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Night Fall (John Corey #3)

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John Corey, former NYPD homicide detective, assigned to the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force in the pre-millennium 90s, makes a return appearance in a thoughtful novel offering an alternative to the government's "official" position on what really happened to TWA Flight 800, which crashed off the Long Island coast in the summer of 1996. Accompanying his wife Kate to a memo ...more
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Published November 6th 2007 by Hachette Audio (first published November 22nd 2004)
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Tim Williams
Jul 06, 2012 Tim Williams rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Luffy
Jun 28, 2014 Luffy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Freda Malone
Aug 19, 2015 Freda Malone rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Wow. I'm shattered, shocked and awed by this novel. Pay special close attention to the time frame in the book. TWA Flight 800 tragedy 1996, the 5 year anniversary 2001. I was so engrossed in this fast paced, action packed, novel that I absolutely did not see the end coming. “Holy Shit” I said to myself and “No Way”. I had to go back and look. When you read this you'll be in for the ride of your life and the tension will grow and grow, and you will become shattered at the end. I hate cliffhangers ...more
Mikey B.
Feb 28, 2013 Mikey B. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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Mike (the Paladin)
Aug 25, 2014 Mike (the Paladin) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: rereading, thriller
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
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Nicole
Dec 01, 2007 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
****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
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Chipper
Nov 27, 2011 Chipper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Marilyn
Apr 28, 2012 Marilyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Erik
Jul 03, 2007 Erik rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2009 Kimber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jerry
Jul 05, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Reem
Aug 09, 2014 Reem rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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'
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Corey
Dec 24, 2014 Corey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what to say about Night Fall, the premise is very different than the first two books in the series. It's about the attack on Flight 800, which I didn't know much about until reading this book, a few nights ago I did some research on the real thing, and I learned more about it. This book also seemed to have a more serious tone to it than the first two.

The ending really shocked me, I never saw it coming. I don't want to spoil it for anyone so I won't give anything away. However it was
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Margarida
3,5*
Barbara
I had not read a DeMille book in a long time and while I liked this one (part of the John Corey series) I don't think it was as good as his earlier efforts, such as The General's Daughter and The Charm School (my personal favorites). The book had an e-x-t-r-e-m-e-l-y slow start and there were a few times when I thought I would just throw it aside and not finish. The clues to the mystery were too slow in coming and the author seemed to prefer to continually go over and over the aspects of the cra ...more
Eva
May 05, 2016 Eva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, read-2016
It's very uncommon for me to be reading thrillers. I like the genre, but there are other genres that are getting my attention a lot more. This book made me realise that I really should spend more time reading thriller/detectives.

What intrigued me the most about this book is the fact that it is a true story. In 1996 there was an airplane "shot down" after departing from NY and it did crash into the sea. To this day there is still a lot of questionmarks to what happened with this plane.

From the b
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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
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Johnny Williams
Apr 06, 2014 Johnny Williams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Margarida
Apr 28, 2015 Margarida rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Acompanhamos o ex-detective de Homicídios da Polícia de NY e agente contratado da Unidade Operacional de Combate ao Terrorismo do FBI John Corey em mais um caso. Após ter acompanhado a esposa Kate Mayfield (também agente do FBI) à cerimónia do 5º aniversário da queda do avião Boeing 747 TWA 800, e ter ficado intrigado com a visita de um outro agente do FBI que lhe disse para se afastar e os detalhes mal explicados do caso transmitidos por Kate, Corey resolve investigar o acidente (ou não) do avi ...more
Denny
Apr 02, 2015 Denny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
16 books on my favorites list now 17 love DeMille and John Corey
Donnaleigh
Mar 12, 2013 Donnaleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves:
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
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David Earle
Jan 24, 2013 David Earle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Oct 10, 2011 CV Rick rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mainstream
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
Jeff Briel
May 25, 2015 Jeff Briel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Sherlock Holmes
Recommended to Jeff Briel by: My curiosity
Night Fall

Read this when I was 13, never finished it. I stopped at page 149.

Here's how I remembered the story. Two married couples, on a honeymoon, was filming a sex tape at the beach when a plane crashed. The whole scenario was caught while they're filming their intimacy together. Now, they're witnesses. That was it. That's how I remembered it.

It was interesting but it didn't kept me glued. Maybe mystery and detective stories like Jason Bourne or Dean Koontz isn't just for me. I got bored an
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John
Jan 24, 2015 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Really enjoyed this book and learned a good bit about the real life tragic fate of the passengers of TWA Flight 800.Mr. Demille has really outdone himself with the John Corey series.This is the third book and they all have been very well written and interesting.John Corey is hilarious,wise cracking,no bull-shit taking,tough S.O.B.Cant wait to see what he gets his hands into next.
Rae
Sep 14, 2015 Rae rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow...I was able to finish this book rather quickly because I couldn't wait to see what happened. Living so close to the TWA tragedy and visiting the memorial site many time, I was compelled. We've all wondered what actually happened, and Nelson DeMille forces you to relive it. I found myself putting the book down and googling the TWA tragedy. The timeline in the book is key to events leading up to the ending, pay attention. This is the first time I've read anything my Demille and I enjoyed the ...more
Zézinha Rosado
Jan 12, 2015 Zézinha Rosado rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lido-e-trocado
Um bom livro policial baseado em factos reais - a queda do voo TWA 800 em pleno oceano, provocando a morte de 230 pessoas.
As personagens são bem trabalhadas, donas de personalidades fortes, que dão todo o ênfase ao desenvolvimento da história do livro.
É interessante ver como o autor "misturou" de forma delicada e homogénea provas e acontecimentos reais com a ficção da sua autoria, resultante num livro que apetece ler sem parar.
O final é abrupto e deixa-nos um "amargo de boca" e uma vontade enorm
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Jennifer
good book and concept - a bit disappointed by the end but i suppose it couldn't have ended any other way.
Tim
Nov 21, 2014 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This novel is not as good as others he's written. There is some good writing, some repetition and I wasn't exactly thrilled with the ending. 4 of 10 stars
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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
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