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Burn Factor [Kindle Edition]

Kyle Mills
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)

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Why would the FBI want to cover up a link between five unsolved murders, especially a link as telling as matching DNA recovered from every one of the crime scenes? That's the premise of Kyle Mills's Burn Factor. Instead of his usual hero, FBI agent Mark Beamon, the author introduces Quinn Barry, a relatively low-level analyst for the agency who stumbles across what at first looks like a glitch in the computer's forensics program. But of course it's not--the serial killer protected by the powers that be is a truly mad scientist who's indispensable to the completion of a top-secret weapons project. Quinn, whose lifelong ambition is to move up in the ranks and become a full-fledged FBI agent, is transferred out of her programming job as soon as she brings the link to the attention of superiors. But the plucky woman ignores their warnings and enlists the aid of another scientific genius, who also happens to be the chief suspect in at least one of the gruesome murders she's intent on solving.

Burn Factor is big on implausible and illogical plot twists, and small on characterizations. We never learn enough about Quinn to understand why she puts her career (not to mention her life) in jeopardy, even as evidence of a massive cover-up continues to mount and her boyfriend, a CIA agent, turns out to be a willing accomplice to the conspirator-in-chief. Fans of Mills's previous novels (Rising Phoenix, Storming Heaven, Free Fall) who keep waiting for Beamon to show up and save the day will be disappointed, especially since the author doesn't quite succeed in making Quinn Barry as appealing a protagonist. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

An FBI computer programmer with no law enforcement training leads her own wildcat search for a serial murderer, stumbling across a secret government plot in the process, in this outlandish thriller by an author capable of much better. While still settling in to her new job at the FBI, computer jockey and aspiring agent Quinn Barry discovers what appears to be a serial killer case that nobody's investigating. When she brings it to the attention of her boss, Barry is not only ignored but demoted. As a result, the quick-tempered, impulsive 26-year-old decides to investigate on her own. Her first move: venturing alone at night to the remote home of sinister Eric Twain, a suspect in one of the killings. Barry, still suspicious of Twain, nonetheless teams up with him to track down the killer, who tortures young women who fit a certain physical profile not surprisingly, Barry matches it before raping and killing them. Along the way, Barry becomes adept at all sorts of investigative techniques. She cuts glass to get into homes, theorizes about the psychology of mass murder and fights off several attackers before discovering that the case may be rooted in a highly classified government nuclear defense program. Mills has written several smart, classically conceived thrillers (Rising Phoenix; Free Fall) starring the always fascinating Mark Beamon, a disgraced FBI agent trying to fight his way back into the bureau's good graces. With his latest, Mills has created a main character who strains credibility from the start and a brittle plot that eventually drifts into a tedious chronicle of sexual sadism. (Apr.)Forecast: One misstep won't derail Mills's promising career, particularly since HarperCollins is backing this book with a five-city author tour, national advertising and lavish promotion plans, plus simultaneous abridged and unabridged audio versions, as well as a large-print edition. But expect a loss of momentum once early readers report back on this disappointing effort.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.


Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1452 KB
  • Print Length: 580 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0060185589
  • Publisher: HarperCollins e-books; 1st edition (Nov. 16 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers CA
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049B1VR2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (144 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,754 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Angry at the ending June 11 2003
Format:Hardcover
I have read Nora Roberts before and this book was fun and exciting, until I got close to the ending. The number of pages remaining told me that I was going to be disappointed. There simply was not enough space to end the story satisfactorily. The exciting romance between David and Pilar ceased to be discussed after she accepted his proposal, and that was a let down because, as a mature woman, I loved their story. I identified with Pilar's concern about her body and their quest for privacy from the eyes of the family. I know that feeling.
In the end there was the mystery and how the other villians fit in. Or didn't fit. And what about the crime and punishment? I found that very unsetting. What a tremendous amount of guilt must come with the knowledge of not making public the true killer, even if she was a victim. And just how much damage was done to the winery? This book was not a waste of my time, but it certainly was a disappointment at the end. I felt like the author just wanted to be done with it. Too bad for us. A few more pages and a good editor would have made all the difference.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Read his other books March 11 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I'm a big fan of Amazon's if you like... suggestions. That's how I found Kyle Mills and I've really enjoyed all of his books, except for this one. It was so repulsive I could barely make it through the book. Read all of Kyle Mills books, except this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Nora's Best!! Feb. 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I strongly disagree with the reviewers who say that this is not one of Nora Robert's finest books. The character development is incredible, and are some of my all time favorite literary characters. Yes, they are human, and have flaws, and are more realistic for it. The Giambelli women are among Nora's finest characters, having wit, sass, class, the right amount of attitude, and still having the small character flaws that makes them agonizingly human. While they all have the Giambelli spirit, all three women are extremely unique and expertly portrayed. Bravo!
The setting is wonderful. Clearly Roberts knows what she is talking about, and it is refreshing to read a book that has such rich background and detail. Some reviewers complained about the detail given to the wine making process. I disagree. The detail Roberts gives simply emphazises that the wine business is central to her characters' lives, and she gives the information in an extremely enjoyable way. Her wit and superb writing style make the words flow together in a seamless rhythm.
Please don't let the few bad reviews keep you from picking up this book, especially if you are a Nora fan! Read it and make up your own mind! All I can say is that I use my local library constantly, and it is rare that I will actually buy a book new. The other day I bought myself a hardback copy of "THE VILLA". Definately a keeper. Enjoy!
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Format:Paperback
I read this right after reading Rising Pheonix and, while I felt it was better overall-- more plausible plot, better characters, better writing--, it was still far from a satisfying read.
The main problem was the writing. The action scenes were awkward, and there were a couple of howlers, especially at the beginning: rice cakes "fatally impacting" on the floor (pg. 8), a woamn eating a "snowball-sized" scoop of ice cream (pg. 63).
Some of the characters still were not fleshed out enough or totally believable-- Twain and Marin, for example. There is actually the cliche of the serial killer listening to classical music at one point, something you see a lot of in movies but not in real life.
More than a few of the plot developments and incidents seem straight out of an action movie: the bad guys are always a step or two behind the good guys, a woman survives a gunshot when a bullet glances off her head (pg. 201), two people survive massive explosions that kill everyone around them (pg. 355), a man jumps out of the way of a bullet (pg. 377), the killer imbeds a knife in a cinderblock wall (pg. 333). Other plot points are just ludicrous, as when one of the characters calls Stephen Hawking on the spur of the moment.
There are many more smaller problems which highlight his lack of research or inability to write about events in a believable manner, though it would be pointless to list them all. Two thumbs down for me.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Offensive and Repugnant Oct. 13 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I've never written a review before, but this book was so revolting that I can't let it go without a protest. I have listened to one other Mark Beamon book on tape, which I found to be mildly entertaining. And, as this book was billed as a Mark Beamon book on the jacket cover, I checked it out from the library. However, this was grossly misleading, because he has no role in the plot and does not even appear until the last few lines.
In a word, this book would only appeal to individuals who like to experience sadism vicariously. The graphic descriptions of the torture, mutilations, and murders of numerous women is stomach turning, horrifying, and completely unnecessary. I am amazed that the author could actually compose many of these passages, and certainly cannot fathom why. I hope to erase this book from memory as soon as possible.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down Aug. 2 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is a wonderful blend of romance and suspense, it is about families and business, with a lots of vintner slang and some teenage angst mixed in - although I also felt let down at the end. Many others have posted summaries of the plot, so I'll just give my personal opinion - some of the dialogue is hard to digest, but the characters are wonderfully developed and the settings are spectacular. You have to take the good with the bad and I think this book was mostly good, truly a must-read for Nora Roberts fans.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
This book is about a young FBI computer analyst aspiring to become an agent, but when she stumbles upon a series of crimes that were programmed into CODIS (combined DNA index... Read more
Published on June 20 2003 by Natalie P.
3.0 out of 5 stars An OK Read
This was my first Nora Roberts and I found it to be an OK read. I did find that the editing and proofreading was surprisingly good for a writer that is so prolific and obviously... Read more
Published on June 5 2003 by Jackie M. Bachenberg
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining
Mills story may be an "implausible thriller with a sadistic villain" as one reviewer noted, but I found it very entertaining. Read more
Published on May 21 2003
2.0 out of 5 stars Definitely not her best work
I did not like this book because I did not feel drawn to the characters or the storyline. If you want great reading from Nora Roberts, I highly recommend Carolina Moon and A... Read more
Published on Feb. 5 2003
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a disgusting book
The plot is both utterly unbelievable & revolting. The bad guy, a "brilliant" physicist, is permiited by retired military officers to roam around the country carving up 2 dozen... Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2003 by P. Butler
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun Mystery/Romance Novel
This is a very entertaining and enjoyable, easy read. The suspense is well set up, and the characters are intelligently drawn. Read more
Published on Dec 24 2002 by "sarahboop"
1.0 out of 5 stars Implausible, to say the least
I was looking forward to a Pelican Brief type of adventure. Instead, I got a lot of victimizations of women. Not my type of entertainment--it's been done. Read more
Published on Nov. 24 2002
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