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Kyle Mills
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Rising Phoenix (Mark Beamon #1)

3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  1,002 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Special Agent Mark Beamon is a maverick. His open disdain for the FBI's rules - and Directors - has exiled him to a no-profile post in the boondocks. But when a shadowy right-wing group starts flooding America's emergency rooms with dead and dying, Beamon is summoned back to Washington. Teamed with an icily efficient female field agent, he is given the thankless task of st ...more
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Published April 1st 1998 by Books on Tape (first published August 1st 1997)
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This was a disappointing book. The idea was really promising... and uh, well that's it. One Star

Plot: One Star

The idea was brilliant and asked a great moral question - how would you feel if the drug supply was poisoned and all the drug addicts were killed? Personally, I can't help but think they have the right idea, even if killing that many people is abhorrent.

Anyway, whatever, the reality of this plot was appalling. We spent too much time with the bad guy - and I mean way too much - learning
Where Do I start? I must say that the book started out well. And it continued to do well until Mark Beamon came into the picture. This is the first time I read a book where I found the hero to be the most boring character ever. Before I bought the book I read the summary on the book. That summary promised me a bad ass cop teaming up with a bad ass lady cop (yes, this was emphasized for some reason) to stop a ruthless, cunning criminal who used to be DEA from slaughtering the junkies in America. ...more
I'm tempted to go with 4. I was pretty glued to it but overall it's obviously his first outing. Not near as compelling as Silva, Connelly, Eisler, Coes, Taylor, Thor, Flynn or Child's first books. The evil plot takes 40% of the book to get unfolded and we follow it in painstaking detail with the antagonist the focus of the first half of the book. The writing is odd as well. He jumps all over the place and skips some of the payload of actions. A guys sneaks up to take out a character, it happens ...more
Howard Anders
Great first book by this author. The action is non-stop, and the story-line well-crafted. FBI Agent Mark Beamon is not your typical action-hero: trim, athletic, and equipped with all kinds of high-tech gadgets. He is, however, one darn good detective. Good enough, that you won't want to put this one down until you've finished. My one minor complaint with "Rising Phoenix" is the glaring mistakes with weaponry; rare here, as Beamon spends most of his time actually solving the crime, not shooting. ...more
Ed Schmidt
With the financial help of a TV evangalist, a former DEA agent comes up with a plan to poison the cocaine products coming to the US from Columbia. The plan is more succesful than anticipated, killing hundred of thousands of drug users. THe FBI brings in Mark Beamon, crack investigator (and sometime screw-up) to head the team. When the cartel discovers the identity of the culprit, at the same time the FBI does, the race is on to see who gets him first.

This book was difficult to read. The e-book v
An excellent, gripping, morally challenging novel.

I am reviewing Rising Phoenix as an abridged audiobook and will make specific comments on that aspect of it at the end of this review.

I have drudged and slogged my way through a number of books and audiobooks lately and this one was like a bolt of lightning - it came out of nowhere and really was a welcome surprise for me. I won't go into many of the plot details - however, this is a great bit of writing. The premise is thought-provoking, to sa

A deadly plague strikes America's cities.

Hospital ERs are jammed, chaos reigns in the streets, men and women are dropping like flies. Someone has taken the war on drugs into their own hands and poisoned the narcotics supply. And the most chilling of all: the majority of Americans approve.

Summoned back to Washington by the director who exiled him, maverick FBI agent Mark Beamon is given the thankless task of discovering who's behind the full-page ads that have suddenly a
Scott  Breslove

2.5 stars.
What a great concept this book has... And that's all it has going for it. Character development... Terrible... We are still meeting characters as the book is winding down, not a way to make the reader care what happens to said character. The chapters... So disjointed... Some start in one city from the pov of one character and stay that way. Some just from city to city or even to different countries, while also jumping character povs. Didn't make much sense. Plot timeline... Horrendo
Shelley aka Gizmo's Reviews
Synopsis: Special Agent Mark Beamon is a maverick. His open disdain for the FBI's rules - and Directors - has exiled him to a no-profile post in the boondocks. But when a shadowy right-wing group starts flooding America's emergency rooms with dead and dying, Beamon is summoned back to Washington. Teamed with an icily efficient female field agent, he is given the thankless task of stopping the slaughter-even though millions of Americans secretly approve of it. As the body count rises, Beamon real ...more
Rob Smith
This is the first of the Kyle Mills 'Mark Beamon' books and was surprised how it started with the "bad guys" being involved with a church and then what the problem was that the church leader wanted enacted. Interesting to start your first book demonizing, in a sense, a church. I found the premise pretty far out and the first chapter lost credibility to me for the rest of the book. Because I hate to put a book aside that I start, I went ahead with the novel.

Considering the the over long bulk of t
Interesting story about a preacher who decides to have the illicit drug supply poisoned in order to scare people into quitting. Of course, the project gets a life of its own and thousands die, with all kinds of repercussions.

An interesting premise as a means of getting rid of a number of low life people or rich entitled kids looking for the next high.

It kept my interest till the end.
After hearing the author was going to be picking up Vince Flynn's Mitch Rapp series, I wanted to read other books by him to get an idea of what to expect in future Rapp novels. This book started a little slow, but picked up and held my interest toward the end. Not bad for being the author's first book.
If you like great political thrillers with a punch, you'll love this explosive thriller debut from Kyle Mills. We're introduced to Mark Beamon, a FBI agent who's been bounced and reassigned to Houston. Through the eyes of John Hobart, an ex-DEA agent, and a criminal mastermind, we watch him plot his own evil plans of ending the war on drugs and making it into an epidemic across America. But they're both getting started to solve this problem their own ways. We watch how Hobart and Beamon dance ar ...more
Dan Smith
I want to get a feel for Kyle Mills writing as he will be writing the Mitch Rapp that Vince Flynn series started before his untimely death.... and I think I am gonna like it. Took a while to grasp, but in the end, he had captured my attention.
A fascinating concept - poison the US drug supply in an attempt to win the war on drugs- and an introduction to one of the great characters of political thrillers in Mark Beamon.
I really like this author. This is the first book in the series. I didn't realize that I had started at two. The book started off much slower than the others. If I started with this book I may not have kept on with the rest of the series, I am glad that I read out of order.
J Zouck
Thought the book was a pretty good read. Interesting plot - poison the drugs, warn everyone and the risk is up to you.
Fun story trying to figure where it will go and how it will end. Mark Beamon would be a
black sheep in any organization, but really stands out in a spit and polish outfit like
the F. B. I.
The writing here was not bad for a first novel but the plot could have been more plausible and the characters were mostly forgettable.
Lots of fun. Interesting premise and I'm looking forward to character development in coming books.
Listened to abridged version and I always feel I'm missing something ...
Kevin Fitch
Kyle Mills is on the short list of my favorite authors. His books are smart, funny and full of suspense.
Vikas Khair
This is the very first book written by Kyle Mills and since then he has written more than 20 books but this is the only one which I have read. This book deals with a very real problem which provides a logical answer but yes you know logic doesn't always work well in real life scenarios. This is what happens when a Right Wing Group starts murdering drug users. In comes Mark our hero and through muddy scenes we finally reach the end. This book had all FBI, Police, DEA et. al. and a cold cold kille ...more
Peter Charleston
Pleasant reading adventure.
This is one of my favorite books, although I've never read anything else by this author. The story is moderately frightening, but mostly because I'm not sure if I completely disagree with the antagonists. A group of former law enforcement and military guys decide to put a dent in America's drug problem by poisoning the source in central America. Regardless, it is a very exciting story and well written. The characters, both good guys and "bad" guys are easy to relate to.
Tom Tischler
John Hobart who used to be an FBI agent decides he wants to rid
the USA of drugs and he thinks he has the way to do it. He travels
to Columbia and manages to poison a shipment of heroin headed for the
US he figures that once the addicts see everyone dying they will quit
taking the drug and he is right except FBI agent Mark Beamon is hot on
his tail and the body count has reached 20,000. This book will keep
you interested and it's an interesting way to eleminate drugs.
I don't know why I haven't found this author before now but I am sure glad I have now. Wow. A rogue former DEA agent has a great idea for winning the war on drugs - poison the supply and scare everybody straight. He has a multi-millionaire religious evangelist as a backer and he's on his way. Thousands start dropping dead. This is a marvelously crafted plot, carried along by amazingly readable writing and really interesting characters.
There is a reason this book has an endorsement from Tom Clancy on it: Mills pretty clearly got his inspiration from him to write it. It has a very "Clear and Present Danger" and "Without Remorse" feel to it. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as both of those books are phenomenal, but it did feel a bit... recycled. All in all, not a bad story though, and out of curiosity I'll probably still read Mark Beamon #2 if/when Mills writes it.
I really enjoyed the concepts and ideas in this book. I'm not going to write a plot summary because other reviewers have already did that. But the concept that someone could poison cocaine and heroin at the production stage to get people to quit using is interesting. I really enjoyed the character development. I'm looking forward to reading Storming Heaven next to see what Mark Beamon gets himself into next.
Martin Lassman
This is a good book in this genre. It was suspenseful and well written. I was not disappointed at all.
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