Washington police conduct an arson investigation, with inconclusive results. But one tantalizing fragment of evidence suggests that a terrorist bombing may be imminent.
The presidential inauguration is quickly approaching, and Washington's police, fire, intelligence, military, federal, and White House security teams are making frantic preparations. Because of the strain on manpower, retired Secret Service agent Swamp Morgan is recalled to active duty. His task: investigate the incineration of the medical clinic as a "firefly" - Washington-speak for something that looks like a threat but isn't.
As Swamp begins what he thinks is a routine check-and-dismiss, the clinic's missing client begins preparations for his mission: to launch an attack on the American government - a decapitation strike intended to wipe out both the outgoing and incoming administrations. As the crucial day approaches, Swamp, the only agent to take the firefly seriously, must operate alone as the clock clicks down to a breathtaking finale.
Filled with brilliant twists and turns and heart-in-your-throat suspense, The Firefly offers first-class entertainment from beginning to end.
©2004 P. T. Deutermann; (P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
"A top-notch thriller from a top-notch writer. The Firefly may be Deutermann's best novel to date-reminiscent of The Day of the Jackal." (Nelson DeMille)
"Addictively enthralling...(wait till you get to the jaw-dropping ending!)." (Entertainment Weekly)
Keeps one's attention until the end wherein the faux-apocalyptic event is a stretch. Dick Hill, however, remains a good narrator. One gets to like protagonist, "Swamp". The author should develop this character a little more. Please bear in mind that my gold standard is PD James whose character development and social commentary has no equal. As thrillers go, this was worth the purchase.
I was going to say that P.T. Deutermann's books are very much like Lee Child's Jack Reacher series, but that's not quite right. Better to say that the Jack Reacher books remind me of P.T. Deuttermann. They're similar in story and tone -- a loner, an outcast, who refuses to give up, set into a high-tension story that just doesn't quit, with lots of high tech -- and some fascinating low tech -- hi-jinks that leave you wondering, 'No kidding! Would that really work?' And of course they're both narrated by the more-than-excellent Dick Hill, so even to the extent that the two series differ, they sort of seem alike. Same voice.
Although there are a lot fewer Deutermann books than Lee Childs, I've come to like them better -- for one thing, Deutermann's male protagonist, whoever it is in each book, doesn't feel the need to fall into bed with every female who walks into the room -- a refreshing change over Reacher bad habit of bedding anything in sight. Child's plot device of having Reacher 'love 'em and leave 'em' in every single book is getting old. Deutermann skips all that Harlequin nonsense and sticks to the thriller aspects. Fine with me.
Maybe more importantly, Deutermann never bows to political correctness. His villains are the world's REAL villains, the ones we read about in the newspapers and see on the news. He doesn't sugar coat who the really evil people out there are.
And somewhat similarly, Deutermann constantly takes after the government for ineptness, for being more concerned about inner-governmental rivalries and turf battles, and in the process, forgetting to do much of anything about dealing with the evil people out there. Look at a few of the more recent terror attacks, and you realize Deutermann is exactly right about that. Too many gov agencies are willing to overlook real terrorists in the name of PC, and to fight among themselves for territory and honor, instead of fighting the US' s real enemies. There's an element of realism in Deutermann's books that is seriously refreshing.
All that said, if you like Lee Child, you'll like P.T. Deutermann -- in fact, you'll probably like him better.
Really good gripping story. I agree with the other reviewers that the ending is a bit of a stretch, but every minute of the book is so absorbing and intense that I had trouble turning it off (for bed, to make a phone call, to hear what someone was saying to me). Dick Hill is good; I've liked him in other books as I do in this one. Read listen and enjoy.
I like mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Occasionally I will listen to some scifi or fantasy.
This plot was so intense I didn't want to quit listening! Enjoyed every minute of it. Of course Dick Hill was fabulous as always. I don't normally go for the whole government conspiracy/spy type novels but I have to say that this book left me wanting more!
I had trouble keeping all of the characters and who they worked for straight. It kept me on my toes listening and the killer was really different. It kept you wondering where it was going and who the bad guys really were. I will listen to it again.
This is exactly what I expected - a well paced story that kept me listening. What more can you want!
Too long for one sitting, but I listened to a lot of it while mowing and the rest while painting a living room and kitchen.
Swap Morgan. I like the performance of this guy and I like how calm the character was at all times.
Transition of Power meets Deception of nations!!
I'm an eater of Words.
This is how a books need to be written. From page 1 you were already in the story trying to figure out what's going on. The setup, character development, etc., etc., was laced into the plot making the story fun and fast paced.
On a side note, I went to Barnes and Noble to pick up a hard copy but they didn't carry it. Only special order, if I wanted to wait, I didn't. Strange how great books aren't recognized but others like Twilight sell (one of the biggest literary failures in the history of publishing).
For most of the book the writing was quite adequate, the narration was very good--more like a performance than a reading--the plot gradually built suspense, the main character was fairly well developed, and then it just went off the rails. It spent most of the time being a thriller about a crime and a pending act of terrorism, plus an interesting, if slightly paranoid, look at the convoluted redundancies and insular natures of the Dept. of Homeland Security, FBI, Secret Service, and CIA, Then out-of-the-blue it dove south into a politically bizarre and scary "solution".
If that ends up being an indication about the POV from which this author writes, it may be both my first and last of his books.
Deutermann is unique in that he doesn't have just one main character that you follow, and his characters are always well developed. He is brilliant and this is just another example. Dick Hill is always a great narrator as well. The combination can't be beat! I listened to Deutermann because one of his books was on sale and now I look forward to every new book.
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