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'm only into this 9 hours and dying... - It is so slow and incredibly dull. I guess I am so over John Cory's smart ass continuous remarks. It was amusing at first, but no one is this obnoxious in real life. I just can't believe that after listening for 9 hours, nothing has progressed. It is the slowest moving book I have ever listened to. I'm giving up!! First book ever..
Never, ever. I can't believe this book was so highly rated or that DeMille is a NYT best-selling author.
Brick's performance perfectly captures the spirit of the book's main character. John Corey is a jerk who wastes our time with his sexual fantasies, idiotic insults of everyone he meets and lame jokes that he somehow believes are witty. Brick sounds like he IS that guy. Fingernails on a blackboard.
Irritation. See above. Corey has a thousand pet names for his genitals, bores us with his sexual fantasies and tries our patience by sparring us with other males as if every encounter is a cockfight. Then there's the ENDLESS string of witless humor. I guess DeMille is striving for the voice of the hard-bitten detective -- a Philip Marlowe or Sam Spade -- and thinks he Raymond Chandler or Dashiell Hammett. He's not. He's a hack.
I'll never find out who killed the Plum Island scientists. I finally gave up half-way through chapter 18, after Corey had sex with Emma off his dock, proudly contemplating his sexual prowess. OMG.
This was my first read for this author and crime solver. I would probably not read this author again. I found the main character to be distracting in his vulgar descriptions of every woman, and interaction with any woman he encountered. Could have been a good story, I just didn't see the point of his diatribe.
The story line held my interest.
Sounded like an old time Chicago mobster. The voice and style was older than the placement of the story in time.
I am a big fan of thrillers. I only give stories a 5 rating if it really keeps my attention and makes we anxiously wait to see what's next!
I enjoyed Plum Island and would give it another half star if it were an option. The story is good but a bit drawn out. I enjoyed the main character's humor but it too was a bit over the top. It was a good listen but not the type where you just can't wait to hear what happens next. It was entertaining but a bit long. I found the last main part where they were traveling by boat to the Plum Island during the hurricane way too long.
Overall I would say it was a good listen but not outstanding.
Sassy dialogue, humor, and a great reader are important to me.
I love reader Scott Brick and author's short story the "Book Case" is a huge laugh. I loved the movie "the General Daughter" and Scott reads it too so I was pleased to listen to it.
I love this character, but this author is not my 1st choice. It is too long so the suspense pace is gone for me. I wanted to buy all of the John Cory series as I love his sense of humor...so off the wall and sometimes corny, but you laugh with him. Character is worth the 19 hrs, but the story does not for me
I don't think so, just too wordy for me. His stories are great for film. This story would be a great movie.
I love all he reads as he changes his pace, accents, and speed to become the character. His female voice is good and not many male readers could pull it off. I wish he would do a Sandra Brown read.
He has 600 reads and I am working my way down.
I have 9 more hours of this book and like the Generals Daughter by author, I have missed the action as the pace is too slow for me. Thanks to new 1.25x speed, it moves the pace up just enough to help the author's intent.
Husband, Dad, Principal, Adjunct prof, RC Deacon, radio co-host, story teller, NYer, walker, & occasional sipper of fine whisk(e)y,
The story is good, But the main character is TERRIFIC! Well done performance by Mr.Brick. I loved my time on the North Fork of LI w/ Mr. DeMille's imagination!!!
I don't try write a review as if it were the only review a potential reader will see. I write things that I noticed.
Other reviewers here have already said most of the things, but I'll repeat the ones that got to me. The main character seems to be stuck in "third form" as my British father would have said (age 12-14/junior high for Americans). He seems to be obnoxious for the sake of being obnoxious and his interior monologue about women and sex is annoying and disheartening. (My auto correct somehow turned character into char ache--John Corey does make me ache, and not in a good way.)
Not sure, but not another Nelson DeMille, probably ever.
I think Scott Brick does an excellent job with a long, boring, annoying book. He captures Corey perfectly and brought me into the story completely--until one of Corey's comments or stupid behaviors would pull me out.
The underlying story/mystery was pretty good, but it took way to long to get anywhere. Also, I do love Scott Brick.
Trimup over Evil
Not any one in particular, they were all developed.
Narration really made this one. The multiple Story Lines kept me gulued to this.
Sad when my favorite one died..., happy when in the ending ...ended Well.
Overall just a great constantly moving story line.
I think I'm probably alone in this, but I didn't like John Corey. At all. I hated the way he acted to Beth Penrose. I hated the unrelenting smart-alecky comments, even in times of crisis...I just never warmed to him at all. Scott Brick has said this was one of his favorites to read, and he does a great job as always, but the character of John Corey just rubbed me the wrong way. I might try reading another in this series, just to see if he grows up some, but probably not.
I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.
Officer John Corey is minding his own business recovering from nearly being fatally shot while on the job in NYC. He's staying at his Uncle's home on Long Island, when he gets dragged into a murder investigation of two of his friends, who happen to be research scientists at the titular Plum Island a government research facility for some very deadly diseases. Mr. Corey works with local detective Beth Penrose to solve the murders and figure out what went missing on Plum Island.
I really like this book, but it's a little long. I think cutting a few hours off the book would tighten up the story.
There is a great variety of characters in the story, from by the book Detective Penrose, to Police chief Max, to the staff on Plum Island, to the locals on the North Fork of Long Island. They're all interesting characters and all help develop the story. The mystery is good and there are some good twists and turns throughout the story that keep the reader/listener engaged. Officer Corey is a likeable character and Scott Brick brings his sarcastic personality to life through his fantastic performance. Brick also does a good job with the other characters, but his performance with John Corey is the icing on the cake.
I liked this book enough, even though I thought it could have been tightened up a bit. It's a good story, and I want to see where the series goes next. I've kept the review vague so as not to spoil any characters or plot details that occur, as there are some good twists with some characters that I don't want to give away.
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