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Plum Island | [Nelson DeMille]

Plum Island

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 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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    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-14-12
    Kate Saco, ME, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2015

    I love audio and ebooks but only give them a 5 if they hold my attention. An avereage story gets a 3 . Thrillers & Crime are my favorites.

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    "Good solid story"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Napagal florida 02-23-11
    Napagal florida 02-23-11 Member Since 2008

    Napagal

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    "Ugh!!"

    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..

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia 03-18-12
    Patricia 03-18-12
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    "Distracting Personality Traits"
    Would you try another book from Nelson DeMille and/or Scott Brick?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Plum Island?

    The story line held my interest.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Sounded like an old time Chicago mobster. The voice and style was older than the placement of the story in time.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alice 06-24-15
    Alice 06-24-15 Member Since 2011

    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.

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    "I dearly hope men are not all like this guy"
    What disappointed you about Plum Island?

    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.)


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure, but not another Nelson DeMille, probably ever.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The underlying story/mystery was pretty good, but it took way to long to get anywhere. Also, I do love Scott Brick.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Williamson Miami, FL 10-24-14
    K. Williamson Miami, FL 10-24-14 Member Since 2009
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    "A Very Good Story Line, Twisting and a Great Endin"
    If you could sum up Plum Island in three words, what would they be?

    Trimup over Evil


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Not any one in particular, they were all developed.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Narration really made this one. The multiple Story Lines kept me gulued to this.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Sad when my favorite one died..., happy when in the ending ...ended Well.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall just a great constantly moving story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica ATLANTA, GA 05-24-14
    Jessica ATLANTA, GA 05-24-14 Member Since 2006
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    "I don't like John Corey"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul United States 07-22-13
    Paul United States 07-22-13 Member Since 2013

    I listen to a bit of everything. Mostly Fantasy and paranormal romance with my wife. Along with mysteries/thrillers, even some sci-fi.

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    "A Long Island Thriller"

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    KP United States 06-14-13
    KP United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2005
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    "A (Lengthy) Introduction to Detective Corey"

    I read this because it was available for $4.95 during the "First of a Series" sale, and I was looking for a new mystery/thriller series to get wrapped up in.

    Alas, the thing that sticks with me above all else is that this book was just way longer than it needed to be. The length causes the story to drag, and overshadows the several good points: Detective John Corey is an entertaining character, especially his tendency towards sarcastic and irreverent dialogue; the mystery at hand is clever and has a good number of twists to keep the reader guessing; and the story seems very well-researched.

    I've listened to other things by Scott Brick, and find in general, and in this book, that he is just okay as far as narrators go. He doesn't bring anything special to the story, but he doesn't hurt it, either.

    I don't have it in me to get through another DeMille (and while the next in the series is even more highly rated, it is also even longer...).

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-10-13
    Pamela Dale Foster Sykesville, MD 05-10-13 Member Since 2011

    I listen to and have recently started to write reviews. I've found the reviews have helped me to select books.

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    "Great start to an intriguing series"

    I had never read Nelson DeMille's novels before. Plum Island was a good read. I enjoyed the development of the character's personalities and looked forward to getting to know them better as the series progressed. The plot was well developed. I continue to listen to the other novel's in the series and I have not been disappointed.

    Since starting the series, I have listened to many other novels written by Nelson DeMille. I have not been disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Larry 05-24-12
    Larry 05-24-12

    メロンパン!! (れ・ω・な)

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    "Full of scarasm"

    The story itself was pretty good. It was a detective mystery style book and overall it wasn't bad. It had some really funny parts at the beginning, but the main characters brand of humor (making sarcastic remarks to every little comment) started to get old after Part 1 and then I just started getting annoyed with it after part 2. The middle of the book was rather boring and seemed to include some random events to fill a few more pages. The ending wasn't bad but it could have been better.


    The biggest problem I have with this book is that the main character is your typical arrogant and self centered "Alpha Male" who can dish it out but can't take it and has to come up with a scarastic/smartass reply to everything. By the end of the book it's clear that John is a real ahole so this will be the first and last book that I read from Nelson DeMille.


    9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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