AIRBORNE by DiANN MILLS
Genre: Christian Romantic Suspense
Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
Date of Publication: September 8, 2020
Number of Pages: 400
Heather Lawrence’s long-awaited vacation to Salzburg wasn’t supposed to go like this. Mere hours into the transatlantic flight, the Houston FBI agent is awakened when passengers begin exhibiting horrific symptoms of an unknown infection. As the virus quickly spreads and dozens of passengers fall ill, Heather fears she’s witnessing an epidemic similar to ones her estranged husband studies for a living—but this airborne contagion may have been deliberately released.
While Heather remains quarantined with other survivors, she works with her FBI colleagues to identify the person behind this attack. The prime suspect? Dr. Chad Lawrence, an expert in his field ... and Heather’s husband. The Lawrences’ marriage has been on the rocks since Chad announced his career took precedence over his wife and future family and moved out.
As more victims fall prey days after the initial outbreak, time’s running out to hunt down the killer, one who may be closer to the victims than anyone ever expected.
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A NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR
The story line for Airborne came to me three and a half years ago. All I had was a what-if: A virus unleashed on an international flight.
The search to find experts who were willing to give me accurate information took another year. Along the way, God placed the right people in my path: a woman and new friend whose doctorate is in microbiology and immunology, a man who trains flight attendants for the airline that I envisioned in my story, a pilot who not only flies for my designated airline but is also a suspense and thriller writer, the amazing people and resources of the CDC, and the wisdom and guidance of the FBI.
Tyndale House Publishers saw my passion for Airborne. This book was completed and edited before COVID-19 spread across our globe. My mission then and now is to show a story that weaves hope, reality, and the sacrificial work of first responders when a deadly virus spreads through innocent people.
My prayer is people will experience God’s presence during our current global crisis. Will you join me in that prayer?
Buckle up and enjoy the ride!
My two favorite things about Airborne was DiAnn proving that you can have a clean read that is also highly entertaining as well as how weirdly educational this was about a truly relevant subject matter in these confusing times. I am so used to having to turn to Amish romances to find a clean romance, so I was thrilled to find this book (and bonus it’s a thrilling read as well). Airborne proved that you do not have to be filled with obscenities to deliver the same punch of excitement. I could also tell how much research was done on the progression of viruses and was as much entertained as I was educated. Airborne came at the perfect time.
The story line was action-packed! When the foundation of the story is laid at the same time as the hook, you know you are in for a wild ride. After the plane landed I wasn’t sure how DiAnn could keep up that pace, but she did not disappoint. She continually hit the reader with new developments and always kept me guessing glued to the edge of my seat.
I love when storylines make you think and this one definitely did. The plot point that stuck with me was addressing how God can ordain suffering and death. It was beautifully addressed and handled in a way that will leave a lasting impact in my life. The next time I am struggling with that thought string I will think of this book as a wonderful example.
The only thing for me that kept this from being a five star read was the turbulent start. It started with such a bang, that it was a bit of a whiplash that characters were dying before I was able to form a connection to them. I was not expecting things to start escalating so quickly and wished I was warmed up a little more with small interactions and introductions before the plane took off and all hell broke loose.
Overall, outstanding read that I would recommend to all audiences. All science nerds out there, romance fanatics, suspense lovers, or really anyone living in the world of this current virus would find this book interesting and entertaining.
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers; director, alongside Edie Melson, of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and Mountainside Retreats; and a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers.
DiAnn is passionate about helping other writers be successful and speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. She and her husband live in sunny Houston. DiAnn is very active online and loves to connect with readers on social media and at diannmills.com
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