Final Boarding: A Novel by A.J. Mayers – Book Review

32478685Final Boarding: A Novel by A.J. Mayers was published on November 15, 2016 by Mascot Books.

Patrick Baldwin had no idea missing Phoenix Airlines Flight 619 would mean he would live to see another day. The flight he missed went missing itself over the Pacific Ocean, going off radar without a trace or any sign of debris. When the world can’t stop talking about the disappearance, Patrick begins to delve into the mystery of the missing airliner in hopes of discovering its fate and the fate of his three colleagues who were on board. The deeper he finds himself in this mystery, the stranger the circumstances become. Was Flight 619’s disappearance an accident, or something more sinister?

About the author:

5874935I was born and raised in Laredo, TX. Much of my upbringing was surrounded by the wildlife and ranching community of Laredo. While I admire and appreciate the uniqueness of that upbringing today as I came from a family of ranchers, when I was a child I wanted something more. I dreamt of the big city and the world of media and entertainment. At six years old I began scribing in notebooks ideas and stories, which would lead to my passion for writing and the hopes of one day authoring my own books. When I became a teenager, my passion for storytelling evolved into filmmaking. I took a trip to Los Angeles to visit my grandfather who had moved out west to care for my great aunt. My first taste of Hollywood showed me that this is where I wanted to end up. I wanted to work in film and bring my dreams into reality. My time in high school was plagued with ups and downs. I always felt different and as if I did not fit in to any particular group. I pushed my creative side as much as possible and kept my grades up because it would lead me to Austin, TX where I attended film school at the University of Texas as a Longhorn. I was anxious to leave Laredo, not because I wanted to abandon my home, but because my dreams were elsewhere and obtainable far, far away. I became the man I am today in Austin. College life treated me well and I became involved in various organizations and took on some amazing internships with Austin Studios, The CW and MTV. While at UT, I auditioned and was cast to guest VJ on MTV’s morning music video countdown show “The Big Ten.” This lead me to my MTV internship and to networking with producers, which then lead to getting my first job the summer I moved to LA (without a job) at the network. I even landed a part-time internship doing social media for Nestle Butterfinger, which garnered me airtime press on ABC News. MTV was amazing. I worked with the biggest names in the music and film business. I attended the Video Music and Movie Awards. I spent an entire year getting my real-life industry experiences and a few credits on TV shows. Then after a year I left MTV as such was the climate of the economy. But within the two months of my unemployment I worked freelance for the Wonderful Pistachios campaign and blogger Perez Hilton on their advertisement campaign.  Then came Paramount Pictures. It was my dream studio and job. I went in for various interviews and landed my first job working for an executive in the marketing department. My time spent at Paramount has been fulfilling. I’ve worked on over 40 major films from Transformers, Star Trek, Mission Impossible, Thor, Captain America, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Anchorman 2 to name a few. I’ve interacted with talent such as Michael Bay, Katy Perry, and Tom Cruise. I’ve grown in my position at Paramount and have been an employee for nearly four years. I left Paramount in February 2015 to pursue a creative path in marketing at Universal Pictures. Today I work with the creative operations team at Universal where I’ve worked on films such as Fifty Shades of Grey, Jurassic World, Minions, Straight Outta Compton, and Furious 7. During my run in LA, I’ve also maintained a second job as an author and have indie published a sci-fi trilogy book series and crime drama available on eBook, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble both domestic and internationally. The trilogy series has won me the award of “Laredo’s Outstanding Son” from the mayor and city council of my hometown. I’m the 2nd person in the history of Laredo to receive this prestigious award. Balancing two jobs is not easy, but I don’t know any other way. I spend my free with my French bulldog, Dexter, and I’m a board member of an anti-bullying non-profit organization called Boo2Bullying. WEBSITE / GOODREADS / AMAZON

My thoughts: Mayers creates a truly amazing suspenseful novel that will leave you wanting more of this stay up all night, page turner. I found myself completely swept away within the pages, wanting to know what happens next. I found this novel to be a remarkable read with a plot line that is full of surprises and a lot of twist and turns. The main character, Patrick Baldwin misses his flight and later learns that the flight is missing, gone off radar without a trace. While everyone can’t stop talking about the planes disappearance, Patrick becomes determined to find out what happens. This determination of Patrick is what makes him dig deep into the mystery of what happened and why. I found this to be a very suspenseful and outstanding read. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more from this author!


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