Twelve miles above the Pacific Ocean, a missile strikes a jumbo passenger jet. The flight crew is crippled or dead. Now, defying both nature and man, three survivors must achieve the impossible. Land the plane. From master storyteller Nelson DeMille and master pilot Thomas Block comes Maydaythe classic bestseller that packs a supersonic shock every minute....the most terrifyingly realistic air disaster thriller ever. Like a growing tidal wave, the escaping air was gathering momentum. A teenaged girl in aisle 18, seat D, near the port-side aisle, her seat dislocated by the original impact, suddenly found herself gripping her seat track on the floor, her overturned seat still strapped to her body. The seatbelt failed and the seat shot down the aisle. She lost her grip and was dragged after it. Her eyes were filled with horror as she dug her nails into the carpet, as the racing air pulled her toward the yawning hole that led outside. Her cries were unheard by even those passengers who sat barely inches away from her struggle. The noise of the escaping air was so loud that it was no longer decipherable as sound, but seemed instead a solid thing pounding at the people in their seats......
Born in New York City, author Nelson Richard DeMille moved with his parents out to Long Island, where his journey to becoming an accomplished author all began. He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, and attended three years at Hofstra University. In 1966-69 he was a commissioned officer........Lieutenant in the United States Army. He was an infantry platoon leader in Vietnam, being decorated with the Air Medal, Bronze Star, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
After his tour in Vietnam, he returned to Hofstra University where he earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science and History. His first major novel, By the Rivers of Babylon, was published in 1978, and is still in print today. After that first novel, he has had numerous others. A few of them are Cathedral, The Talbot Odyssey, Word of Honor, and many others. DeMille has received several literary awards, with being selected as Thriller Master of the Year in 2015. He holds three Honorary Doctorates from Hofstra University, Long Island University, and Dowling College.
DeMille has three children, and he and his wife reside in Garden City, New York.