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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312203772
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312203771
  • Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #630,579 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Trust Deutermann (Darkside, etc.), veteran thriller writer and former longtime government employee, to produce what appears to be the first major action novel set inside the Department of Homeland Security. It's full of all the requisite paranoia, frustration and rivalry, and brings the acronym count to new highs. When Swamp (for "Swamp Thing") Morgan-a retired Secret Service agent sucked back into the latest crisis-asks why a top Secret Service man at the White House is so upset by Morgan's investigation into what appears to be a "firefly"-a short-lived, unimportant threat-female colleague Lucy VanMetre replies, "Because he sees OSI's decision to proceed with it as a direct criticism of PRU. This isn't about the firefly anymore. It's all about an infringement of PRU's charter within DHS." Readers able to get through passages like that without laughing will probably enjoy (and be able to follow) the twists and turns of this complicated, often lumpy story. Just days before the inauguration of a new president in 2004, Swamp, a huge man with a Neanderthal visage that hides a shrewd brain, is put in nominal charge of an investigation into a fire at a Washington, D.C., plastic surgery clinic where, at night, foreign visitors have been gradually altering their appearances. Is one of them planning an attack on the new president? Swamp thinks so, but he meets high-level resistance at every turn-especially from Lucy, a sleek, tough blonde who at one point threatens Swamp with a one-way ticket to Guantanamo Bay, where 300 individuals from the Washington area are being held in "protective custody." On the day of the inauguration, a mortar strike on the Capitol is only the beginning of a multi-twist finale. Perhaps this isn't the easiest of reads, but nobody can accuse Deutermann of not being timely.
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From Booklist

A lone government agent with a tortured past, a resourceful damsel-in-distress, a brutal foreign terrorist, and officious bureaucrats who won't listen--sound familiar? Yep, Deutermann's latest is another cookie-cutter entry in the growing suspense subgenre of post-9/11 domestic terrorism. Former Secret Service Agent Terry Lee "Swamp" Morgan has been called out of retirement to work for the Department of Homeland Security and given the assignment of investigating a "firefly"--a threat against the president. His investigation leads him to a shady cosmetic surgery clinic that burned down, and to the lone surviving staff member--nurse Connie Wall. The Saudis have hired German terrorist Jager Heismann to blow up the Capitol Building on Inauguration Day. But first, Heismann has to take care of some unfinished business: Connie Wall, the only one who can possibly identify him after his multiple plastic surgeries (including the addition of inflatable breasts and a "groin pouch" to aid in disguising himself as a woman). Although the characters are one-dimensional, this is a quick read with a surprise twist at the end. Michael Gannon
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More About the Author

Peter T. Deutermann
(P.T. Deutermann)


Peter Deutermann was born in Boston in 1941. His father was in the Navy, so he subsequently lived all over the United States and also in Argentina. He graduated from the naval academy in 1963 and served in the navy for 26 years, rising to the rank of Captain. While in the navy, he published one textbook on naval operations and several professional articles in navy-oriented journals. He held three commands: a Swiftboat in the Mekong Delta region of Vietnam, a guided missile destroyer in the Atlantic Fleet, and a destroyer squadron based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His last tour of duty was as the division director for chemical, biological, and radiological weapons arms control negotiations on the staff of the Joint Chiefs in Washington, DC.
He retired from active duty in 1989 and began his fiction-writing career. He has published fifeen novels since 1992, all with St. Martins Press, including the just-released World War II navy novel, entitled Pacific Glory. He is currently working on his next book, Ghosts of Bungo Suido, a World War II navy submarine story, scheduled for publication in 2013.
In addition to a BS in naval engineering, Mr. Deutermann holds an MA in public administration from the University of Washington. He is also a Member of the Royal College of Defence Studies in London. He is married and has two children. Mr. Deutermann and his wife of 44 years live in Rockingham County, in the Piedmont of North Carolina, on their family pony farm.

Customer Reviews

I enjoy reading P.T. Deutermann's books.
Michael in Helena, Alabama
Great plot, gripping story and believable characters make for an exciting, quick paced read.
Pangloss
I found the ending (which I won't spoil) to be very unbelievable and far-fetched.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on April 14, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Book marketing today is a funny business. There are many books out there with a "thriller" designation attached to their title and quite often; they aren't a thriller on any level. Then there are those books that should have the designation and for whatever unfathomable reason, don't. Those books may not have the designation but should because they are in fact, thrillers. "The Firefly" by the always very enjoyable P. T. Deutermann is a glaring case in point.
After the tragedy of 9/11, Retired Secret Service Agent Swamp Morgan was recalled to active duty, as were hundreds if not thousands of agents and investigators throughout the various federal law enforcement agencies. Swamp is now operating out of a small segment of the large umbrella organization known as the Department of Homeland Security. Swamp is assigned to investigate a strange fire at a local medical clinic as inauguration day fast approaches.
Six weeks ago, a large fire burned at a private clinic specializing in plastic surgery killing two doctors and two nurses. All the bodies, badly charred, were found in an operating room that clearly had just been used for surgery but there was no sign of the patient. The case becomes stranger as the fire burned much hotter than it should have and from all appearances seems to indicate arson. Could the missing patient have done it and if so, why? Then part of a medical transcript of a patient record is found and not only were some possibly illegal activities going on at the clinic but there is some sort of threat to the President. Swamp is tasked with evaluating the information and he is to determine whether the threat is real or not. If not real, it is a firefly and in Washington terms, slap it back down in the grass where it belongs.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Keith Nichols on February 12, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is a competent, entertaining action yarn that effectively conveys the panic that the author ascribes to the Secret Service during the runup to a presidential inauguration - assuming that there is such panic. Dispatched by a Saudi entity to rain destruction on the inauguration is a villain who, interestingly, admits that he isn't the most brilliant operative around. He makes up for this by being quite ruthless. But you have to feel for the guy somewhat in that his preparation for the task at hand has involved his undergoing a protracted course of plastic surgeries to totally alter his facial and sexual appearance. This includes having inflatable boobs installed under his skin. As the story progresses, it becomes pretty apparent that he could have accomplished any identity confusion his assignment calls for by donning wigs and other detachable prostheses. But the plot is heavily involved with a sneaky plastic-surgery clinic that would have been unnecessary had our bad guy relied solely on makeup and fake hair.

This novel could be improved by pruning the dialogue scenes about 25 percent. I rather quickly began to feel I was hearing every word that our protagonists have to say about every perhaps mundane point, when in many instances, all we need to know is the gist of their ruminations.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
"Firefly" is a thriller that draws you in with the first chapter and doesn't let go until the surprisingly chilling ending. It provides a frightening-to-think-about terrorist plot against the U.S. government; a likable and savvy retired Secret Service agent as a protagonist; an inside look at the unbridled power of government agencies in post 9-11 America; and action that rachets up each chapter. If you really want to bring Deutermann's words to life, listen to the unabridged audio. Didn't think anything this year could surpass the suspense of "The DaVinci Code," but "Firefly" did it for me.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on December 10, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a big fan of Deutermann's previous novels. This one was not an easy read, but I decided to invest the time in it since I am such a fan. After struggling through 400 odd pages I finally got to the "twist". It was so far fetched I stopped reading it with only 40 pages to go until the end. I have never invested so much time in a novel and not finished it. That's how bad this book is. I wouldn't recommend it to anybody.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By clifford on March 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This story is goofy. I kept reading because I had heard some good things about it. Here on Amazon, when I picked it up, this book had a five star average. I don't know who was reviewing Firefly, but it was a complete waste of time and I hope that you heed my words here.

Firefly is not the worst book that I have ever read. But it's hard to swallow some of the actions that the characters take here. First of all, you have this killer who is gunning for a large terrorist strike. Standing in his way is this single woman who might know something about him. The first half of this book deals with the killer playing cat and mouse with the woman, and she manages to elude his efforts time and again. He could have just offed her and the story would have been over. But instead he draws out the endeavor in a seriously stupid manner. The lady also is dumber than a pile of bricks... she goes on the run and the story just keeps on from here.

This is my first Deutermann book, and though I expect that in the future I will read this author again, Firefly makes it so that it will be a few years from now before I do so. And the main reason I will probably pick up Deutermann is because I will have forgotten that I had despised this piece of trash.
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