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Wild Fire (John Corey #4)

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  14,079 ratings  ·  758 reviews
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 weeken...more
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Published November 6th 2006 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Nelson DeMille reminds me a bit of Robert Ludlum in that he takes a really long time to tell the story. It's not that he's boring, he just does a lot of research and includes a lot of information for the sake of authenticity.
The John Corey character is kind of like Hawkeye Pierce from M*A*S*H. He's hilarious as a fictional character, but you'd probably hate him if you had to deal with him in person. He's a smarta$$ extraordinaire. He gets almost all the good lines in this book, which has a lot...more
Ellen Peterson
John Corey is still irreverent and sassy. Like every Nelson DeMille book the pages the suspense is laced with humor. Any DeMille book can be read in any order but if John Corey is involved I recommend starting with his first appearence. It helps to know his background.

Wild Fire is actually a frightening story of what could be an actual occurance. We live in a scary world and DeMille lets us in on just how scary it is.

I highly recommed this book. The only down side for me was the over use of th...more
Mikey B.
A good build-up with nifty and humorous dialogue confrontations. I felt the ending a let-down – simplistic and a cop-out.

Simplistic because the entire pretext of (view spoiler). A cop-out because the resolution was all too (view spoiler). Also the book is too long – the shenanigans of Cory and Kate reminded me of Laurel and Hardy and were becoming like a broken record. DeMilles’ “save the...more
"What two cities need to be sacrificed to rid the world of Islamic terrorism?" That's the chilling question some domestic terrorists (they would never described themselves thusly) as they to to decide where to place several suitcase atomic bombs that have been stolen from the Russians. These high-level military and civilian officers, spurred on by wealthy oil men, have determined that no one else sees the light the way they do and it's time to take matters in their own hands by attacking the US...more
Toni Osborne
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...more
This is the third book I have read by this author and was disappointed again. This is another "save the world" type would be thriller and I have given the book 2 stars since I did actually finish the book. I would really give it 1 1/2 stars if I could. The story line goes beyond very highly implausible into the impossible realm. The author doesn't think his readers know that radio waves travel at the speed of light, or perhaps the author himself doesn't know it.
In addition the crude wise guy dia...more
Pete Grondin
Nov 25, 2008 Pete Grondin rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes DeMille, Ludlum, other global conspiracy thrillers
Recommended to Pete by: Self
Nelson DeMille is one of my top five authors. With Wild Fire, he didn't disappoint me again.

Detective John Corey and his FBI Agent-wife, Kate, were thrust into an investigation that started out as a not so simple murder investigation. It turned into a conspiracy investigation involving powerful men in government and business with potentially devastating impact on the planet.

While Corey's smart mouth and quick one liners keep the story interesting, the story line tended to be a bit linear, expos...more
I found this book at a charity sale for a couple bucks and what a find it was. It is the first DeMille book I have read but I really liked the John Corey character. He's patriotic, sarcastic and funny, and can be a complete A-hole, all wrapped up in a nice package. This books deals with suitcase nukes possibly being detonated on American soil in order for the US to return the favor, thinking it was terrorists, not people in our own government. Sounds complicated but it's a really good story, and...more
Oh goodness. Well, first of all, when you start a 519 page book and quickly realize the majority of the book is going to occur in just a 24 hour period, you know you're in for some long, boring drawn out dialogue/narrative. Second of all, I have read all the John Corey books up to this one and John and Kate are increasingly annoying. I actually don't mind John's smart mouth like a lot of people seem to; I think it's funny. But he and Kate together? Dreadful. Banal. She is a caricature of a typic...more
What a great premise for a book!

But it turns out to be one long, extended, overwrought, overwritten annoyance.

The whole idea of Wild Fire is that since 9/11, the USA has put the word out to the Muslim extremists that if any WMD is ever used on a U.S. city, that will set off a barrage of nuclear warheads sent at 100 or so cities in the Middle East ... kind of an extension of the balance of power (Mutually Assured Destruction) of the Cold War.

What makes this book fascinating (and gets it the secon...more
Well, perhaps I was expecting too much from this book after just reading Night Fall, which I thought was amazing. THe last book with John Corey as the lead character just missed the mark. I would still recommend reading it, assuming you read Plum Island, The Lions Game and Night Fall, but do not expect it to be as good as the others.

Although John Corey came through with his usual wise ass attitude, some of his action were not what I came to expect from him. Mostly, though, I thought the story li...more
Kevin Allmaras
John Corey everyones favorite narcisstic and wise cracking detective is back. With his wife Kate the FBI agent and his boss are lead into a bizzare plot to destroy the Middle East. After Johns friend and fellow ATTF agent and ex-NYPD detective Hary Muller goes on a surveilance expedition in upstate NY he winds up murdered. This on a holiday weekend also. When John finds out that he was supposed to go originally nothing will stop him from looking into what happened to his friend. As John and Kate...more
Detective John Corey and his FBI agent wife Kate Mayfield take on the looney far-right in the U.S. The loons have formed a group known as the Custer Hill Club and very powerful CEOs and policticians are part of the group. The CHC think the leadership of the U.S. is too wimpy and has a plan to over-ride the involvement of the president in starting a war. The plan is known as Wild Fire. John and Kate start out to investigate the disappearance of their colleague and freind Harry Muller who was sent...more
Sheila Cheasbro
Mar 05, 2009 Sheila Cheasbro rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone!
I LOVED this book!
Nelson DeMille is a great story teller -- taking him time to develop each character and weave in just the right amount of details with a little bit of literary license. His brand of humor that is used through main character, John Corey, is outstandling funny -- and right on target.

I couldn't put this book down, and once I did...I couldn't sleep.

The whole idea of a conspiracy being plotted by our own govnernment against it's own people just to start a nuclear war with our enemie...more
John Corey is his usual witty and sarcastic self in this 4th book in the series. While The Lion's Game and The Lion are still my favorites, I found Wild Fire to be an exciting action-thriller with a pretty scary realistic plot that makes you wonder how much is actually fact vs. fiction.

Great entertainment with some pretty funny dialogue that made for an enjoyable read.

Ahmed Salem
Informative in the beginning, boring in the middle and thrilling in the end!

I loved the development of John Corey character.
Linda Daley
i enjoy nelson demille's writing and have always been a fan of john corey. i think i like him because he's a bit of a smart-aleck---as am i. this time there was entirely to much wise cracking. he couldn't say ANYTHING without being smart mouthed and it got tiresome. earlier books were much better. i also don't see the chemistry between him and kate in this book. she's too intelligent to put up with his b-----it and not exerting her independence. oh well. i'll probably read more of demille unless...more
Would I be giving away the ending if I was reviewing a James Bond book and I told you that Bond stops the bad guy before his evil plan was complete? If you answer yes to that question -- if you believe that would spoil the suspense -- then stop reading this review, because I'm about to do something similar here.

After reading and thoroughly enjoying Nelson DeMille's Night Fall, which is the book in his John Corey series immediately before this one, I picked up Wild Fire. Night Fall ended with 9/1...more
Luffy Monkey D.
One conclusion I've come to reading Wild Fire, is that John Corey, the hero of these adventures, plays his game like a chess grandmaster. That is, he doesn't eliminate all bad options, but instead chooses what he believes to be right by using every atom of his guile and experience. As for the obligatory villain in this story, the more insane he seemed to Corey, the more impressed I was with him. I started reading this book waiting pointedly and consciously for the first sentence in this book th...more
Susan Clark-cook
Very engaging and scary books with a character that had me smiling at his wise cracks and sarcasism. I think I would have liked to seen his wife fleshed out a little more as she seemed to have an edge to her that would be interesting to see more fully explored. Perhaps he does this in future books, as this is the first I have read by this author.
The storyline is not startling because it is something most of us have thought about imagined or even read about before...since 9/11 our world has chan...more
Chris Miller
Wild Fire is a fast paced, police action thriller. I read this book due to a recommendation from my father, who said it was an "entertaining page-turner." After the first couple of chapters, I thought the characters were typical of police action thrillers. As the story progressed and Demille quickly built-up the tension, I started to enjoy the characters and their personlities more. The novel has a quick pace and I found myself not wanting to put the book down.

The main character, John Corey, is...more
Johanna Gail Tongco
If Sherlock Holmes has Dr. Watson on his side, well Nelson DeMille teamed John Corey with his wife FBI agent Kate Mayfield on his novel, Wildfire .

The story starts with this missing member of Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force gone missing in the woods while on surveillance on this prestige club which is composed of powerful men in Wall Street and Washington. The couple was then doubtful on whatever is going on.

Kate: Do you think he had an accident?
John: No.
Kate: Suicide?
John: Not Harry.
Kate: Do...more
A real page turner! I enjoy the John Corey character. I love the suspenseful & humorous way that DeMille writes and how he manages to capture his audience. As for the plot, although it sounds far fetched, it does make you wonder about how the corporate world is tied into politics and the influence it has on government decision making process. Worth a read.
While all Nelson DeMille's John Corey books are good, this one, I feel, is the weakest in the series. Perhaps I'm too much of a realist or not imaginitive enough to buy into the overall premise behind it: a group of powerful American men about to unleash nuclear devastation on their own country. I think DeMille could have done better. But it's still a good book.
Andria D'errico
I like Nelson DeMille's books, thrillers filled with action. This is another book with John Corey, ex-NYPD detective and his wife, Kate, FBI agent. Chasing down the murder of friend and fellow detective, Harry Muller, they come to the Custer Hill Club, where a group of wealthy, ex-soldiers use their own justice to retaliate against terrorists for 9-11. Their latest plot is activating Wild fire, the plan by the government to retaliate against Muslim terrorists world wide with atomic bombs if ther...more
I have liked old DeMille since Plum Island, he spins a fast paced yarn that makes you titter and desire some sort of manly man man.
Cindy Barnett
Sexually graphic, some f-bombs. Too bad, I think people need to hear the politics herein.
Both a thriller and Cory is a total crack-up. Thoroughly enjoyed this book!
I really like the plot here. But I HATE HATE HATE HATE the main character.

Plot: September 2002, Billionaire oil tycoon and some high up US govt officials plan to nuke LA/SF so the government sets into motion "Wild Fire" a secret protocol to nuke the entire Muslin world. It was inspired by Mutually Assured Destruction from the cold war, where we let the ruskies know that if they nuked us, we would remove their existence from the planet. John Corey and his wife/boss FBI agent solve a murder while...more
In this book our humorous charismatic and dare I say it smart ass hero- John Corey, comes face to face with the threat of nuclear obliteration.

This book is the fourth in the John Corey series. John Corey and his FBI wife Kate Mayfield, are sent to investigate the disappearance of a federal agent Harry Muller, who is a close friend of John. Harry has gone missing whilst carrying out a surveillance on the mysterious Custer Hill Club, a hangout for influential political and military figures. It so...more
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille. He moved as a child with his family to Long Island. In high school, he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army and attended Officer Candidate School. He was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army (1966-69) and saw action as an...more
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