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)
Scott Brick does it again! The book is pretty good, but his performance of agent John Corey is superb. Great way to get the series going.
I have been hooked on Audio books for about 2 years now. I have already listened to ALL the John Corey books. Love them all and the personality. I get so dissapointed when I see there are earlier books in a series that arent available in Audible... Or even worse.. Abridged versions (chills).... 1/4 way into this book I had figured this was my favorite John Corey book to date!. I am about 30 min from the end of the book.
A good FUN story line, Not the same old same old plot... again. I cant believe John Corey was that sarcastic back THEN. Feels like he was more a smart ass then then in Lion's Game. I love thr Humor, the depth of the plot. No boring spots... One of my top 10 Audibles for sure..... and Thanks again for Scott Brick!!
Lion's Game was in the top five out my 700+ audible books on file. John Corey was back at his earlier brazen, witty. intuitive (lovable) self. This book was mentioned in two other De Mille books and I had wondered why it was not available in audible form. From my grateful heart,I enjoyed this book more than any other book I have listened to this year.
I love espionage, legal, and detective thrillers but listen to most genres. Very frequent reviews. No plot spoilers! Please excuse my typos!
Plum Island was released in hardcover in 1997 and the audiobook was released in 2010. This is the first novel in the wonderful John Corey series. The wisecracking Corey is recovering in a Long Island beach house owned by his uncle from an injury suffered as a NYC cop. He and a local female cop work to solve a mystery on the small offshore Plum Island. There are wisecracking, murders, and lots of action and suspense. The novel easily gets five stars, but it is actually the weakest novel in the incredible John Corey series.
I read the book in 1997. I enjoyed it far more when I listened to Scott Brick read it! Brick is the best of many excellent narrators.
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.
I have been checking Audible for months hoping for Plum Island to be available. Yesterday my prayers were answered and I was happily listening to the original John Corey detective story, the first of five Demille books featuring this entertaining and amazing character, within 10 minutes. Scott Brick is John Corey. Plum Island is engaging and a great listen.
Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."
Nice listen...it's nice to go back to the first John Correy book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is looking for a nice, long listen.
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I’m only two thirds of the way done, but my opinion won’t change by the time I reach the end.
There is a fine line between good witty sarcastic humour and just being a wise@$$. I can’t decide on which side of that line John Corey belongs, but he likes to linger on the low-side and I’m fed up.
There is only so much chauvinistic inner dialogue I can take. Perhaps it was intentional, but now it’s just getting on my nerves.
I don’t think I can make it through another adventure, so I think book 1 in this series will be my last.
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Good plot, and an interesting concept. But horrible absolutely horrible main character. In every situation, he is boorish and obnoxious. At first it was kinda funny, but then as the book wore on, his dialog became immature and dull. To everyone that John Corey met, he was an ass. I kept expecting to discover the interesting side of the main character. But it never happened. After a couple of hours, John Corey's dialog wasn't funny. Stopped after nine hours. Deleted from my library. Too bad, I would have liked to known how it came out.
I am a fan of Nelson Demille and it doesn't hurt that one of the best narrators, Scott Brick reads most of his work online. I listened to most of the John Corey books before they released Plum Island to audio and it was referenced quite often by the author in retro comments. Really pleased with this one and happy I got it. You will not be disappointed if you get this one. Promise!
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