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Plum Island Audiobook

Plum Island

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Publisher's Summary

The hair-raising suspense of The General's Daughter... the wry wit of The Gold Coast... this is vintage Nelson DeMille at the peak of his originality and the height of his powers...

Wounded in the line of duty, NYPD homicide cop John Corey is convalescing in rural eastern Long Island when an attractive young couple he knows is found shot to death on the family patio. The victims were biologists at Plum Island, a research site rumored to be an incubator for germ warfare. Suddenly, a local double murder takes on shattering global implications - and thrusts Corey and two extraordinary women into a dangerous search for the secret of Plus Island....

©1997 Nelson DeMille (P)2010 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

“DeMille's Mike Hammer-like cop is a chuckle-provoking winner, and the plot cleverly combines biological hazards and shiver-me-timbers pirate legends. An entertaining mix from the big-selling DeMille.” (Booklist)

“Heavy wisecracking keeps the fun flowing as DeMille cranks up a thrilling, entertaining plot.” (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Michjim michigan 05-04-14
    Michjim michigan 05-04-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Not Mitch Rapp"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Nelson DeMille again?

    Not sure after this one, the main character was so bad I have trouble believing he would create anything I would enjoy.


    Which character – as performed by Scott Brick – was your favorite?

    None, his characters were all about being annoyed and insulted by an obnoxious main character making them all unlikeable.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, long and slow moving with just never ending internal dialogue by this horrible main character.


    Any additional comments?

    I was looking for something exciting to start into after finishing the Mitch Rapp series which I thoroughly enjoyed. This book was longer but was painfully slow and the characters were so unlikeable it was difficult to finish.

    The only positive note was this narrator is terrific, given better material he would be a pleasure to listen to.

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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 04-30-14
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2001
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    Love long books. The longer the audiobook, the better. Plum Island is twenty hours and fits the bill. Also, love Scott Brick, the narrator of Plum Island. Scott does a terrific job, especially with the lead character, John Corey, homicide investigator. After listening to well over half of the book, however, I can’t hang in there anticipating a story to develop. The artful dialogue of John Corey’s sarcasm is brilliantly conveyed, not only in the writing, but especially in the narration. But, nobody is that obnoxious, lending credibility to the character is impossible. The flippant sexual snipes are insulting, and in some circumstances would result in the ass getting himself and his police department sued. It is not often that I can’t continue listening to a novel, but I’ve punished myself enough with this one. There are no characters to care about, in my opinion. The mystery of a diabolical plague or other act of terror has not yet risen to the surface in this book, and I’ve suffered through over ten hours. I’m done.

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    Kathryn 01-25-14
    Kathryn 01-25-14
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    "Demoralizing to women"

    I got this book because the author had come highly recommended by friends; in retrospect all the friends who recommended it were male. As a female living in 2014 I find the demoralizing treatment of women as simply sex objects by the lead character distasteful and upsetting. It was so historic and sophomoric I had to look up to see when the book was originally published and was shocked to see it was in 1997, I would have guessed the 1960s (if I ignored the references to cell phones and other modern accouterments). The treatment of women is surely prehistoric. I like sarcastic humor and don’t mind that sort of banter but I can’t tolerate the demeaning of women as this author seems to believe is acceptable. I will not be listening or reading any more books by this author.

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    K. Mc 12-29-13
    K. Mc 12-29-13

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    "John Corey is the best!"

    This was the first John Corey I read and now I have listened to the entire series. I can't wait for the next book. Corey certainly will give you a few belly laughs and also put you on the edge of your seat. All the characters are interesting and complex. As for the narrator, no can beat Scott Brick!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 10-23-13
    Mike 10-23-13

    I don't give 5s a lot. Throwing 5s around makes it harder for others to distinguish what was good from what was great. For me 5s = top 2%.

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    "Just a great lead character - John Corey"
    Where does Plum Island rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Plum Island isn't the best book I've listened to, but it does go by fast. The mark of a good book. I really don't have a negative thing to say about it. It was fun and interesting.


    What other book might you compare Plum Island to and why?

    I would compare it to the Lion's Game - the second book in this series. It was as good and had a lot of humor in it.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    Brick is one of the best readers in the business. He acts when he reads, he doesn't just read. When the character is angry, he sounds angry. When surprised, he sounds that way. He really makes the books come alive.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Not my thing.. I dunno "Murder on Vacation".


    Any additional comments?

    This was a worthwhile book to listen to. The John Corey character is such a smart alec it's just fun to listen to him. He comes across like Columbo at times. He sounds dumb - sometimes even on purpose but in the end there's no fooling him.

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    Ronald Moore Kissimmee, FL USA 09-15-13
    Ronald Moore Kissimmee, FL USA 09-15-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Just totally below average"
    What disappointed you about Plum Island?

    I just really didn't care about the characters. The narrator really got on my nerves with his reading style. Made it waaaaay too long.


    Has Plum Island turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Can't say


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Just didn't care for his style. He made me really dislike the lead character and thus the book itself.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Too long and just couldn't wait to finally finish it. I don't mind the length, just wasn't nearly enough story to keep me interested. Didn't like the characters much.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 08-06-13
    Cheryl Douglasville, GA, United States 08-06-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Buried treasure and Biological warfare"

    Scott Brick was the narrator of this Nelson DeMille novel and I am usually not a fan of his narrations. He really impressed me, however, narrating “Plum Island.” Just perfect for it.

    The detective John Corey is quite a bad boy character and is very entertaining throughout the novel. The novel is a very good thriller murder mystery and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Very entertaining!!

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    Amazon Customer HAVERHILL, MA, United States 07-30-13
    Amazon Customer HAVERHILL, MA, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2012

    Shaun

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    "Just Great"

    Nelson DeMille and Scott Brick bring to life the sarcastic, quick witted attitude of NYC Det. John Corey. All this combines to make this an entertaining read/listen (I have it both on audible & Kindle) you just can’t put down.

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    Abbie L 07-23-13
    Abbie L 07-23-13
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    "OK plot but horribly misogynistic"

    I typically like this genre -- murder mystery meets potential cataclysmic disaster -- but the attitude of the protagonist made it almost impossible to finish this book. He was a jerk to pretty much everyone, especially the female characters. Worse, they in turn - even the accomplished, successful ones - put up with his arrogance and condescension as if they were helpless, inexperienced sheep. The female homicide detective declares her legal/moral position from time to time, then ends up going along with every illegal, immoral, nasty thing he wants to do - all of which he justifies on the basis of a contrived plot twist. That was my first and will be my last Nelson DeMille novel.

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    Kelsey MERIDIAN, ID, United States 07-16-13
    Kelsey MERIDIAN, ID, United States 07-16-13
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    "Great as expected"
    If you could sum up Plum Island in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, Funny, and Entertaining.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I love John Corey in all his books. He is sarcastic and very funny. I never tire of his wit and jokes. But I did really love Emma Whitestone, she was a nice change of pace from DeMille's regular characters.


    Have you listened to any of Scott Brick’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not heard him before.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but I mustn't say for fear of someone reading this before listening to the book. It would spoil it. However, I am sure other readers can guess what broke my heart!


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed Plum Island, though it is not even close to being one of DeMille's best. Nothing negative to say at all, just that there are even better of his out there. Up country, CHARM SCHOOL, and Night Fall to name a few. If you liked this, you will LOVE those.

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