Cost of Life – Joshua Corin

Flight Captain Larry Walder’s biggest concern was getting his flight from Atlanta to Cozumel finished so that he could be back in time for the 4th of July fireworks with his family. Easy enough. Until he’s woken in the middle of the night by a group of men that claim they have taken his wife and son hostage and will dispose of them if he does not reroute the flight to the coordinates they provide.  Seeing no way out, Larry reluctantly agrees.

Xanadu Marx is a former FBI agent who has just gotten out of rehab for her alcoholism.  In her halfway house, one of the housemates listens to a police scanner constantly and Xana overhears a series of strange events that begins to connect a pattern in her mind.  She gets a ride to the FBI field office to get reassigned, but no one wants to use her because of her past.  The only thing she gets offered is to be an interpreter for someone who was detained at the airport that morning.  Things begin to unfold and Xana goes rogue to try to figure out what is going on before it is too late.

There is way too much storyline in this book to try to sum it up in just a few paragraphs.  Corin takes you on a ride throughout the entire book without ever looking back.  Most of the story is told from Larry’s or Xana’s point of view.  There are some supporting views that help to add in the pieces here and there and it works out great.  I will admit that Corin has the gift of storytelling because he locked me in early and it wouldn’t let me go.  The characters are also pretty well developed and believable.  I felt that Bislan could have been given some more backstory, but it was not meant to be. The same with Xana’s and Madeline’s relationship.

I did have to dock it a star because of the strong language in the book.  I read a lot of books every year and I have found several authors that are able to spin a great story without the use of language.  I understand that characters in the “real world” use this type of language all the time, but it isn’t for every audience.  Even so, it didn’t deter me from being drawn into the story to the end.

I took off another ½ star because I felt that there were a lot of loose ends that never got tied up.  I felt that I never really understood the meaning behind the plot of the book.  I got snippets here and there of some outliers, but they never really tied into the overall story at the end.


If you enjoy a good thriller, give this a try.


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