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Publisher's Summary

Based on true events, but unlike anything you've ever heard before, number-one New York Times best-selling author Nelson DeMille has created what may be his finest work to date.

At dusk on July 17, 1996, on a deserted Long Island beach, a man and a woman engage in adulterous sex in front of a video camera. Suddenly a terrible blast lights up the dark summer sky. TWA Flight 800 has just exploded in midair with 230 souls onboard, and the video camera has recorded the last moments of the doomed airliner.

Five years later the government has declared the crash a result of mechanical failure. But John Corey, an ex-NYPD detective who is now a contract agent with the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force, is persuaded by Kate Mayfield, his wife and task force partner, that the case deserves a second look.

Kate, a career FBI agent, plays by the rules. Corey plays by no rules but his own. Against long odds and warnings from their superiors, they set out to reopen the case and discover its most crucial piece of evidence. The hunt will lead to a conspiracy at the highest levels and a race toward an elusive and lethal truth that could be even more horrifying than the crash of Flight 800, one with unimaginable consequences for America...and the world.

©2004 Nelson DeMille (P)2004 Time Warner AudioBooks

Critic Reviews

"A timely and intense thriller starring a thoroughly likable hero." (Booklist)

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I enjoyed some of it -- but not much

The reader, Scott Brick, is very talented -- but I thought the book a real bore except for a small part toward the end...

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  • Jerret
  • Crockett, VA, USA
  • 04-05-05

What an ending!

This is the third novel in the John Corey books by Demille but I started with it anyhow. It has enough back story so that starting with this book isn't a problem. You will certainly want to download the Lion's Game from Audible also, it is the second book in the series.

Demille uses a true story to build a fictional novel around, so naturally the ending was going to be kind of restricted in what he could do. Well, he smashed one out of the park here. I don't know why but I didn't see it coming at all. Totally floored me.

Scott Brick does an excellent NYC accent and has Corey's smart-alec commentary down cold. Fantastic narration.

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Relentless page-turner with an unfortunate ending

I really like all the novels featuring John Corey and this one is another winner. The storyline steadily builds and holds interest right up to the end. Corey's character freely exhibits his sarcastic wit combined with an outspoken don't hold back nature, and a tenacious pursuit of his detective instincts makes every page entertaining. I also like the sharing his cynical thoughts throughout the story.

This book does an excellent job of blending facts with fiction thoughout the plot about TWA Flight 800.

As much as I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I would have preferred to give this book a 5-star rating except for two unfortunate items. One was the unnecessary detail of the, albeit short, sex scenes. The other and more disturbing issue was what I felt was an unwarranted and dubious ending to the book. I felt cheated after moving continuously to the edge of my seat building up to the final climax. It is unfortunate that the author took the easy way out instead of writing a finish that is commensurate with his world class talent.

One last point; at first I thought the narrator had a clothespin over his nose as he read the novel. His voice just didn't seem to fit the John Corey I was thinking of. I did get used to it however and all is well.

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  • Michael
  • Morris Plains, NJ, USA
  • 03-30-05


I loved it. Well read, good story, paced will, and I was kind of sad when it was all over.

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FBI CIA type mysteries, you have to get this!!!

You have to get this. Amazing ability to integrate the comedy and simplicity of a New York detective into the complexities of FBI/CIA political gaming-- and with frequent tension/comedy/witticism type remarks. Have to listen to the Lion's Game (preferably first) which is excellent on all aspects. You won't go wrong.

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A Great Listen

Excellent writer and reader. I've enjoyed all of Demille's books on Audible. Although somewhat predictable, it is a worthy listen. Captures your attention right away. John Corey is always an interesting character. If you enjoy thrillers, you should try this one.

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  • Graham
  • Chatham, NJ, United States
  • 03-10-05


John Correy - Always good. The Narration was excellent as well.

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Excellent follow up of Lion's game

DeMille is again awesome, and Scott Bricke is perhaps the best of all the audiobook readers. If you havent read Lions game and Up Country (unabridged) do those first because they are extraordinary books. In the aftermath of 9/11 this book on the TWA 800 crash, linking it to pre 9/11 terrorism investigations, is very compelling, and a "fast read" Of the three books in the Corey series (Plum Island, Lion's game, and Nightfall), I think we get the best character development and focus on Corey as a person of all. Very enjoyable and provocative.

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I really want to rate it higher

I thought the concept was interesting and I have started reading more about TWA Flight 800, I thought the characters were amusing and sarcastic.

For me, it was just too straightforward. I didn't find anything that happened surprising or shocking, it was a very basic detective story and DeMille told you what you were looking for and how he was going to find it, it was just a matter of getting there.

I got the feeling that DeMille began this work without any idea of how he was going to end it, which is a shame. I suppose he felt that he couldn't "officially" contradict the governments findings regarding Flt 800 and he just used 9/11 as a device to suddenly end the story/investigation, as now the key evidence has been destroyed.

This story had me extremely intrigued, but in the end it turned out to be more of a twinkie than a satisfying meal.

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  • Judith
  • Oakville, ON, Canada
  • 02-28-05

Car Trip Too Short

After traveling for several hours, I was totally caught up in the book and barely noticed the length of the trip. The story teller was very easy to listen to and the plot was certainly one of the best that I have heard/read in quite awhile. This book delivers and does not disappoint as some works of popular mystery books have done recently. Thank goodness for my IPOD, as I didn't have to interupt my listening once I arrived at my destination.