Drowning: The Rescue of Flight 1421 (A Novel) (Paperback)

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"Newman’s first book, Falling, was a white-knuckle suspense story about a plane that the hijackers on the ground were trying to direct on a suicide flight. Written by a stewardess who knows her planes, the suspense was unrelenting. 

Drowning is a worthy second book! A plane takes off from one of the Hawaiian islands and explodes almost immediately plunging into the sea. Evacuations begin but then an explosion sets the ocean of fire; those still in the plane close the doors and then the plane begins to sink. Once again, a fast and furious ride. We hear from those in the plane as they try to stay alive and from those on the shore as they try to plan a rescue…and the scenario continues to change."

— From Susan's Staff Picks

June 2023 Indie Next List

“This book should come with its own oxygen mask. Numerous times I had to remind myself to keep breathing as I raced through the heart-pounding pages. No one does suspense like T. J. Newman and Drowning makes this a fact.”
— Mary O'Malley, Skylark Bookshop, Columbia, MO


NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER * SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE FROM WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES * “Reads like Apollo 13 underwater.” —Don Winslow * “Masterful.” —Patricia Cornwell * “A stunningly vivid tour de force!” Gripping. Shocking.” —Brad Thor

Flight attendant turned New York Times bestselling author T. J. Newman’s adrenaline-fueled thriller about a commercial jetliner that crashes into the ocean and sinks to the bottom with passengers trapped inside—and the extraordinary rescue operation to save them.

Six minutes after takeoff, Flight 1421 crashes into the Pacific Ocean. During the evacuation, an engine explodes and the plane is flooded. Those still alive are forced to close the doors—but it’s too late. The plane sinks to the bottom with twelve passengers trapped inside.

More than two hundred feet below the surface, engineer Will Kent and his eleven-year-old daughter Shannon are waist-deep in water and fighting for their lives.

Their only chance at survival is an elite rescue team on the surface led by professional diver Chris Kent—Shannon’s mother and Will’s soon-to-be ex-wife—who must work together with Will to find a way to save their daughter and rescue the passengers from the sealed airplane, which is now teetering on the edge of an undersea cliff.

There’s not much time. There’s even less air.

With devastating emotional power and heart-stopping suspense, Drowning is an unforgettable thriller about a family’s desperate fight to save themselves and the people trapped with them—against impossible odds.

About the Author

T. J. Newman is a former bookseller and flight attendant whose first novel Falling became a publishing sensation and debuted at number two on the New York Times bestseller list. The book was named a best book of the year by USA TODAY and Esquire, among many others, and has been published in over thirty countries. The book will soon be a major motion picture from Universal Pictures. T. J. lives in Phoenix, Arizona. Drowning is her second novel. 
Product Details
ISBN: 9781982177928
ISBN-10: 1982177926
Publisher: Avid Reader Press / Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: May 28th, 2024
Pages: 320
Language: English