The Accidental Heroes have been written by Danielle Steel and published by Pan Macmillan.
Accidental Heroes is a heart-stopping thriller about ordinary men and women who embark on a journey they will never forget.
On a beautiful May morning at New York’s JFK airport, a routine plane departs for San Francisco. Security agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous message. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does it mean? Her supervisor dismisses her concerns but she is compelled to contact Homeland Security.
As the flight takes off each of the passengers is looking forward to reaching their destination, whether it’s for a family reunion, a wedding, or a new way of life. But it emerges there’s someone on the flight planning something terrible, and these strangers’ lives entwine as they come together to help avert a tragedy at the eleventh hour.
As the plane bears down on San Francisco, the future of these strangers will be changed forever by a handful of accidental heroes.
Accidental Heroes is a nicely written book. We all come across decisive situations, our reaction to those decides whether will be the hero or another normal mortal. Danielle Steel has expressed this in simple and beautiful terms that at times doing your regular duty, being human sets you apart. We all want to be heroes and strangely our definition of a hero is many times wrong. Most of us believe having a great body, jaw-dropping looks, fat packages, elite social circle, jet-setter life, huge social media following, makes us a hero or celeb. These notions are fuelled by Hollywood or Bollywood personalities. But the real hero is different and that is explained beautifully through this story.
Another fact that is highlighted in the book is the mental health, which is often ignored or brushed under the carpet. We need to be aware of our surroundings, if a person is showing volatile temperament, cockiness and is throwing out frustration at everyone, then it is a danger sign. The person needs counseling, it cannot be brushed aside. We all know the human mind is complex but a person walking with open hostility and abnormality is like a suicide bomber.
This story highlights this and many other facts.
The day started as another regular day in New York, everyone is rushing to the workplaces when pilot Helen Smith gets a message of change of co-pilot. The new co-pilot Jason is ill-mannered, brute and highly insensitive.
Bernice is a part of the security team at JFK International Airport, she notices a large postcard with Golden Gate Bridge of San Francisco, with an unusual message. She reports it to Homeland Security, where after much contemplation, they decide to pay heed to it. The pressing questions which needed to be addressed immediately are, Is there a terrorist on board? Is the plane going to be hijacked? What about the safety of the passengers?
All hell breaks loose at the JFK airport, to know what happens next, pick up this novel.
Why pick up the book:
d)The surprise element in the story.