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For readers of Preston & Child, James Rollins, and Brad Thor comes a gripping new thriller from Joshua Corin, in which an audacious hijacking is just the beginning of a twisted international nightmare.  Happy Independence Day. You’re all going to die.   Life can’t be better for veteran pilot Larry Walder. He has a great job, a terrific kid, a gorgeous wife—and no inklFor readers of Preston & Child, James Rollins, and Brad Thor comes a gripping new thriller from Joshua Corin, in which an audacious hijacking is just the beginning of a twisted international nightmare.  Happy Independence Day. You’re all going to die.   Life can’t be better for veteran pilot Larry Walder. He has a great job, a terrific kid, a gorgeous wife—and no inkling that tonight will be the end of the world as he knows it. In the early hours before the Fourth of July, three men break into Larry’s home. And as the day lurches on to its terrifying course, a life is taken, and Flight 816 from Atlanta to Cozumel, Mexico, vanishes off the radar.   In the air, Larry must find a way to save his family, his crew, and his passengers. On the ground, disgraced FBI agent Xanadu Marx goes rogue, making it her mission to track down the missing flight before the hijackers reach their diabolical endgame. With the casualties racking up and the world’s busiest airport under lockdown, a message arrives: This is no ordinary hijacking, no typical hostage crisis. This ransom is a totally different beast—the first hint of a conspiracy that might bring America to its knees....

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Cost of Life Reviews

  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    2018-11-08 12:12

    This book is perfect for anyone that looks for a fast-paced action book with a great main character. Xana Marx, a disgraced FBI agent, just out of rehab will do anything to track down the plane. She has a temper problem and she recently got out of rehab after she drove under influence into a house and now she risks losing her job. Her boss Jim Christie decided that she needs someone that keeps an eye on her, the young intern Hayley. Hayley has always wanted to be an FBI agent, but because she is dying of bone cancer that will never happen. Xana and Hayley "working" together is actually one of the best things with the book. A cranky elder woman and this young woman that knows that she will never live to be old, but doesn't let that stop her working together.Besides all the action on the ground, we also get to follow the people on the plane. I was surprised when the real reason for the hijacking of the plan was revealed. I had not been expecting that. In the end, it's a struggle against time. Will they be able to save the hostage? How many will die in the end?Personally, I found the book OK, it didn't click all the way out for me. But what really made the book for me was Xana Marx and I wouldn't mind reading more books about her and hopefully Hayley. But I couldn't help thinking about the crash in the French Alps not so long ago and that perhaps destroyed the reading mood about. It's been a bit too many planes crashed lately and reading about a hijacking, well that just didn't feel that good. But, beside that fact, I quite liked that book and I'm looking forward to reading more books by Joshua Corin. 3.5 stars I received a copy from the publisher and TLC Book Tours in return for an honest review!

  • Larry
    2018-10-17 12:16

    Cost of Life...crazy Chechen terrorists + kidnapped pilot + hijacked flight to Cozumel + badly damaged nearly rehabbed ex-FBI agent + clever teenage FBI intern stir in one insane money raising scheme and the result in one great original thriller and a new book series & wacko heroin Xanadu Marx. Thrilling ride, my only complaint is her silly name....Xanadu.....really?

  • Lori L (She Treads Softly)
    2018-10-24 08:31

    Cost of Life by Joshua Corin is very highly recommended. This is a stuck-overnight-at-the-airport thriller that should hold your rapt attention from the start.Pilot Larry Walder is woken up and informed that his wife and son are now hostages - and only he can keep them alive by following the kidnapper's instructions. Larry is scheduled to fly from Atlanta to Cozumel, Mexico, that day. Instead, once he takes off in Atlanta he is to fly the plane and all passengers to the location of the coordinates provided by the group of men. One of the men accompanies Larry to the airport just to make sure he follows their instructions.Once Xanadu Marx, a former FBI agent recently released from rehab to a halfway house, hears some interesting information on a police scanner, she talks a fellow housemate into giving her a ride to the local FBI field office. She is sure that she will be needed on this case by SAC Jim Christie, Special-Agent-in-Charge at the Atlanta field office. What she learns is that she is now considered a civilian, but because of her special ability with a wide variety of languages she is being sent over to be an interpreter for a suspect in custody at the airport. A young intern is giving her a ride and will stay in touch with the field office.This is no ordinary hijacked airplane story where the bad guys set a ransom in order to release the imprisoned passengers. Corin has set his high adrenaline-packed thriller decidedly in today's device laden society where everyone is connected all the time. At almost the half-way point this story took a twist and a turn that set my world of expectations in a tailspin, but made so much sense in today's culture. Devious, demented, shrewd, and calculating - but so 21st century. And that is all I'll say. I don't want to spoil anything about this compelling thriller.Corin is a good writer... or let me sheepishly admit that he must be a very good writer because I was not paying a lick of attention to his word usage or adept descriptive skills. It's all about the action here, baby, and he had me hooked at the start. Once you start your story with a family taken hostage and an ultimatum to keep them alive that could mean the death of others, you can pretty much bet on a plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat.The story is told through alternating viewpoints, basically between those on the hijacked plane and the people trying to find the aircraft, although the main characters are basically Larry and Xena with several supporting characters. I know the character of Xana will likely grate on some people, but I liked her tough resourcefulness as she pieces clues together while fighting her demons. Hopefully Corin will bring Xena back for another thriller sometime in the future.Disclosure: I received an advanced reading copy of this book from the publisher and TLC for review purposes. http://tlcbooktours.com

  • Jennifer McLean
    2018-10-16 07:06

    "Cost Of Life" was a total thrill ride, what a great book. I've never read a book by Mr. Corin until now but I'm adding him to my goto authors because this thriller/mystery was wonderfully unique but also easily enjoyable and interesting to read."Cost of Life" starts with the kidnapping of a pilot's wife and young son. The kidnappers want Larry Walder complacent, they want him to board his plane and fly hundreds of passengers to an unknown location. Larry doesn't want to participate in a hijacking but he desperately wants to save his family. After doing what the kidnappers ask, it becomes clear that Larry's job is just starting. Now he has to find a way to rescue his family, his crew and all the passengers he betrayed by following orders. He is not alone in the task though. The world is watching for the outcome of this hijacking and disgraced former FBI special agent Xana Marx is brought in because of her unique skills. Xana is a recently recovered alcoholic and she needs the support of the people around her to stay sober while she tries to solve this hostage crisis.Xana, the FBI, police and airport security will all work together to bring back flight eight sixteen. The problem is, this is no ordinary hostage negotiation. The kidnappers have a very unusual plan and it becomes clear that a good outcome may be impossible even using Xana's superior skills and intelligence.Character development of Xena Marx goes above and beyond excellent. The reader really gets a sense of who this woman is as she tries valiantly to both stay sober and solve a nearly unsolvable crime. The Characters that are added around her help show her many and complex sides. The story is told from both Xana's and pilot Larry Walder's point of view. The complex problems and fears that are created with a hijacking and hostage negotiation are made so clear that the reader feels both the panic and frustration the passengers feel as the hijacking continues long into the day. This was a terrific book not only because the writing is tight and the emotions are true but also because the situation surrounding the mystery is so unique. Initially, I thought a hijacking could only go a few ways but the author has created such an unusual and unexpected twist that as the reader you find yourself trying to discover the next move. What would help the good guys win the day? I didn't see the end coming and for me, that's a very, very good thing. This is a five star thriller/mystery. I highly recommend trying it and since it debuts on March 17, 2015 you only have a few days to await it's release! You'll love the characters and root for the good guys even as you can't figure out how they could possibly win in this very complex hijacking. Go preorder it, you won't regret it, guaranteed.

  • Lelia Taylor
    2018-10-28 11:04

    I'm drawn to thrillers involving airplanes in jeopardy for some reason so, when offered the chance to participate in this blog tour, I jumped right on it. Once I started reading, and all through the book, I was delighted to find that Cost of Life is really, really good.From the first sentences, I bonded with Larry Walder and his family with just a simple scenario of a little boy and his parents having fun together. I did not, of course, bond with the bad guys who show up on the scene early on and are, indeed, very bad guys. It's apparent that they will have no reluctance to harm Marie and Sean so Larry is left with a terrible choice---which lives matter more, Marie's and Sean's or the 174 people on board the airplane that should be heading to Cozumel?I don't know about anyone else here but, once past the initial moderate unease during takeoff, I find most flights to be excruciatingly boring. Believe me when I say Flight 816 to Cozumel is anything but boring and Mr. Corin manages to ratchet up the tension every time he shows us certain passengers.Then there's Special Agent Xana Marx, a woman who has made a mess of her life. She may not make it back into the FBI but she has talents the authorities need if they're going to find the missing plane and a waif of a girl named Hayley O'Leary just may be the person to bring Xana the redemption she so sorely needs. Both are severely damaged, each in her own way, but it's hard for me to say which of these two very different people I liked the most.There are just a few authors who reside on my list of favorite thriller writers but I think I've found one to add to that list, Joshua Corin. After this rollercoaster of a tale, I can barely wait to see what he'll give us next.Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, April 2015.

  • Sharon
    2018-11-08 13:30

    Random House Publishing Group - Alibi and NetGalley provided me with an electronic copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.Larry Walder is having a regular night of playing cards with his wife Marie and his seven year old son Sean. In an instant, however, his life changes when his family is taken in the middle of the night. The kidnappers want to use his position as a pilot for Pegasus Airlines, to have him fly an unscheduled route with a plane full of passengers. Former Special Agent Xana Marx, who has been on leave due to a stint in rehab, tries to get back in with the FBI after hearing reports of the hijacking on a police scanner. After being the pariah of the FBI, can Xana redeem herself and save the passengers?This well written thriller hits all of the high points for me, with regards to books in this genre. With a great plot, a main character with flaws like any real person, and a story that keeps one interested throughout, Cost of Life is one that I would recommend to readers who enjoy thrillers. The unique twist in the middle keeps the action moving and made me want to keep reading. My favorite character is, of course, Xana, because her intelligence, ingenuity, and ability to accomplish the impossible made her someone I would like to read more about. It is my hope that author Joshua Corin has plans to write more about Xana Marx, as she is exactly the unexpected and unpolished heroine that brightens up a book.

  • Toni Boughton
    2018-11-10 08:06

    After a rough start this book turned into a nice, serviceable thriller. I enjoyed the alcoholic former FBI agent, Xanadu Marx, and would be interested in more books about her. I would suggest that the author go easy on the thesaurus, though.

  • Heather
    2018-10-27 09:02

    Exciting plot, well written, dynamic characters, and a quick read. I could not put it down.

  •  Olivermagnus
    2018-11-03 07:02

    I selected this book based on the fact that the main character's name was Xanadu and I needed to complete a challenge which had a character with an X in his/her name. Before we meet Xanadu, we are introduced to Larry Walder, a pilot with a local airline. When Larry's wife and son are kidnapped, he is forced to land his airplane in a field where we soon find out the unique reason everyone on board has been taken hostage.On the ground, disgraced FBI agent Xanadu Marx is called in to consult and translate. She's refuses to follow instruction, goes rogue, and decides to find where the plane is located. She's definite a rough and tumble character, but the author chose to team her with a young intern dying of cancer in a way that make her much more likable. This wasn't the best book I've read this month but it wasn't a total dud either. I don't know if I would necessarily recommend it but it turned out be fairly suspenseful with an interesting plot twist.

  • Bruce Humbert
    2018-10-27 11:15

    Just very hard to believe in places

  • Victor Gentile
    2018-11-10 06:17

    Joshua Corin in his new book, “Cost of Life” published by Alibi introduces us to Larry Walder and FBI agent Xanadu Marx.From the back cover: For readers of Preston & Child, James Rollins, and Brad Thor comes a gripping new thriller from Joshua Corin, in which an audacious hijacking is just the beginning of a twisted international nightmare.Happy Independence Day. You’re all going to die.Life can’t be better for veteran pilot Larry Walder. He has a great job, a terrific kid, a gorgeous wife—and no inkling that tonight will be the end of the world as he knows it. In the early hours before the Fourth of July, three men break into Larry’s home. And as the day lurches on to its terrifying course, a life is taken, and Flight 816 from Atlanta to Cozumel, Mexico, vanishes off the radar.In the air, Larry must find a way to save his family, his crew, and his passengers. On the ground, disgraced FBI agent Xanadu Marx goes rogue, making it her mission to track down the missing flight before the hijackers reach their diabolical endgame. With the casualties racking up and the world’s busiest airport under lockdown, a message arrives: This is no ordinary hijacking, no typical hostage crisis. This ransom is a totally different beast—the first hint of a conspiracy that might bring America to its knees.I did not think it was possible to rack up so much tension and excitement in a single story. That means that Joshua Corin is a really terrific writer because he racks up such suspense that you are not going to be able to put down this book once you get started. Larry’s family is being held hostage, of the bad guys never leaves his side so he cannot call for help. They are going to use his flight for some nasty purpose that he will find out later. Xanadu has her own problems and this hijacking is stressing her to her limits. You will not be able to figure out just what is going on. Fast paced action and betrayal are just some of the ingredients in this rousing adventure. “Cost of Life” is a top-notch adventure that will really get your blood flowing as you flip pages trying to find out what is going to happen next. Don’t start this book late at night because you will lose sleep as you cannot put this book down until you finish it. It is that good.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

  • Jessica Higgins
    2018-10-16 09:15

    An exciting account of a flight hijacking turned into a game show where the losers die. What is the true cost of life?Flight Captain Larry Walder just wanted to get his flight from Atlanta to Cozumel, Mexico complete so that he could be back in time for the 4th of July fireworks with his family. Until he is woken in the middle of the night by a group of men that claim they have taken his wife and son hostage and will dispose of them if he does not reroute tomorrow’s flight to the coordinates they provide. Seeing no way out, Larry reluctantly agrees.Xanadu Marx is a former FBI agent who has just gotten out of rehab for her alcoholism. In her halfway house, one of the housemates listens to a police scanner constantly and Xana overhears a series of strange events that begins to connect a pattern in her mind. She gets a ride to the FBI field office to get reassigned, but no one wants to use her because of her past. The only thing she gets offered is to be an interpreter for someone who was detained at the airport that morning. Things begin to unfold and Xana goes rogue to try to figure out what is going on before it is too late.There is way too much storyline in this book to try to sum it up in just a few paragraphs. Corin takes you on a ride throughout the entire book without ever looking back. Most of the story is told from Larry’s or Xana’s point of view. There are some supporting views that help to add in the pieces here and there and it works out great. I will admit the Corin has the gift of storytelling because he locked me in early and it wouldn’t let me go. The characters are also pretty well developed and believable. I felt that Bislan could have been given some more backstory, but it was not meant to be. The same with Xana’s and Madeline’s relationship.I did have to dock it a star because of the strong language in the book. I read a lot of books every year and I have found several authors that are able to spin a great story without the use of language. I understand that characters in the “real world” use this type of language all the time, but it isn’t for every audience. Even so, it didn’t deter me from being drawn into the story to the end. I took off another ½ star because I felt that there were a lot of loose ends that never got tied up. I felt that I never really understood the meaning behind the plot of the book. I got snippets here and there of some outliers, but they never really tied into the overall story at the end. If you enjoy a good thriller, give this a try.

  • Diane Coto
    2018-10-31 14:25

    The title is more than appropriate and serves as a brief summary of this novel. Larry Walder is the pilot for Pegasus Airlines. His wife Marie and seven year old son Sean have been abducted. The kidnapper makes his demands plain — the cost of his family’s freedom is for Larry to alter flight 816 from its destination of Cozumel, MX to the coordinates they dictate. Reese Rankin is Larry’s copilot. He holds a glock on him so he won’t interfere with the new coordinates. The hijackers don’t mind the passengers calling their loved ones; in fact they encourage it. Soon, they’ll be running a telethon where friends and families can pay for their safe return. The five people whose families have donated the most will be returned; the five people whose families have given the least will be executed.Xanadu (Xana) Marx is finally getting her life back in order. She’s dry from her addiction to drugs and wants her job back with the FBI. Jim Christie had promised she would be reinstated. But, Jim didn’t have the authority to make that promise. However, they cannot understand the language of one of the captured men and are running out of time. They need Xana’s assistance as she speaks over 20 languages. With her foot in the door, she does all she can to locate the missing plane and assure as few casualties as possible.The action alternates from Larry and the passengers of flight 816 to Xana and the FBI involvement. The author knows how to catch the reader early and not let go. It might be an understatement to say that Xana is a strong character. The truth is the reader never knows what she’s going to do next. During her query into the lives of the hijackers, Xana’s paths cross again with Madeline who runs a private security job in Baltimore. They had been Xana’s lover before she went into rehab. I didn’t feel like everything was tied up nicely at the end, however Cost of Life is still an exceptional and fast-paced thriller. Rating: 4 out of 5.

  • Carolyn Injoy
    2018-11-03 06:20

    Cost of Life: A Xanadu Marx Thriller by Joshua Corin warranted eight stars on a scale of one to five. I was delighted to discover a new author whose main character who was well written and will be long remembered. Larry Walder is a pilot. His wife Marie and his seven year old son Sean are taken hostage to force him to take a different route in his next flight. There is a unique reason for this hijacking.Xanadu Marx is an alchoholic ex-FBI agent who drove her car into a house while she was under the influence. She is multi-lingual, unpolished and abrasive in manner. She's also a brilliant heroine. Jim Christie, Special-Agent-in-Charge had promised her a job when she got out of rehab. He didn't have the authority to do this. She wormed her way in as a consultant when Flight 816 from Pegasus Airlines is hijacked.Hayley is a young intern who has always wanted to be an FBI agent. She is dying of bone cancer so knows that will never happen. She is assigned to 'supervise' Xana. While Hayley knows she is dying, that doesn't stop her from working or helping solve this case.I have added all of Joshua Corin's books to my to be read list. I highly recommend this book for an exciting thriller that kept my attention and was read into the wee hours of the morning.I received a complimentary kindle copy from Random House Publishing Group-Alibi and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Cost-Life-Xana..."Happy Independence Day. You’re all going to die."

  • Tia Bach
    2018-10-21 10:18

    Life can change in an instant, especially when a madman's involved. Pilot Larry Walder goes to bed a happy man and wakes up a desperate husband and father. To save his family, he must play a madman's game--in the air, no less. Then, the FBI--and a struggling agent named Xana--get involved. They have very little information to go on. Many lives hang in the balance. After a quick setup, this story takes off and never lets up. It's an edge-of-your-seat thriller with high emotional stakes. There are lives lost and many desperate moments. Every time I thought I might know where things were heading, the story took a turn. Nobody was safe, and it was terrifying. Usually these type of books only stimulate our senses, but I found myself emotionally invested in several characters. First and foremost was Xana. There's nothing simple or easily defined about her. She's messed up and doesn't play by the rules. But she's strong, quick, and determined. There was also a flight attendant who captured my heart even though she was only in a small portion of the story.I was also intrigued by the underlying questions in the conflict. After all, what is the cost of life? If you love a book packed with action but also appreciate caring about the characters, grab a copy of Cost of Life. It's a quick, exciting, and gut-wrenching read.Note: I received a complimentary copy for review purposes. A positive review was not requested or guaranteed; the opinions expressed are my own.

  • Annabel Krantz
    2018-11-14 14:20

    Cost of Life started with a ‘regular’ plane hijacking. You know, man flies plane off course to save his kidnapped wife and child. Coupled with some pretty flowery descriptions, I wasn’t 100% hooked. However, then things took a very interesting turn.Picking up the pace, we learn why the Pilot, Larry, was blackmailed into taking the plane off course. In a Hunger Games twist for the modern age, the hijackers pit humanity against itself, in an aim to demonstrate America’s philosophy that money can buy anything – and everything.As the plot unravelled, the events on the plane were by far more coherent and interesting than the action taking place outside of it; rescue attempts, and bureaucracy. There were some interesting characters, some of whom I can see being in future books and developed further. However, there were a few plot holes, and a slightly strange ending – in that is was very perhaps too neat and tidy, too happy, given the threatened carnage.Overall, the unique reason for the hijacking was the best part of the book, and I was invested in finding out how it turned out. That said, some of the other story details were a little weak. I’d read more of Corin’s books, but I wouldn’t say that this was a smash-hit. Still, worth reading for the interesting notion raised in the hijacking!

  • Mark Easter
    2018-11-11 13:21

    For readers of Preston & Child, James Rollins, and Brad Thor comes a gripping new thriller from Joshua Corin, in which an audacious hijacking is just the beginning of a twisted international nightmare.Happy Independence Day. You’re all going to die. Life can’t be better for veteran pilot Larry Walder. He has a great job, a terrific kid, a gorgeous wife—and no inkling that tonight will be the end of the world as he knows it. In the early hours before the Fourth of July, three men break into Larry’s home. And as the day lurches on to its terrifying course, a life is taken, and Flight 816 from Atlanta to Cozumel, Mexico, vanishes off the radar.In the air, Larry must find a way to save his family, his crew, and his passengers. On the ground, disgraced FBI agent Xanadu Marx goes rogue, making it her mission to track down the missing flight before the hijackers reach their diabolical endgame. With the casualties racking up and the world’s busiest airport under lockdown, a message arrives: This is no ordinary hijacking, no typical hostage crisis. This ransom is a totally different beast—the first hint of a conspiracy that might bring America to its knees.

  • Marisa
    2018-11-01 07:16

    A fun added dimension to reading this book was that the only times I found time to read it while I was commuting to work aka: on a plane. Reading circumstances aside, this was a very good thriller told from different perspectives that kept it intriguing. Initially I did struggle to get into the book, however once Xana is introduced I enjoyed it more. She’s a fascinating character that seems to equally irritate and entertain those she encounters.Since the story is told from a few different viewpoints this allows the reader to fill in some of the gaps rather than being told everything that happens. This was definitely a book all about the action and was full of twists and turns I didn’t anticipate. Though I found the characters interesting and the plot unique, there wasn’t something that really PULLED me into the story and had me waiting on needles. All in all, this is a solid mystery read that I would happily recommend to fans of the genre.Warning: Contains graphic violenceWho should read it? Thriller fans that don’t mind another story involving plane hijackings.See all my reviews and more at www.ReadingToDistraction.com or @Read2Distract

  • Jo Reason
    2018-11-04 14:27

    Wow, a thrilling ride, from the very first chapter, what to do when your family is being threatened is alway a tough book to read. Character development is good with the main characters. Larry is great, a family man, I liked his character, but Xana´s I didn´t like, it seemed a little wild and over the top.It is written from two different points of view, Larry and the detectives on the case. I preferred Larry´s side of the story, with all the hostages on the plane, there are some gruesome parts here which some readers might find too much, but not me, it all fitted in nicely with the hijackers characters and you understood quickly that they meant business. Hayley was also one of my other favourites, she is a strong person who can go a long way in life, or at least her character anyhow.This is a hijacking novel with a twist. Loved it.I also loved the ending, and believe it or not I didn´t click where they landed until they did. I love it when I don´t click it adds to the surprise. It is a movie style book, it would make a good film. This is the first book I have read by this author. Thanks to Joshua and Netgalley for my ARC.

  • Connie N.
    2018-11-10 14:22

    Thanks to NetGalley for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Since this is not my usual genre, it turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. The story was absorbing, definitely compelling me to turn the pages to see what would happen. The plotline was built slowly and agonizingly, keeping the passengers and those around them (and the reader) in suspense. Although there is some world politics involved, and a bit or moralizing by the lead terrorist, this book is more about the personalities involved and their interactions. Each action leads to another action/reaction, creating a situation that is watched by the whole world. I particularly liked Larry, the pilot who is the everyday man who gets involved in a situation way beyond his control. And Xana, the impulsive ex-FBI agent, is a fascinating mix of intelligence and recklessness, but I found myself rooting for her. The story was smooth and suspenseful right from the beginning. I will definitely look for more from this author.

  • Philip Bailey
    2018-10-16 13:26

    Mostly realistic in today’s world. Somewhere between Murphy’s Law and Miranda, where anything can go wrong and it can and will be used against you. Hijacked plane, likely scenario, hijacked pilot, also realistic. Terrorists, what else is new. Alcoholic agent – OK it happens, she was dismissed from her job because of it. Alcoholic agent who has been fired used to help resolve the situation, not likely. All the above cobbled together to read as a nail biter of a story. Do people think of these scenarios as a possible plot to make money, and then rethink it and decide to just write it out and sell it as a novel? It certainly displays a creative mind with a knack for grabbing and holding the readers’ attention. Even with some predictable outcomes this is a five star read from an award winning author.

  • CL
    2018-10-25 08:20

    ARC received from: NetgalleyRating: 4.5*Cover: YayPOV: 3rd PersonOne-Sentence Summary: A hostage thriller with a twist!Review: This suspense novel does well with the attempts to defy your expectations: the FBI Agent .... who has been kicked out of the agency due to alcoholism, her sidekick .... who is a teenager with a terminal illness and a conscience, the ransom of the hostages .... with a unique gameshow twist.A real page-turner which will no doubt turn out to be the hidden crime-gem of 2015.

  • Jay Williams
    2018-10-19 14:05

    This is a truly different story that builds on current events to create a high-energy thriller that grabs the reader emotionally as well as intellectually. The people involved are very real and demonstrate great depth. The story line is engrossing and imaginative. Whether bad guys or good guys, every character has a story and is intriguing. There are many good guys, and the reader can appreciate all of them for different reasons. The elements of human nature are completely on display. The ending was in doubt until the very end, and yet this book is well worth another read.

  • Della
    2018-10-22 07:17

    Cost of Life, Joshua Corin, A wonderful, action packed, thriller. This is the story of a hijacked plane, it's passengers put up for auction in order to save their life. Where each passenger must appeal to the audience to save their life by bidding with their credit or debit cards. But it not all about the passengers it's also about the people who work to save them, especially a disgraced FBI agent Xanadu Marx. the book takes place in Atlanta's busiest airport and is a local author. Great Read, highly recommend.

  • Jeffrey Hurwitz
    2018-10-24 12:05

    If you can suspend all reality, this is a fun read if you are in the mood for something light. The characters are not very well developed and clichéd, but the plot is interesting and the action flows. The action sequences are generally well written, but the attempts at more character driven aspects not so much. It's a bit like the author had "made for movie" in his head as he wrote. If you want a quick read after a more serious book, this is not a bad choice.

  • Judy Gill
    2018-11-10 08:22

    A darned good bookJoshua Corin has come up with not just a typical airliner hijacking yarn, but one with twists, turns, and surprises. His writing, at times lyrical, keeps the reader enrapt as he enters into the points of view of the different characters. Even his villain is so well crafted one can almost understand his motivation. A not-to-be-missed book, one of the few I feel fully deserve the 5 stars I seldom award.

  • Jeanie
    2018-11-03 06:19

    A thriller that started out strong with a home invasion of pilot Larry Walder, whose family will be killed if he does not fly his plane to their coordinates. Sounds good, it fast packed. But it came to a halt as it became more flippant. I believe that the author was trying to be all funny, intense, all at the same time and it became the flippant thriller. Readable but forgettable. A Special Thank You to Alibi and Netgalley for the ARC and the opportunity to post an honest review.

  • Mark
    2018-11-15 14:28

    I really enjoyed the concept of this, it would make a great movie, and in terms of trash reading it wasn't poorly written. I was disappointed by the ending which felt like a damp squib after the elaborate build up, so much so I had to track back and re-read what had actually happened, it just passed me by! A shame then, but still a great twist on the hijack/terrorist genre

  • Lauren Bromley
    2018-11-13 11:16

    I received an ARC of this book via NetGalley.I flew through this book. I think I read it in just over 24 hours. In retrospect, probably shouldn't have started it just before I got on a plane. But it definitely was a thriller. I loved it. It terrified me, but I couldn't put it down. I'd love to read more by this author.

  • Betty
    2018-10-29 10:17

    EXCELLENT !!!!Where do I begin? Great characters, lots of action and stomach clenching suspense. I would like to see Xana Marx and Larry Walder (pilot extraordinar!)In another book and with the other characters included.