Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421 by T. J. Newman

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In Drowning, flight 1421 crashes into the Pacific Ocean, leaving twelve passengers trapped inside a sinking plane. Engineer Will, his daughter Shannon, and a rescue team led by Will’s ex-wife Chris must find a way to save them from the depths before time and air run out.

Book review of Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421

Drowning by T.J. Newman is a captivating and suspenseful aviation thriller that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish. As a former flight attendant turned author, Newman demonstrates her expertise in crafting a thrilling story set in the world of aviation disasters. This standalone novel grips readers with its heart-pounding action and emotionally charged moments. From the harrowing crash to the desperate rescue mission, the book maintains a relentless pace that makes it impossible to put down.

The author’s storytelling ability shines through, creating a plot that is intriguing. Newman’s attention to detail, especially in her portrayal of airline procedures, adds authenticity to the story and enhances the overall reading experience.

One of the standout qualities of Drowning is its ability to elicit powerful emotions. The book is not just a thrilling ride; it also explores themes of family, resilience, and the human spirit. The depth of the characters’ emotions and the challenges they face tug at the heartstrings, making for an emotionally charged reading experience.

While some may find the storyline a bit cheesy or predictable, the majority of readers will appreciate the fast-paced nature of the narrative. The book is a true page-turner that demands to be devoured in one sitting. Newman’s ability to create tension and suspense is commendable, and readers will find themselves eagerly flipping the pages to uncover the fate of the characters.

On the flip side, some readers may feel that the character development falls short, with the personalities feeling shallow and lacking complexity. The focus on physical action throughout the story may overshadow the potential for deeper exploration of the characters’ inner worlds.

Despite any criticisms, Drowning is undeniably a gripping and entertaining read. T.J. Newman has once again proven her talent for crafting thrilling narratives in the aviation genre. Fans of her previous novel, Falling, will not be disappointed, and newcomers will be drawn in by the book’s intensity and suspense.

Final verdict

In conclusion, Drowning is a thrilling and engrossing aviation thriller that will keep readers hooked until the very last page. T.J. Newman’s storytelling skills shine through, creating a captivating narrative that blends heart-pounding action with emotional depth. While the book may have its flaws, it remains an excellent choice for fans of suspenseful and adrenaline-fueled stories.

Our Score


  • Gripping and suspenseful storytelling that keeps readers engaged from start to finish.
  • Authentic portrayal of aviation procedures and settings, showcasing the author’s knowledge and expertise.
  • Emotionally charged moments that tug at the heartstrings and create a deeper connection with the characters.


  • Some readers may find the storyline predictable or reminiscent of classic disaster films, lacking originality.
  • Character development may feel shallow, with limited depth and complexity to the personalities.
  • Overemphasis on physical action at the expense of exploring deeper emotional and psychological aspects of the characters.
Drowning The Rescue of Flight 1421Publisher ‏ : ‎ Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster (May 30, 2023)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 304 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1982177918
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1982177911
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.04 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.13 x 1 x 9.25 inches

About Article Author

Ethan Davis

Ethan Davis combines his passion for literature with another of his great hobbies: climbing. There is never a mountain high enough for him... nor a book he doesn't want to read, especially if it's a good crime thriller.
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