I found the New York wit to be extremely funny in places. So much so, that twice I had laughed out loud. The story has one or 2 slow spots, but overall is fast paced. I highly recommend this.
whereas I really liked "Lion's Gate" this stretched even more one's capacity to believe the impunity of Detective Corey’s rampant insubordination
If you are fimiliar with DeMille's books, then skip this one. There are better thrillers out there. Not even Scott Brick could save this one.
If you are not familiar with DeMille's books, try The Lion's Game (4.5 stars) instead.
This is a good story with an interesting antagonist, however I have to say it is extremely slow and drawn out, even for Nelson Demille. Unlike the Lions Game in which concurrent story lines moved between characters set in the Middle East and the United States, about 80% of Wild Fire follows John Corey and his wife as they figure out the conspiracy -- which the reader knows early in the story. As much as I enjoy John Corey, most of the dialogue is in his first person and the wise-cracking became tiresome. If I was reading this as a hard copy, I would have done a lot of speed reading . . .impossible with an audio book. I was disappointed because I enjoyed The Lions Game so much. Give it a try if you love John Corey and want a long book for your credit!
If you've read any previous DeMille novels with John Corey you already know one reason you'll enjoy this book. Corey is back with a prefect blend of sarcasm and wit. Corey's mouth inevitably gets him into trouble and its lots of fun to tag along.
Kare Mayfield is back too, her character is more fleshed-out and enjoyable. With fewer meaningless romantic scenes than The Lion's Game, Kate's character has more purpose and fits in very well.
Wild Fire keeps the pace and the questions coming. The modern day situation and questions that make up the novel are well thought out and make it easy to buy into the story.
Scott Brick does a wonderful job reading (as always) and adds to the excellent quality of the book. Bottom line: I highly recommend Wild Fire (and The Lion's Game - which you'll want to listen to first).
I waited anxiously for the next DeMille installment. I really enjoyed Lion's Game and was suprisingly satisfied with NightFall. This story, however, dragged and droned until I couldn't wait for it to be over. I wanted this story to explode with all the promise of a first rate thriller, but it seemed DeMille played it very safe and easy. The story never got off the ground, the characters were likable at first then got annoying. The puns and explitives were overused. Overall, a big disappointment to me as a DeMille fan.
I will never get tired of Detective John Corey. His lively and sarcastic wit keeps me constantly laughing even when the subject itself is scaring the crap out of me. I'm a HUGE Stephen King fan, but Mr. DeMille has managed to keep me awake more nights with this book than anything I've read by my favorite Mr. King.
I did read Lion's Game and Night Fall - both of which are in my list of favorite thrillers of all time, and I'm happy to say that Wild Fire is now included in that list. If you haven't read these other two books - both of which center around Detective John Corey, I would highly suggest reading those first. It's not a requirement, but you will certainly get a better feel for this highly entertaining character.
Scott Brick is once again brilliant in his narration. He really is the voice of John Corey. Of course, I've listened to several other books he's done, and I think he's one of the most accomplished and consistent narrators out there. You will not be disappointed by this audio.
If you like a good thriller with scenarios that are real enough to keep you awake, and if you enjoy a hero that is lovable but also a smartass, this book is for you. I am not the type of reviewer who likes to give away too much plot, so I'll keep this brief. Wild Fire is a story about what happens when powerful men lose all sense of reality and decide to play God with the rest of us. Our hero, Detective Corey, is investigating what he believes to be the murder of his friend and fellow detective, Harry Muller, when he stumbles upon a plot much bigger than he could've ever imagined.
Do yourself a favor and get this book. You wont' be disappointed.. except when it ends and you realize it'll be a couple years before we get another John Corey story.
I usually love the John Corey character (Plum Island, The Lion's Game, Night Fall), but for parts of this book, this John Corey character was too glib, too macho,and he stretched the limits of believability. His wife, Kate, also caused me pause in what she constantly tolerated in his personality.
I always like Scott Brick, but I will be more critical should another John Corey novel appear.
DeMille and Brick together again, a great combination. Sure it may be a little far fetched but that can be said for most books of this genre. The story is very entertaining and flows well. John Corey's character is funny and deadly serious at the same time. Can't wait till DeMille's next book.