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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing; First Edition edition (May 31, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0446519626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0446519625
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,663,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The pleasures of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a beautiful woman named Beth Dwyer look very good to burned-out intelligence agent Steve Decker. But beneath the lovely surfaces of both lie darkness and danger--which is why we read this kind of book in the first place, right? David Morrell pulls it off as smoothly as anyone in the genre, working within that frame where our expectations of action and surprise live. His last book, Desperate Measures, is also available in paperback. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

From Publishers Weekly

Morrell no longer writes lean and mean like he did when he created Rambo (in First Blood, 1972), but he can still spin a tale of conspiracy that leaves others' in the dust. In Rome, an undercover operation by Brian McKittrick, the spoiled-rotten screw-up son of a CIA legend, ends in a disaster that's officially blamed on the interference of veteran agent Steve Decker. An angry Decker resigns from the Company; 13 months later, he is happily working as a real estate agent in Santa Fe and falling in love with his beautiful new neighbor, Beth Dwyer. That is, until the night a team of hired killers breaks into his house, wounding Beth and nearly killing him. From this point, the action is nonstop. When Beth disappears, Decker discovers, to his shock, that the killers were after not him but her?with the explanation going back to that disaster in Rome. The experienced Morrell reader will figure out the first of the author's surprises long before Decker does, but by keeping the pacing fast and the action furious, Morrell ensures that no reader is going to hold a grudge for long. Questions and loose ends abound but this powerhouse thriller achieves a runaway victory on the basis of sheer storytelling excitement. Film rights sold to Michael Douglas and Paramount Pictures; translation rights sold to 20 countries; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Customer Reviews

I read the book when it was first out in paperback.
Stephen A. Knapp
The plot is fast paced, high in action and suspense, with some very good story twists.
Craig Dunn
Better than that "Thunder" book I just read.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Greg on August 5, 2002
Format: Paperback
Morrell did it again. I have been a fan for Morrell's work for a long time now. I have almost every novel he has written and Extreme Denial is my favorite novel by him so far. It is amazing how great Morrell writes this book. Steve Decker just wants to have a new life outside of the CIA but when an old friend starts stiring up trouble he has to revert back into the CIA mode to save the women he loves and himself.
The way the characters develop is great. From Decker to Beth to Esperanza and others the characters are interesting and you want to know more about them. If you want to read a great book then buy this one.
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59 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Kenny Treger on June 23, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
what I dislike is the publisher failing to mention that the book was published in 1996.
I probably read it back then. I probably own it. does the publisher and/or the author need the five bucks
that badly? I guess "getting something over on us" has filtered down from government to multi nationals
to the publishing business. my regret is that I won't just push the "buy with one click" button without
having to research the purchase to make sure I am not buying a book twice
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By David A. Spearman VINE VOICE on January 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
What a read! Excitement from the beginning until the final page. David Morrell surely can write with the James Bondish lines and believable content. His research is extremely precise, from his geographical facts, through his combat and covert knowledge. I will plan on reading all his novels and advise all to do the same.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rodney Powell on May 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
Morrell is my favorite author of international intrigue.This novel is great illustration as he combines his trademark:violent chase thriller format with noirish suspense and moving love story.This novel has it all: spies,gangsters, terrorists,romance and violent action.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Craig Dunn on January 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the first David Morrell book I've read - but after Extreme Denial, I'm going to read his new book 'The Protector' quite soon.

The plot is fast paced, high in action and suspense, with some very good story twists. Laying underneath all the action runs a very well written love story, adding some real emotion to the story, without which, I would have pictured Decker as an Arnie B-movie character in a book.

The plot keeps you going right to the end, and keeps suprising the reader with interesting and shocking twists - I would recommend this book to anyone who loves suspense thrillers.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By G. Bowser on May 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
My faith in Morrell is restored.Hands down he writes better than Tom Clancy who used to be a favorite for thrillers. I had just read Last Revielle and was downcast but this one put Morrell back as #1 for me. Along with a great description of New Mexico's dancing sun the fast action keeps the pages turning as Decker tries to depart his CIA life and lead a new relaxed role as a realator. He sells a beautiful woman a house right next door to his. It doesn't take long for the two of them to christen his new bed and only two hours later for explosive action to rock him back to his former on the edge life style. Turns out it was the lady the bad guys were gunning for and when she disappears after her house is blown apart, Decker realizes he was finally in love and resents the intrusions into his new life. With the help of a local cop he chases his old nemesis to a thrilling ending where he finally faces the woman he thought he had killed on his last assignment. You won't want to put this one down until you have traveled thru all the unexpected twists and turns Morrell takes in this adventure,
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jorge Frid on May 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
When you read a book and you can't keep it down.

When the book is easy and fast to read.

When you get involved in the story.

When you don't know whom to believe.

When you don't know how the book'll end till you read the last word of it.

And the most important. When you have a great time while reading it.

The book deserves just and only six stars.
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Format: Hardcover
Extreme Denial isn't at the top of the list of Morrell's great work but it is still a very good and very enjoyable read. Morrell has written a similar main character to what he does with most of his work with Extreme Denial's main character Stephen Decker. If you enjoyed Mitch Coltrane (Double Image), Cavanaugh (The Protector) Malone (Burnt Sienna) or any of Morrell's other ex CIA, ex Special Forces characters which drive most of his novels then you'll really enjoy this novel as well.

In Extreme Denial CIA agent Stephen Decker has finally had enough when he is teamed up with Brian McKittrick, the incompetent bumbling son of former chairman of the National Security Council, for an antiterrorism assignment in Rome. Saving both the son's and father's lives they use extreme denial to blame everything on him. Seeing a story on a unique historic type of housing in Santa Fe New Mexico and with no other plans Decker decides he'll relocate there. When looking at a house Decker gets the idea his training in dealing with people will probably make him a decent real estate agent so convinces the women who wants to sell him an expensive house to throw in a trial job for himself to clench the deal. Soon he is highly successful, meets a new female client Beth who is very attractive and like he did has moved to Santa Fe to start a new life. With romance blossoming Decker finally believes he has reinvented his life for the better. When he starts to notice someone from his past life in the streets and his and Beth's bedroom enjoyment is interrupted by guys firing machine guns Decker knows someone or some people don't want him to move on with his life.

A great read, also check out Morrell's great reads First Blood, Burnt Sienna, The Protector, Double Image and Creepers as well!
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More About the Author

David Morrell is the author of FIRST BLOOD, the award-winning novel in which Rambo was created. He holds a Ph. D. in American literature from Penn State and was a professor in the English department at the University of Iowa. His numerous New York Times bestsellers include the classic spy trilogy that begins with THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE ROSE, the basis for the only television mini-series to premier after a Super Bowl. The other books in the trilogy are THE FRATERNITY OF THE STONE and THE LEAGUE OF NIGHT AND FOG. An Edgar, Anthony, and Macavity nominee, Morrell is the recipient of three Bram Stoker awards and the prestigious Thriller Master award from the International Thriller Writers organization. His writing book, THE SUCCESSFUL NOVELIST, discusses what he has learned in his four decades as an author. His latest novel is the highly praised Victorian mystery/thriller, MURDER AS A FINE ART.

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