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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.
- Wild Fire
I'm a diehard Nelson DeMille fan and have been buying his novels on the day of release since I discovered his writing. Wild Fire has all the sarcasm and stoic persistance I've come to expect. Maybe CIA Ted can stay dead this time?
Cheers! Mark...more info
- Please bring the REAL John Corey back!
Now I like Nelson DeMille a lot. I've read all his books (save The Gate House; waiting for it to arrive). My favorite is "Plum Island" in part due to the story and in part due to John Corey, that wiseacre ex-NY PD detective. The John Corey stories, alas, have gone downhill since the days he chased Captain Kidd's treasure. I thought "Nightfall" had no real ending, and I though "Wild Fire" had an implausible ending within a truly implausible story. I won't be a spoiler here; I will say I could not put the book down despite the implausible story but it was still unsatisfying due to its ending. I find Kate Mayfield an improbable match for John Corey's character (if you read "Plum Island," you'll see why); her preachiness against John's rogue behavior becomes positively revolting when she joins him in rebelling against authority (something they did together in "Nightfall" too).
If you like John Corey in the previous books, you'll want to read this for completeness' sake. If you've never read anything by DeMille, read "Plum Island" or "The Talbot Odyssey." Save this for last, if at all....more info
- Not One of DeMille's Best
Reading this right after DeMille's "Night Fall" was a bit disappointing. The novel gets somewhat long in the tooth. The basic premise for the story is different & very good. Unfortunately we find what the evil goings on are to be by sitting through a long meeting toward the beginning. The rest of the story just plays out afterward. DeMille writes with a very good tongue in cheek humor. It goes overboard in this one. The hero, John Corey, is a bit too acidic in his humor & sarcasm. If he were real, someone would have cleaned his clock long ago; including his wife. The plot is very evil & the fact that John & his wife take down all the bad guys by themselves before outside help arrives is just over the top & just would not happen. The bad guys who survive & are high ranking government officials just fade away, their deeds glossed over by the government which is so predictable. It's readable, but by no means one of the author's best works. Oh, one more thing. Mr. DeMille, please put Ted Nash somewhere so he need not surface yet again. He's gotten tiring, having more lives than a cat....more info
- Really Bad DeMille
By the middle of this book, I wanted to kill John Corey. All the stupid exchanges with his wife/partner got a little old. It is time for this character to go away. Completely implausible. In fact I was wondering when the wife was going to kill him in his sleep. I liked DeMille's earlier work. I liked Lion, Spencerville and General's Daughter.
It is sad when an author is turning this garbage out for the cash. Check th Stuart Woods club on disposable characters....more info
- Not his best
This is far from the best Nelson DeMille book I have read. The protagonists are unlike-able, the villain is straight out of James Bond. It's like a spoof of James Bond flicks -- think Austin Powers. Despite having ample opportunities to simply kill the good guys outright, the villain has to (for umpteen pages) try to impress the good guys with his cleverness, before killing them. This happens twice -- once after the capture of Harry Muller, and again after the capture of Corey and Kate.
The dialog between John Corey and everybody else is getting old. It isn't fresh and funny, it's just tired. Maybe I've read too much DeMille. If this your first book of his, it might be surprising and rapier-witted.
The best part of the book comes during the quick post-mortem on Harry -- clever trick there, but then... the rest is just predictable. There is some nice humor at the expense of Wilma, innkeeper at their last B-and-B -- but honestly, not much else memorable about the book, and I finished it only yesterday. Having said that, it does move right along and I read it in one night. Still, Gold Coast, Charm School, and Up Country are much the better books....more info
- An All Around Bad Read
Traditionally, DeMille has written excellent thrillers with unexpected plot twists & generally witty dialogue between Corey and the antagonists. This book has absolutely none of those characteristics.
Fiction writers are generally afforded a lenient artistic license allowing them to stitch otherwise ludicrous plots together. This book takes those liberties and abuses them to the fullest. Under no circumstances is the plot of this novel made believable to the reader. Proper writing along with effective plot development can make nearly any scenario appear realistic, DeMille fails miserably at this task.
Corey is not up to his usual self in the book. The other characters offer no intrigue. Unlike the villains in his other books, Bain offers us no insight as to why he is such a lunatic. His cache of supporters are all merely "present", there is no effort on DeMille's part to explain to the readers why they have all gone mad.
This is the worst part of the book. I will not elaborate, however it should be obvious to most readers that this book was rushed into publication. The dialogue is awful. In fact, nothing significant happens between the 1st two chapters and the last 2 chapters. Everything in-between is filler material (consisting primarily of weak dialogue)....more info
- Wild Fire by Nelson DeMille
Once again Nelson DeMille has produced an interesting and exciting work of fiction. (or is it fiction). I love Kate and John the central characters,especially since she (Kate) is in theory not only his boss but his wife. The concept is interesting and the plot without parallel. I hope DeMille writes more novels with Kate and John Corey as the central characters.DeMille's books are sooo exciting....more info
- Great book, scary plot, great humor also
It isn't often that a great plot and great humor are in one book. I appreciate sarcastic and ironic humor and appreciate many of John Corey's thoughts. For instance I thought he was pretty right on with his B&B views. I listened to Scott Brick's narration and had a problem turning the iPod off. There is a bit of technical detail in the book (which some may find boring) and I learned quite a bit - some of it I would probably sleep better not knowing. :-)Although some of the discussions may seem long (because you really want to find out what is going to happen) they seemed frighteningly real.
All in all a great book with the type of humor I very much appreciate. I was laughing out loud while listening to it. ...more info
- not this time
I really wanted to like this book, but it was actually annoying. I really liked John Corey in Plum Island, less so in the Lion's Game, and hated him in Wildfire. the wisecracking was way over the top, and his wife came off as a lame straightman/sidekick.
I hope Mr. Demille doesnt do this in the sequel to his greatest work: The Gold Coast. That was the first book I read by him- luckily it wasnt this one!...more info
- Just Plain Awful
This is the third Corey book I have read, and they seem to be going downhill fast. Why, like a James Bond movie, do the bad guys never just kill Corey when they have the chance. The conclusion was so predictably unbelievable with the "race against the clock" ending. However, the worst part of the book is Kate, Corey's wife. These two could never exist together, and her character seems to change back and forth from weak to strong character. Take a pass on this one....more info
- Doesn't Work
I have read most of this author's books and enjoyed them all, until this one. I tossed it aside after the first hundred or so pages. The main character is unlikeable and the plot is out in left field (or actually more like right field)....more info
- The Usual Suspects
I read this book several months ago but held off writing a review, hoping my first impressions would improve with time. Alas, not so. De Mille's books are usually a reliable mixture of snappy dialogue and fast paced plots. The snappy dialogue is here in spades; John Corey is married and he and Kate engage in the usual banter. However, de Mille seems to think this is a substitute for a well thought-out plot. In this book we meet the bad guys (more on that later) and they proceed to lay out their plans in endless detail. In fact, the first 100 pages (at least it seemed that long) consist of the evil doers explaining all in a meeting that is laughable. We find that the bad guys (no spoiler here) intend to nuke one of our major cities. Just which one requires pages of discussion.
Once this meeting concludes the pace does pick up, but the "action" seems to consist of John and Kate driving around the countryside.
Now a word about the perps. Every author is entitled to his or her choice of bad guys. Is does help, however, if the choices are plausible and don't require too much of a stretch of ones imagination. In this case the proposed deed is the setting off of a nuclear device in one of our cities. Given recent history, one might suppose that this might be the work of Arab terrorists, etc. Not so. Here we have members of the FBI, CIA, and State Department. Heading up this group is, of course, a representative of the most evil group of all - - big oil.
De Mille can do much better than this sad sffort. ...more info
- Wild Fier
Fun read interesting plot. It's a page tuner. If you are a fan of DeMille's other John Cory novels you will like this one. I read it in about a day and a half while on vacation....more info
- My first DeMille and probably my last
I was very excited when this book was offered as a prize in my library's summer reading program. I had often seen this author in the bookstores and had never read him, so I thought it was a great opportunity. I selected this book and eagerly began reading.
After finishing this book, my primary reaction is that I will never read another. The only thing that saved this from receiving a one star rating was the premise. The general story was great and I thought I was in for a wonderful read, only to be greatly disappointed. The writing is very, very bad. The dialogue is stilted and the main characters "solve" the problem in a way that has no plausabiliy.
I was a bit concerned close to the beginning where a federal agent has been caught trespassing and is brought into a meeting of the "bad guys" where the entire plot is explained to him. This is supposed to be a meeting of the major players who have been involved since the beginning, but the leader of the ring explains things like one would do a group of elementary school children. They also immediately begin feeling uncomfortable about what they are going to do even though this has been in the works for years. What a contrived situation.
The hero of the book (John Corey) also is totally unrealistic and very irritating the farther along you read in the book. While some wisecracks make sense and help develop his character, there is NOTHING said in the dialogue that doesn't result in a wisercack. At some point, facing proabable death (and the death of his wife), I think he would have SOME serious thoughts or ideas. It just doesn't ring true. He also manages to "solve" the mystery/problem without much data and magically figures the whole thing out.
If this is representative of his work, I'll not be reading another. There are too many good books in the world to waste time on this !
WILD FIRE was typical and predictable in plot for Nelson DeMille. Story's setting was interesting with our country's current events....more info
- Typical Demille.
If you like Nelson Demille, You'll like this book. Quick, funny, entertaing. John Corey at his best....more info
- Not Worth It
This was the first book by DeMille that I have read and I wasn't impressed. The basic plot was good, however, the incessant wisecracking by the main charactor was overbearing and obnoxious. And his prolific use of the f-word was crass and left the book severely lacking in terms of intelligent dialogue. Don't waste your money on this one; I'm sorry I did....more info
- AWESOME! Exciting and in parts made me laugh out loud.
I loved this book! The plot and characters were so interesting. I loved the witty banter between the main character, John Corey and his wife Kate. It's one of the few books that had me laughing out loud! The book on CD was read by Scott Brick did an AWESOME job as the voice of John Corey and the other characters. It was also kinda scary because it makes you wonder if Wildfire could actually happen someday....more info
- exciting action novel, but...
Nelson DeMille is one of the best writers in the business, bar none. He delivers captivating stories, non-stop action, interesting characters and spices it all up with a bit of humor. "Wildfire" is no exception but this time the humor is sometimes a little strained and contrived, and at times annoying. John Corey and his FBI agent wife Kate make an exciting couple and yield good stories, but this is about the fourth novel with them as the principle characters and I would like to see Mr. DeMille give us a couple of books with different protaginists. He can bring back John and Kate anytime, but something different would be a welcome change.
Overall, I liked "Wildfire". It deals with an interesting and I hope far fetched concept that I would think even our crazy government could never design. It is exciting reading and I was up until the early morning hours finishing the book. His books tend to be a little long, but to me they are about the right length for a good thriller. If you like good cop/spy/consipiracy stories then be prepared for several long nights. Highly recommended....more info
- I can't imagine anyone would willingly listen to Scott Brick
Nelson DeMille cranks out another dime a dozen pop fiction bestseller a la James Patterson or Michael Connelley, an average book to fill mindless time if you don't mind your literature with the subtlety of a shotgun and the artistry of a shovel. A great book for the 81% of the %90 of people who mistakenly believe they are in the top %10 percent in any given admirable quality, i.e. driving ability, intelligence, etc....more info
- Good, but the light bulb goes on a little too easily
I liked this book, and I usually chuckled at most of John Corey's wisecracks, though I can see how their frequency can annoy some readers. (As far as that goes, you're either endeared to the Corey character or you're not. My advice is to just roll your eyes, like Kate, and get on with the rest of the book!) Anyway, my only criticism of the book is that I felt the lightbulb over John's head went on a little to easily and a little too suddenly. The story seemed to go from John and Kate not getting it to suddenly figuring out the general idea (though not all its specifics) of the dastardly scheme, almost out of nowhere. I would have liked a little more development on that score. Otherwise, on balance, I enjoyed the book....more info
- No Improvement
I have read most of DeMille novels. The early ones: Plum Island, the Gold Coast, the General's Daughter, and later, the Lion's Game, to mention a few, were all terrific and rated at least 4 stars. His later novels have really been disappointing.
While John Corey is a real likeable character, DeMille, in this novel, stretches the limits of one's patience. Even the story line here is not very original. At over 400 pages long, this novel could easily have been condensed into a good short story, say 50-75 pages. The huge amount of useless dialague and descriptive material in this novel is just a waste of time and is to be skimmed over. How any one could rate it a 4 or 5 star, is really beyond me....more info
- Suspenseful, exciting and at times hysterical!
I loved this book! The plot and characters were so interesting. I loved the witty banter between the main character, John Corey and his wife Kate. It's one of the few books that had me laughing out loud! I listened to the book on CD and Scott Brick did an AWESOME job as the voice of John Corey and the other characters. ...more info
- Good book by Demille
This is another of Demille's good books about Terreism in the U.S. This time is domestic ones. Good all around read. Funny, entertaining, and some suspense. One of his better books....more info
- Just Garbage
DeMille's lastest novel is thinly veiled bigotry masquerading as a torn-from the headlines thriller. But it is also just a terribly plotted piece of fiction. DeMille used to write edge of your seat thrillers that were consistent crowd pleasers. But apparently with the end of the Cold War he has lapsed into writing long-winded tracts which suggest that it just might be a good idea to commit religious/ethnic/racial genocide on a level never-before contemplated. But beyond this obvious flaw, the novel is simply poorly crafted. The characters' dialogue rarely rises beyond an exchange of "bleep you's" and the novel gives away any twists or suspense in the very beginning of the book so that all the reader is left to anticipate is just how many off-handed racist or sexist diatribes DeMille will be able to fit into the mouths of his heroes before the bad guy finally reaps his reward. Most astonishingly, it is clear that DeMille believes that the bad man deserves death not attempting to aid the nuclear annihilation of an entire area of the globe, but rather because he had the temerity to kill a friend of DeMille's main character. I only wish I had followed my impulse and thrown this racist, sexist garbage away when I got off the plane....more info
- Wild Fire
This book is excellent, it keeps you interested page after page. I couldn't put it down. I love John Corey and Kate! What an awesome read....more info
- Wild Fire
You don't sleep once you start this funny, suspense filled, sexy, gotta read one more page book. one of the best ever. Wayne...more info
- stupid premise, obnoxious corey
I was really disappointed with this one -- I had enjoyed a couple Corey novels in the past, but I had to put this one down after about 30 pages. The premise seemed so stupid, and none of the protagonists pointed out some of the obvious problems with the evil plot. And Corey was just a crass, crude buffoon in this one -- I don't remember him being so tiresome in Demille's other novels. It was unreadable. Won't read another Corey novel....more info
- Make no doubt about it............
This is a man's book through and through. Tough talking and very funny. Also unapologetic about the fact that is is a man's book. Very enjoyable....more info
- Fire isout!
As a long-term DeMille fan I was extremely disappointed in Wild Fire. He takes witty banter between John Corey and his wife to the extreme. It was like reading a script from the old Avenger TV series with the endless witty banter between Mrs. Poole and Patric McCoogan. Tally-ho! On to the bad guys! A little of that goes a loooong way. I pitched the book about 1/3 the way through, before I started gagging. DeMille needs to get away from writing comedy and get back to his serious roots. Before purchasing any future DeMille books I will be waiting for the reviews!...more info
- You call this a thriller!?
This was probably the cheapest, weakest, most pathetic attempt at a thriller I've run across, and I wouldn't be surprised if DeMille just dashed this off simply to earn a paycheck. Some demented right-winger decides he's going to decisively win the War On Terror back during the pre-game hysteria for Iraq by framing Islam for his own nuking of LA and San Francisco, which will also somehow help the nation "regain lost honor" by scaring the Vietnamese government into surrendering to us, and our alleged hero John Corey and his wife are too busy having a romantic working weekend in Long Island to notice. The villain practically advertises his intentions to Corey at every possible turn, but Corey would rather complain about France's refusal to join the Coalition Of The Willing to notice. Don't just save your money, save your time and leave this on the shelf in the library rather than reading it....more info
- Fun but DeMille can do so much better
This was a fun book, but I think Nelson DeMille should exercise his skills on different characters and plots for a change. John Corey is getting a bit tired; give him - and us - a break and bring back some of the brilliance and power demonstrated in so many other great novels (Charm School, Rivers of Babylon, The Gold Coast, . . . among many)....more info