Airframe seems to be a book where you loved it for a reason while other people hated it for the same reason. And the reason is? First, many people say that this book "lacked depth" or "was easy reading" or "there was no content". Some people like deep books, while others don't. They are correct however in saying this was not a "deep" book, although, Cricthon does give you and shows you his vast knowledge on the subject of aircraft's.
Regardless of outside opinions, we give this book a high grade.
It starts out with an airplane over the Pacific Ocean experiencing some troubles, but somehow manages to land with only 3 (eventually 4) deaths and 50 odd injuries. An hour later, administrators from Norton Aircraft (the manufactures of the plane) gather together to see what has happened. And the investigation begins...
At the same time, outside influences like the media decide to find an escape goat.
In this case, the manufactures themselves, Norton.
The lead character here is a woman named Casey Singleton who is in here late thirties. She is the total opposite of the other characters surrounding her. Yes, she was a good woman, but she was poorly developed and was rather plain. In fact, the other characters weren't really developed either. They were just pure stereotypical clones. You have the know-nothing-side-kick, the evil-TV-producer, the always-mean-and-angry-boss, the big-stud-airplane-driver/ boyfriend, the smooth-talking-TV-interviewer, and the foulmouth-obnoxsious-co-workers. HOWEVER, this is only a story and not reality. Keep that in mind. And, like all of Cricthon's books, the plot wasn't driven by characters, but more by information itself.