Officer John Corey is minding his own business recovering from nearly being fatally shot while on the job in NYC. He's staying at his Uncle's home on Long Island, when he gets dragged into a murder investigation of two of his friends, who happen to be research scientists at the titular Plum Island a government research facility for some very deadly diseases. Mr. Corey works with local detective Beth Penrose to solve the murders and figure out what went missing on Plum Island.
I really like this book, but it's a little long. I think cutting a few hours off the book would tighten up the story.
There is a great variety of characters in the story, from by the book Detective Penrose, to Police chief Max, to the staff on Plum Island, to the locals on the North Fork of Long Island. They're all interesting characters and all help develop the story. The mystery is good and there are some good twists and turns throughout the story that keep the reader/listener engaged. Officer Corey is a likeable character and Scott Brick brings his sarcastic personality to life through his fantastic performance. Brick also does a good job with the other characters, but his performance with John Corey is the icing on the cake.
I liked this book enough, even though I thought it could have been tightened up a bit. It's a good story, and I want to see where the series goes next. I've kept the review vague so as not to spoil any characters or plot details that occur, as there are some good twists with some characters that I don't want to give away.
I read this because it was available for $4.95 during the "First of a Series" sale, and I was looking for a new mystery/thriller series to get wrapped up in.
Alas, the thing that sticks with me above all else is that this book was just way longer than it needed to be. The length causes the story to drag, and overshadows the several good points: Detective John Corey is an entertaining character, especially his tendency towards sarcastic and irreverent dialogue; the mystery at hand is clever and has a good number of twists to keep the reader guessing; and the story seems very well-researched.
I've listened to other things by Scott Brick, and find in general, and in this book, that he is just okay as far as narrators go. He doesn't bring anything special to the story, but he doesn't hurt it, either.
I don't have it in me to get through another DeMille (and while the next in the series is even more highly rated, it is also even longer...).
This was my first read for this author and crime solver. I would probably not read this author again. I found the main character to be distracting in his vulgar descriptions of every woman, and interaction with any woman he encountered. Could have been a good story, I just didn't see the point of his diatribe.
The story line held my interest.
Sounded like an old time Chicago mobster. The voice and style was older than the placement of the story in time.
Yes. Though it took a while to grow on me, Brick's rendering of the main character was superb (perhaps it took a while for John Corey to grown on me?). The book was, as indicated, very implausible. It was, however, interesting and kept me to the end (some have not). This is my first DeMille novel, either on page or by audible, but I saw enough promise in the writing and the character that I purchased the next book in the series. Let's hope that as his character develops for the reader, there'll be less need for constant sexist comments and we'll get more depth.
I just finished listening to this book and by the last few hours I really felt like it was just too much. not believable and far fetched.
I do still love Scott Brick. Best narrator
I'm only into this 9 hours and dying... - It is so slow and incredibly dull. I guess I am so over John Cory's smart ass continuous remarks. It was amusing at first, but no one is this obnoxious in real life. I just can't believe that after listening for 9 hours, nothing has progressed. It is the slowest moving book I have ever listened to. I'm giving up!! First book ever..
I have enjoyed all of Nelson DeMille's novels that have been put on audiobooks, and as long as Scott Brick continues to read them, I will continue to do so. What makes Plum Island so fun is the sense of humor, wonderfully sarcastic, that DeMille gives John Corey. I often listen to audible books while taking walks and with Plum Island find myself laughing out loud at Corey's assessments of people and situations. I listened to other John Corey novels before this one came to Audible, and the perspective of all that happens after this novel enriches the experience of listening to Plum Isand. Scott Brick has John Corey down pat. This is a wonderful production.
Driving over 100,000 mile a year since 1983, I got hooked on audible books on tape 30 years back. I now listen from my bicycle 2 hours a day
One of those horrible experiences that has the listener screaming at the speakers. "Stop this inane babel and get on with it". .The plot line and detective work are of some interest but not enough to waste the hours in the insufferable dialogue of the protagonist who's sexist strutting wise-cracking stupidity encourages one to punch him out and remove his tongue.
This guy doesn't need to shoot the hideous villains - he can just talk them to death with some of the lamest dialog ever written. I pity the poor performer for having to read this garbage and hope he got hazard pay. The only thing I got out of this series sale book was the knowledge that I never have to purchase a book by this author at the member price to know how bad it is.
THIS AUDIO BOOK IS THE WORST EVER - I actually hoped the wounded "hero" cop would die and save the world from his revolting attitude. What a jerk - he must be written in the self-image of the author. It's the only way to explain this irritating waste of time. I had to make myself suffer through it because I could not believe it would never get better. It doesn't . I hate this fictional character. How senseless it that? The author drove me to it.
I had just listened to, and really enjoyed, both "The Gold Coast" and "The Gate House," and was in the mood for another long listen in the same vein. I was attracted to this title because I like detective novels, pirates, and murder mysteries - this promised all three.
The mystery was satisfyingly twisty, but I would have enjoyed it more if the procedural part of the plot had moved along a bit more quickly and if the main character had been less of an ass.
I like an irreverent hero, but John Corey's nonstop chest-thumping macho sarcasm and lame sex jokes got old fast. If I had read this book as a paperback, I might have skimmed over some of the pointless banter and not been quite so bothered by it - but having it narrated really underscored the character's annoying mannerisms. I kept reminding myself that this might be an accurate take on the internal monologue of a NYC cop 16 years ago - even so, it was irritating. I tried to believe Corey when he said he manufactured some of his stupid jokes and slow-witted remarks to throw his enemies off, but his internal monologue seems more "perverted inappropriate uncle" than "wily genius" to me.
The final chase/confrontation scene takes hours to unfold. I listen to books while I walk my dogs, and I was very frustrated when, after a couple days and hours of dog walks, I was still waiting for the denouement.
Others may find Corey less exhausting than I did, and there is a solid story under all the incredibly long descriptions of antagonistic interviews and scenes of pursuit. I've heard that the Corey series improves in successive volumes, so I'd suggest picking this one up during one of Audible's "First of a Series" sales, or maybe starting with one of the later installments.