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)
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.
Excellent writer and reader. I've enjoyed all of Demille's books on Audible. Although somewhat predictable, it is a worthy listen. Captures your attention right away. John Corey is always an interesting character. If you enjoy thrillers, you should try this one.
DeMille is again awesome, and Scott Bricke is perhaps the best of all the audiobook readers. If you havent read Lions game and Up Country (unabridged) do those first because they are extraordinary books. In the aftermath of 9/11 this book on the TWA 800 crash, linking it to pre 9/11 terrorism investigations, is very compelling, and a "fast read" Of the three books in the Corey series (Plum Island, Lion's game, and Nightfall), I think we get the best character development and focus on Corey as a person of all. Very enjoyable and provocative.
I thought the concept was interesting and I have started reading more about TWA Flight 800, I thought the characters were amusing and sarcastic.
For me, it was just too straightforward. I didn't find anything that happened surprising or shocking, it was a very basic detective story and DeMille told you what you were looking for and how he was going to find it, it was just a matter of getting there.
I got the feeling that DeMille began this work without any idea of how he was going to end it, which is a shame. I suppose he felt that he couldn't "officially" contradict the governments findings regarding Flt 800 and he just used 9/11 as a device to suddenly end the story/investigation, as now the key evidence has been destroyed.
This story had me extremely intrigued, but in the end it turned out to be more of a twinkie than a satisfying meal.
After traveling for several hours, I was totally caught up in the book and barely noticed the length of the trip. The story teller was very easy to listen to and the plot was certainly one of the best that I have heard/read in quite awhile. This book delivers and does not disappoint as some works of popular mystery books have done recently. Thank goodness for my IPOD, as I didn't have to interupt my listening once I arrived at my destination.
Really gripping to listen to. You keep wondering how he's going to pull this off and well, the obvious is there, yet.... Gotta listen and I love the reader's way of presenting the book.
The creation of this fine fiction in an environment of second guessing was well done. The forensic challanges and the reopening of a closed case adds to the intrigue. My only criticism was that the book was a bit long. A splendid story.
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