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Accidental Heroes
A Novel
By (author): Danielle Steel
9781101884119 Paperback, Mass market English General Trade FICTION / Women Dec 04, 2018
$11.99 CAD
Active 4.17 x 6.87 x 0.87 in 336 pages Bantam Dell Dell
A decorated former Air Force pilot. A pregnant flight attendant. A dedicated TSA agent. The fates of these three, and many others, converge in Danielle Steel’s gripping new novel—a heart-stopping thriller that engages ordinary men and women in the fight of their lives during a flight from New York to San Francisco.

On a beautiful May morning at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport, two planes have just departed for San Francisco—one a 757, another a smaller Airbus A321. At a security checkpoint, TSA agent Bernice Adams finds a postcard of the Golden Gate Bridge bearing an ambiguous—perhaps ominous—message. Her supervisor dismisses her concerns, but Bernice calls security and soon Ben Waterman arrives. A senior Homeland Security agent, still grappling with guilt after a disastrous operation in which hostages were killed, Ben too becomes suspicious. Who left the postcard behind, which flight is that person on, and what exactly does the message mean?

As Ben scans the passenger manifests, his focus turns to the A321, with Helen Smith as its senior pilot. Helen’s military service and her tenure with the airline have been exemplary. But her husband’s savage death in Iraq was more than anyone should bear, leaving her widowed with three children. A major film star is on board. So is an off-duty pilot who has just lost his forty-year career. So is a distraught father, traveling with the baby son he has abducted from his estranged wife. Sifting through data and relying on instinct, Ben becomes convinced that someone on Helen’s plane is planning something terrible. And he’s right. Passengers, crew, and experts on the ground become heroes out of necessity to try to avert tragedy at the eleventh hour.

In her stunning novel Danielle Steel combines intense action with stories of emotionally rich, intertwined lives. As the jet bears down on its destination of San Francisco, strangers are united, desperate choices are made, and futures will be changed forever by a handful of accidental heroes.

Story Locale: New York and San Francisco

Publication History: Delacorte Press HC (3/18)

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER: Steel continues to secure top rankings on the New York Times, USA Today, Publishers Weekly and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

EVERYBODY READS DANIELLE STEEL: More than 650 million+ copies in print!

SIX ORIGINAL NOVELS IN 2018: We are revving up the terrific momentum of Danielle Steel’s publishing schedule with six new original hardcover novels and nine mass market paperback reprints for a total of fifteen publications in the calendar year.

“Steel pulls out all the emotional stops….She delivers!”—Publishers Weekly

“Steel is one of the best!”—LA Times

“What counts for the reader is the ring of authenticity.”—San Francisco Chronicle

DANIELLE STEEL has been hailed as one of the world’s most popular authors, with over 650 million copies of her novels in print. Her many international bestsellers include The Mistress, The Award, Rushing Waters, Magic, Blue, Undercover, Country, Prodigal Son, Pegasus, and other highly acclaimed novels. She is also the author of His Bright Light, the story of her son Nick Traina’s life and death; A Gift of Hope, a memoir of her work with the homeless; Pure Joy, about the dogs she and her family have loved; and the children’s books, Pretty Minnie in Paris and Pretty Minnie in Hollywood.

Author Residence: San Francisco and Paris

Author Hometown: New York and France

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Author Website: daniellesteel.com

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Praise for Danielle Steel

“Steel is one of the best!”Los Angeles Times

“Few modern writers convey the pathos of family and material life with such heartfelt empathy.”The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Steel pulls out all the emotional stops…. She delivers!”Publishers Weekly

“What counts for the reader is the ring of authenticity.”San Francisco Chronicle

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