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The Deserter: A Novel Paperback – June 2, 2020
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“[O]utstanding...In typical DeMille fashion, the last hundred pages move along like a ballistic missile, exploding in a satisfying finale on a remote airstrip. DeMille and son provide it all in this rumble Through the jungle – authentic detail, lively dialogue, a vividly drawn setting, and an exhilarating plot.”—PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, STARRED REVIEW
"Nelson DeMille simply gets better every time he puts pen to paper. Maybe this time it has to do with a little help from Alex DeMille. I’m not sure if that’s true, but what I’m sure of is that it’s a blessing to have another DeMille with superb storytelling skills on the horizon. THE DESERTER will soar to the top of bestseller lists in record time, without any hesitation. It can’t fail. This book is absolutely stunning."
— Book Reporter
PRAISE FOR THE #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER THE CUBAN AFFAIR
“[An] action-packed, relentlessly paced thriller… A line from the novel perfectly describes this page-turner: ‘Sex, money, and adventure. Does it get any better than that?’”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“DeMille's latest is a timely stay-up-all-night, nail-biting page-turner featuring his iconic tongue-in-cheek, articulate, rhythmic narrative. His affably irreverent protagonist, fantastic believable supporting characters, and tense, realistic Cuba-set scenes including some jaw-dropping revelations make this a must-read for his many fans.”
—Library Journal (starred review)
“The Cuban Affair feels authentic and real, and it provides knuckle-white tension mixed in with levity."
"The opening of The Cuban Affair is dynamite—crisp, funny and dramatic—and the climactic conclusion is masterful action writing, fast, precise and genuinely gripping."
"This is powerful, mythic stuff, like Confederate gold and Nazi treasure...As the true nature of the charter-boat owner’s job becomes clear and the betrayals begin, DeMille mounts a long, magnificent sequence with boat chases, helicopter rescues, and tracer fire. They’re all described in that visceral style the author has mastered."
"This book has that incredible wit that Nelson DeMille has, and nobody writes characters like Nelson does."
—Tampa Bay Times
“Nelson DeMille has outdone himself. I thought that Plum Island was one of my favorite thrillers of all time, but I was wrong—DeMille is always going up a gear and The Cuban Affair is going to be one of the top ten thrillers of the year.”
"DeMille’s known for penning hot thrillers (Plum Island, Night Fall), and this one—his 20th—doesn’t disappoint...DeMille keeps it fast-paced, with fascinating details about contemporary Cuba."
“With his latest, The Cuban Affair, DeMille cements his reputation as an author of compelling, finely crafted and at times, humorous standalone thrillers. he Cuban Affair bursts with DeMille’s signature authenticity—a byproduct of DeMille’s passion for research.”
—The Big Thrill
"Ambitious...a masterpiece of both form and function. Storytelling at its very best."
“The Cuban Affair offers romance, adventure and an astute and amusing look at today’s Cuban communist police state."
"Bestseller Nelson DeMille’s reputation precedes him, and his new novel delivers...This one will keep you on the edge of your seat."
"With his signature humor and heart-pounding pace, DeMille does not disappoint in this brilliantly written novel."
—Atlanta Jewish Times
“The thriller charts a satisfying course. A good day's work from an old pro.”
About the Author
Alex DeMille is a writer, director, and film editor. He grew up on Long Island and received a BA from Yale University and an MFA in film directing from UCLA. He has won multiple awards and fellowships for his screenplays and films, including The Absence, which was named Best Film at Comic-Con in 2012. He has edited numerous commercials, shorts, and independent feature films, among them My Nephew Emmett, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Live Action Short in 2018. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter. The Deserter is his debut novel.
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The opening scene is a classic torture scenario. Well written, needed info and the 1st two f-bombs arrive. Sadly, the beginning of this book is replete with gratuitous foul language. Simply. Not. Necessary. Also in that category we have a fascination male genitalia that is just not humorous; not even in a sophomoric stretch. Maybe if you’re 2 six packs in but then could you hold up the iPad or the 450 page brick to read?!?!? As the book progresses, the language and penile predilection quell a bit but they never totally relax to a place that’s appropriate for a writer of DeMille’s skill. Sigh🙄
“The Deserter” looks like book 1 in a new series. Scott and Maggie will be good characters to follow along on adventures if some of the mechanics if the writing can be tightened up. They are well developed with enough room for more discovery to come. There’s tension and humor in their relationship while both have serious skills to get the job done.
An editor is needed to “get this job done”. This book would have read much better and quicker if it were 50-75 fewer pages. Some of the descriptive detail was too much and some of Scott’s meanderings were repetitious. There was snarky humor in some of it but after a while, it was just too much work. I wanted to throw a bomb and move on!
There’s lots of good stuff in “The Deserter”, if you can abide the language and nonsense. Fantastic dialogue, beautiful, descriptive scenery and a complex, confounding antagonist make this a decent read, even if a bit of a chore📚
I enjoyed THE CUBAN AFFAIR, his last book, but I absolutely loved this book. I thought the two protagonists played off each other perfectly, making for a very funny book besides being a top-notch thriller.
Chief Warrant Officer Scott Brodie and Warrant Officer Maggie Taylor are a team of the U.S. Army CID (Criminal Investigation Division). They are tasked to bring back Captain Kyle Mercer, Delta Force, who deserted in Afghanistan. They get word that he was seen in Caracas, Venezuela and head there to bring him back for trial (hopefully but some think that it might be better to bring him back in a body bag).
They arrive in Caracas, a city in upheaval as people are fighting the current regime.
This is a story of war and the impossible things some soldiers are told to do. Brodie and Taylor quickly realize they haven't been told the whole story and are doing their best to do what's right.
I highly recommend this to anyone that likes military thrillers with a big dose of humor thrown in.
I received this book from Simon & Schuster through Edelweiss and Net Galley in the hopes that I would read it and leave an unbiased review.
Captain Kyle Mercer, one of the U.S. Army’s star Delta Force warriors, stands accused of running out on his men in Afghanistan several years ago. He's the most infamous deserter since Benedict Arnold; and the American people want his head on a stick. The problem is that no one can find him. Captured and held by the Taliban for two years, Mercer managed to escape and then disappear. Now, a chance sighting in Venezuela sends Army CID investigators Scott Brodie and Maggie Taylor on a mission to find Mercer and return him to the US for trial.
So begins a hunt that takes us from the slums of Caracas to the Venezuelan jungle with side trips to Afghanistan and Iraq, and through the labyrinthine US Intelligence community. As always, the DeMilles' research is thorough. In particular, we’re given a very good idea of what life is like today in Venezuela and why.
The plotting and characterizations are first rate. The Demilles deftly place well-drawn characters with lots of humanity in a variety of dangerous, as well as morally questionable, situations. Dry-witted, wise-cracking Brody and his beautiful, always-on-mission partner Taylor make a great team with lots of tension between them, romantic and otherwise. There are lots of plot twists, turns, and surprises and you never quite know who’s the hero and who’s the villain. You do know, however, that there's a lot more to the back-story than initially meets the eye. All of which drives the story forward and kept me turning the pages.
Thanks to Nelson, and his son Alex, for a very enjoyable military thriller. I hope we'll be seeing more of Brody and Taylor.
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I'm fairly convinced that this novel was mostly the work of the son Kyle. It was not, in my opinion, the work of the father Nelson. It just did not come near any of the other Nelson DeMille's terrific books, which I have read (in many cases twice) all of and thoroughly enjoyed except perhaps for "The Cuban Affair" which I also suspect had a lot of input from the son Kyle! To be fair I feel that the son will improve as he writes more novels - sure hope so!!
The father Nelson has provided me with some of the best fiction reads I've ever had - I'm sure going to miss him.
The cause of my disappointment was the main dysfunctional character Scott Brodie. Never mind that he appeared dysfunctional, his antics were totally frustrating and unbelievable of a U.S.Army Chief Warrant Officer. This could have been an excellent book but unfortunately the main character spoiled the overall effect,
Recommended to my son, also Alex, who has read all of Nelson’s books too.
Look forward to Brodie and Taylor’s return soon and their future adventures.
Great and original story line.
As the two CID investigators tasked with apprehending the Deserter in one of the most dangerous places in the world ( Venezuela) follow the bread crumbs , dodging bullets trying to complete the task, they remove a layer after layer of deception or misinformation to learn the ugly truth about what was at the core of the mystery of the decorated Delta Force ace leaving his post.
As all Nelson DeMille books, this one also is written masterfully. The unique sense of humour characteristic for his books makes the reading even more enjoyable.
As the first book written by father and son team, the book is as good as I expected. I hope there are others that will follow!
It was an intense and memorable read!
Dialogues with Humour. End to end thriller A story with a Female Achiever. the actual Hero
is no-match in every conversation. Superb ending. Binge read it.