Airframe



Airframe, a novel by Michael Crichton was a fairly good book that

became very exciting towards the end. It is about the aviation industry and a

fictional company named Norton Aircraft that manufactures planes. There is

only one main character and the plot of the novel is about a secret plan to

destroy the president of Norton. The book gets off to a slow start, but rapidly

builds up pace in the last hundred pages.

The main character of the novel is Casey Singleton. She is a divorced

mother in her mid-forties. She is a vice president of the Quality Assurance

Incident Review Team. Whenever anything goes wrong with a plane that was

made by Norton, the Incident Review Team finds out what the problem was

and fixes it. The whole book is based on her and her actions. If there had to be

two more supporting characters, one would be John Marder. He is the chief

operating officer of Norton Aircraft. In other words, he runs the factory. He

has also been nice to Casey, but he turns out to be a very bad person and ďsly

guy.Ē The third important character in the novel Airframe is Jennifer Malone.

She is a reporter for a news show called Newsline. From the descriptions in the

book, this show sounds very much like the news program 20/20. She does a news

story on the two latest events of the N-22 aircraft that has had unusual

problems lately. She does not understand what the aviation industry is about

so she has a very bad attitude. As a result, Casey ends up telling her off

towards the end of the book.

The plot of Airframe is a very complex and exciting plot. The book

starts off with a bang with a suspenseful first chapter. An airplane encounters

severe turbulence and many passengers are hurt. Eventually a team at Norton

is put together to find out what the cause of the situation is. The problem puts

Nortonís airplane deal with China, for billions of dollars, in serious jeopardy.

The team cannot find any leads, and soon the media catches on to Norton's

problems. The reporters love a story that is bad and makes the viewers

concerned about airline safety. A lot of people are already concerned about

airline safety. When the media advertises a bad story about manufacturers,

everyone will watch it. Casey finds herself in dangerous situations where

people are following her and watching her. She knows something is wrong and

there is some kind of secret plot. She figures it out in the last fourth of the

novel but she does not tell the reader until she tells Jennifer Malone in the

second chapter until the end. It turns out the whole incident was a pilotís error.

The experienced pilot let his own son fly the plane while he went to go get a cup

of coffee. The son did not know what to do, so he almost crashed the plane.

Before Casey Singleton came to the simple answer above, she

investigated many possibilities. One was that the slats on the wing extended

without a command. Another was that the plane had counterfeit parts that

supposedly damaged the plane. She found absolutely nothing. It turns out

that John Marder was supposed to ruin Nortonís current president over this

incident. He thought once a critical news story was shown on Newsline, that the

president would be ruined as well as Casey Singleton since she was the one that

handled the interview. He had been cooking up a deal with North Korea to sell

even more planes than Norton was preparing to sell to China. But he must

become president before the deal would go through. Once the Korean sell was

accomplished, Norton stock would sky-rocket which would make John Marder

rich since he owned tons of it. This was all part of his plan but it was all

ruined since the story did not air because it turned out it had been the pilotís

fault. Obviously, it was not the manufacturer's fault. No one wanted to hear

about a young kid killing three people and injuring hundreds. It is plain and

simple: itís not good news. Marder was fired once his plot was uncovered and

Casey Singleton took his place.

There were many conflicts in Airframe. So many, you could not dare

counting them all. Some of the main conflicts were between Casey Singleton

and her colleagues. They got into arguments and disagreements all the time

because they each believed something different caused the