"In his first book, journalist Fowler delves deeply into the more arcane aspects of aviation insurance in a
poignant review of an aircraft crash that devastated two midwestern families. Told from multiple
perspectives and based on numerous interviews, the narrative opens just prior to the crash and then
provides a near minute-by-minute account of the search and miraculous rescue of the two young survivors. The pilot and his sister-in-law are dead, her daughters alive. Grief among family members turns to shock as the medical expenses mount and the aircraft insurance company refuses to pay out on the policy. Lawyers and lawmakers become involved as the girls’ father fights to save his children and battles for what they deserve. Complicating Fowler’s David-versus-Goliath premise is the balancing act the facts force him to walk as he must both blame the pilot (whose errors caused the crash) and sympathize with his widow, who also lost her sister. Though the insurance company is an obvious villain, the story of the Pearson children’s recovery is truly stirring."
— Colleen Mondor, Booklist
“In FALLING THROUGH CLOUDS Damian Fowler has captured the drama, narrative sweep and broad implications of one family's remarkable encounter with tragedy and injustice. It strikes me as another A CIVIL ACTION by Jonathan Harr, but with even more drama and pathos." —James B. Stewart, Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and bestselling author of DisneyWar
“Falling Through Clouds is a story of unthinkable pain and loss. Yet ultimately it's the story of survival -- a harrowing testament to human love, strength and resilience."
--Patrick Smith, author of Cockpit Confidential
“This story had my heart from the first page, and it has stayed with me since. For anyone who has ever suffered through any sort of tragedy, this story reminds us that beauty often rises up from despair. It is beautifully written and gripping from start to finish.”
--Sarah Smiley, author of Dinner with the Smileys and Going Overboard
“Falling Through Clouds is a gripping, emotional and wonderfully written narrative of tragedy and triumph, social justice, and the bonds of love. Most of all, it is a tale of one father's determined struggle to care for two little girls who survived an unthinkable catastrophe. If you like David v. Goliath narratives where the little guy overcomes all odds, you will devour this book.”
--David Kirby, author of Death at SeaWorld, Animal Factory, and Evidence of Harm