Book Review #243: Passenger 19

Author: Ward Larsen

Genre: Mystery & Thriller

Language: English 

Series, if any: Jammer Davis, Book 3

Publisher: Oceanview Publishing

Date of publication: 5 January 2016

No. Of pages: 336


Frank “Jammer” Davis has spent most of his life investigating aircraft accidents. When a small regional jet disappears over the jungles of Colombia, it is a tragedy like dozens of others he has seen…but for one terrible detail—his young daughter, who was enroute to a semester abroad in South America, is listed on the passenger manifest. A distraught Davis is immediately brought into the folds of the inquiry. When the wreckage is located, it becomes clear the crash was unsurvivable. However, as the investigation gains momentum, the facts show a different direction. Two pilots had been shot before the crash, along with one passenger. The possibility of a hijacking looms large as the search begins to focus on two passengers who boarded the plane, yet their remains cannot be found. The plot thickens further when suspicions leads to higher officials of Columbia and just might extend into the levels of the United States government. Will his daughter just end up becoming a liability before he can find her?


There are certain things about the plot that appealed to me. For example, the lead character Jammer Davis is a man of a complicated personalities. His career choice itself intrigues you and keeps you asking for more. The parts of the plot that involved his investigation skills were done brilliantly. The main idea behind the plot was also solid and grounded. However, there were certain moments when it felt like the story is lagging because of the pace of narration or maybe because of the secondary characters. The climax was as expected and lived upto the expectation of being a blockbuster in terms of the adrenaline and action. 

While the title is definitely justified here, the cover image definitely requires more drama that can match the story that is played out. 

My opinion: It’s surprisingly a good book though it did created a level of excitement that can be described as slightly more than mediocrity. 

My rating: 3.5 out of 5


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