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Omega Airlines Boeing 737 blows a tire on takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and crashes into Flushing Bay. The Captain and ten people are killed; the First Officer and fifty-eight injured. With his divorce imminent, Omega Airlines Pilot Instructor Kyle Masters is brought in to assist the NTSB’s accident investigation. He and NTSB Investigator Lori Almond discover so Omega Airlines Boeing 737 blows a tire on takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and crashes into Flushing Bay. The Captain and ten people are killed; the First Officer and fifty-eight injured. With his divorce imminent, Omega Airlines Pilot Instructor Kyle Masters is brought in to assist the NTSB’s accident investigation. He and NTSB Investigator Lori Almond discover someone had played a role in the accident. Determined to absolve the crew and the airline of full responsibility for the disaster, the duo uses Kyle’s operational knowledge and Lori’s expertise in accident investigations to close in on the responsible party. That puts them, and Kyle’s family’s, in danger.


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Omega Airlines Boeing 737 blows a tire on takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and crashes into Flushing Bay. The Captain and ten people are killed; the First Officer and fifty-eight injured. With his divorce imminent, Omega Airlines Pilot Instructor Kyle Masters is brought in to assist the NTSB’s accident investigation. He and NTSB Investigator Lori Almond discover so Omega Airlines Boeing 737 blows a tire on takeoff from New York’s LaGuardia Airport and crashes into Flushing Bay. The Captain and ten people are killed; the First Officer and fifty-eight injured. With his divorce imminent, Omega Airlines Pilot Instructor Kyle Masters is brought in to assist the NTSB’s accident investigation. He and NTSB Investigator Lori Almond discover someone had played a role in the accident. Determined to absolve the crew and the airline of full responsibility for the disaster, the duo uses Kyle’s operational knowledge and Lori’s expertise in accident investigations to close in on the responsible party. That puts them, and Kyle’s family’s, in danger.

30 review for The Cover-Up

  1. 4 out of 5

    CR Hiatt

    The Cover UP is a fast-paced thriller that keeps you guessing with twists and turns of the ensuing investigation, after an Omega Airline 737 flight crashes into the bay. Told by a real-life pilot, with specific knowledge himself, the crash becomes real, and we (the reader) are taken along for the ride. On the verge of divorce, Kyle Masters is asked to represent Omega in the investigation, which sends his wife into a tailspin. Duty-bound, he meets up with various agencies, where he is introduced t The Cover UP is a fast-paced thriller that keeps you guessing with twists and turns of the ensuing investigation, after an Omega Airline 737 flight crashes into the bay. Told by a real-life pilot, with specific knowledge himself, the crash becomes real, and we (the reader) are taken along for the ride. On the verge of divorce, Kyle Masters is asked to represent Omega in the investigation, which sends his wife into a tailspin. Duty-bound, he meets up with various agencies, where he is introduced to Lori Almond, an investigator for the NTSB. The two of them immediately sense something amiss, and become highly suspicious when a major witness is missing, and attitudes of the various agencies become defensive, and cagey. Statements are withheld, a key piece of evidence is stolen, and individuals tied to the investigation, die unexpectedly, and without definitive answers as to how, making it clear something fishy is going on. But what, and by whom. Brief glimpses into the players of the various agencies, and we are left to wonder if there isn’t a conspiracy, and with someone high up on the food chain pushing the buttons. The more Kyle and Lori dig, the deeper it goes, and their own lives are put at risk when it becomes personal. This is a story that has all the suspense, action and drama to make it a compelling thriller. The family dynamics and romance add to the mix, and make it a highly worthwhile read. Author, CR HIATT

  2. 5 out of 5

    Elise Stokes

    Dana Griffin sure knows planes and how to write a thriller. A tragic airplane accident on an airport runway launches this well-plotted and smart thriller. Pilot Instructor Kyle Masters is brought in to assist with the investigation, which creates turbulence in his rocky marriage. At the crash site, Kyle meets the NTSB investigator assigned to the case, Lori Almond, a tough-as-nails, no nonsense woman. Soon they uncover suspicious circumstances surrounding the accident. As the bodies of witnesses Dana Griffin sure knows planes and how to write a thriller. A tragic airplane accident on an airport runway launches this well-plotted and smart thriller. Pilot Instructor Kyle Masters is brought in to assist with the investigation, which creates turbulence in his rocky marriage. At the crash site, Kyle meets the NTSB investigator assigned to the case, Lori Almond, a tough-as-nails, no nonsense woman. Soon they uncover suspicious circumstances surrounding the accident. As the bodies of witnesses begin piling up, they strip away the layers of complicity, putting their lives and the lives of their families at risk. What I expected from a story about an airline conspiracy written by an accomplished pilot: accuracy and authenticity. I got that, and so much more. The Cover-Up is a nail-biter, no doubt about that, a solid page-turner driven by a meaty protagonist. Kyle Masters is just plain cool and charmed the socks off me. Intelligent, confident, quirky, funny, he is an honorable man striving to uphold his commitments, and has some impressive martial arts skills to boot. Yet, he isn’t perfect. Griffin did an amazing job carving him out and I look forward to more of Kyle in future installments.

  3. 4 out of 5

    R.D. Brady

    Sometimes life is not easy. Poor Kyle Masters is married to a shrew of a wife whom he can't seem to make happy. And when an Omega Airlines flight goes down, Kyle's thrown into the middle of determining the cause of the crash. Soon, his crumbling marriage seems to be the easiest part of his life as danger stalks his ever step. Someone is trying to cover up why the plane went down and Kyle, along with NTSB Inspector Lori Almond, are the only ones who can bring the truth to light. Dana Griffin provi Sometimes life is not easy. Poor Kyle Masters is married to a shrew of a wife whom he can't seem to make happy. And when an Omega Airlines flight goes down, Kyle's thrown into the middle of determining the cause of the crash. Soon, his crumbling marriage seems to be the easiest part of his life as danger stalks his ever step. Someone is trying to cover up why the plane went down and Kyle, along with NTSB Inspector Lori Almond, are the only ones who can bring the truth to light. Dana Griffin provides an insider's look to the world of commercial airlines. His plot is chillingly realistic, with corrupt appointed officials and corporate reputations on the line. In today's world, his plot is all too believable. An incredible debut novel! I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Justin Huggler

    The Cover-Up is a thriller set around an air accident investigation. That’s an inspired choice: while there are plenty of thrillers set upon hijacked or saboatged airliners, here the crash takes place right at the start, and the real action starts after an Omega Airlines 737 has gone off the end of the runway at La Guardia airport and all the survivors have been picked up, as investigators sit down to try to work out why a routine take-off went wrong. There is something compelling about all those The Cover-Up is a thriller set around an air accident investigation. That’s an inspired choice: while there are plenty of thrillers set upon hijacked or saboatged airliners, here the crash takes place right at the start, and the real action starts after an Omega Airlines 737 has gone off the end of the runway at La Guardia airport and all the survivors have been picked up, as investigators sit down to try to work out why a routine take-off went wrong. There is something compelling about all those television documentaries on air crash investigations, and the format turns out to lend itself perfectly to a thriller. There is a mystery to be solved at the heart of the book, one in which anyone who has ever been a passenger on a commercial airliner will feel a stake. And in The Cover-Up, there are those with their own reasons to keep what happened on board Flight 918 from ever reaching the public. Into the middle of this is sent Kyle Masters, one of Omega’s senior training pilots, to be the airline’s representative at the investigation. At first he just sees it as a sad and unpleasant task — he knew one of the pilots — and a stepping stone to the promotion he is after, until he discovers all is not right with the investigation. Then he finds himself conducting his own private research into what happened, and why some one’s trying to cover it up, with the help of a sympathetic and attractive National Transport Safety Board (NTSB) investigator, Lori Almond. The author, Dana Griffin, is an experienced US airline pilot, and it shows. What sets The Cover-Up apart from countless thrillers is its realism. Griffin has not given his crash some spectacular but unlikely cause: what makes Flight 918 go off the end of the runway is highly believable, the sort of thing that might happen in real life. And for much of the book, this realism holds up, through the early part of the investigation when the different parties — the NTSB, the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA), the airline, even Kyle’s rival within his own company — all seem more concerned with jockeying for position and protecting their own turf than working out what happened on the 737. The realism holds up, too, in the book’s depiction of the will-they, won’t-they love triangle between Kyle, Lori, and Kyle’s increasingly estranged wife, Karen. Indeed, the breakdown of Kyle’s marriage, and the tension between his anger at his wife and his continuing love for her, is handled with considerably more subtlety and tenderness than you’d usually expect from such a fast-paced thriller. Griffin gives us a hint of where he takes his inspiration as a writer when he has two of the characters discuss Stieg Larsson’s Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Their criticism is that Larsson’s book takes too long to get going, and Griffin has certainly tried to avoid that. The Cover-Up starts at a frenetic pace, the 737 going off the runway on the second page, and never lets up, But Griffin has made some sacrifices to keep his pace up. The passengers killed and injured in the crash are barely mentioned, and everyone in the investigation seems a little too unconcerned with them. And the furious pace takes its toll on the characterisation as well: after the complexity of Kyle’s feelings for his wife have been so well drawn, his sudden decision in the middle of the book to fly to Chicago without telling her seems out of character — so much so you can’t help sympathising with Karen over her desire for a divorce. For me, the book’s ending was something of a disappointment. The realism which had been the book’s greatest strength gives way in the final chapters to some of the more cliched apparatus of the thriller. But it holds up well until the final pages, and there is a desperate race against time which will have readers hooked. This is a classic, fast=paced thriller for those who like their books full of action, but one that does some other things surprisingly well.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pam Godwin

    ***I was given an advance readers copy in exchange for honest feedback.*** The Cover-Up by Dana Griffin is an intelligently-written and suspenseful novel with a complex plot. It begins by shoving you in the scene of a commercial plane crash, witnessing it from the viewpoint of a LaGuardia air traffic controller. In Houston, Omega Airlines' pilot instructor, Kyle Masters, receives an emergency call, advising him he has been reassigned to be the representative for the airline in the crash investig ***I was given an advance readers copy in exchange for honest feedback.*** The Cover-Up by Dana Griffin is an intelligently-written and suspenseful novel with a complex plot. It begins by shoving you in the scene of a commercial plane crash, witnessing it from the viewpoint of a LaGuardia air traffic controller. In Houston, Omega Airlines' pilot instructor, Kyle Masters, receives an emergency call, advising him he has been reassigned to be the representative for the airline in the crash investigation. Kyle's abrupt departure to NY to handle his new duties dumps his already brittle marriage on the teetering edge. When Kyle arrives at the crash site, he meets Lori Almond, the attractive NTSB assistant investigator in charge. Kyle and Lori dig into the investigation together, and quickly determine something isn't right. Investigators representing the various players--the FAA, the NTSB, Omega Airlines--begin to act scared and sketchy. Stories given by crew members and inspectors are suspect. Someone is hiding something. Kyle and Lori are determined to find out who and what it is. One witness dies unexpectedly. Then another person connected to the investigation dies mysteriously. Homicide isn't confirmed in either case, but Kyle and Lori have their doubts. Then the unimaginable happens. The investigation becomes personal and Kyle succumbs to a threat so painful, he's powerless to stop himself from doing what he does next. The Cover-Up is an action-packed book filled with a diverse cast of personalities and a storyline woven so thoughtfully, your head will ache from whiplash and still, you won't be able to put it down until you determine whodunit. The story is concocted with all the ingredients that make a book great: suspense, conspiracy, murder, humor, and love. Dana Griffin is a polished writer and I'm bouncing in my seat with impatience to read the sequel.

  6. 4 out of 5

    C.K. Raggio

    I think everybody at some point in their lives has been infatuated with airplanes. As kids the sound and sheer size of it flying through the air. As adults the guts and skills it takes to fly one. Dana Griffin is a pilot and that is unmistakable in his debut novel THE COVER UP. An intelligent thriller, mixed with the perfect amount of mystery, humor, and even a touch of romance. The Cover Up starts off with a bang, literally. A 737 goes off the runway at LaGuardia Airport and crashes into the bay I think everybody at some point in their lives has been infatuated with airplanes. As kids the sound and sheer size of it flying through the air. As adults the guts and skills it takes to fly one. Dana Griffin is a pilot and that is unmistakable in his debut novel THE COVER UP. An intelligent thriller, mixed with the perfect amount of mystery, humor, and even a touch of romance. The Cover Up starts off with a bang, literally. A 737 goes off the runway at LaGuardia Airport and crashes into the bay. Kyle Masters an instructor for Omega Airlines is asked to assist in the investigation to find out why the accident occurred. Leaving his wife and son behind, Kyle jumps at the opportunity even though his marriage is on the brink of failure. He teams up with a beautiful and tough Lori Almond. Before long key evidence begins to disappear and witnesses start turning up dead. Why did Omega 918 crash, turns into who caused Omega 918 to crash? The deeper Kyle and Lori dig the more they realize that whoever is responsible won't be going down without a fight. A hefty dose of blackmail almost gets Kyle killed and when that doesn't shake Lori and Kyle off the case, their families are dragged into the cross-hairs. This is a fantastic book that is sure to keep you flipping page after page until the end. Griffin does an outstanding job on his first novel and I look forward to reading many more from him.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Wickard

    I was skeptical. C’mon, a novel plotted around a 737 aircraft accident. I mean, I saw the 1980 movie AIRPLANE, laughed my ass off. But, a thriller? Boy was I mistaken. **Be forewarned, once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down!** Dana Griffin has created a wonderful, three-dimensional, flawed, and very human protagonist in Kyle Masters. Dana adds volumes of verisimilitude by packing his carry-on with the extra weight of personal experience. It is a safe feeling knowing y I was skeptical. C’mon, a novel plotted around a 737 aircraft accident. I mean, I saw the 1980 movie AIRPLANE, laughed my ass off. But, a thriller? Boy was I mistaken. **Be forewarned, once you start reading this book you will not be able to put it down!** Dana Griffin has created a wonderful, three-dimensional, flawed, and very human protagonist in Kyle Masters. Dana adds volumes of verisimilitude by packing his carry-on with the extra weight of personal experience. It is a safe feeling knowing you’re in the "friendly skies" with a pro, a pilot who’s experienced firsthand the inner workings of the airline business. Once I navigated through the fog layer lexicon of acronyms (FAA, NTSB, etc., etc…) I was good to go, as they say, ready for takeoff. The novel flowed, the ease of Dana’s writing made it succinct. However, what made this book really pick up speed and pack-a-punch was “all the right stuff” you’d expect in a thriller. Frantic-paced, full-throttle, cannot turn the pages quick enough sort of potboiler. Power, greed, a race against time, and Dana even made room for a bit of “R & R” for romance. Cannot wait to see what the sequel will bring. Hopefully a safe landing. Hurry, Dana, I’m ready for takeoff!

  8. 5 out of 5

    S.K. Anthony

    The Cover-Up wouldn't be my normal cup of tea (genre) but let me tell you it was definitely the right flavor! I was hooked from the beginning! I wouldn't think a book on aviation would be something I'm interested in, it has a few technical terms and acronynms but the author has a handy "reference" in the back, read it first and you are good to go. I picked up the book wanting to read something exciting and I got just that. The book is well written, it is fast paced, it drags you into the world of The Cover-Up wouldn't be my normal cup of tea (genre) but let me tell you it was definitely the right flavor! I was hooked from the beginning! I wouldn't think a book on aviation would be something I'm interested in, it has a few technical terms and acronynms but the author has a handy "reference" in the back, read it first and you are good to go. I picked up the book wanting to read something exciting and I got just that. The book is well written, it is fast paced, it drags you into the world of aviation and portrays the love for it that the characters feel, it has that one (or two) character that you love to hate, it has romance, and it takes you on an adventure! I can't help but wish that Kyle Masters return in another book and take me on another exhilirating ride!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Eric Chandler

    This is a great read. You get a good look at how egos really feel inside the aviation business. The mystery keeps you engaged and, hey, there's even an evil Frenchman. What more could you want? This is a great read. You get a good look at how egos really feel inside the aviation business. The mystery keeps you engaged and, hey, there's even an evil Frenchman. What more could you want?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dana Griffin

    An intriguing thriller sure to keep you flipping the pages. It's got suspense, mystery, humor, a touch of romance. Warning, don't read before your next airline flight. An intriguing thriller sure to keep you flipping the pages. It's got suspense, mystery, humor, a touch of romance. Warning, don't read before your next airline flight.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Hughes

    This author has entered into the aviation safety fiction genre with a good story. He has followed it with three more. His two main characters are flawed (failed marriages) yet likable. They are the only two developed to any depth. The bad guys are a bit overboard, but it's fiction. People make mistakes. They rarely hire hit men to cover up their mistakes. There are some glaring errors in the descriptions of how accidents are investigated. This author does acknowledge that investigations are a te This author has entered into the aviation safety fiction genre with a good story. He has followed it with three more. His two main characters are flawed (failed marriages) yet likable. They are the only two developed to any depth. The bad guys are a bit overboard, but it's fiction. People make mistakes. They rarely hire hit men to cover up their mistakes. There are some glaring errors in the descriptions of how accidents are investigated. This author does acknowledge that investigations are a team effort, although his two main characters revert to "Lone-Ranger" investigation to keep the plot moving. The solo interview with the hospitalized flight attendant would never be allowed in a real investigation. That would be part of the eye-witness group's job. The airline representative to the investigation would never leave a group status meeting "to take a call from the boss". The NTSB might just remove the guilty person from the investigation for such an error. The "boss" message should have gone to voice mail allowing the investigator to actually participate in the investigation and not miss anything important. The author has sought editing help and accepted it. So many other authors of this genre produce poorly-edit fiction. This author has given us a glimpse into the human factors of aviation. People make mistakes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Debbie Oxier

    Good thriller I love reading a good airplane thriller but they can be difficult to find. I just happened to come across one of Dana Griffin's books and after reading it, I was hooked. I read it, then the one following it, then decided to go back and read this one, the first in the actual series. I really hadn't missed anything except a couple of details about the main character's personal life. These books can be read as standalones. In this first one you are introduced to Kyle Masters, a former Good thriller I love reading a good airplane thriller but they can be difficult to find. I just happened to come across one of Dana Griffin's books and after reading it, I was hooked. I read it, then the one following it, then decided to go back and read this one, the first in the actual series. I really hadn't missed anything except a couple of details about the main character's personal life. These books can be read as standalones. In this first one you are introduced to Kyle Masters, a former pilot, now an instructor, is teamed with the NTSB's investigator, Lori Almond, to determine what happened to the Omega Airlines plane that blew a tire and ended up in the bay. The crash killed the pilot and ten other people, as well as injuring many more. For some reason, however, they're met with resistance wherever they go. Then Kyle's wife and son are kidnapped and Kyle will never see them again unless he turns over a vital piece of evidence that can prove what happened on the fatal flight. I This one kept me turning the pages from beginning to end. Plenty of suspense and a good opening for the series. I hope these characters will be around for some time to come.

  13. 4 out of 5

    John E. Donovan

    ... and the cover-up is just the beginning! Pilot Kyle Masters finds himself right in the middle of a conspiracy to get top officials at the FAA off the hook for an accident that was caused by one of their FAA inspectors. Teaming up with the NTSB's Assistant Investigator In Charge, Lori Almond, author Dana Griffin brings the reader through murder, kidnapping, and action-galore, as the two of these people (along with the help of F.B.I. Special Agent Samantha Rankin) try to find justice for the wro ... and the cover-up is just the beginning! Pilot Kyle Masters finds himself right in the middle of a conspiracy to get top officials at the FAA off the hook for an accident that was caused by one of their FAA inspectors. Teaming up with the NTSB's Assistant Investigator In Charge, Lori Almond, author Dana Griffin brings the reader through murder, kidnapping, and action-galore, as the two of these people (along with the help of F.B.I. Special Agent Samantha Rankin) try to find justice for the wrongly accused, and bring themselves and their families out of harm's way. Characters, character development, plot, dialogue, etc., all are top notch, making this book, and this author, a must-read, if you are a fan of aviation and aviation thrillers.

  14. 5 out of 5

    James Calhoun

    This book is worth reading. Overall I enjoyed it. It was however slow to get my full attention. I thought the first 30%+- was not very interesting, the dialogue was weak and unrealistic, even juvenile. Also the book is littered with typos! Having said that the pace picked up and my interest peaked enough to give the 2nd book a try.

  15. 5 out of 5

    GreenFairy

    When I first started reading this one, I didn't think I would like it. Airplanes never held interest for me. So, I thought I would be bored. I was surprised that I wasn't. Sure, the beginning starts off a little slow. And there's a lot of technical information given too. After the first couple chapters, the story picks up. I hated ever having to put it down. And I love that they're on KU as well. When I first started reading this one, I didn't think I would like it. Airplanes never held interest for me. So, I thought I would be bored. I was surprised that I wasn't. Sure, the beginning starts off a little slow. And there's a lot of technical information given too. After the first couple chapters, the story picks up. I hated ever having to put it down. And I love that they're on KU as well.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jerrie Lynch

    Poor ending The first three quarters of book are exciting and reader is drawn in to the story .However the last Quarter is a dream out ending both boring and creating desire for book to end Were it not for that I would have given it a

  17. 4 out of 5

    Eileen

    Excellent A real page Turner with lots of info about the workings of an aircraft and duties of FAA and NTSB

  18. 5 out of 5

    shirley stirpe

    Good twists and turns The story within the story was weak but the actual drama about the cover up was great. I would recommend this book but not for reading on a planr

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joan Ehrnstein

    Nice little thriller How nice - an airplane thriller without hijackers or terrorists. The FAA, NTSB and other word salad organizations make for an interesting story.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wil Goff

    Excellent read I rated this book 5 stars to reflect the pleasure I obtained from reading it. The characterization was excellent and the plot held together nicely.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rajesh

    Definitely qualifies as a high octane drama right from the word go! This aviator not just knows his profession but is adept at spinning a superb thriller.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Silk

    "A Fast Paced, Run For Your Life Political Thriller" This is a remarkable, vigorous story. A 737 Omega Airlines passenger plane, flight 918, has crashed upon takeoff at La Guardia Airport resulting in the pilot's death and first officer critically injured and hospitalized. There is a total of 11 people killed, 68 injured. Kyle Masters is a former airline pilot who now is an instructor for pilots on the 737 aircraft simulator for Omega Airlines in Houston TX. Kyle's boss, Morgan Steele is the Vice "A Fast Paced, Run For Your Life Political Thriller" This is a remarkable, vigorous story. A 737 Omega Airlines passenger plane, flight 918, has crashed upon takeoff at La Guardia Airport resulting in the pilot's death and first officer critically injured and hospitalized. There is a total of 11 people killed, 68 injured. Kyle Masters is a former airline pilot who now is an instructor for pilots on the 737 aircraft simulator for Omega Airlines in Houston TX. Kyle's boss, Morgan Steele is the Vice President of Flight Standards and training and has directed Kyle to join the investigation team in Newark NJ immediately. He rushes home to pack where his wife Karen is extremely irate because he spends too much time on the job, neglecting her and their son, Travis. She tells him she's had enough and is filing for divorce. As he arrives at the initial meeting in Newark, he meets Lori Almond who is the assistant Investigator in Charge of the NTSB, National Transportation Safety Board. Also present at the meeting is Pierre Chavette with FAA, at the Chicago Flight Standards District Office who has an interest in this accident since an FAA inspector was sitting in the jump-seat behind the pilot at the time of the crash. The aircraft's tires had failed and the take-off had been aborted, but the speed was much too fast to prevent running off the runway into Flushing Bay, with a 25-foot drop-off. The FAA inspector is not found on the plane nor with the survivors. He left the plane as soon as the doors were open and disappeared. When inquiries are made of FAA, the NTSB members are told that he is currently on vacation. What is the FAA hiding? A statement had been taken of the inspector by his supervisor, but the statement is not turned over to the NTSB. This turns into an intense drama involving federal agencies and NTSB team members Kyle Masters and Lori Almond. This is an amazing thriller with compelling characters enduring deep tension and fear. The plot development is outstanding with a well crafted story-line. The author has thoughtfully added, at the end of the story, a list of characters as well as acronyms to assist the reader. You'll not want to put this novel down knowing the author Dana Griffin is a pilot for a major airline and when he's not flying, he's writing. Enjoy this powerful story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Dana Griffin's story about a cover-up following an airline crash had me waiting to see what happened next. His protagonist was endearing enough that I had some sympathy and wanted things to turn out well for him. While I thought the book could have used a little more detail on flight and crash investigation SOP, I still found it technical enough to be believable, as opposed to feeling like the author made things up as he went along. The only thing that kind of disappointed me was the shallow natu Dana Griffin's story about a cover-up following an airline crash had me waiting to see what happened next. His protagonist was endearing enough that I had some sympathy and wanted things to turn out well for him. While I thought the book could have used a little more detail on flight and crash investigation SOP, I still found it technical enough to be believable, as opposed to feeling like the author made things up as he went along. The only thing that kind of disappointed me was the shallow nature of the motives of the bad guys. Their actions seemed incredibly heavy-handed to be merely trying to save agency face and perhaps save their own tails. I kept hoping for deeper motivation and connections. Perhaps Mr Griffin's dealings with the FAA over the years are what have caused him to characterize them as such a sinister organization. Then again...a few bad apples... As I got further into the book, I found an increased number of typos, as if the first chapters had been proofread multiple times and the last chapters kind of rushed. Early on, I had a hard time following the characters. Mr Griffin generously provides a character and acronym guide at the end of the book. Sadly, reading it on a Kindle made the guides useless, as one can't really page back and forth too much. No doubt programmers are hard at work somewhere trying to tinker with the e-reader's format so such things are more easily accessed on future versions. The bottom line, is, The Cover-Up is a fun escapist read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Gae-Lynn Woods

    Dana Griffin's bio states quite clearly that he is an experienced pilot, and that experience shines and terrifies in THE COVER UP. I've spent a lot of time on airplanes in my life and can easily see the opening Omega Airlines crash scene happening. Anyone who's watched the news can imagine it. The story that Griffin tells to explain why this crash happens and how the various parties react to it is something the public would never see, but is completely believable. THAT'S what makes this book suc Dana Griffin's bio states quite clearly that he is an experienced pilot, and that experience shines and terrifies in THE COVER UP. I've spent a lot of time on airplanes in my life and can easily see the opening Omega Airlines crash scene happening. Anyone who's watched the news can imagine it. The story that Griffin tells to explain why this crash happens and how the various parties react to it is something the public would never see, but is completely believable. THAT'S what makes this book such good reading. There's a richness to this story that can only come from someone who has worked considerable time in the airline industry. You'll find complex relationships between spouses, government agencies, and bosses and employees. Griffin lets you peek behind the scenes of a airline accident investigation - on the damaged plane and while listening to the flight recorder. Kyle Masters (Omega Airlines) and Lori Almond (NTSB Investigator) come across as knowledgeable, competent people who truly care about finding the truth. The baddies only care about hiding their involvement and will do so at any cost, even that of multiple lives. If I'm ever involved in a crash like this one, I'll hope for a Kyle and Lori team on the investigation! If you enjoy thrillers and conspiracy theories, you'll love THE COVER UP.

  25. 4 out of 5

    J.P. Lane

    When I opened The Cover-Up, I fully expected to be reading a thriller about the crash of a Boeing 737 in which the Captain and ten people are killed and the First Officer and numerous other people injured. What I didn’t expect was the surprise element of romance Dana Griffin adds to this riveting story about a major cover-up of the reason for the crash by the FAA and NTSB. Although there’s an attraction between main characters Pilot Instructor Kyle Masters and NTSB Investigator Lori Almond who a When I opened The Cover-Up, I fully expected to be reading a thriller about the crash of a Boeing 737 in which the Captain and ten people are killed and the First Officer and numerous other people injured. What I didn’t expect was the surprise element of romance Dana Griffin adds to this riveting story about a major cover-up of the reason for the crash by the FAA and NTSB. Although there’s an attraction between main characters Pilot Instructor Kyle Masters and NTSB Investigator Lori Almond who are part of the investigation team, anything more than that seems unlikely. But Dana Griffin kept me turning the pages in hope. The gradual bonding between Kyle and Lori was as suspenseful as the grand conspiracy, blackmail and murder that drive the main plot. I highly recommend The Cover-Up. It’s one of those books you won’t be able to put down.

  26. 5 out of 5

    danadoo

    Great read for airline employees!!! I have worked in the airline industry for 32 years . Due to mergers bankruptcies and buyouts it would be hard to name just one . I thoroughly enjoyed this book especially as an insider, very engaging and suspenseful highly recommended .

  27. 4 out of 5

    Sue Stewart

    Loved this book! I really like airplane crash stories and this was an Outstanding one. Intense, complex and just down right awesome. Did not want to put it down. Can't wait to read Coerced. " a good pilot should be prepared for any contingency." Loved this book! I really like airplane crash stories and this was an Outstanding one. Intense, complex and just down right awesome. Did not want to put it down. Can't wait to read Coerced. " a good pilot should be prepared for any contingency."

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jade Paterson

    Cover-up Absolutely a fantastic book, not only informative about the airline industry but a good old fashion thriller, kept me guessing who were the good g guys and the bad guys. I just sat d of an and read in 2 nights. Recommend this book very highly.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    An engaging thriller that's hard to put down. Loses a few points for poor editing (misspellings and repetition - kindle version) and for sometimes flat dialogue. An engaging thriller that's hard to put down. Loses a few points for poor editing (misspellings and repetition - kindle version) and for sometimes flat dialogue.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Greg Henneman

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