I enjoyed this book. It held my attention to the very end.
May I also recommend Up Country. I wish I had not already read it so I could listen to it.
Fast moving and unpredictable. It will have you in knots waiting for the ending, which is nothing like you would expect. DeMille hits a home run.
This is the first Nelson DeMille book I?ve read. The story and narrating by Scott Brick were outstanding. However, after investing so much time in listening, I was disappointed by not having true closure to the story after finishing the book.
I'm definitely a DeMille fan, so I'm biased to begin with, but this is gripping and one of his best Corey novels yet. It has it all: sex, lies and videotape! Need I say more. If you enjoy suspense and mystery and sideways humor you'll be a fan too.
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.