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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
In Guidance to Death, Daniel V Meier Jr opens his story with a horrific plane crash. The wreckage is so severe the authorities cannot tell what caused the crash. Was it a pilot error, a mechanical fault, or sabotage? Aviation crash expert Frank Adams is hired by the widow to investigate because she suspects her husband and the two other passengers were murdered. What begins as a simple investigation becomes deadly as Adams discovers some people are determined to cover their tracks and leave no loose ends. From the information Adams discovers, he has become a loose end and his life, and that of the people he works with, are at risk from those who are as ruthless as they are criminals.
I enjoyed reading Daniel V Meier Jr’s Guidance to Death. It is fast-moving, page-turning, and exciting. Meier's knowledge of planes makes the plot realistic, but he does not overstretch you with too many technicalities. His hero Frank Adams is no James Bond. He doesn’t win every fight, nor shoot like William Tell. He is relatable and likable and you cannot help but cheer him on. Other characters are equally down to earth, as they battle one twist after another as the action speeds up. I loved his girlfriend The Major, who is more of a friend with benefits, and even Helen Rawlson, the widow, who at first is not a likable person, but who softens toward the end. I have read several of Meier's titles and I have enjoyed them all. This is a little different as it is pure adventure, firmly in the crime genre, and is up there with the best. Highly recommended.