En route to London from New York, Flight 305 suddenly loses power and crash-lands in the English countryside, plunging a group of strangers into a mysterious adventure that will have repercussions for all of humankind.
Struggling to stay alive, the survivors soon realize that the world they've crashed in is very different from the one they left. But where are they? Why are they here? And how will they get back home?
Five passengers seem to hold clues about what's really going on: writer Harper Lane, venture capitalist Nick Stone, German genetic researcher Sabrina Schröder, computer scientist Yul Tan, and Grayson Shaw - the son of a billionaire philanthropist.
As more facts about the crash emerge, it becomes clear that some in this group know more than they're letting on - answers that will lead Harper and Nick to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy involving their own lives. As they begin to piece together the truth, they discover they have the power to change the future and the past - to save our world...or end it.
To read an epilogue to Departure and access other bonus material, go to agriddle.com/departure/extras
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"Well-constructed and tightly-wound as a fine Swiss watch, Departure has non-stop action, an engaging plot and, of course, wheels within wheels." (Diana Gabaldon, author of the Outlander series)
Say something about yourself!
The premise for this book is sound, and started exceptionally well, with great writing, fantastic characters and an intriguing story that left you captivated.
Right until the end. The ending, (and it must be noted that this is only my opinion) let the book down. I am not going to discuss it, no Spoilers here.
Overall all, the story holds up very well. Riddle does a masterful job with his characters, his two main characters, Nick and Harper are superbly written and the Narration of these two characters in the Audiobook is one of the standouts overall.
Barber and Aiello do a masterful job with all the story telling and character portrayal, but for the two main characters, they go the extra mile, giving an extra depth to the story.
For me, I think that the Audiobook is probably better than the written version due to the Narrators brilliant telling of the story - if you are going to read this story, do yourself and a favour and go the Audiobook version instead.
Overall this story is worth the effort, the ending, although disappointing for me, does not take enough away to warrant not listening to the entire story.
As suggested in the synopsis, this is the story of Harper and Nick, how they survive a terrible plane crash, and the incredible story that unfolds as a result. They are not only in a different world, but there is a conspiracy surrounding them that has to be read/listened to, to be believed, and it is a really great story.
Again, the Narration is one of the true standouts for this Audiobook though.
Little bit crazy but prefer the term eccentric. I am a recluse by nature so I live for my books and the friends I find within their pages.
The characters were well developed and plenty of back story so you felt invested in there lives. Ended well. And that is important to me.
"The start of a new series I suspect.."
Creative and thought provoking was what I liked best, esp. given the way it started and then twisted at the conclusion. It started rather predictably, but certainly didn't end that way.
What I didn't enjoy? Sometimes abit disjointed in the continuity, and the editing wasn't ideal.
Candidly, not much. Riddle is a fine writer, and pulled this one off with style and grace.
The female Swiss doctor was quite the piece of work.
I certainly hope this is the beginning of a series ( it has the feel, and I think it is already actually). As previously noted, a fine performance of an original idea. Worth the time and the credit!
"Dumb and dumber"
Terrible storyline with one dimensional over stereotyped characters. I thought I'd get eventually be drawn in but no such luck, just glad when it ended. Sound editing not well done. Male voice is booming while female is a barely audible whisper.
First time reading this authors work. I enjoyed the book a lot, different structure far as narration goes, but was a good read.
"Couldn't stay with it"
I have tried to listen to this several times, but just can't stay with the book. It's hard to follow. Scott, the male narrator does a good job in narration, but Nicola reads like she's whispering. I have to crank up the volume to make out what she's saying.
The situation at the beginning of the story was interesting, because it seemed like a good way to start a book, however I didn't find the rest of the story interesting enough to finish it.
"kept me wanting more"
great book!!! a bit long but loved the story. interesting twist. would deff recommend!!! pleasure
This was nothing like I expected! To tell the truth, I didn't know what to expect when I started it but what I got was an amazing experience.
I'm not going to get into the plot in case I inadvertently spoil something so I'll just get right into what I thought.
Harper is such an amazing Heroine. I loved that she was a writer!! Flight 305 is her first time in first class, which is where she meets Nick. I loved her voice and her thoughts. Despite being terrified when the crash happens, she still does whats needed with no hesitation. I loved her strength and her inherent niceness.
Nick was so mysterious at the start. We didn't get a sense of what he did for a living and I thought he was maybe military. He was so strong, brave and dependable the whole way through the story. I really liked his character and was thrilled to see him show his feelings for Harper!
Plot wise I found it to be so captivating and intriguing. The plane crashes and no one comes to the passengers rescue, which is weird, add in a barren place with very little life, a rebuilt Stone Henge and a London that's abandoned and you have the makings of a phenomenal book, and it was! I started reading (well listening) and I couldn't stop. There is so many twists and turns that you will be turning the pages as fast as you can to see what happens.
Anyway, I absolutely loved everything about this book. Both the plot and the characters were well written and developed. From it's intrinsic and intriguing plot to it's wonderfully written story, Departure is a must read. If this book is any indication of his work, then I can not wait to read more by him. Amazing.
I listened to the audio and it was fantastic. Both narrators did a brilliant job with the story. They gave it their all and it showed. They drew me into the story and made me a part of it. As I was listening to it, it played out like a movie in my head and I loved it. Highly recommend.
"A satisfyingly woven story."
Telling the story from two alternating points of view worked well. Competent narration certainly added to the atmosphere of the story. The various "strands" of the story came together in an interesting way so that most of the questions raised in the story are answered in a satisfying manner. Thanks A.G. I enjoyed this a lot.
"TODAY'S DECISIONS ARE TOMRROWS REALITY"
The first couple of hours I was very intrigued. There is a plane crash and a rescue by the survivors. This part of the book is well written and I felt like I was there with them. I appreciated, Nick who took charge. One never knows what will happen in an emergency and it is nice to have someone calmly take charge.
NICK, THERE'S A PROBLEM
In the third hour there is a character named Bob, who I kinda liked and kinda didn't. I mention him cause he has one of those pet peeves I hate. He likes to announce problems. He likes to speak in acronyms or say things he knows no one else will understand and than have a pregnant pause, begging you to ask questions. I know a lot of people who do this, including my wife.
THAT SHIT MIGHT SELL T-SHIRTS, BUT DOESN'T HELP ME
I have never read a book that went down hill so fast. The whole book moves along in spurts and sputters. It starts with this group of characters who run away from futuristic people and hide in a farm building. The farm building is the only building for miles. They sleep there and gather supplies. You tell me, if you are looking for a group of people in a rural area and there is only one building around, wouldn't you check that building first? By now Nick is starting to get on my nerves. Nick is young and a self-made millionaire. He is handsome, in good shape, smart, says all the right things at the right time, people do as he says without question, the skinny good looking blonde has a crush on him, but deep down he feels unfulfilled. Excuse me, as I go throw up. It doesn't end there. The skinny good looking blonde, has trouble making decisions that might benefit herself, but does not hesitate, to make decisions that benefit others.
BLIMEY, DOUBLE AND TRIPLE BLIMEY
The story really goes astray from here. The last three hours, Riddle works on his romance skills and it just gets painful to listen to. This reads like a debut novel, pass on this. Narrator is good.
"To Believe or Not To Believe, That's The Question"
A.G. Riddle's new novel "Departure" is written in multiple genres, which isn't easy for any author to pull off sucessfully. The original storyline is the novel's strength, and the carrying out of that storlyline is it's weakness.
This futuristic sci-fi grabs the listener's attention right out of the gate with a plane crash. We are introduced to the surviving passengers, and are suddenly engulfed in a mystery, adventure, suspense, and a budding romance. Sci-fi via time travel is quickly added to the mix.
Many characters and events are introduced very early in the novel with limited detail, which resulted in a lack of character development and difficulties with suspension of belief. Usually, the inability to suspend belief in a sci-fi novel is like drawing the death card. I was able to get past this, but not without it effecting my overall opinion of the novel.
Most of the characters who are not essential to the story are weeded out by the ending of the first half of the novel. The second half, while less suspenseful, is well devoleoped... allowing the reader to focus on time travel within a post-apocolyptic world, and the mystery of how the world got that way.
Overall, "Departure' is written with an original storyline, and although not Riddle's best, it is still above average. Both narrators are very good and character consistant. It was a good listen, but I wouldn't be interested in experiencing it a second time.
"Time Traveling Sci-Fi Fans will love it!"
This novel has more twist and turns than most. To listen to the same events experienced by two different characters was enjoyable. Had to adjust to female narrator because pitch and accent seemed wrong at first, but it grew on me the more I listened.
Gotta say, I can usually predict actions and outcomes in most stories but this one left me guessing up to about the last 20 minutes or so. Makes me wonder when the rest of the series is coming out. Can't wait.
"Very good story!"
Very good story it helps relax, keeps you focused on the story and set your mind just in the right mood. I've enjoyed this book but still I prefer 1 narrator rather than 2 - although it's justified in this case and I believe many people will like it . Characters are better than in the Atlantis trilogy but for me still a little bit "paper". Overall: Credit well spend :) And I'm looking forward for the next book by A. G. Riddle.
"engaging all the way"
I really enjoyed this book, sci fi, a hint of a love story, im off to check out what else the author has on offer
"Not for adults"
I am afraid I gave up half way through this. The most irritating thing was, I am afraid, the performances. I have just checked the review and it doesn't mention anything about it being for children, but the narration sounds as if it is aimed at 8-year-olds. Even my 11-year-old daughter listened to a bit and found it patronising.
The story starts quite well, but then it becomes increasingly fantastical. The descriptions are really not great and I didn't warm to any of the characters.
"Didn't Quite Deliver, prepared to listen again"
Excellent narration, brought depth to the characters
Everything up to the encounter with their virtual others. Got a bit silly then, particularly has the 'OK Coral' shoot out involved so few people
The rescue mission on the aircraft, very dramatic.
It might be your thing, sc-fi normally works for me, but I was a tad disappointed at the conclusion.
wasn't sure at first, but ended up really enjoying it, good story nice characters would recommend
Didn't think too much to the split narration to begin with, but after giving it time, it proves to be a clever way of keeping you interested. The story is excellent and keeps you gripped and asking questions right from the start!
This could have been such a good book and started so well. The first half of the book is exciting and engaging I couldn't wait for the story to unfold. Sadly the second half is very disappointing and so full of holes it just became annoying and irritating!
"More of a YA book than adult."
Great plot! I found this to be a really engaging story - mainly because for the first hour or two, I had no idea what was going on or where the book eas heading. This in turn made me want to listen more and more - totally gripped me!
I like the fact that there were 2 narrators. One male and one female for the two main characters and overall, I gave the narration 3 out of 5 - mainly because of Nicola Barber...
She has a tendancy to be quite nasal and this did get a little annoying at times! Perhaps she had a cold whilst reading, but it did grate on me.
I disliked the "english" accent of Scott Aiello. He is American (possible canadian?) and his accent was a little to much Dick Van Dyke in Mary Poppins for me!
With exception of the "English" accent, I actually liked Scott as a reader. I will certainly look for more by him.
This book is "sci-fi meets Lost meets a love story meets thriller". Good stuff!! Would like to read more from this author.
I very much enjoyed this, was hooked right from the beginning. The narration was excellent, really helped to warm you to the characters. The storyline was very clever, if you like sc-fi then this is a good one, jumped around a bit but you knew what was going on. Thoroughly enjoyable.
"Needs something more"
I love time travel novels and stories which make me think of new possibilities, this book provided both excellently. I just felt that the ending was a bit of an anti-climax, the story was compelling up until the main action sequence in the future. After this it tapered off and reached a slow predictable ending, shame but still entertaining.
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