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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 Plum Island....

©1997 Nelson DeMille (P)2010 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Paul
  • williamstown, NJ, United States
  • 12-03-10

Thanks Nelson for bringing an oldy to AUDIBLE

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!!


44 of 48 people found this review helpful

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  • Alicia
  • DESTIN, FL, United States
  • 08-03-11

narrated to perfection

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.

17 of 19 people found this review helpful

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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..

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Great on par with" LION'S GAME"

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.

50 of 58 people found this review helpful

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  • Stephanie
  • Mountain Top, PA, United States
  • 11-07-10

Vintage John Corey at last

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.

33 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Christian
  • Lavergne, TN, United States
  • 11-14-10


Nice'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 hoped someone would shoot the main character

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.

47 of 57 people found this review helpful

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John Corey needs an attitude transplant.

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.

32 of 39 people found this review helpful

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  • Kate
  • Saco, ME, United States
  • 03-14-12

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.

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  • KP
  • United States
  • 06-14-13

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...).

6 of 7 people found this review helpful