The story starts with a not unfamiliar scenario - a plane in trouble - but from that point onwards the story unfolds in a mesmerising mix of past and present and future, a melange of sci fi and fantasy and real life situations, with a huge cast of characters inside an intricate but not overconvoluted plot. The intellect of the writer is clear in the detailed study he's made of the various elements of the story and the language that's used. There are twists and turns and surprises. romance and violence, pathos and action. I don't want to give a summary of the plot and spoil it. It's a long book. Maybe a bit too long but once you're caught up in the mystery of where the plane has landed, who the people are, you'll be hooked. I could easily see this as a TV series in the same mould as Lost.