Tuesday, June 05, 2007

This is what I want...

I was complaining about stupid characters a couple posts back. Some authors do a great job but some are so annoying. The one book I tried to read started with a couple who were kidnapped and the employees of the super-dooper super-secret security-mercenary agency having traumas. The men were all worried about how their new wives would react to them going on the rescue missions and the secretary was sniffing and crying. And then the heroine was introduced, super strong and capable, a regular Amazon. (I gave up reading it soon after.)

Well, I found a perfect example of what I want.
Hayden's wife of 42 years, Katie, who was also on the flight, was less impressed. Even as her husband struggled with the agitated passenger, she barely looked up from "The Richest Man in Babylon," the book she was reading.

"The woman sitting in front of us was very upset and asked me how I could just sit there reading," Katie Hayden said. "Bob's been shot at. He's been stabbed. He's taken knives away. He knows how to handle those situations. I figured he would go up there and step on somebody's neck, and that would be the end of it. I knew how that situation would end. I didn't know how the book would end."

This is wonderful. Katie is my hero.

h/t Blackfive.


Blogger Ymarsakar said...

What we often wish in books is what we idealize for real life. And role models are great ways to measure whether our expectations are off the charts or just above average.

Some actions and events we may not even have considered feasible. Such as what the passengers of Flight 93 did. But the courage of examples make all the difference, Synova. But for our morale and our courage.

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