When a passenger plane, a Vermeer One Eleven, slams into the ground outside Portland, Oregon, a team is quickly assembled to investigate the cause. Under the leadership of the IIC (Investigator in Charge), Leonard "Tommy" Tomzak, a pathologist who recently quit the NTSB who also happened to be in the area when the Vermeer One Eleven went down, the team gets to work as fast as possible. Assembled by Susan Tanaka, the inter-governmental liaison from the NTSB on this crash, the team includes a variety of experts with highly specialized skills. Usually the team has months to determine the cause of a crash, but this time it's different. This time, the plane was brought down deliberately, without leaving a trace, and this was only a trial run.
In L.A., Daria Gibron - a former Shin Bet agent, now under the protection of the FBI - spots a group of suspicious-looking men. Missing her former life of action, she attaches herself to them only to learn that, somehow, they were responsible for the plane crash and are preparing for another action. While her FBI handler tries to find her and save her, Daria risks her life to try to get close enough to learn what's going on and thwart the coming terrorist action. But time is running out and her cover story is running thin.
This is a fresh and utterly compelling thriller, an original mix of action, investigation and a brilliant cast of characters that grabs the listener in the way few novels can and fewer do.
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By Bob on 18-08-10
Great Story, Great Narration
Dana Haynes has created a memorable cast of characters in this fast moving thriller set in and around Portland Oregon. He brings in some truly bad bad guys but for me the real fun was in finding out how the crash investigators coordinate all the myriad parts of a crash site into a single "cause" for a plane crash. David Ledoux does a great job of creating voices for all of the many characters in the story which was a big help given the large team of "crashers" cops and villains who populate this story.
No Fear of Flying here- just a good time and a good listen.
7 of 8 people found this review helpful
By Jane Mcdowell on 24-05-13
Not Bad at all
Other reviewers have noted that there are parts of the story line that stretch belief. That's true. In essence, there are two stories that intersect with the crash. The story of the crash investigation is superb. I learned quite a bit about the crash scene investigations and there are lots of exciting and believable moments tied up in that part.
The "bad guys"... not so believable.
To me a book is good if I know I'll enjoy listening to it again in the future. Crashers is one of those books.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful