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Night Fall (Large Print) Hardcover – Large Print, November 22, 2004
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It was a true story, the explosion of TWA Flight 800 off the coast of Long Island in 1996, that inspired Nelson DeMille to write the fictional Night Fall. Read this Amazon.com exclusive essay for insight into the coincidences that made this tragedy a subject DeMille couldn't ignore.
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The supposedly fictional device which Demille uses to allow him to develop a believable storyline is that a couple engaged in adultery were videotaping themselves on a deserted beach near the site of the crash and caught the flash of light streaking towards the plane from the ocean surface that was seen by so many eyewitnesses but discounted by various alternative explanations in the official version of what caused the accident. Of course, the couple immediately flees the scene and as Chapter One ends they are entering their motel room and arguing about whether they should erase the tape or turn it over to the authorities given the huge personal price each of them would undoubtedly pay if their affair was made public in such a sensational fashion. (The X-rated scenes were very explicit and quite lengthy.)
The story resumes five years later. The investigation has been concluded with an explanation (the explosion of volatile fuel vapors in the nearly empty middle fuel tank) that failed to satisfy not only the usual conspiracy theorists and but the many individuals such as myself who simply remained confused about several elements of the official version of the causes of the crash.Read more ›
Nelson DeMille's novel "Night Fall" is based on factual evidence. The author explores the controversy surrounding the cause of the disaster which the US government still officially attributes to a spark in Flight 800's center fuel tank. The FBI interviewed 154 "credible" witnesses - including scientists, schoolteachers, Army personnel and business executives - who described seeing a missile heading through the sky just before TWA 800 exploded. They reported a "streak of light" hitting the plane just before it blew up." Their testimony was disregarded. Today, more than eight years after the event, questions are still being raised about the accuracy of the findings - about a possible cover-up. DeMille's research is impressive. He stresses that the novel draws on published accounts, plus interviews with investigators and eyewitnesses to the crash. He says he has "tried to represent all sides of this controversy," but adds that he has taken "dramatic liberties and literary licence when there is conflicting evidence." This is, after all, a work of fiction. It is up to the reader to determine the level of believability.
Bud Mitchell and Jill Winslow, an affluent couple in their thirties, are in the middle of an illicit love affair. They're set for a romantic evening at the beach.Read more ›
The John Corey character was the protagonist in "Plum Island" which I thought was one of the best detective novels I ever read. He continued in "The Lion's Game" which was also excellent. I thought that "Night Fall" moved at a snappier pace than "The Lion's Game" and frankly it really kept me turning the pages. The only reason that I deprived "Night Fall" of that fifth star is that I thought that "Plum Island" was even better. But this is an excellent, superb novel, and comes highly recommended.
DeMille, like a number of contemporary authors (Tom Clancy comes to mind) sometimes has a tendency to write a longer novel than necessary to tell a story. I personally thought that his novels "Up Country" and "The Lion's Game" were examples of this. Now, for DeMille lovers (like me) this is no problem because we cannot get enough of DeMille's always-excellent writing, but it may put off newcomers. Both "Plum Island" and now "Night Fall" avoid this issue. These are well-written, fast-paced stories with believable characters, a solid plot, and a storyline that moves quickly and effectively. "Night Fall" will not disappoint, and it is good to see DeMille return to a sparer, leaner form of writing. This is not to say that the novel lacks depth. Not at all. One of DeMille's strengths is that he makes his characters become real, and this is certainly the case in "Night Fall.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting plot line built on an actual event.
I did not really want to put it down.
Unsuspecting ending - not really ready for that one.
Very good story line, a couple of surprises, but solid and steady. I enjoyed the book and am looking forward to the next one.Published 1 day ago by J. E. Smith
Slow beginning...a lot of technical information. Ending was phenomenal!Published 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
Very interesting book. Very good plot. I am happy that I read it, of course I like Nelson DeMille. Very good author.Published 9 days ago by phil. anselmi
Love his character, his sense of humor, his deductive mind.Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
Some great detective sleuthing -- shows how a detective's personality might be a big factorlPublished 24 days ago by JodyCT