Helen's military service and her tenure with the airline have been exemplary. But her husband's savage death in Iraq was more than anyone should bear, leaving her widowed with three children. A major film star is on board. So is an off-duty pilot who has just lost his 40 year career. So is a distraught father, traveling with the baby son he has abducted from his estranged wife. Sifting through data and relying on instinct, Ben becomes convinced that someone on Helen's plane is planning something terrible. And he's right. Passengers, crew, and experts on the ground become heroes out of necessity to try to avert tragedy at the 11th hour.

In her stunning novel Danielle Steel combines intense action with stories of emotionally rich, intertwined lives. As the jet bears down on its destination of San Francisco, strangers are united, desperate choices are made, and futures will be changed forever by a handful of accidental heroes.

©2018 Danielle Steel (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Exciting until ...

The story was great, edge of your seat stuff until ... well, the last few chapters finished all the story lines, but they were almost gratuitous. The excitement was over and it felt rather like an overly long wait in the customs line after a lengthy overseas flight - the last bit of a trip that you could really have done without.

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What the excellent book

I was not able to turn off the book, from beginning to end. I listened to it since yesterday! Well written, well read. Highly recommend it.

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pretty good story

it felt to me like it could've ended about an hour earlier, but overall a pretty entertaining listen.

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Accidental Heros

I loved the audiobook. A good story with great characters Will make you think twice about the people who provide you services when you fly.


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  • 2018-03-31

Great story

This book took a horrific possible event and turned it into a great learning experience. It was a really good story very well read.

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  • Reegan Ricci Dewey
  • 2018-04-02

VERY ENTERTAINING

Loved it. ENTERTAINING. would recommend it to friends. Will read and listen
to Daniel Steele books again.

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  • Andrea
  • 2018-03-27

Enjoyed the characters more than the plot

Lots of repetition. No way the reader could possibly confuse the storyline or relationships between the characters. The plot was not very believable or complex, but I am a sucker for a happy ending.

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  • Beachrunner5
  • 2018-04-09

Husband loved this book!

Always a great book when the hubby likes it too. Steele always writes about plane trips between NYC and SFO, it was only a matter of time before she did a crash. She did a great job respecting the passengers, crew and security with her story telling. The ending was a bit abrupt. Sadly, this was one of the rare Steele stories that didn’t make me cry at the end (joy or sad), so I feel a bit undone.

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  • momof3
  • 2018-04-11

Wow!

If you could sum up Accidental Heroes in three words, what would they be?

Done in 24hrs

What other book might you compare Accidental Heroes to and why?

No idea... I would love to know what books others think compares. I want to check them out!

What about Jim Frangione’s performance did you like?

He allowed the words to be powerful. He didn't have to try to be overly dramatic. The subject matter alone was enough.

Who was the most memorable character of Accidental Heroes and why?

Wow! There were so many, without being hard to follow. I think I most enjoyed Bernice Adams. She had so much to lose.

Any additional comments?

So many preconceptions/prejudices were exposed. In urgent times, does any of that really matter?

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  • donnacdavis
  • 2018-04-02

Converted Danielle Steel Fan

I’m not a fan of these kind of novels, but got this book via a friend. It was a pleasant change from the type of books I read. It was an interesting story that pulled you in immediately, wondering who the villain going to be. It’s her, no definitely him....no may a passenger. You just never knew until the bathroom door opened with someone holding a loaded gun.
I’m not sure of the possibility of actually being able to bring a plane home safely via this route, but I believed it possible.
I won’t ruin the ending, but this was not a book I was disappointed I listened to. May try more Danielle Steele books.

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  • Deborah
  • 2018-03-22

Surprising Thriller

I don’t read too many books by DS, since I usually prefer thrillers over romance. I enjoyed this story, since it wasn’t her usual style. It had me on the edge of my seat for a while. The narrator was excellent! As far as thrillers go, this story doesn’t compare to Ludlum, Baldacci or Flynn, but Ms. Steele does a superb job with this light thriller. Of course, there’s some romance, but the emphasis is on suspense.

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  • Theresa
  • 2018-04-03

First and last Danielle Steele

Story was total fluff. Narrator
Was horrible. Waste
Of a credit and do not recommend.

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  • Maria
  • 2018-03-21

Danielle stick to romance novels.

finished only because I don't limes to give up I a,book. but Danielle needs to stick with what she writes best romance

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  • Tennessee Mrs
  • 2018-03-21

Couldn't Stop Listening.

Where does Accidental Heroes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This is one of my favorite Danielle Steel books. I am a hugh fan of hers and love all of her books.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Any airplane catastrophe is exciting and I am on the edge of my seat waiting to see how it will all evolve. I was really waiting for a twist on the outcome but the book was great as it went.

Which character – as performed by Jim Frangione – was your favorite?

I believe Helen was my favorite. She is such a strong woman with great control and she handled the situation beautifully.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Drama in the Sky

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