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Wild Fire [Hardcover]

Nelson DeMille
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Nov. 8 2006
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nelson DeMille comes a suspenseful new novel featuring Detective John Corey and an all-too-plausible conspiracy to detonate a nuclear bomb in two major American cities. Welcome to the Custer Hill Club--an informal men's club set in a luxurious Adirondack hunting lodge whose members include some of America's most powerful business leaders, military men, and government officials. Ostensibly, the club is a place to gather with old friends, hunt, eat, drink, and talk off-the-record about war, life, death, sex and politics. But one Fall weekend, the Executive Board of the Custer Hill Club gathers to talk about the tragedy of 9/11 and what America must do to retaliate. Their plan is finalized and set into motion. That same weekend, a member of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is reported missing. His body is soon discovered in the woods near the Custer Hill Club's game reserve. The death appears to be a hunting accident, and that's how the local police first report it, but Detective John Corey has his doubts. As he digs deeper, he begins to unravel a plot involving the Custer Hill Club, a top-secret plan known only by its code name: Wild Fire. Racing against the clock, Detective Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, find they are the only people in a position to stop the button from being pushed and chaos from being unleashed.

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Starred Review. Set in October 2002, bestseller DeMille's can't-put-it-down fourth thriller to feature ex-NYPD detective John Corey (after 2004's Night Fall) involves an American right-wing plot to suitcase-nuke two U.S. cities. The idea is to provoke an existing government plan called Wild Fire that automatically responds to nuclear terrorism in the homeland with a nuclear attack that will wipe out most of the Middle East. That such a plan probably exists, according to an opening author's note, heightens the tension. Corey and his FBI agent wife, Kate Mayfield, set off to find antiterrorist agent Harry Muller, who has disappeared after being assigned surveillance duties at the Custer Hill Club, a rich man's hunting lodge in upstate New York. John and Kate are a wisecracking, affectionate, deadly duo, with a new resolve born in the tragedy of the World Trade Center bombing. This tour de force of relentless narrative power neither stops nor slows for twists or turns, but charges straight ahead in the face of danger. (Nov.)
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John Corey, the ex-NYPD detective who now works on a government anti-terrorism task force, returns in this exciting and uncomfortably realistic thriller. Bain Madox, a brilliant and probably insane villain, has hatched a fiendishly clever plot to force the U.S. to launch an all-out nuclear attack against the entire Islamic world. It's up to Corey, with the help of his FBI agent wife, to stop Madox before he can detonate nuclear weapons on American soil. Set in 2002, barely a year after 9/11, the novel presents a what-if scenario that's so plausible we have to remind ourselves that DeMille is making the whole thing up. Or is he? As usual, DeMille appears to have done a ton of research; what sets his thrillers apart from those of some of his competitors is the way he seamlessly incorporates real technology and real government organizations into his stories. It really is tough to tell what parts of his novels are real and what are the products of his imagination. And although Operation Wild Fire, the American nuclear retaliatory strategy that Madox hopes to jump-start, is fictional, DeMille makes us believe that something very like it could and possibly does exist. David Pitt
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3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly Entertaining Oct. 28 2008
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
John Corey book 4

The story begins when Detective Harry Miller of the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force is sent to conduct surveillance at Custer Hill Club, a hunting club owned by a rich oil baron and reserved exclusively for powerful business leaders.

When he is found dead of an apparent hunting accident, a close colleague and friend John Corey together with his wife FBI Agent Kate Mayfield become interested in this surveillance gone wrong. Corey with his renegade style and disregard for normal procedure and his partner follow their instincts but the investigation quickly turns south.

The premise of the story is exciting and starts strong with a creative and plausible plot, the husband and wife team adds chemistry to the investigation. Although this action/adventure can be heart stopping at times it is too bad the author laid down his entire plan and the villain's intentions early in the novel thus removing some of the suspense from the ending. I found John Corey the main character becomes annoying with his constant wisecracks and rude attitude towards everyone, the excessive use of profanity makes him look more like a gangster and not a representative of the law.

The book is mildly entertaining, an easy read and one easily forgotten.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FAST PACED ACTION AND HIGH OCTANE DIALOGUE Nov. 23 2006
By Gail Cooke TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
Dubbed a Golden Voice by AudioFile Magazine Scott Brick reads both the Abridged and Unabridged editions of Nelson DeMille's latest mesmerizing thriller. The winner of a Science Fiction Audie and a handful of Earphone Awards, Brick is well suited to bring this chilling tale to life. His narrative style is understated, allowing the words to make an impact and that they surely do in DeMille's too-close-to-reality Wild Fire.

Popular protagonist John Corey returns to confront a mad man and a heinous scheme that would take the lives of millions. Corey's a former NYPD officer who now works in anti-terrorism. That's terrorism with a capital T as supposedly super patriotic, all-American, millionaire Bain Madox has come up with a scheme that would have the U.S. launching a mega nuclear attack on the world. But, try to prove it.

Initially, Anti-Terrorism Task Force (ATTF) agent Harry Muller is sent to investigate what is happening at the Custer Hill Club, an all too private hunting and fishing lodge which is actually a meeting place for a group of very powerful men who harbor some pretty sick thoughts. When Muller is found dead Corey and his wife, FBI agent Kate Mayfield, head for the same territory.

As he did with Night Fall (2004) DeMille offers another heart stopping thriller featuring the inimitable Corey. Fast paced dialogue and high octane action - enjoy!

- Gail Cooke
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4.0 out of 5 stars good read Dec 13 2013
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
As usual, Nelson DeMille is funny, has a good plot and story, and is good reading right to the last page.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Okay.. Dec 25 2007
Format:Hardcover
I have a like/dislike for Nelson DeMille. I've read all his books and have generally enjoyed them all.
My problem with DeMille is that his writing has become lackluster with his past three novels. His earlier work was wonderful.
When I first met John Corey I loved this guy. His sarcasm and wit had me rolling on the floor laughing, at the same time engaged with the drama and thrills of "The Lions Game" and "Plum Island". "Nightfall" and "Wild Fire" left Corey anemic and less funny IMHO. Still good reads, however, but generally disappointing when compared to his previous writings. "Up Country" started to show the cracks, and each novel that followed went the same route.
I said in a review of a previous novel that DeMilles favorite and most common statements/sentences are "I/she/he nodded" "I/she/he didn't reply".
I don't know why, but this has bugged me from the first time I read it.
I will still read DeMille, as he is a crafted writer. I keep hoping he gets back to his original form.
Wild Fire is a good read for anyone not familiar with DeMille. The story (like Nightfall) is set in the "real" world, and the possibilities and situations he uses are frighteningly real.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wild fire Jan. 10 2008
Format:Mass Market Paperback
If you have read Plum Island,lion game,nightfall then you can only hope this is as good and it is.Nelson Demille takes you on a wild ride and you really wish you didn't have to get off
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