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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins; First Edition edition (August 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061012483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061012488
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,333 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[Rising Phoenix is] chillingly effective and suspenseful." -- Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Kyle Mills lives in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. When he's not writing, he is skiing and rockclimbing. Rising Phoenix is his first novel.

Customer Reviews

His characters are truly boring . . . there is nothing about them that makes you identify with them.
Barry A. Fullerton
Though my biggest complaint is how Mills pretty much glossed over the death of Beamon's nephew from tainted cocaine.
John J. Rust
Mills does a great job with an exciting plot, interesting characters, and a roller coaster of a story line.
PeacefulNan

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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 2, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
No less than the thriller genre's top gun, Tom Clancy, has placed his imprimatur on first novelist Kyle Mills. After identifying the author in a eulogistic book jacket blurb as the son of "an old friend and former FBI agent," Clancy dubbed the young writer "a new genius for taut, compulsive adventure writing." That's surely a help, but also part hype for Mr. Mills hasn't reached the genius level yet. Nonetheless, Rising Phoenix is a wingdinger of a rim shot.
A gripping tale that comes too close to the possible for comfort, this recent addition to the pantheon of psycho/thrillers is complexly plotted with hair-trigger action and characters that ring true. It's an adventure punctuated with swift jabs of dialogue and enlivened by knowing description. When a trek into the Columbian jungle's darkly humid interior begins, readers feel the heat. Morally corrupt figures alternately fascinate and repulse. That is the case with one of the story's protagonists, John Hobart, a diabolically clever sociopath. This villain's skewed philosophy was formed early on with the unexplained death of his abusive father. Here's the gospel according to Hobart: "Most of humanity's problems were rooted in centuries of misguided and often contradictory moral teachings. For a man with the intelligence and resolve to rise above this tangle of right and wrong, there was no problem that couldn't be solved simply, quickly, and finally." He puts his thesis to an acid test.
A dismissed DEA agent and former security chief for an egotistical tele-evangelist, Hobart contrives a way to combat America's escalating drug problem - poison the cocaine and heroin supply.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DWD's Reviews VINE VOICE on September 23, 2004
Format: Audio Cassette
I am reviewing this book as a book on tape and will make specific comments on that aspect of it at the end of this review.

I have drudged and slogged my way through a number of books and books on tape lately and this one was like a bolt of lightning - it came out of nowhere and really was a welcome surprise for me. I won't go into the plot details, since they are readily available in the book description at the top of this page - however, this is a great bit of writing. The premise is thought-provoking, to say the least. In a nice twist, the antagonist is well-developed and the protagonists are not. The story is plot-driven and by that I mean we don't get bogged down in unnecessary details, such as focusing on weapons at great length, etc. - as can sometimes happen in a techno-thriller.

Really a top notch piece of work.

As for details concerning the book on tape - it is read by Campbell Scott (known for his work in 'Dying Young' and 'Dead Again'). He does a first-rate job - he reads the characters so differently that you really don't notice that the same man is reading all of the different parts.

Good work all around.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By PeacefulNan on July 27, 2000
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I read LOTS of thrillers and, after a while, they get to be pretty much predictable. Not so with Rising Phoenix. Every time I thought I knew what was coming next, everything changed. Mills does a great job with an exciting plot, interesting characters, and a roller coaster of a story line.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1997
Format: Hardcover
BOOK REVIEW
by Mary Cousins in the July 1997 issue of the Grapevine, the official publication of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, Inc.

Rising Phoenix by Kyle Mills

The pre-publication edition of Rising Phoenix by Kyle Mills came across my desk and, as I picked it up, I read the glowing recommendation by Tom Clancy on the cover. After praising this first novel, Clancy thanked the author's dad, Darrell Mills, for sending him the manuscript.

If you are looking for a good brisk read with an FBI-DEA background, you'll be glad he did too.

Kyle Mills crafts a quick-step story with credible characters, plenty of action and a satisfactory denouement. Unlike many first novels, Rising Phoenix doesn't seek to show off the author's vocabulary at the expense of the story. Starting with a surprising solution to the drug problem in the United States, Mills delineates a villain worth pursuing and a somewhat disheveled and unorthodox Special Agent leading the chase.

The White House, the Bureau, TV evangelists and drug dealers bring a variety of motives to this escalating tale of greed, politics, righteous anger and investigative professionalism. Mills dishes up a potent story, carried by characters that enrich and enliven the plot.

The author catches the feel of the Bureau- although you may not much like some of the fictional personnel at Headquarters. Mills kept an observant eye on his surroundings when he visited his dad's office over the years. Dad is Darrell Mills (1967-93), Tidewater Chapter member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI.

Rising Phoenix should be in bookstores by August 1997 and is recommended as a lively thriller deeply rooted in the stuff of today's headlines. Publisher is Harper Collins. END

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 31, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I thought the synopsis sounded good that's why I bought the book.Thank goodness I bought it at a clearance sale as it was definitely not worth paying for.I think the author tried to cash in on Tom Clancy's name to sell the book.It's so boring I can't bring myself to finish reading it.I'm a great thriller fan but this is quite awful as the characters are not well developed.The hero isn't even very likable ...the author doesn't bring the characters to life like so many authors do.Don't waste your money on this book.
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Kyle Mills is the New York Times bestselling author of twelve books, including the latest in Robert Ludlum's Covert-One series, The Ares Decision.

Growing up in Oregon, Washington, DC, and London as a the son of an FBI agent, Kyle absorbed an enormous amount about the Bureau, giving his novels their unique authenticity. He and his wife live in Wyoming where they spend their off hours rock climbing and backcountry skiing.

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