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Rising Phoenix

(Mark Beamon #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  1,944 ratings  ·  121 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
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published August 1st 1997 by HarperCollins Publishers
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21/7 - This was crap!! Will write more later...

24/7 - The plot - a rebel FBI agent is hunting a mass murderer who has poisoned America's illegal drug supply and guess what, the perpetrator is the agent's old partner who got kicked out of the bureau for beating up a suspect. Sounds exciting, right? No way to mess that up, right? Well, Mills managed to find a way.

By focussing on the bad guy, John Hobart (not a spoiler as he is introduced to the reader as the poisoner from the beginning), for the f
Sep 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller

Take a maverick FBI agent mired in the bureaucracy of law enforcement, (with the predictable pinhead director), a self-righteous preacher, strangely competent bad guys and a pseudo-moralistic plot, and one might be forgiven in thinking that, "I've read all this before.". Well, you have ... in better books.

One doesn't feel led through this story as much as shoved from behind with the author's hand on your collar with no subtlety or tension. After being sledge-hammered with c
Aug 12, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: murder-mystery
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
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2016 rated it liked it
The author recently took over the Mitch Rapp series, and I really enjoyed his writing in that one so I decided to check out his earlier novels starting with the first one.

This was about an FBI agent, who is always bucking the system, who has been put in charge of an investigation to get to the bottom of a poisoned illegal narcotic supply. The premise was interesting and involved not just the FBI, but also a Colombian drug cartel, the mafia and a televangelist. Fast paced and easy to read, the o
Scott Breslove
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was ok

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
Jeff Dickison
Silly, boring and amateurish. Save your time.
This was an interesting one to read. I liked Mark, hated how he was treated. As for the crime part of me was horrified, part of me thought, well they did it to themselves. As the FBI guys were talking, how much money has been spent battling drugs, when something like this did more to stop things, it really makes a person wonder. I also loved how one of the by products were the drug producers themselves going crazy because they were loosing money left and right.

I plan to keep reading this series
James Scheid
Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
`A fun beach read thriller with an ambiguous morality from the late 1990's. . A right wing group's solution to the drug problem is to poison the illicit drug supply and cause thousands of deaths. This c FBI's Mark Beamon is hot on their trail. Is it moral to kill thousands of drug addicts and is it worth it to discourage illicit drug use? Or is it morally indefensible? These are the moral questions this story asks. The reader can find he or she is both sides of the answer to the questions at the ...more
Feb 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this is the first book I've ever read where I was rooting for the antagonist to triumph over the protagonist. Mark Beamon is a flat, one-dimensional, boring main character that seems to stumble into his successes more than anything else, while John Hobart has some depth...albeit not too much more than Beamon. It is a stereotypical good-guy versus villain novel, and I've read better. I'll probably still read more in this series though. ...more
Mary Jane
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it
Another 3.5 book for me.
I picked this book up at our library book sale. The premise was, indeed, unique. In order to halt the high rate of drup usage in the US, a scheme was begun, poisoning the drugs at their source. The ensuing results were the meat of the book. Although never compelling, the book was a good read.
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Bravo! A good fast read! now i am hooked. This was such a great, easy and creative book. i was hooked after the first page.

The characters were easy to fall in love with and follow, along with the story. the author made the mental visions so easy and vivid of the surroundings and the characters actions felt so real.

i would highly recommend this author and this book.
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: popular-fiction
I started this in preparation for a plane trip -- and tossed it. It all seemed too heavy handed and predictable. Have read other Mills books, and stopped. Somehow I have Mills and Flynn in the same tough guy rogue agent paranoid thriller category.
Rose Mary Lalonde
Tough Read

I am very disappointed in this book. I expected a lot more from this author but didn't get what I expected. The Amazon description labeled the book thriller/suspense. It was definitely neither.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Having read Mill's second work first I was slightly disappointed in "Rising Phonenix" but a remarkable first novel with a protagonist that fits well with the wise cracking irreverent sleuths of many a well read series. The book introduces us to FBI agent Mark Beamon, a maverick agent with a penchant for solving unsolvable crimes.
Beamon's backstory is hinted at while he's shuffled off to an ASAC post in his home state of Texas, where he soon involves his boss in a gunfight that once again reinfor
David Dampf
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's unusual to root for the "bad guy" in a story. I think it was due to the elaborate character development that was used during the beginning of the book. I wasn't really rooting for him, per se, but it made me think more deeply about the problems in our society and who is best equipped to deal with those problems.

To be honest, all the high praise from friend-of-the-family Tom Clancy made me wonder if Mills earned this slot. With or without Clancy's assurances, Rising Phoenix was worth the rea
Zac Brodrick
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
I was excited to read this book as I love what Kyle Mills has done with Mitch Rapp since Vince Flynn's death. I was underwhelmed with Mark Beamon. The plot was quiet good and interesting. The balance between the greater good through mass murder and death... interesting. The main villain was ruthless and thoughtful as he executed his plan... along with thousands of people... and some of his friends. But the climax was 'ehhh'. I felt like Beamon didn't really do much to solve the case or catch the ...more
Sep 02, 2020 rated it liked it
I am not sure if the story was about what would happen if someone poisoned the some of the narcotic supply coming into the US or about Mark Beamon, FBI agent. From the book blurb - it should be all about Beamon - but it isn't. It is mostly about the antagonist and the repercussions of what he has done. The Beamon portion seemed also like a side plot.

This book definitely delivers with the action and the story moves quickly. I did actually enjoy the book.
Peter M Beaumont
Great plot and convincingly written thriller

After 2 chapters it was easy to see why Kyle Mills was chosen to carry on Vince Flynn’s work. He has a wonderful way of describing in great detail what is happening so you can imagine the story unfolding without slowing down any of the momentum.
A real “can’t put it down” read.
Mark A
May 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Didn’t have it figure out

Wasn’t sure how it was going to end for sure. Liked the fact that Mark Beamon seems an ordinary person, no super hero powers makes it more believable. Was a fast read, was interesting thru out.
May 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Debut novel of Mill's Mark Beamon character, original plot concept, but not as well developed as #3 Beamon book Free Fall. ...more
Andre Perusse
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting story, but felt kinda "TV Movie of the Week" to me. Character development seemed a little shallow, perhaps. ...more
Terry Mcmullen
Dec 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Story is moving too slow for me and I don't think I care for the characters. ...more
MB Duvall
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
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Sandra Livingston
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read some bad reviews on this book it was kyle Mills first one. I loved it. I think he did a good job
Hayley & Anna Erickson
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anna-shelf
Good but too scaryyyyy 😱😱😱😱😱 read during the daytime!
Elna A. Swofford
Oct 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

What did I miss at the end?? It was great until the end— not sure what happened Don’t get the connection- I must have missed it.
Gary Williams
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Not quit the page Turner advertised bot entertaining. Ending a bit abrupt, overall I would recommend for the average pulp fiction fan
Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of his best. I love Kyle Mills, but this is not his most engrossing tales.
Oct 14, 2019 rated it liked it
was ok
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