I wasn't familiar with Nelson DeMille until I found this book. I was actually looking for other books narrated by Scott Brick (who is simply amazing - and he is here), and I came across this novel. I'm certainly glad I chose it!
The story centers around the investigation of the crash (terrorist attack?) of TWA Flight 800 off New York in 1996. I remember when this happened, but this was something I always considered a tragedy, but nothing more. After listening to this book and theories that are brought up surrounding the investigation and the eyewitness claims to the explosion, it makes me wonder. I really got interested when I did a Google search on Flight 800 and saw that the theories out there are being perputated for real.
The story is very, very well written. The character of Detective and ATTF agent John Corey is believable, lovable and quite amusing. I loved the sarcastic wit which made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion - but I also enjoyed his transformation from somewhat wild and childish to intense and compassionate.
The fact that this story culminates with the 9/11 attack was almost too much. I saw it coming (as most of you will if you connect the dots), and it gave me chills. The story was very well written and constantly exciting. You won't want to stop listening. I highly recommend it! Discover John Corey for yourself, and I promise you'll be addicted.
This is the third novel in the John Corey books by Demille but I started with it anyhow. It has enough back story so that starting with this book isn't a problem. You will certainly want to download the Lion's Game from Audible also, it is the second book in the series.
Demille uses a true story to build a fictional novel around, so naturally the ending was going to be kind of restricted in what he could do. Well, he smashed one out of the park here. I don't know why but I didn't see it coming at all. Totally floored me.
Scott Brick does an excellent NYC accent and has Corey's smart-alec commentary down cold. Fantastic narration.
I really like all the novels featuring John Corey and this one is another winner. The storyline steadily builds and holds interest right up to the end. Corey's character freely exhibits his sarcastic wit combined with an outspoken don't hold back nature, and a tenacious pursuit of his detective instincts makes every page entertaining. I also like the sharing his cynical thoughts throughout the story.
This book does an excellent job of blending facts with fiction thoughout the plot about TWA Flight 800.
As much as I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I would have preferred to give this book a 5-star rating except for two unfortunate items. One was the unnecessary detail of the, albeit short, sex scenes. The other and more disturbing issue was what I felt was an unwarranted and dubious ending to the book. I felt cheated after moving continuously to the edge of my seat building up to the final climax. It is unfortunate that the author took the easy way out instead of writing a finish that is commensurate with his world class talent.
One last point; at first I thought the narrator had a clothespin over his nose as he read the novel. His voice just didn't seem to fit the John Corey I was thinking of. I did get used to it however and all is well.
You have to get this. Amazing ability to integrate the comedy and simplicity of a New York detective into the complexities of FBI/CIA political gaming-- and with frequent tension/comedy/witticism type remarks. Have to listen to the Lion's Game (preferably first) which is excellent on all aspects. You won't go wrong.
Excellent writer and reader. I've enjoyed all of Demille's books on Audible. Although somewhat predictable, it is a worthy listen. Captures your attention right away. John Corey is always an interesting character. If you enjoy thrillers, you should try this one.
DeMille is again awesome, and Scott Bricke is perhaps the best of all the audiobook readers. If you havent read Lions game and Up Country (unabridged) do those first because they are extraordinary books. In the aftermath of 9/11 this book on the TWA 800 crash, linking it to pre 9/11 terrorism investigations, is very compelling, and a "fast read" Of the three books in the Corey series (Plum Island, Lion's game, and Nightfall), I think we get the best character development and focus on Corey as a person of all. Very enjoyable and provocative.
I thought the concept was interesting and I have started reading more about TWA Flight 800, I thought the characters were amusing and sarcastic.
For me, it was just too straightforward. I didn't find anything that happened surprising or shocking, it was a very basic detective story and DeMille told you what you were looking for and how he was going to find it, it was just a matter of getting there.
I got the feeling that DeMille began this work without any idea of how he was going to end it, which is a shame. I suppose he felt that he couldn't "officially" contradict the governments findings regarding Flt 800 and he just used 9/11 as a device to suddenly end the story/investigation, as now the key evidence has been destroyed.
This story had me extremely intrigued, but in the end it turned out to be more of a twinkie than a satisfying meal.