Book Review - Warning Light by David
Sometimes, when I'm reading a book, the plot of the story is eerily similar to real life. I had that sensation not once, but twice, reading Warning Light by David Ricciardi. I first started this book on my flight from Indianapolis to Seattle...I was on my way to spend the weekend with friends. This was just a few weeks after the Southwest Flight where the engine blew up and the woman was sucked out the window...so I wasn't too eager to open this book and find that the first four chapters are about an airplane malfunctioning and needing to make an emergency landing. That was the first connection.
The second connection was the mention of UAE, the United Arab Emirates. Before about a month ago, I can't remember the last time I heard someone even mention the UAE. Then an old friend who I used to ice skate with back in Jefferson City, MO (shout out to the Capital Classics!) contacted me via Instagram and told me a friend of hers she met while working in the UAE was moving to St. Louis. So I was pretty excited when the UAE played a key part in the plot of this book. Perhaps this is a bit of the new car syndrome, where you never notice Ford Fusions until you buy a Ford Fusion and then you see them EVERYWHERE...but still.
Warning Light by David Riccardi is about a CIA analyst who finds himself on a commercial flight to Singapore when the plane begins to have a mechanical failure that requires it to land in the middle of a restricted area of Iran. After taking a picture of a sunset (was he just taking a picture of the sunset?) the Iranians take him into custody for (intense) questioning. The entire book is this CIA analyst's (never trained as a field agent) fight for his life - a nonstop chase scene.
Normally, this is not the type of book I'd pick up. I'm the type of person to go get popcorn when the car chase scene begins in a movie - the plot never seems to advance much during these scenes. But to this book's credit, it was a page turner - Zac, that's the CIA analyst, was always in a pickle so the reader is compelled to keep reading to find out what happens. The ending is very open ended - I'd be surprised if there wasn't a sequel to this book.