I purchased "Night Fall" after having thoroughly enjoyed "Lion's Game," another in the series of DeMille books featuring John Corey, that tough-talking smart-alecky former NYC cop/now FBI consultant. I found the audio book disappointing on two counts...
1. The narrator, Scott Brick, is generally very good, but not so with this effort. Repeatedly, I was jostled by Brick's high-caricature depiction of native-New Yorker Corey. On multiple occasions, the late Howard Cosell's memorable voice came screamingly to mind; and
2. Though "Night Fall" was a gripping story, the ending felt like a poorly done patch job. I was left wanting, and with the distinct impression that Nelson DeMille had written himself into a corner, thus the contrived and disappointing wrap-up.
Interestly, after the book's final scene, in a bonus interview with the author, DeMille alludes to just that: having boxed himself in without a satisfying end, he decided to take the advice of a loved one who proposed the penultimate scene.
In my book? They took the easy way out.
Best book I have listened to in a long time. It all started with The Lion's Game for me (can't get my hands on the audio version of Plum Island). I actually listened to this while flying. I couldn't wait to get in the car or back in the airport to finish this book. I recommend it highly.
DeMille is an excellent story teller and yet the ending seemed so short of imagination that I felt cheated when I was done listening. Feeling resentful of being deprived by an ending worthy of the rest of the book, I'd say DeMille couldn't hit his publisher's deadline and pushed the book out without really finishing it. Mark one up for profit-taking by the author!
This was an excellent story until the ending. It left you entirely unsatisfied and made the intricate preceding storyline irrelevant. However I wouldn't miss (and didn't)his next book ---- which was better...Wild Fire.
Demille does it again. The story is plausible, compelling, and fun. The characters are very likable. Scott Brick did a teriffic job in the reading and made it all the more enjoyable. I liked the twists and turns throughout the storyline and like many other reviewers, found the ending a shocker. Hey, thats life. I'd highly recommend it.
We have read (and heard) other DeMille books so looked forward to hearing this one. Unfortunately, he rambles and just rehashes the headlines and news stories from the papers.
Don't bother with this one. Sorry.
I listened to Night Fall while exercising on a treadmill at the gym. The pace of the book kept me wanting to exercise and have the opportunity to listem to more. I very much enjoyed the pace of the book as well as the reader's voice. The characters were believable and couldn't want for to find out the outcome. When I did get to the ending I found it very disappointing. It just left me hanging. I realize that this is based on actual events, but it still is fiction. An ending with some resolution, at least in DeMille's mind, would have been a lot better. I know his son recommended this ending, but he could have come up with a much better ending. I hope his next book is more complete!
As a continuation of the John Corley books, this was a nice addition. I like the wise cracking main character and the reader does a pretty good job with voice differentiation. However, the plot (or at least the ending) was a bit predictable and the end of the book was not as good as I think it could have been. If you like the John Corley stuff, then pick it up as another diversion for those hum-drum drives to work.
A riveting, suspenseful story, read by one of the best readers (Scott Brick) out there. And boy, do I disagree with those who thought the ending was disappointing. It felt like the PERFECT ending to me... after all, how could a fictional account of a true event have an ending that was not consistent with the actual event? Far better to have this stunning finale -- inconclusive outcome and all -- than a contrived false resolution. Bravo, Mr. DeMille, and bravo, Scott Brick. You thoroughly entertained me, and I will be back for more.
Author painted himself into a corner or just plain ran out of ideas. Either way this book really let me down.