The Zero Option

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The Zero Option is a 2009 novel by Australian David Rollins about the shootdown and aftermath of Korean Airlines Flight 007. The novel is, according to Rollins, based partly on the research and views of the International Committee for the Rescue of KAL 007 Survivors.

Whereas the Committee for the Rescue maintains that the Russian Federation supplied Soviet transcripts of the 1983 shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 007 indicate a successful water landing between Sakhalin and Moneron Islands, and passengers and crew then recovered and incarcerated, The Zero Option develops the scenario that KAL 007, though badly damaged, was able to make a successful landing on Sakhalin Island and from there its occupants dispersed to various locations of the Soviet Union. Based partly on published reports of the Committee for the Rescue concerning the subsequent itinerary and locations of detention of KAL 007 passenger U.S. Representative Larry McDonald (D-Ga.), The Zero Option weaves a fictional scenario concerning his experiences subsequent to the shootdown,and the experiences of others, both passengers and their family members, in an attempt to win back the freedom of the passengers. The method that the author employs is replete with both flashbacks and "jump forwards" interweaving true history with imaginative reconstructions of what might have happened to the passengers and what might happen in the future when Larry McDonald and other, perhaps, be recovered. A number of the characters in the fictional plot were actually related to the events surrounding the shootdown or the political happenings of the time. One of these is Edwin Meese III, the political advisor to Ronald Reagan and member of the Reagan Cabinet.

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