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Rising Phoenix Mass Market Paperback – May 21 1998


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Choice; Reprint edition (May 21 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061012491
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061012495
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,386,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 2 2000
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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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