A secret club in the Adirondack Mountains holds an executive board meeting to discuss a possible retaliation plan for 9/11. The same weekend, a federal agent who was sent to survey the lodge and its powerful guests is found dead in the nearby woods. Detective John Corey and FBI Agent Kate Mayfield are sent to investigate the case, and in doing so discover a terrifying plot that begins at the secret Custer Hill Club and ends with two major American cities in the crosshairs of a nuclear device. Can Corey and Mayfield stop the detonation before it is too late?
This was the first Nelsom DeMille book I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The suspense throughout the book was amazing and I loved how he really grasped the different characters' personalities. It is a fiction book, however it deals with events and political people post 9/11, and the scary part is that once the plot from the Custer Hill Club is revealed, I could actually see our government participating in a similar plot. Definiately worth reading...
I couldn't put this book down. Read into the night. From Nelson DeMille:"This work of fiction is based on a rumor, repeated on the Internet, about a government plan very much like the one I call Wild Fire. Hopefully, the story I'm about to tell will play out only in these pages...."
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.
"More chilling than yesterday's headlines and as prophetic as tomorrow's, Wild Fire will challenge you to question everything you thought you knew about your leaders and your country while thrilling you with suspense that builds with every page."
The writing was good, the continuing characters were good, but the plot was implausible.
Propably not his best effort, characters and plots slightly less well developed in some of his other efforts, but still a good read, filled with the usual suspects, action, and laugh out loud ironic humor from our hero, John Corey, the rogue NYPD detective assigned to a federal task force. A fun read.
Welcome to the uster lub a mens club set in Adirondack hunting lodge whose members include some of Americas most powerful business leaders, military men and government officials. THe club is a place to relax with old friends. But one fall weekend, the clubms Board gathers to talk about the tragedy of 9/11 and finalize a retaliation plan, known only by it code name WILD FIRE.
I read this book in just a few days. At first it started out a little slow but within a few small chapters the action had picked up and you knew you were in for a ride. From then till the end of the book, I couldn't stop reading it.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this one. It is suspenseful and yet right up front with the facts. You are left wondering how this will end.
Women will probably like this book more than men, because it has Det. John Corey acting pretty stupid at times - all because of jealousy. There is a task force member whom wife, FBI Agent Kate Mayfield, has a past with. This little undercurrent has you arching your eyebrows and saying, "Oh BROTHER!", at how idiotic one can become when affected by jealousy. I got a real kick out of it, but I can see where men would have a hard time seeing the humor!
This is my fav book of all time... engrossing and entertaining... I love John Corey! I stayed up all night and read it in one sitting... somehow I managed to read the latest in the series before the other 3 and this is still the best.
The Custer Hill Club is a luxurious Adirondack hunting lodge where some of America's most powerful business leaders,military men and governmenmt officials go to relax. But one crisp fall weekend the club's executive board gathers to discuss the tragedy of 9/11 and to finalize its retaliation plan----code name : Wild Fire.
"This work of fiction is based on a rumor, repeated on the Internet, about a government plan very much like th the one I call Wild Fire. Hopefully, the story I'm about to tell will play out only in these pages..." Nelson DeMille. Captivating and all too possible.
I've read several of DeMille's books and I believe this one is my favorite. He really ratchets up the suspense in this "end of the world" type novel and keeps you spellbound. Of course, the main character having a problem with authority figures and possessing a razor sharp wit that not everyone appreciates, helped hold my interest.
The main character in Nelson DeMille's John Corey series is fantastic, I have enjoyed every one of these books to the ultimate and am always sad when the story ends but look forward to the next in the series. I LOVE THIS SERIES!
Another wild ride from Nelson DeMille! Det. John Corey and FBI wife/agent Kate Mayfield are on a race against nuclear destruction. the plot is sharp and fast moving. When a retired army general gets the idea to manipulate the government into destroying the middle east....suffice it to say, all hell breaks loose with Corey and Mayfield at the center of the action. Great read!
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. 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. Detective John Corey digs deeper, and he begins to unravel a plot involving the Custer Hill Club. 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.
Am a big fan of the "John Corey" series, and this addition does not disappoint ...in a secret Adirondack hunting lodge, powerful men are meeting to finalize a retaliation plan to 9/11....including American cities cought in the cross hairs of nuclear devices.....a great thriller and Scott Brick is my favorite narrator!