Librarian Note: This is the latest edition with updated cover from ASIN B0120Q7RZW When a group of professionals leave for Salzburg on a networking trip but crash into treacherous backcountry, nothing has prepared them for what they’ll face as they fight for humanity’s basic instinct: survival. Nina Bishop has worked hard for everything she has. Left to raise her threeLibrarian Note: This is the latest edition with updated cover from ASIN B0120Q7RZW When a group of professionals leave for Salzburg on a networking trip but crash into treacherous backcountry, nothing has prepared them for what they’ll face as they fight for humanity’s basic instinct: survival. Nina Bishop has worked hard for everything she has. Left to raise her three younger siblings at the tender age of seventeen, she’s used to solving problems. Now a partner in the law firm she established with two friends, she's thrilled when their biggest client Parker Drayton, organizes the business trip. She knows it's a great business opportunity. There's only one drawback: desperate to begin healing the rift between him and his two grown sons, Justin and Hugh, Parker has brought them along. Even before take-off the tension between Parker and his sons is palpable. Then Hugh causes their small plane to crash, plunging them into capricious back country. Now they’re stranded in the middle of nowhere without food or shelter, and only looming snow-capped mountains for company. Desperate, they’re forced to make heart-breaking decisions on whom to leave behind. And when an avalanche hits, blocking any possible escape, Nina realizes their ordeal has only just begun…...
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Most of us have flown either for business or pleasure, but how many of us never actually pay attention to the cabin stewards when they are giving crash survival instructions? How about when you take the exit row for the leg room, of course you tell them you can lift 40 pounds and will keep cool in an emergency. How many of us have been in a top of the line private jet heading for a skiing vacation with your wealthy client? Nina boarded that jet looking forward to fun on the slopes, and maybe gaining some new business contacts for her growing law firm. What no one ever dreamed of was one drunken fool causing the plane to spiral down into the backwoods of Austria, a snow-blanketed area of no-man’s land, where there is proof that Hell may just have frozen over.Spiral by D.U. Okonkwo is a tale of survival against the odds, family discord, death and the grit of a group of people determined to survive in a frozen wasteland. Ill-prepared, injured and terrified, the discord between a wealthy man and his two sons puts the group further on edge. Follow their quest to stay alive, fight the urges for revenge against the man who caused their crash and learn to work as a team, even in the face of an avalanche that further blocks their way to civilization.Ms. Okonkwo hasn’t written a farfetched tail of superhuman survival, she has written a human saga of the effects of looking death in the eye and refusing to give in or give up. Dysfunctional family relationships come to the forefront, the crippling loss of a human life and its devastation to those left behind and secrets shared among strangers. Written with vivid descriptions, characters that are as varied as they are human, one can feel the cold, the desperation and will to live. Too much story for only one book, this saga is divided into three parts, and yes, this ends without all the answers, is a beautiful set up for the next addition to this series as we wonder, will they be rescued? Who will survive? Could I survive a disaster like this?I received this copy from D.U. Okonkwo in exchange for my honest review.The Salzburg Saga - Book 1Publisher: A Few Words Press Ltd; 1 edition (July 18, 2015)Publication Date: July 18, 2015Genre: Suspense | Literary Fiction | SurvivalPrint Length: 257 pagesAvailable from: Amazon | Barnes & NobleFor Reviews & More: http://tometender.blogspot.com
I received a review copy of this book and the other one in the series and from that I am giving an honest review. I really wanted to give these book 5 stars, honestly. It had a great story, lots of tension, great character development, all the things I look for in a book. Why give it 4 stars then. When I get to the end of a book I want an ending. This book leaves us with no resolution at all. It obviously sets up for book number 2 of the series which I received a review copy of also. But Book 2 does the same thing. Another great story where I am left hanging. Please make a bigger book or smaller story. I love the background of the characters, but I would take less if you could put the story in one book. There is so much to be said for both of these books. They show people like they really are, even though they are in a surreal experience of a plane crash. People who do not like each other forced to work together for the good of all. The cast is The crew of the pilot, co-pilot, and the stewardess The owner of a hotel chain and his two estranged sonsThree members of the lawyer team for the owner who he has invited to network with others. One has brought his wife and their infant child. Nina's sister and twin brothers (Nina is one of the lawyers who had to raise the siblings when parents died) as well as her boyfriend Various others who move in and out of the story.Book 1 tells of the preparations for the flight, the takeoff and the crash. They are miles from anywhere and have no one to rely on but the pilot and one of the passengers. As noted in the cast above, they are an interesting collection, not for what they are, but for the secrets that they are hiding amongst themselves. Book 2 continues with these secrets and the prospect that one of them may die because of the actions of another. Here is where the secrets start to come out and could tear apart the group. I would recommend this set to others as soon as I would see that the third book was available and that it finished the story. There is no violence (though there really could be some) and a touch of a romance seems to be happening. It is safe for all readers.
The three books in this Saga basically form one continuous story. You will want to read these books back to back because of that. There is no segue. The first story stops abruptly and the next one continues. The book Spiral is aptly named. A normal situation where three young lawyers take a corporate jet sponsored by their largest client to participate in a networking event goes all wrong very quickly once they get into the air. The story is written from basically two points of view, that of Jake's, the pilot of the jet aircraft, and that of Nina, one of the lawyers in the group. As the situation on the jet becomes tense, we get introduced to all the characters as they interact with each other. Each person has a history which is revealed as the adventure continues and which keeps this event popping with intrigue and interest. There are two major settings: on board the aircraft and on the ground in the mountains of Austria after the jet crashed. The story line keeps us focused on the effort to survive a horrible situation. And while they are just trying to survive, the situation just continues to spiral out of control, getting worse and worse as time lapses. By the end of this first tome, two of the party have died. There is continuous action in this first book. The pace is rapid enough to keep you reading without being able to put the book down. The author writes an effective buildup to the tension among the group, since there are people to blame and people who are innocent bystanders. At first, it's unclear exactly who is who. That type of suspense propels the reader right into the next book. The author is very effective in building suspense slowly and painfully. I just couldn't put this book down once I got started. I was immensely grateful that both books were in the same volume so that I could proceed to part 2 of the saga. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from AXP Books on behalf of the author. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
I was literally on the edge of my seat reading Spiral. Catastrophic action with the plane crash, emotional crises with the families they left behind, the wild, crazy struggles of the back country near Salzburg and Kitzbuehl. I've been left behind by a group in nearby Kopfstein. The avalanches shake and shatter everything for so many miles. You can hear the egocentric of the horns and the hounds of the Bergwache for many, many more. Again and again you think, they must be just over the next rise, and you see nothing but white, and no Ski Patrol. The echoes and the cold really put your nerves on edge. The horror of a plane crash and the deaths of some of the party are even more haunting. I received advanced copy of this book and volunteered my honest review. As elements and pressures build, Faith is discovered and tested. If you enjoy action packed stories of faith and struggle, this may be the book for you!
It's a really good story of how the consequences of the choices we make make ripples like a rock thrown in a pond and affect everyone around us--those we know and those who are strangers.
I didn’t know what to expect when reading Spiral because it’s not every day I come across a book in which the characters are stranded in a very cold place surrounded by unpredictable mountains following a jet crash. However, I was a little surprised when everyone except one person survived the crash. Usually, when I come across aircraft crashes, there weren’t any survivors, which left me quite baffled when I read how many survived in this book. Then, I thought that maybe they were lucky they had an exceptional pilot who probably landed the jet in the least damaging manner.While I was reading Spiral, I could clearly feel the tension sizzling off the pages of the book. There was tension between Nina and her boyfriend, Alex, at the beginning of the book and at the same time, the same could be said between Parker and his sons, Hugh and Justin. Even after the crash, the tension seemed to just increased in intensity, but that was only to be expected because no one is bound to be cheerful and high-spirited after being involved in a crash and losing most of their personal belonging. Not to mention being stuck in a place with no food and unable to get help.The one thing that confused me was Jake’s secretive manner and his immediate dislike towards Parker Drayton the moment he heard his name. I didn’t quite like Jake. He seemed sceptical at times and though a man with few words, most words that he spoke were usually barbed. I understand why he would hate Parker and his sons; I have nothing against Parker but putting myself in Jake’s shoes, I’d hate Hugh too.For a moment, I was hoping for a little romance to bud between Jake and Nina but as the small group was getting more worried and frustrated by the minute, I don’t think that was going to happen any time soon. I felt that Nina managed well being optimistic and trying to lift everyone’s spirits up even though she worried herself to sleep each time.Spiral was an exciting book; I was interested to see how each character will be able to hold themselves together after everything they’ve gone through. I wanted to read more of Neil’s wife, Rita and their baby, though. Neil had a tough time trying to be the peacemaker between Jake and Justin. If he weren’t there, I’m sure that the number of wounded characters would have increased.