Editorial Reviews

Editors Select, February 2015 - If you know me, you know I was obsessed with the TV show Lost. I'm talking "hours of theorizing on a whiteboard after each episode" obsessed. So when I heard that A.G. Riddle's new book Departure was drawing comparisons to my favorite show, I knew I had to listen. I was pleased to find that while there are some obvious similarities - a plane crash, a mystery, characters who are not what they seem, etc. - the similarities stop there, and Riddle's story quickly takes on its own identity with a unique, tantalizing mystery and plenty of action. Nicola Barber and Scott Aiello are an amazing cast for this book, which shifts perspectives between a male and female lead. Fast-paced, intriguing, and smart, I encourage all my fellow Lost-ies to check this out. —Sam, Audible Editor
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Publisher's Summary

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
©2014 A.G. Riddle (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"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)
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jas P on 29-06-2015

Brilliant Narration, Intriguing Story, Poor End

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.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Shakya on 04-03-2015

Interesting twist on a time travel story.

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.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Cheri on 01-09-2015

A Great Sci-Fi Story With Lots of Twists and Turns

Departure was a very intriguing story with a mysterious plot that had lots of twist and turns and had me on edge and guessing throughout the story. I was unable to stop listening to the story well into the wee hours of the night.

This story was also thought provoking on the chaos that would follow a plan crash if there was no leader or resources to depend on.

My credit was well spent on this story!

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12 of 12 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Matthew on 24-02-2015

The start of a new series I suspect..

What did you like best about Departure? What did you like least?

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.

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

Candidly, not much. Riddle is a fine writer, and pulled this one off with style and grace.

Which character – as performed by Nicola Barber and Scott Aiello – was your favorite?

The female Swiss doctor was quite the piece of work.

Was Departure worth the listening time?

Definitely.

Any additional comments?

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!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Krzysztof on 20-02-2015

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.

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11 of 12 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Sally R on 28-02-2015

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

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10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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