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Night Fall by Nelson DeMille
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Nov 06, 11

it was amazing
bookshelves: 2011, audiobooks
Read from October 26 to November 06, 2011

Nelson DeMille is THE master of the thriller novel! Six of the most exciting novels I've ever read (including this one) were written by him, and the John Corey series (of which this is the 3rd book) is his best work. Through John Corey's first person narrative, DeMille delivers the best wise-cracking, hilarious lines, and he does this while delivering heart-pounding suspense with incredible plotting and details.

Nelson DeMille is also THE master of how to open a novel. Take The Charm School, The Lion's Game and now this novel; Read the first chapter or prologue, and see if you can stand to put it down. In Night Fall, a couple in July 1996, who are having an illicit affair, decide to visit a secluded Long Island beach and make an X-rated video of themselves. With the camera rolling and facing the water, the couple witness and record the real-life event of TWA Flight 800 exploding in mid-air. Was it a mechanical accident or an act of terrorism? There were 200 eye witnesses who refute the FBI official conclusion, but only one piece of filmed evidence... from a couple who disappeared from the scene, a videotape that was never discovered, or was it?

Five years later, 2001, John Corey is persuaded to look into this case by his FBI wife who was not satisfied with the conclusion. She shares some hints of evidence and even the two clues that led her to suspect the couple and the videotape. John becomes very interested when, unprompted, an FBI agent warns him to stay out of it...before Corey even has begun. Naturally, that gets him going and the reader is in for a ride after that. What he finds puts him and several others in danger, and lends a credible theory to a real-life mystery.

Adding to the tension is the finale. When the heroes of the book set-up a planned final confrontation for the following morning at the top of the World Trade Center, and the current date is the Monday after Labor Day 2001 (Sept. 10), the reader knows what's going to happen, and it's breathtaking waiting to see how it plays out.

As entertaining as this book is, don't start here with DeMille. Start with the first of the series, Plum Island, move on to The Lion's Game (still the absolute best thriller I've ever read), and then move onto Night Fall. This is popular fiction at its best.

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