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....
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“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)
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.
Just didn't care for his style. He made me really dislike the lead character and thus the book itself.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Exciting, Funny, and Entertaining.
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.
I have not heard him before.
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!
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.
Bibliophile, English Teacher, Wordsmith
Probably the most exciting book I have ever read. The build-up is gradual and precise. Just when you think you've finally got it worked out, you find yourself in the most terrifying scene of all. And the ride is still not over. I'm new to Nelson De Mille, but will be downloading another of his books, in a hurry, which I doubt will be my last.
John Corey is a comfortably anti-social anti-hero. The NYPD detective is staying at his uncle's Long Island summer home while recuperating from the bullets he took in the line of duty. Hard-edged with few social graces, he's a beer-swilling, wise-cracking, hard-loving guy, a bit like Raymond Chandler's Marlowe, but with a personality all his own.
This book will lead you through multiple mazes of intrigue. The number of glittering clues, red herrings, and dead ends is amazing. I think I solved the mystery four different times before I finally did.
The plot is twisted with switch-backs and blind alleys. Every one is so promising, you're sure you've got it. But there's a game-changing new lead around every corner.. The romance is ever-present and equally complicated. Don't get too attached to any outcome. It will change, repeatedly, before you are safely home.
Corey not believable
Captain Kidd Treasure.
The least interesting aspect of this story is the amount spent on Plum Island with characters that do not have any part of the story.
This must be my fifth time listening to Plum Island. Another book in the series of John Corey is about to be released and as each new book is released I go back and listen to each one in the series. My only disappointment is I notice the new one will only be ten hours in length. Not nearly long enough after such a long wait. Listen to all of DeMille's books. You won't be disappointed. Scott Brick is brilliant as the voice of Corey. I hope this series continues a long time.
Say something about yourself!
It's the character, John Corey, and the excellent reading by Scott Brick that make this book good -- the story bogs down a bit with some silly action, but mostly it's a great introduction into the series and good enough to make you want to go forward with the rest (which I have done), and which are all better than this particular one. This establishes Corey and some other characters and does a good job of it ... but the next two are really compelling :-)
yes, but would warn them that the last half starts to go down hill.
disappointing & predictable
Scott Brick is one of the few men that can do women better than the average.I just like his voice and styleI have listened to other Scott Brick books and liked the way he read them as well.
The chase seemed to go on forever.
there are parts that are rather gruesome or at least more than I can handle
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