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Rising Phoenix [Mass Market Paperback]

Kyle Mills
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)

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May 21 1998

Special Agent Mark Beamon is a maverick.His open disdain for the FBI's rules--and Directors--has exiled him to a no-profile post in the boondocks.

But when a shadowy right-wing group starts flooding America's emergency rooms with dead and dying, Beamon is summoned back to Washington. Teamed with an icily efficient female field agent, he is given the thankless task of stopping the slaughter--even though millions of Americans secretly approve of it!

As the body count rises, Beamon realizes there is something eerily familiar about his adversary, reminding him of the coldest killer he ever encountered--not a criminal but a law enforcement colleague. And for the first time, he wonders why he was chosen for this assignment.

Was it his expertise--or his expendability?

"An explosive thriller that launches a new genius for taut, compulsive adventure writing...."
- Tom Clancy

"In the world of political thrillers, I have the feeling that young Kyle Mills will soon be a very big player."
- Frederick Forsythe

"A phenomenal concept....Fascinating....Good conspiracy theory, absolutely!"
- Rush Limbaugh

"Absorbing..A fine thriller with memorable characters and enough twists to keep readers turning pages....Mills is definitely someone to watch."
- Publishers Weekly

"Writing in the Tom Clancy tradition, Kyle Mills has produced a power-packed drama about the men and women who battle the bad guys to protect us all."
- William H. Webster, former director of the FBI and CIA

"[An] exceptionally accomplished debut thriller.A chillingly effective and suspenseful tale, complete with the moral ambiguities and guilty pleasures of such vigilante dreams as Death Wish."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Rising Phoenix is gripping, authentic, and as frightening as a gunshot in the night."
- W.E.B. Griffin

"A seductive action novel....Here's one slick page turner that makes readers think."
- San Francisco Chronicle

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“[Rising Phoenix is] chillingly effective and suspenseful.” (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Kyle Mills is the author of Sphere of Influence, Burn Factor, Free Fall, Storming Heaven, and Rising Phoenix.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Rising Pheonix is an ambitious novel; unfortunately, it just doesn't have the ring of authenticity of, say, someone like Frederick Forsyth or Richard Herman, Jr. I believe the problem is that the author is still too young and experienced to tackle the characters and subject matter and make the story real. The characters aren't mature or complex enough, the locations don't come alive like they should, many of the descriptions are off-kilter, and events seem shoehorned into the story to make the plot work (Hobart's escapades in Colombia, especially, are hard to swallow). Another major flaw is the fact that we get very little in the way of technical details, the nuts-and-bolts operations of the various organizations that come into play here. When I read a political thriller, I want insight that encompasses the big picture, not endless details into the pointless quirks and habits of the characters.
But I think the main problem is that the basic premise is flawed. To poison a large shipment of drugs would not solve the drug problem in this country-- too many addicts would keep using or switch to other drugs, and such a ploy would not bring the multi-billion dollar drug industry to its knees. Not only that, we really don't get a sense of the huge tragedy that tens of thousands of drug deaths across the country would be (Noone who is rich and famous becomes a victim? Hmmm.), not to mention the myriad social ramifications such an event would cause.
And finally, no FBI agent-- no matter how good he is-- would accept a gift from a drug-dealing Mafioso, or he wouldn't last long with the Bureau.
Pet Peeve Dept: "Ahold" is not a word.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "Good Story That Poses A Great Moral Dilemma" March 30 2003
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One big aspect of this book I liked was all the planning that went into pulling off the operation to poison shipments of cocaine and heroin to the USA. So many details, so much time trying to cover one's tracks. If THE DOGS OF WAR showed us how to put together a mercenary operation, RISING PHOENIX teaches us what it takes to pull off an operation like this. Ex-DEA agent John Hobart is a very formidible foe. He may be a stone cold sociopath, but he has a very low key approach about him. He's also very smart and very meticulous (I hate stupid bad guys in situations like this). FBI Agent Mark Beamon was a pretty decent character. Middle-age, not an impressive physical specimen and someone who bucks the system on a regular basis. I felt the one reviewer made a good observation comparing Beamon to NYPD BLUE's Dennis Franz. However, I thought there was quite a bit of untapped potential in Beamon. Though my biggest complaint is how Mills pretty much glossed over the death of Beamon's nephew from tainted cocaine. It just suddenly appeared in the middle of the book and not much is made after that. Something like this would have really given Beamon a lot more motivation and emotional turmoil.
I will say the book offered a great moral dilemma that kept you thinking. While the poisoning sends drug use plummeting in the U.S., the body count rises to staggering levels. The story has you constantly wondering if the ends justify the means.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great debut for Mills June 5 2001
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Like a lot of people, I read this novel based almost entirely upon the glowing review of Tom Clancy...and I have to say I wasn't disappointed at all. What a premise! Poisoning the drug supply coming into America, and the most interesting part is that despite the frightening number of deaths as a result, many Americans actually APPROVE! I found myself on more than one occasion thinking long and hard at how I might react if such a story became a reality, and as much as it bothered me, I felt myself thinking that the drug users were getting what they deserved...after seriously thinking about this course of action, I had to mentally challenge myself to NOT think positive about people who were dying in huge numbers, even IF they were abusing drugs. A novel that made me become emotionally involved, now THAT is great storytelling.
If Kyle Mills first novel is any indication, we have a LOT to look forward to in the future of action/adventure/cime novels. Treat yourself to a rollercoaster ride of intrigue and one of the truly original stories to come out in print in a very long time. I can only hope that Mr. Mills next outing is as captivating as this one. Pick it up and clear away some time, you'll need it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars AN IMPRESSIVE DEBUT Oct. 2 2000
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
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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5.0 out of 5 stars A phenomenal first effort
The plot is first-rate, the writing is well above average and the ending is too.
Unfortunately, Mr. Mills' next three books are nowhere near as good as this. Read more
Published on July 12 2003 by Skvoznyak
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book but I found myself routing for the bad guy
Rising Phoenix was the first Kyle Mills book I read and I have subsequently read the rest. I feel that for me it was by far the best. Read more
Published on July 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good yarn
One of the better novels I have read lately. Mills keeps his plot pretty well tied together and is believable. Worth the read.
Published on May 19 2003 by J. J Spencer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, only ok story
I thought the premise of this book was very interesting and that is why I decided to read this. However, the story that was delivered around that premise is only just ok. Read more
Published on Feb. 25 2003 by John Howard
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye Opener
This book is scary in a lot of ways. I saw the cdfs as heroes and murderers at the same time. I like the way this book displayed the pros and cons to poisoning the drug supply. Read more
Published on Feb. 14 2003 by R. H Porter
1.0 out of 5 stars Not a Rising Star in My Book
I picked up the book and noted the glowing review by Clancy. Based on his high praise I hoped I would enjoy this book. I was soon to discover that it was not to be the case. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by KaeLee Newton
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Plot
I enjoyed this thriller. The plot is interesting; just hope no one tries to actually impliment the idea. Read more
Published on April 14 2002
2.0 out of 5 stars Poor Start
5 Stars for the author's homework and the story's plausibility. Subtract 1 star: The author writes the "spoken" language, making "reading" the book laborious. Read more
Published on July 13 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT READING!!!
This book is entertaining, smart, funny and, in the end it will make you think, WOW!!!.
Published on Sept. 6 2000
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