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American Vendetta (John Corey #4)

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3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  15,840 ratings  ·  792 reviews
Il Custer Hill è un club per soli uomini situato nel bel paesaggio delle montagne Adirondack, nello stato di New York. Tra i suoi membri l'esclusiva associazione annovera facoltosi uomini d'affari, ufficiali dell'esercito e membri del governo. Dietro l'aspetto di pacifico resort lontano dalla frenesia cittadina, il Custer Hill cela in realtà una sorta di "consiglio" strate ...more
Hardcover, 550 pages
Published 2007 by Mondadori (first published 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
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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
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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
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Eric_W
"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
Corey Tardif
John Corey's character still hasn't lost his touch. Wild Fire takes place about a year after the conclusion of Night Fall, after 9/11. This is another classic DeMille tale where Detective Corey is pulled into a murder investigation that also turns out to be something more. A real page turner, with an intense climax, but don't worry, I won't spoil it for anyone.

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
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Don
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
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Ross
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
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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
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Kathryn
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
Rachel
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
Todd
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
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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
Marca
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
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Carol
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
Kai Palchikoff
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 weekend, the Executive Board of the Custer Hill Club gathers to talk about the tragedy of 9/11 and what America must do to retaliat ...more
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Nikdy jsem nebyla velkou přítelkyní špionážních románů, konspiračních teorií ani hrdinů, kteří se vždycky všemu podívají pěkně zblízka na zoubek a špióna odhalí i ve své babičce. Když se mi dostala do rukou kniha od Nelsona DeMillea prvně, byla jsem trošku nerozhodná... něco se mi na něm líbilo, jiné věci ani trošku... Klady ale převyšovaly nad zápory, a tak jsem si následně požádala i o RC
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Brian
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
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Linda
Another great Nelson DeMille book!
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
Michael
This book was good. It was really long and it took me a while to finish. That's the only thing I didn't like.
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
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Haris
I read a page of this book on someone else’s Kindle on a flight a few weeks ago and was intrigued enough by the premise that I bought and read it fairly quickly. Ultimately, that intriguing premise is all the book has to offer, unless you read a book for unfunny dialogue, a grating protagonist, and a cartoonish villain. (Notice I didn’t say a plot, of which there is little.)

The novel, published in 2006, is set in 2002, just after 9/11. The premise – and I’m not giving away much here – involves a
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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
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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
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Carol
This was the first DeMille novel that I have read. I understand there are several others. Wild Fire is a murder/spy/cop/FBI/CIA thriller taking place after 9/11 with a nuclear threat thrown in. I like this kind of book and this was a good one. It reminded me of an updated & modernized novel complete with wise-cracking hero and beautiful FBI agent. Most of the story takes place in the Adirondack State Park and enviorns. So, a lot of familiar area is covered. It's a quick read because you need ...more
Sylvia
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.
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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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Other Books in the Series

John Corey (7 books)
  • Plum Island (John Corey, #1)
  • The Lion's Game (John Corey, #2)
  • Night Fall (John Corey, #3)
  • The Lion (John Corey, #5)
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