Well, it's John Corey, our favorite wise cracking detective.
This time instead of battling foreign terrorists, he finds a villain much closer to home. It's not a typical terrorist, one that you easily hate and want to kill, but someone who is actually charismatic and somewhat likable. This presents Corey with a problem, on one level he actually likes the guy, on the other, he's an insane idiot. When it comes to Patriotism and dedication, I think Corey sees a bit of himself in this guy and that idea forces John to take a closer look at himself.
The story itself is based on many truths, so its not that far fetched and while the some reviewers have suggested that the billionaire-reshaping-the-world is a bit cliche, I think we only need to look as far as Osama Bin Laden to see that it isn't!
The story was gripping, many surprises, people die unexpectedly and we're kept guessing. The tension built very nicely and when story peaked, unlike DeMille's previous book Night Fall, this one actually delivered a worthy, very satisfying conclusion.
The only negative comments I have, are regarding Kate Mayfield - Corey's wife. She was kinda of a whiner throughout, looking for the easy way out, always wanting to quit. Not exactly the traits you'd like to see in an FBI agent. But when the time came, she stepped up.
I look forward to John's next adventure.
Like the John Corey series,,,this was a very plausable plot and extremely interesting...great story good development of characters...sometimes you started to agree with the madness then Corey brought you back to reality
I have listened to two of DeMille's books, the other The Lions game. I do not like his style of writing. He spends more time trying to be a slapstick comedian then pulling you into a thriller. If this is all he has, then I'm done with any further interest in any other of his books. He'd much rather use foul lanquage and attemp to be a comedian then make the story exciting, I lost interest with all the slapstick.
I really enjoyed this audio book. I have a commute of an hour and didnt want to stop listening when I arrived at my destination. Excellent work and narration.
I only got thru the first part, which consists of a rant by the nutjob president of the Custer Hill Club justifying why it's a good idea for his group to set off nuclear bombs in American cities, framing the Arabs so we will set off "Wildfire" and kill ALL the arabs. Ok he's a nut case. Buy this, and you'll listen to him for five hours. Want to do that??
I loved this book, I especially liked the characters and the way the husband drove his wife crazy with his sense of humor. This is one that kept me awake because I just had to see how it ended
"Wild Fire" left me with the feeling that if only the author had come up with a better and more suspenseful way to work out his solid plot idea, this could have been a very good book. Unfortunately, he already reveals the big secret on CD2 of 16 (!) CDs, and then spends the rest of the book talking about two detectives that discover nothing more than the reader/listener already found out in the beginning. The endless jokes on bears start to get old very quickly. In summary: 3 points for the solid plot idea, 1 point for creating a convincing setting of the US mindset one year after 9/11, and minus 1 point for the premature unveiling of the "big secret". Tom Clancy would have done a far better job had he taken these ideas and worked them into a novel.
If you enjoy the other novels starting with Plum Island that you first meet John Corry this one is the best of them all.
At times the story is a little long winded, but it did keep me interested. One of the things I like about Nelson Demille books is that they make me think politically and wonder if something like this could really happen.