Rising Phoenix Mass Market Paperback – Jul 1998
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
just started reading this author - was pretty good. Took me a little to get into because i'm used to either romance or Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, Ben Coes and this was a different... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
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
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 morePublished on July 6 2003
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
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 morePublished on Feb. 25 2003 by John Howard
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 morePublished on Feb. 14 2003 by R. H Porter
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 morePublished on Jan. 3 2003 by KaeLee Newton
I enjoyed this thriller. The plot is interesting; just hope no one tries to actually impliment the idea. Read morePublished on April 14 2002