Let me say I love DeMille's books, my favorite is Plum Island. In this book, the premise and plot are great. The problem is that Corey fell into snipping at everyone and almost always at Kate, well it just got annoying. I listened to the end but wanted to strangle Corey sometimes. Scott Brick's narration saves the book.
John Corey and FBI wife Kate are back, sarcastic as ever. Scott Brick turns in another great narration - Scott Brick IS John Corey. Not as exciting as Lion's Game...closer to Night Fall. The antagonist is James Bond megalomaniacal and the story will push at your suspension of disbelief a tad(compared to Lion's Game or Night Fall anyway)but a good DeMille read. Entertaining and it's John Corey.
Having listened to a couple real disappointments recently, The Ruins and Echo Park, my faith in the action/thriller genre has been restored. Demille's writing style is crisp and tight, even if a little sparse in description, and utlimately engaging. The humor of the main character, John Corey, with his spot on timing and irreverent style matches my own acerbic wit, so I personally found him hilarious at times. And, like anyone trying to quip in every situation, he realistically doesn’t always hit the mark, which to me just enriches the suspension of disbelief.
All in all, a compelling story line, a little cartoonish in the action sequences but a good ride. Enjoy.
Wow--an unbelievable letdown. So bad, in fact, that it prompted me to write my first review--and I have logged many dozens of audiobooks.
There is no depth to the plot--what you suspect from the very beginning is, well, what you get--albeit a watered-down version what the reader has conjured up in his/her mind. And the Corey character is just ridiculous. What he lacks in wit and intuition, he makes up in obnoxious, high-school like antics. I could live with all this if at least he displayed some Ahnuld-like arse-whooping -- but to no avail. Spend your credits elsewhere...
This book was as enjoyable as all of DeMille's audio books that I have been able to get at Audible. I could hardly stop listening until I got to the end. Love the John Corey character, and I think Scott Brick a great reader for this character. His sarcastic tone is really perfect.
Nelson DeMille, Scott Brick and John Corey at their best! Hey, if you're a fan, you're a fan. If not, as Corey would say "F--- You!". Great book! After "The Lion's Game" I'm a DeMille/Corey addict, and Scott Brick brings it all to life so well. Scott Brick reading Nelson DeMille is the best!
Besides the fact that it is currently unnecessary to inflame the world further this reads like Demille has become a conspiracy theory nut case. Don't waste your time or money,
Enjoys espionage, mystery, police procedurals, science, biographies.
Mr. DeMille can be brilliant. This book is slow and ponderous, made worse by Mr. Brick's incredibly cardboard characterizations. I see that many listeners really enjoy Mr. Brick and that's fine but he makes me somnolent. Perhaps a different reader would have made a difference, but I fear not in this case as this is far from being one of Mr. DeMille's best works. I was to the point where I was hoping that his protagonist John Corey would be killed off if only to shut him up.
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.