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Night Fall (John Corey #3)

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A New York Times Bestselling AuthorOn a Long Island beach at dusk, Bob Mitchell and Janet Whitney conduct their illicit love affair in front of a video camera, set to record each steamy moment. Suddenly a terrible explosion lights up the sky. Grabbing the camera, the couple flees as approaching police cars speed toward the scene. Five years later, the crash of Flight 800 h...more
Hardcover, Large Print, 672 pages
Published November 22nd 2004 by Grand Central Publishing (first published January 28th 2001)
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Tim Williams
This book was 692 pages. For 690 pages it was one of the best books I've ever read and then DeMille completely ruined it with one of the most piece-of-crap, cop-out endings I've ever seen coming a mile away. He even admits that he had no idea how to finish this book and his son came up with the idea for the ending. I guess that's the problem with writing a story based on a real-life event. You can't really change history or present "facts" that didn't actually happen, so he completely wrote hims...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Demille's books seem to be reliably good (at least this series has been so far). I'm getting these from the public library (hey, I'm already looking at having to reduce the size of my own library...a lot. i can't buy every book I read). That means i usually have to put these on hold and wait to get them.

As I did this one.

This volume of the lives of our heros begins a little more slowly or maybe I should use the word "obliquely" than the first two. Hang in there it will grab you.

Kate (Mayfield) h...more
Nicole
****Spoiler****
I love Nelson Demille books. I love conspiracy theories. I absolutely can not stand it when there isn't an ending and nothing gets solved.

I rated this a 3 because it was highly entertaining. But as I was nearing the end I thought that there was a good chance we wouldn't get any answers...and we didn't. Though it isn't like this book is a history book that has all the details. I know it's a piece of fiction but, come on, finish the da*n story. I"m frustrated, but I literally just f...more
Chipper
DeMille's wit is in full effect in the suspenseful thriller! Made me laugh over and over and over again. The characters are likeable and believable, the story has the right level of sophistication and many of the theories in the book are based on verifiable facts and eyewitness statements regarding TWA Flight 800. Some readers have been and will continue to be displeased by the last couple pages. I, on the other hand, felt it was a perfect conclusion to a fastastic and wildly entertaining story.
Mikey B.
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Erik
This was one of those novels that the pre-release hype was so great that as a reader, I was not sure what to expect but Night Fall with a few small exceptions lived up to the media hubbub. The novel starts with a flashback scene that takes us to the Atlantic coast on the fateful night of the TWA flight 800 crash. On the beach, two "consenting adults" are enjoying their night out and for posterity sake filmed the evening. On this tape, the "accident" and a strange shooting light is trapped on cel...more
Kimber
I absolutely loved this book. After a co-worker had been talking about it for weeks she finally brought it to me. As soon as I opened it I was hooked. It took me a Sunday to finish it and I fell in love with John Corey the detective in the book. If you are into a suspense novel then this is for you!
Bruno

Este livro foi inspirado através dos factos verídicos sobre o avião TWA 800 que se partiu ao meio e caiu perto da ilha Long Island, no dia 17 de julho de 1996, provocando a morte de 230 passageiros. O que causou aquilo?

Link: http://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voo_TWA_800

As testemunhas viram o que parecia ser um míssel a ser disparado e atingido o avião provocando a sua queda.

Apanharam as peças do avião e reconstruíram este avião a fim de detectar falhas/ causas do “acidente”, mas não encontraram nada...more
Marilyn
Provocative, frightening, and based on True Events.
It is dusk on July 17, 1996. A man and a woman who are married - but not to each other - make love on a Long Island beach as a video camera records their pleasures...and something more. Out over the ocean, TWA flight 800 suddenly explodes with 230 victims on board, the terrible blast illuminating the sky. The government's verdict is mechanical failure. But the videotape may tell another story - if it can be found.
Now, on the 5th anniversary of...more
Jerry
Suspenseful tale built on TWA-800 crash - but sloppy ending!

We are loyal followers of DeMille's entire bibliography, so looked forward to "Night Fall", especially once we got the drift it was based on fact and embellished with fiction (ala the Da Vinci Code). The author concocts two eyewitnesses to the crash of TWA flight 800 in 1996, who not only claimed to have seen a "missile" streak skyward toward the plane, but may have videotaped it as well, as part of a secret, sex-filled beachside rendez...more
Johnny Williams
Yes--- I really enjoyed this book a lot. We get to know John Corey a lot better. His humor was still intact giving us an instant belly laugh when it hits you. This may not be the best Nelson has done but its still a good read. He can build a character with the best and draw you into a story reminding you of him being a master in his craft. You will find yourself inside both John's head and the witnesses he pursues--

If you are going to be a fan and going to continue the series-- you "have" to re...more
Reem
0 out of 5.
That aside, there was little to no content in the book, let alone any action. We were already aware of the fact that the plane was brought down by an enemy missile; the "raunchy" sex tape epilogue made that very clear. Instead of spending 400 pages looking for a sex tape, the writer could've spent some time exploring the main players behind this conspiracy and why they wanted to bring down the plane. Instead the writer opted to end the book with an open endig while playing on people'...more
Trix
I liked this book much more than The Lion's Game. I suspect it has a lot to do with the fact that this story had more of the hands-on approach than the rest. Whereas the 'mystery' in the previous Corey book was solved in the last pages of the book, "Night Fall" was shrouded in mystery to the end and only slowly revealed its secrets.

John Corey seemed to be more in his element in this book. Or perhaps, all that chasing around masked some of the cynicism and bravado. Don't get me wrong, I like his...more
Donnaleigh
WOW!!!!

This book started out as a good book, but revved up and ended as a whopping jaw-dropper. Excellent! This story may not be suitable for young adult readers due to some graphic sex, but the sex is a critical and necessary part of the plot.


This fictional story based on a true event is fast moving, funny, and at the end, grabs you by the throat and pins you to the wall. I listen to audio books on my commute, and this was the only audio book to date that, in the last chapters, I could not stop...more
David Earle
“Night Fall” by Nelson DeMille is the fourth, and the best, of the books of his I’ve read to date. In this book DeMille brings back ex-NYPD detective John Corey (from his novel, “Plumb Island”) and a large ensemble of other well-crafted fictional characters that he so masterfully entwines with a very non-fictional event…that being the midair explosion off the coast of Long Island of TWA Flight 800 that occurred on July 17, 1996 – 11 minutes after it took off from JFK bound for Paris, taking the...more
CV Rick
I look down my nose at those technothriller books written by big-name authors which litter the supermarket bestseller racks. I naturally assume that these books are light on character, heavy on cliché, and steal mightily from action movies just to satisfy a craving. But occasionally I want to read one to find out what sells or to find out what the big deal is about. And this book fit both of those needs as well as having been recommended by a client who seemed to have good taste in books otherwi...more
Jindriska Mendozová

Spisovatel Nelson Richard DeMille se mezi mými recenzemi neobjevuje poprvé. Prvně jsem o něm psala zde a již tehdy šlo o recenzi pozitivní. DeMille mne nezklamal ani tentokrát v detektivním thrilleru Noční pád.
Hlavním hrdinou je opět John Corey. Posunuli jsme se ale v čase a John už nepracuje jako detektiv u mordparty, ale u Protiteroristické operační skupiny. Je léto roku 2001, teroristé o sobě rozhodně dávají vědět (i když přímo na území USA zatím nijak zásadně), každý druhý by tedy předpoklád...more
Kathy Davie
Third in the John Corey thriller series revolving around a maverick of an ex-cop who now works for the FBI on their Anti Terrorist Task Force. This conspiracy theory is set in New York City.

My Take
I had to plow through this one. And the only reasons I can come up with are that this was Corey up against a hard-core cover-up, and DeMille is using real-life events that still break my heart.

Emphasis is placed on the unreliability of witnesses and, in this story, DeMille emphasizes how the FBI and t...more
Brian
If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore, and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God! - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Oh, sorry. That's the quotation that editor John Campbell gave a young Issac Asimov, and which became the basis for the latter's short story "Nightfall."

Nelson DeMille begins his book with a different quotation, this one from Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland:

For this must ever be
A secret, kept from al
...more
Andrea Stoeckel
4 out of 5 stars

This is a powerful book. This is also a rather cynically funny book if you look at the world through John Corey's eyes. Corey, a former NYPD cop who is now a contract worker with a joint Task Force addressing terrorism with the FBI, where his second wife works.

This is a cynical man. He's also a closer, one of the reasons he's still working over staying home on his disability pension from NYPD. He's known as a man who speaks his mind, a man who believes in "truth..justice..and th...more
Sarah
I really liked this one! Continuing with the character of John Corey, the ATTF, FBI and CIA. I both read this and listend to it on tape with Kev on a long trip(it's great on tape, the narrator is excellent). This book is about an investigation in to TWA flight 800 crashing. Was the flight shot down by a missle fired from the water in an act of terrorism that was covered up by the government? The book is shocking and chilling, and leaves you wondering if it could be true.
JM Blackie
Summer escape reading, with John Cory, a comic-book-hero full of quips and wise guy-isms throughout. The novel was feeling somewhat dated with what seemed unnecessary explanations for who Osama Bin Laden is (was). I never checked to see when it was written, but I felt that I was reading it as an "historical" piece written in the 1990's.

Some readers here complained that it was formulaic and "I saw that coming miles ahead." Not for me. It was a well reasoned, balanced look at the mysterious explo...more
Luffy Monkey D.
Oh my god. No amount of planning could prepare me to pen a deserving review for Night Fall. I will never ever read such a large book in so short a time. It was unbelievable. This is why I read books. After this, if I have to ditch 10 books in a row, it will be worth it. When I was reading Night Fall, I thought no way does this book get 4/5 stars. But it occurred that all events converged on the remaining chapters. That is the only way an okay setup book jumps from okay to amazing. The most rece...more
Ken
Typical DeMille. Entertaining and slick. Conspiracy theory addicts should like the novel. Based on the various theories surrounding the crash of TWA 800 as well as the continuing terrorism threat. Continues the development of the John Corey character. While he is still a wisecracking, likable character, DeMille continues to scale back the wisecracks so they do not interfere with the story. That was a weakness in "Plum Island"
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
This is the first book I've read by this author. I was all ready to give it 3 stars til I got to the very end! Normally I don't complain about so-so endings if the story is good, but this ending was disappointing enough to sort of ruin the whole story!
However, I very much like the John Corey character and his sort of snotty, sneaky sense of humor, and I will definitely try another of these books and hope the end is better.
Ferne
This novel has been on my bookshelf to read for a long time. I’m not sure why it took me so long to begin reading it. As I started reading, I couldn’t help but think about the recent headlines for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370. It made me pause to check the copyright date.

Over the years I have personally experienced so many times of joy in regard to airline flights – departures for long-planned and anticipated vacations, departures for adrenaline-pumping business travel, arrivals of loved ones,...more
Don P
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Maria Carmo
It is the first time I read a book by this Author, and I loved it! He has an intriguing and breathtaking style, unstoppable rhythm and enticing story! I am going to reveal NOTHING because it is definitely worth reading!

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon 6th. June 2014.
Dick
I began Night Fall by Nelson DeMille not realizing that it played perfectly into the plot that I was using for my third novel. I’ve read one other Nelson DeMille book, The Lion’s Game. I like The Lion’s Game. I love the opening chapters where the plane lands in New York and everyone is dead. I thought that was an awesome way to start the book. As I posted in my first lines category Night Fall too started well. Sadly for both books I found the endings less than spectacular.

John Corey, the main ch...more
Noel
A chilling look at Flight 800 which exploded over Long Island Sound in 1996. Part non-fiction and part fiction, the author leaves it up to the reader to make a judgment call on this one. Land to air missile? or engine malfunction?
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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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