I must confess I wimped out on this 1/3 of the way through it after forgetting that I had also wimped out early on The Lion two years or so ago. I have had so many lovely reading hours with DeMille's protagonist, John Corey, and others that I immediately buy his books just on my past experience. Wrong. From all I can gather DeMille was so traumatized by the evil acts of 9-11 being in and of New York City that his last three novels have had John Corey on a mission to defeat certain members of the Middle Eastern Jihad warriors. Actually this is a great goal but the plot device, regardless of the marketing hopes of the author for movie or best seller status, has made the John Corey stories into simple bang bang shootem up thrillers like those that get traded daily at our local workout gym and are written by at least 50 or more writers. DeMille's earlier books were marvels of great New York story telling with sophisticated people and situations associated with New York environs and they were most enjoyable reading, and humorous. The late John Corey is a wise-ass Jihad fighter in very evil bloody circumstances and the book goes to huge lengths to increase the reader's sense of danger of bloody massacres and thereby build suspense. I know that such evil exists and I'm grateful that there are people who are fighting it but I don't like spending hours reading about the many innocent throats that will and do get cut by very sharp blades.......frequently. The narrator is a cartoonish wise guy sounding voice no matter who is doing the talking at any given point. I love DeMille's earlier work but these last 3 are time and money wasted. Sorry.
sports announcer, cyclist, enjoys to travel and the outdoors.
For a John Corey story it is not the best nor is it the worst, middle of the road corey story. The story is good and Corey is as sarcastic which keeps it entertaining. The book takes off towards the end with a very good ending. Yes its worth buying, just dont set your bar too high (night fall) and you will enjoy it and be fine . As for Scott Brick, he is the best each and every time.
It had a timely story line concerning Yemen and drones.
Two other books by Nelson DeMille were also very good, Charm School and Word of Honor.
My least favorite character was the main character, a wise guy that spoiled the book by trying to be funny.
I would like to have listened to the book all in one sitting, but my MP3 player needs to be recharged frequently. I liked it well enough to listen to it twice so far.
I usually like Scott Brick, but his rendition of the main character spoiled it for me, especially his way of saying, "Right" constantly.
Yes, I enjoy the detail of the operation planning and dry humor of the characters.
Up Country, contains a lot of the same suspense the characters encountered.
When the kidnapped group was in the Old Crow Fort. No one knew who was the good guy or bad.
Nelson DeMille stories are all difficult to turn off. I look forward to my daily commute, just to hear more of the story.
If your a fan of previous John Corey stories you will love this, he teams up with Paul Brenner from the Generals Daughter and Up Country. What a great way to get a two for one with two characters I like.
Scott Brick is my favorite narrator by far!
Even Scott Brick couldn't save this one.Not the best work of Nelson DeMille. Use your money or credit on something else.
Thoroughly researched, abounds with cultural and local details about Yemen and Arabia. Interesting plot, yet slightly below fully developed and intricately weaved plots of "the lion's game" or "night fall".
The internal dialog going on in John Cory's head with his conversationalists is funny, witty and the fact that we are sometimes unsure if he actually uttered this or that line or just thought it makes it all the more charming.
John Cory! If you read any of his stories you need not ask why.
dynamism that matches the author's tempo, great rendition of voices - one never has to wonder who said what as the dialog of multiple characters takes place. Mr. Brick IS John Cory - it is that believable.
Real man (and John Cory) don't cry!
It pains me to say that - and I only do it because of this author's mastery of language nuances, wit and an amazing sense of humor - some of the jokes and phrases seem repetitive, especially after reading all of John Cory books. For example, how many times one can read "everybody is a comedian" before one stops smiling?
Overall this a a great book, that substantially improves on "the lion". Highly recommended!
This is a very one dimensional story Mr. Corey.
I learned about Yemen sure, but everything was so predictible
I think you could have made more jokes yourself personally.
I loved all of Nelson DeMille's books up until this point. I'm about three hours into this one right now and just ready to turn it off. In a nutshell...give the witty dialog a break. We get it. You're clever. I can't look beyond this over indulgence and get into the story.
Anything David Baldacci writes. The "Racketeer" was by far one of his best.
It's not 20 shades of grey. Stop with the breathy words.
Most of it.
I don't write these reviews often. Only when I feel like someone stole my lunch money.
First off, the book's length is ok, it's just that nothing happens! and there isn't enough suspense to carry you through the long plodding plot. I have read all of the Correy books, and they have been great. The Lion had me on the edge of my "seat" due to it's great action and suspense. But this one is a real dud.
Trust me, you could listen to the first hour or 2, as the plot develops, catch a about 1 hour of action in the middle, and then skip to the last couple hours and not miss a thing. Well, as some others have said, you would miss about 5000 wise cracks. That's about 1000 for each of the characters. Does everyone have to be a wise a$$? Ridiculous! Even Kate gets in on the games. I'm no writer, but if I wanted my main character to stand out, I wouldn't surround him with 4 more copies of himself.
So what is the other 16 hours about? You too can become a Yemen expert. Well, I suspect not in the true sense, but in the "Yemen is just a breading ground for corruption and deceit."
I did give it 1 more star than I normally would because John is still John, and he's a fun character to read. A a thumb's up for Scott Brink, he was great as usual!