Author says book is 'eerily similar' to missing Malaysia Airlines flight

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Updated: 3/18/2014 11:07 pm
RENO, Nev. (KRNV & -- Malaysia Airlines flight 370 has been missing for more than a week after disappearing from radar. It's a story almost too strange and mysterious to imagine, but one local author did.

The book is called 'Pulau Mati.'

Author John L. Evans said that's Malay for 'island of death.'

The mystery in his story takes off from the very same airport as the missing 777.

"[It] actually starts out with an aircraft, an airliner, that's leaving Kuala Lumpur," Evans said.

The fictional co-pilot is blackmailed into hijiacking the jet by a terrorist group. When Evans and his wife saw the real missing Malaysia Airlines flight on the news, they were shocked.

"We just kept thinking 'oh that is so eerily similar,'" Evans said.

His novel follows a character from one of his short stories. He started the book in 2011. 

"I would come to a point, 'oh I need to know this,' so then I would do some research," he said. 

That research ranged from extreme Islamist websites to Boeing jet designs because he wanted the story to be believable.

"Even if they're fiction, they need to be based on fact," he said.

Evans isn't sure how the real-life missing jet story will end. 

"If it was intentional, the plane had the range to go a lot of places," he said.

But he said he's nervous, maybe even scared, to think his book may have played a role in flight 370's disappearance.

"Sometimes think in my mind, did some terrorist get inspiration from by my novel?" Evans said. "Did they read it and think 'hmm this would work'? I don't know. 

If you'd like to read Evans' book to see the similarities for yourself, you can buy it through, iTunes and at Barnes and Noble.
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Kramer - 3/19/2014 2:56 PM
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oh, the malaise...

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