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)
No spoilers hear, so don't worry. Loved "Lion's Game" and loved this book for the first 90%. Would have given it 4 to 5 stars until the last 30 minutes. I'd rate the last 30 minutes 1 star, which is horrible for a book driven by suspense.
There, for some reason, the book takes an unexpected turn. The problem? The twist makes no sense, has nothing to do with the book, and leaves the listener with a sense of incompleteness. You find yourself thinking, "why write about all the stuff in the beginning if you are going to end it that way?"
It honestly felt like a cheap ploy by an author who couldn't figure out how to end the book. And then, to add insult to injury, the author confirmed that this was what happened in an included interview! He says, "I couldn't figure out how to end the book and finally my son suggested having it end this way." Thanks a lot man. I was so turned off I might not listen to Wild Fire. Listen for the enjoyment of the first 90% but if you choose to do so remember the whole time that the end will not satisfy you.
Excellent book spoiled by poor ending. Seemed as if the author had ran out of ideas or got bored with his own writing. Have heard all his audio books and will still buy the next.
I am a little over half way through this book, and find myself taking the long way to my destinations in order to hear more. The main character is awesome, and the narration is top notch.
I have really enjoyed other works by this author, and looked forward to this based on some of the previous readers positive feedback. I was fooled, and urge anyone else to be forewarned. The ending of this book is a farce, and if you listen to the bitter end (as I did) you will hear the author admit that he did not have an ending for the book so his son came up with one. Mr. Demille is a great author, but he seems to have taken a big left turn on the road to success.
Basing a novel on a factual situation is tricky, but this was quite well done. The ending is a shock, and to some reviewers, dissatisfying. The possible causes of the crash, the real mystery, are well outlined. The fictional story is intense, well written and excellently read.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
LOVE this author and narrator...give me more. I have to say my favorite combination. Anything by these two I will buy. Did not want this book to end.
47 is the real answer
Suspense: definately there. Sexy: there as well even though it's not a book about sex. First, the narrator, Scott Brick, is one of my favorite narrators and so even if the book had not been as good, somehow he would have made it turn out to be better. The fact that this book was good, enhanced it even more. I highly recommend all readers check out Scott Brick's readings, even if they are by authors that the reader would have not most likely given a chance. In any case, the whole book was enjoyable to read. Just like other John Corey books by Nelson, this one left you wondering how it would end. This one was hard to put down, and this one developed the characters in style. I highly recommend reading other John Corey books as they are quite worth it. The ending is especially well done and worth not spoiling.
I became a fan of John Corey and Kate Mayfield after the Lion's Game, eager to get more I got this despite the reviews about the ending. Sorry to say they were right, the ending was completely a "cop" out. Wasn't impressed at all. Wildfire is a little bit better but not much. Take my advice at leave it at the Lion's game. Scott Brick who is one of my favorites really does up the "New York" accent in these two, but he's still great. Check him out in Cold Blood, whoa that gave me chills.
I didn't think DeMille could top Lion's Game, but Night Fall was just as good - if not better. I listened to this audiobook immediately after listening to Lion's Game. In true DeMille fashion, the attention to detail and explanation of facts make the lines between fact and fiction blur in a captivating way. John Corey is again at his best and DeMille is very gifted at making t his characters come to life.
I had my ipod running nonstop with this book - while driving, sleeping eating. I couldn't put this book down.
Unlike other readers, I really LIKED the ending. In fact, I was so engrossed with the characters that I didn't even see it coming. It was a haunting and real way to end the book.
Highly recommended to all.
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