Review by Joe Meyers – Joe’s View
How does anyone manage to get past the sudden death of the person they love the most?
That’s the question at the heart of Mark Berry’s unusually frank and moving memoir, “13,760 Feet,” which follows the TWA pilot’s attempt to deal with the loss of his fiancé, Susanne, after she was killed on TWA Flight 800 off Long Island 19 years ago.
Any death of a loved one is horrifying, but to lose Susanne on the airline Mark worked for, in one of the safest aircraft in the history of aviation, was a blow that took years to process.
Susanne’s death became bound up in Mark’s nearly lifelong love of flying. For a time after the catastrophe he couldn’t lose himself in work – like so many of us have in similar situations – because the airline grounded him and forced him to undergo counseling.
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Review by Nikki Bennett – Explore the World with Nikki
It’s been a while since I’ve blogged about a really good book, and while Mark Berry’s autobiography 13,760 Feet–My Personal Hole in the Sky isn’t a travel book per se, it is a gripping story about how a horrific airplane crash ended in the death of his fiancé, and how he, as a husband-to-be and pilot, coped with the disaster. But there’s a lot of adventure and travel in this book too, and I hope you find it as enjoyable to read as I did.
Read Nikki Bennett’s complete review here: http://www.worldofnikki.com/explore/?p=966
“Write what you know” is common, clichéd advice sometimes given to aspiring authors. But what if the story the writer is being urged to relate is so entwined around one’s soul that one cannot tell it without dismantling a piece of oneself? 13,760 Feet: My Personal Hole in the Sky is just such a (true) story and author Mark L. Berry has done a truly admirable job with the telling.
The core of the narrative is loss and grief: Berry’s beloved fiancé Susanne was a victim of the explosion of TWA Flight 800 which exploded shortly after takeoff on July 17,1996. The probable cause of the explosion has been officially declared to be related to flammable vapors in a fuel tank; however controversy still surrounds this event, which Berry discusses in the memoir.
Read Andrea Sefler’s complete review here: http://www.popmythology.com/13760-feet-personal-hole-sky-review/
Review by Karlene Petitt – Flight to Success
Sometimes The Road Is Long…
And we travel that road to heal. I asked Mark if he would like to share his strength in my upcoming book, Flight To Success. This is the story Mark sent. Touching and beautiful… you don’t have to wait for my book to read it.
Susanne died on July 17th, 1996. She was my fiancée, she was thirty-one, and it goes without saying, she was the love of my life.
Read Karlene Petitt’s complete review here: http://tinyurl.com/nantzor
Review by Rhonda Carpenter – PodioRacket
We have interviewed Mark L. Berry before. We have even promoted his Podiobooks.com releases of Pushing Leaves Towards the Sun – a survivor’s guilt story & Street Justice. And now we are pleased to Raise a Racket about Mark’s full cast audio release of 13,760 Feet – My Personal Hole in the Sky!
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