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For unknown reasons, the almost flawless N-22
Norton aircraft suffers severe turbulence during
TPA flight 545. As a result of three fatalities
and fifty-six injuries, a spiral of
investigations, terrible apprehensions, and
horrible threats plague the Norton Aircraft Plant.
From the first page, the seemingly dull plot of
Airframe grabs the readers attention. With
political trouble in the plant, a deadline for the
investigation, and rumors of mutiny, the novel is
filled with action along with a precise
measurement of suspense. Crichton, one of my
favorite authors, plans his novels superbly timing
the chapters at the pinnacle of the action. By
this method of writing, it was difficult to stop
reading, which is the signature of an excellent
book. It is one of the most interesting and
intriguing novels I have ever read.

Like most
other Michael Crichton novels, it is extremely
technical, yet, also thoughtfully written. This
combination of plot and description is what makes
all of Crichtons novels so great. The technical
description brings imagery and realism to the
novel, while the plots twists and turns help to
create suspense. The way Crichton writes gives the
reader very detailed and vivid scenes, as seen in
this random quote: Mechanics in Melbourne noted
that the fuel coupling was bent on the right wing,
and the adjacent slats locking pin was slightly
damaged. This was thought to have been caused by
ground personnel in Java during the previous fuel
stop. (pg.

149). As well as the writing, the
characters were also a major factor in this novel.
Unlike characters in most other novels, these
actually seemed like real people. Crichton
develops his characters giving them each
individual attributes, emotions, and
personalities. Also unlike most other characters,
they were not totally perfect, and on the other
hand, they were not totally flawed. They were
human, and that was what allowed the reader to
identify with them. Although good character
development is expected from a talented and
professional writer, it still amazes me how real
they seem and how well they interact.

The page
that I chose to photocopy, is the beginning of the
conclusion. It is the end of the investigation,
and Casey Singleton, the protagonist of the novel,
is about to uncover what really happened on TPA
flight 545. Along with her, is Jennifer, a
reporter for Newsline, on a task to unravel the
secrets of the doomed flight. When all else fails,
the two must ride the very plane that killed three
people in an attempt to reenact the flight. They
may land safely back on the runway, or they may
crash in the untested plane. Whatever the outcome,
the only sure thing is that they will finally know
for sure what happened that night.

In conclusion,
I feel that this is a terrific novel and is one of
Crichtons best. It was a masterpiece of perfection
and is surely one of the best books I have ever
read. I would have to give it a 10/10. He also
timed the novel so that it would come out in the
midst of all the panic caused by the crash of TWA
flight 800. This brilliant strategy and his
outstanding writing style is what makes him one of
the greatest writers of all time. Bibliography:.

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