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3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  182 ratings  ·  26 reviews
At the US Naval Academy, the students refer to the administration as the Darkside, a nickname befitting the secrecy and manipulation that occur behind closed office doors. So when a first-year student falls to his death from a campus building, the Academy tenses as the Darkside begins to creep out of the shadows to cut off any potential scandal.

Retired naval aviator Ev Ma
Paperback, 544 pages
Published October 19th 2003 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published December 2nd 2002)
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Peter Deutermann is a new author to me. Having finished all of the Michael Connelly books, I was looking for a new audio book and went with something that was read by Dick Hill, who has done so many of the Connelly books. This was a good choice.

The story starts with a plebe taking a dive off the 8th floor of one of the dormitories of the Naval Academy at Annapolis. What seems on the surface to be an accident, or (worse for Academy image) a suicide, starts becoming suspicious when Midshipman Firs
Tom Tischler
A midshipman falls onto a plaza from six stories up at the Naval
Academy. It's initially classified as an accident. The Academy's
administration call the Dark Side by the midshipmen attempts to
cover this up. A bizarre twist complicates this and pulls midshipman
first class Julie Markham into the incident in an embarrassing way
even though Julie has a flawless reputation, high academic standing
and athletic achievement. Her father Ev is a professor there and
knows the extremes the Dark Side will go t
Stephanie Moglia
Man, this book was creepy. I read the first chapter of this book at the end of another Deutermann book and knew instantly I would have to finish it. Similar to his other book I read, you "knew" who the killer/bad guy was throughout the story, though in this one you didn't explicitly know the person's name until later on, but heard from them throughout. I had no trouble blazing through this one, as the suspense kept me hooked, staying up late to finish. Characters were well developed, I definitel ...more
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Larry reviews the book and audiobook of Darkside by PT Deutermann, read by Dick Hill. Published on St Martin’s Press. Originally published on December 1st, 2002

A dark grim thriller about a murder at Annapolis, a smashing good read – The Founding Fields

A dark thriller set at Annapolis, the United States Naval Academy. A Midshipman plebe lands in a plaza from six stories up. At first rule
Anne Broyles
Someone gave me a beaten-up copy of this book, so I thought it would be a good airplane read to pass on to someone else when I finished. Bingo! This is not a book or author I would have chosen on my own, but the fast-paced thriller kept me reading not only from Boston to Tucson, but the same day I arrived in Tucson, I stayed up late to finish the book. A psycho lose at the Naval Academy? An unjustly accused Midshipman? I entered a world of which I knew nothing and thoroughly inhabited it for 500 ...more
Deutermann is one of my favorite authors. In this story the daughter is connected to a pleb's death at the Annapolis Naval Academy and her father (a professor there) is in a race to prove her innocence between the authorities (the Darkside) make her the scapegoat. In his usual style, Deutermann puts in his twists and plots that has the reader guessing until the very end.
Deutermann is one of my favorite writers, and this is a great mystery. Good characters. Fun to have five main characters to follow and see interact until they come together in the drama and action. Book takes place at the Navel Academy which may be the sixth character in the book.
I just didn't get into all the Academy lingo used in this book. I liked the characters, but the constant referencing to "inside" language just slowed the book down for me. And I completely skipped the "voice" of the bad guy. Another maniac. Who cares. The ending, too, was just silly.
A basic thriller, but written well for a fun, light read. It takes place at the Naval Acadamy, a place I visisted once, so that made it more fun for me, I think.
typical deutermann, not the best writing ever, but fast paced and detailed enough to keep you interested. noticed a lot of editorial mistakes in this one...
This easily my least favorite Deutermann book. I thought it was a bit creepy (and I don't like creepy), plus I really did not like the ending.
Laurie (Kwiltreader)
Murder at the Naval Academy. Good mystery, lots of intrigue, just enough detail, some history, moved at fast pace and exciting.
Awesome Read! I would read this more than once. It has action, suspense, great plot, characters and leaves you breahtless!
Mitch Johnston
Read (listened) via Audible. Another great collaboration between P.T. Deutermann and Dick Hill (narrator).
Harry Lane
Fast paced thriller. Seemed well-grounded in Naval Academy physical layout and lore.
Interesting plot revels some of the pitfalls of the military colleges.
Loved it! Had never heard of Deutermann until I read this book.
great ending. more books could follow.jim hall is worth keeping.
It started out slow but boy did I get hooked after a few chapters.
Really enjoyed this book. Kept me very interested.
Wilma Rebstock
I thought this was pretty good, especially the end.
Good thriller based at the Naval Academy.
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surprise ending, awfully involved
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P. T. Deutermann is a retired Navy captain and has served in the joint Chiefs of Staff as an arms control specialist. He is the author of eighteen novels, and lives in North Carolina. His World War II adventure novel Pacific Glory won the W. Y. Boyd Literary Award for Excellence in Military Fiction, administered by the American Library Association; his other World War II novels are Ghosts of Bungo ...more
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