At dusk on July 17, 1996, on a deserted Long Island beach, a man and a woman engage in adulterous sex in front of a video camera. Suddenly a terrible blast lights up the dark summer sky. TWA Flight 800 has just exploded in midair with 230 souls on board, and the video camera has recorded the last moments of the doomed airliner.
Five years later, the government has declared the crash a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.
Kate, a career FBI agent, plays by the rules. Corey plays by no rules but his own. Against long odds and warnings from their superiors, they set out to reopen the case and discover its most crucial piece of evidence. The hunt will lead to a conspiracy at the highest levels and a race toward an elusive and lethal truth that could be even more horrifying than the crash of Flight 800, one with unimaginable consequences for America...and the world.
©2004 Nelson DeMille; (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks
"A timely and intense thriller starring a thoroughly likable hero." (Booklist)
This is the first fiction book that I have listened to from Audible. I could barely stop listening! I listen most of the time in my car and I never wanted my drive to end so I could keep listening. I loved the premise of the story and the ending stayed with me for a few days. Excellent story - I was so tense listening towards the end. The character of John Corey was so much more alive and the narrator was outstanding. I only recently discovered Nelson DeMille and I have read most of what he's written. I recommend this book highly!
I try not to read the spoilers in other reviews. I don?t know why I didn?t see this ending coming. I didn?t put 2 and 2 together with the timeline. I had to hear the ending three times to make sure I got it right. I thought I had somehow skipped to a different story. The hero is real. The feelings and emotions are believable. The villain is unfortunately, all too believable. This book grabs you at the beginning and keeps you glued till the all too believable, all too poignant ending. There is no dull moment, a true must finish story. I would recommend that every reader who likes a gripping thriller to invest time in this. I will read this author and reader again as they both did a superb job.
I enjoy Nelson DeMille's books immensely, especially when read by Scott Brick. The first DeMille book I listened to was "Mayday" (co-authored with Thomas Block). In DeMille's books the characters are believable, the dialog engaging and entertaining and the plots current and fast-paced. I especially liked John Corey's (spelling?) character. When Corey is brought to life by Scott Brick the outcome is magical.
As for Night Fall I was drawn into the story from page one and literally could not stop listening. TWA Flight 800 is a mystery that remains unsolved and was a can't miss topic for a engaging story. As the story progresses and Corey delves deeper into the mystery we are drawn back to the events around Flight 800 and DeMille does a masterful job of cranking the suspense and keeping us on the edge of our seat as it looks like he will reveal not only who was behind the crash but also possibly why they caused the tragedy.
The ending is critical to this novel so I will not say much other than I was hugely disappointed by how DeMille chose to close this story. At the end I felt cheated. Having said that; however, the rest of the novel is so good that I recommend this title, especially if you are a fan of DeMille's character John Corey.
While many audio books will take me a week or so to finish, all of Mr. DeMille's books are finished within a day or two. I highly recommend any book written by this man. Thank you Audible--please add any remaining works from this author to your catalog.
I have listened to over 250 books in the last 10 years. I tend to listen to certain authors and try to read all their books. I listen while exercising and driving which makes the time past enjoyable.
Although it is based on history it reads like fiction. It does not take much to realize the time and setting of the story, but the novel moves so fast you supress the possible outcome.
I truly enjoyed this book. The storyline is good; at times too much description of the theories made it slightly tedious but overall very enjoyable. What I enjoyed the most though was the development and character of Joh Corey. I found myself chuckling and looking forward to his next wisecrack. Great sense of humor and witty sarcasm make the main character entretaining, human and I found, very likeable. I am going to miss John Corey! I'd love to see a series with this main character. He seems too strong and real to die with the end of the book
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.
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