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Asad pretends to defect, handcuffed to agents aboard a 747 bound for JFK, and he proves to be a worse seatmate than a siding salesman. Corey and his ATTF colleagues (most conspicuously the FBI's sexy Kate Mayfield, Corey's match in badinage and bad-guy busting) strive to halt Asad's methodical yet unpredictable bloodbath. Skillfully, DeMille alternates chapters told from Asad's and Corey's points of view. DeMille did his authenticity homework: when we're not savoring his gift for wiseacre dialogue in the Corey-Kate chapters, we're sweating alongside Asad on his ghastly, ingenious jihad.
The New York Times put DeMille's social satire on a par with Edith Wharton's, and he's great on the colliding folkways of the feuding, mutually doublecrossing crimebuster institutions. Naturally, he's on the side of the regular-guy flatfoots. "Cops sit on their asses and flip through their folders," he writes. "Feds sit on their derrieres and peruse their dossiers." And the CIA gets it in the shorts, satirically speaking. One deplores the mass murderers, but the book's real bad guys wear the priciest suits.
DeMille reportedly has a $25 million book contract. With fast, funny, absorbing thrillers like The Lion's Game, he's earned it. --Tim Appelo
Whether it's vacation time or lazy weekend once you pick it up its hard to put down. DeMille is a master of the tall tale.Published 4 days ago by Christine Lawrence-Bell
This is one of my favorite authors. Everything he writes is exciting, with complex characters I feel like I really know.Published 7 days ago by Kathleen D. Burger
After reading Plum Island, I had to read this book. I love the character, John Corey. His sarcasm and wit make me laugh out loud. Nelson DeMille is an excellent author.Published 17 days ago by Glenda
Really was a page turner, read the whole book in a week. Another great one from DeMille. Looking to get more on my KindlePublished 26 days ago by Mary
Another great read from Nelson Demille. Nelson is as good as it gets!!Published 29 days ago by Dan Denis
Edge of your seat exciting, loved the main characters cynical humorPublished 1 month ago by susan j. rubin