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The Firefly | [P. T. Deutermann]

The Firefly

At midnight, in a secret medical clinic in Washington, D.C., two foreign doctors and their team are completing plastic surgery on an anonymous client who is changing the appearance of his face, among other things. After the procedure, the client begins to stir - and suddenly the operating room erupts in violence, and the clinic is ablaze.
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Publisher's Summary

At midnight, in a secret medical clinic in Washington, D.C., two foreign doctors and their team are completing plastic surgery on an anonymous client who is changing the appearance of his face, among other things. After the procedure, the client begins to stir - and suddenly the operating room erupts in violence, and the clinic is ablaze.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Richard Cambridge, MA, United States 04-21-09
    Richard Cambridge, MA, United States 04-21-09 Member Since 2006
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    "A good listen, but ending defies credulity...."

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    karen United States 06-17-12
    karen United States 06-17-12 Member Since 2004
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    "Great stuff... no place to quit."

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 10-09-09
    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 10-09-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Addicting"

    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.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Shelucas WELLINGTON, CO, United States 11-26-12
    Shelucas WELLINGTON, CO, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2011

    I like mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Occasionally I will listen to some scifi or fantasy.

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    "Fantastic twists"

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Aaron Wickliffe, OH, United States 06-13-12
    Aaron Wickliffe, OH, United States 06-13-12 Member Since 2008

    I'm an eater of Words.

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    "I'M LOOKING FOR ANOTHER BOOK LIKE THIS!!"

    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).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katrina Brooksville, FL, United States 07-19-12
    Katrina Brooksville, FL, United States 07-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A thriller less than thrilling"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I can't recommend this one. The stupidity of the characters (both the good guys and the bad guys) is absolutely incredible. Nancy Drew would run circles around them.


    What could P. T. Deutermann have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Written a more realistic plot. The characters consistently return to the scene of previous carnage/horror, they act impulsively without any prior recon or thought of back-up. I could give you more examples, but I don't want to reveal too many details, in case there are folks out there who still want to read this one.


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    Dick Hill's narration was the bright spot in this stodgy work. His voice characterizations are distinctive, and I think that his performance of Swamp Morgan is what endeared this character to me, despite the crass folly of his actions, especially at the end of the plot.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Absolutely not.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm sad that I wasted my treasured monthly credit on this dud.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    john Doylestown, PA, United States 07-01-12
    john Doylestown, PA, United States 07-01-12 Member Since 2006
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    "really enjoyed it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is exactly what I expected - a well paced story that kept me listening. What more can you want!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Hales SLC, UT 06-22-12
    C. Hales SLC, UT 06-22-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Took a chance and scored a win with Firefly!!"
    Which character ??? as performed by Dick Hill ??? was your favorite?

    Swap Morgan. I like the performance of this guy and I like how calm the character was at all times.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Transition of Power meets Deception of nations!!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 06-19-12
    Mari Farmington, MN, United States 06-19-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Not bad but a bit confusing"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Roger ROCKLAND, MA, United States 06-14-12
    Roger ROCKLAND, MA, United States 06-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Roger"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better narrator and less cliche writing.


    What could P. T. Deutermann have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    A lot less "cheese"


    Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

    Probably not. It was difficult much of the time to differentiate one character from another.


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

    Yes it wasn't overly expensive.


    Any additional comments?

    Awful

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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