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Extreme Denial Hardcover – May 31, 1996
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The pleasures of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and a beautiful woman named Beth Dwyer look very good to burned-out intelligence agent Steve Decker. But beneath the lovely surfaces of both lie darkness and danger--which is why we read this kind of book in the first place, right? David Morrell pulls it off as smoothly as anyone in the genre, working within that frame where our expectations of action and surprise live. His last book, Desperate Measures, is also available in paperback. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Morrell no longer writes lean and mean like he did when he created Rambo (in First Blood, 1972), but he can still spin a tale of conspiracy that leaves others' in the dust. In Rome, an undercover operation by Brian McKittrick, the spoiled-rotten screw-up son of a CIA legend, ends in a disaster that's officially blamed on the interference of veteran agent Steve Decker. An angry Decker resigns from the Company; 13 months later, he is happily working as a real estate agent in Santa Fe and falling in love with his beautiful new neighbor, Beth Dwyer. That is, until the night a team of hired killers breaks into his house, wounding Beth and nearly killing him. From this point, the action is nonstop. When Beth disappears, Decker discovers, to his shock, that the killers were after not him but her?with the explanation going back to that disaster in Rome. The experienced Morrell reader will figure out the first of the author's surprises long before Decker does, but by keeping the pacing fast and the action furious, Morrell ensures that no reader is going to hold a grudge for long. Questions and loose ends abound but this powerhouse thriller achieves a runaway victory on the basis of sheer storytelling excitement. Film rights sold to Michael Douglas and Paramount Pictures; translation rights sold to 20 countries; author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
Top customer reviews
My only issue with this story was Beth and Decker's romance...
1. It needed to be built over a period of time... Say at least a year.
2. They needed to be engaged or married. And
3. Since 1 and 2 did not happen, there needed to be a pivotal moment where an undeniable event happened to show the moment he fell in love with her. Him having butterflies in his stomach because her body is perfect, her face flawless, her smile is model perfect isn't LOVE. That emotion is lust. LOL
The whole time he's saying he'd walk through fire for her or give up his life for her... I just kept asking, why... because she's hot? So the romance was not believable for me but there was a point when there was a little glimmer of love and because of that I gave the whole romance a 2 star and I don't want to be a total pessimist... Love can happen at first sight...right?
So with all that being said: If you want to read a story that is drenched in action, smothered in suspense, and thriller, then this is definitely what you're looking for despite the rushed romance. The overall story is a 4.5 star for me because I'm such an action junkie!!! Hey, I loved Rambo!
Several times, I stopped reading and took a break just to catch my breath. Morrell surprises at the very moment I thought I had figured out what was about to happen. Well-written, fast-paced, and an absolutely outstanding book.
I'm hooked. More of his books about to be downloaded.
I'll admit to finishing it, but I'm not likely to read any more of Morrell.