I have been a big fan of DeMille and I think that this is his best both in terms of the subject matter and the character development. Entertaining and provacative. Highly recommended--I couldn't recharge my iPod fast enough
While I was eager to see how the author would eventually end this book, it took too long to get to the ending and, once there, I found the very end a bit unsatisfying--as we are left to our own suppositions about who now has the contents of the safe and why. And, I couldn't help feeling that the fact that the ending would somehow revolve around 9/11 was telegraphed too early, when Corey and his wife return home from overseas in early Sept.
That being said, the last hour of the book was quite thrilling, not to mention emotionally involving--except for that very last minute. All in all, a fun read. I'm looking forward to listening to the other John Corey novel available on Audible, The Lion's Game.
After reading the favorible reviews here, I really expected more. During the first half of the novel all that happens is that the protagonist interviews people and pretty much dismisses anything anyone says about what really happened to TWA 800. Instead the detective insists on believing one witness's story even though, as a detective, he's aware (as the author tells us) that witness testimony can be misleading. The detective just "feels" there's something wrong with the official story.
The (fictional) evidence discovered to "prove" that the airplane was downed by a missile drives the second half of the story which is a little more interesting than the first. But the ending is foreshadowed so much it loses any emotional punch and leaves us hanging without any notion of who would have fired a missile at the plane or why the CIA would have covered it up.
Frankly, I found it rather disturbing that real events were fictionalized in this manner. A lot of people died in that crash and many people are still affected by it.
As usual DeMille is the expert at great drama and humor. This was another fantastic read until the very end. It was probably the worst ending to a good book I've ever read. What a let down. After hanging on every chapter from one until... the ending was so bad it was shocking. I couldn't believe this had happened, and hope it won't in the future.
It was enjoyable to listen to, the reader did a great job. You just have to have a open mine to listen to the story and remember its just a story.I read other reviews before I read the book, and it almost made me not listen to this book. I found it enjoyable.
Evelyn J Sickler
As this book dealt with partially real life events, I found myself wondering where the "facts" as we have be told end, and DeMille's story begins. I thought is was a great listen, although I will admit I am kind of a conspiracy theorist myself. I still am not sure how much was fiction, I did not mind the way the infamous event was woven into the ending, actually I thought it was quite clever. I believe as Americans we can't revisit certain events too often, we need to always remember. Great read!!
After "The Lion's Game" I couldn't wait for the follow-up. I must admit I was slightly disappointed. The general story was well thought out and exciting, but I felt the ending was too coincidental and a bit tacky. (Also, you could see it from a mile away.) If you want to see what happens to the characters after "The Lion's Game," by all means, it's worth the listen. I guess I expected a bit more from DeMille on the ending.
This is the first DeMille novel that was disapointment. The story was good, as was the narration, but it was as if DeMille had written himself into a corner. If you value your time, you'll want to listen to the abridged version-or skip this one.