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Radiant Angel

(John Corey #7)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  14,611 ratings  ·  1,421 reviews
After a showdown with the notorious Yemeni terrorist known as The Panther, John Corey has left the Anti-Terrorist Task Force and returned home to New York City, taking a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. Although Corey's new assignment with the DSG - surveilling Russian diplomats working at the U.N. Mission - is thought to be "a quiet end," he is more than happy ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published May 26th 2015 by Grand Central Publishing
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Kim I read it yesterday, John's back to being himself after being shelved to UN duty by the Feds....
Dave Crawford I went to a book signing in Hudson Ohio recently to visit with the mystery master Nelson DeMille. I asked this very same question during the Q&A…moreI went to a book signing in Hudson Ohio recently to visit with the mystery master Nelson DeMille. I asked this very same question during the Q&A thinking I had missed one of my favorite characters in a more recent book.

Nelson originally entitled the book, “The Quiet End.” Apparently his US publisher did not think the title was sufficiently marketable. He disagreed but nonetheless you can see how it worked out. (less)

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Andrew Smith
The basic story here is a simple one. A Russian spy is looking to blow up Manhattan and dump the blame on a rich Saudi Arabian. The ensuing chaos will be helpful for the Russians as the economic and political fallout ensues. To this end he intends to float a nuclear device close the the financial district and detonate it. John Corey (who followers of DeMille’s books will be familiar with) is now working for the Diplomatic Surveillance Group and he’s charged with tracking the movements of the ...more
Ayat Zaheer
Jun 13, 2015 rated it did not like it
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Nov 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, netgalley
First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Nelson DeMille, and Grand Central Publishing for providing me with a copy of this book, which allows me to provide you with this review.

DeMille creates a sensational story featuring his most popular character, John Corey; man of mystery, hated by many, and fearful of little. Corey is back on US soil, now employed by the FBI's Diplomatic Surveillance Group (DSG). Corey and his new trainee, Tess Faraday, are sent to tail Colonel Vasily Petrov, a
This is the first book I read of Nelson DeMille. It works up a good pace and has a strong hero character in John Corey (who I understand figures in many other books). The book suffers though from a basic, largely far-fetched and simplistic plot & sequence of events.

John Corey is part of the Diplomatic Surveillance Group and watching the Russian UN team. He is accompanied by a young trainee – Tess Faraday. John soon uncovers a Russian plot to set off a nuclear bomb in New York, with a plan
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok

In an age where both new and established authors toil endlessly to create fascinating plots and multidimensional characters, it is refreshing to see a writer such as Nelson DeMille fearlessly release a book that is so spectacularly phoned-in.

DeMille is a bestselling author, and Radiant Angel recently topped the bestseller lists, and this makes sense—he is the go-to author of slackers hanging around water coolers everywhere. He appeals to all those workers out there that also perform
Apr 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am pleased to report that it's safe to become reacquainted with Nelson DeMille's books again after last year's unforgettably tedious 600 page chase through Yemen in "The Panther". In "Radiant Angel", John Corey is back in New York watching Russian UN personal for the Diplomatic Surveillance Group sans his long suffering FBI wife Kate Mayfield, on assignment in DC. John and his very lovely young trainee Tess Faraday, become suspicious of a group of Russian SVR agents at a party in the Hampton's ...more
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
“Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount.”

----Omar Nelson Bradley, a senior U.S. Army field commander in North Africa and Europe during World War II, and a General of the Army in the United States Army

Nelson DeMille, the #1New York Times best-selling author, pens the seventh book, Radiant Angel in the John
Adam Light
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: series, demille
Not too many authors writing thrillers today have the power to excite me with news of a new release like Nelson Demille. Whenever a new book in the John Corey series comes out, I am all over it. This one was no exception. At 311 pages, Radiant Angel is about half the length of the usual entry, and that made me nervous. Nothing to worry about. Usually these books are slow to build up the suspense, but this was a barn burner. The tension never let up. Excellent in every way. Loved it.
May 30, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: librarybook
I have a soft spot in my heart for Nelson DeMille books, and for John Corey in particular. Common sense says I shouldn't like either. DeMille's books are formulaic and the stuff of old Bruce Willis movies. His character John Corey is a smart-ass, sometimes condescending to women, and makes his own trouble. Still, John Corey is my smart ass and and I will read these books if and whenever they come out. Radiant Angel followed the tried and true DeMille formula, covering improbable events in a 48 ...more
Mike French
Jun 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite literary characters is back. John Corey, the wiseass ex-NYPD cop is better than ever! I know some of you didn't like The Panther, but I am positive you will enjoy this one!
Mark Noble
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
I read Nelson DeMille’s latest book, Radiant Angel. I gave it only two stars to reflect my growing dissatisfaction with good authors who go though the motions pumping out books in a comfortable formula. This is a John Corey novel, number seven in the series. The premise is very contemporary: Russia under Putin is growing stronger and more powerful. They want to surpass the USA as leader of world so they implement a plan to smuggle a suitcase nuke in the hold of a luxury yacht owned by a Saudi ...more
Joseph Cognard
Sep 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Always wanted to read Plum Island as much of it takes place in Southold, NY an area that I am familiar with. I decided to read this book another one from the series as the threat of a nuclear bomb scares me less than bugs. Radiant Angel takes place on the South shore (Hamptons) another area that I know fairly well. The book was enjoyable though somewhat typical Russian bad guys nuclear suitcase, etc...
I liked it enough to get over hurdle and will try Plum Island bugs or not.
Jul 30, 2015 rated it did not like it
I have enjoyed his books over the years but this one is awful.
Liz Barnsley
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
**Note: I read this via the US Publisher. I believe in the UK the title is to be "A Quiet End"

Oh John Corey how I adore you.

Nelson De Mille writes extraordinarily accomplished thrillers every time and he has a plethora of great recurring characters to entice the readers in (John Sutter and Paul Brenner being two other faves of mine) but the John Corey series is the one that has a special place in my heart down solely to that character.

Each of the Corey books can be read as standalones but I
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Having read all of the previous John Corey books and most of what the author has ever written, I found this book lacking in depth and nuance and most of the general tasty ingredients that Mr. DeMille generally includes in his efforts. This really did not seem like his writing at all...occasionally there were a few witty remarks from John...but many fell flat. I actually listened to the Audible version and Mr. Brick, who can usually do a good interpretation, had nothing to work with in this book. ...more
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Scary premise, but John Corey's on the job! A very quick read because I couldn't put it down. Love DeMille's writing. The character of Corey is smart, sarcastic and totally entertaining! Read this one.
Jul 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
An unrewarding, unfulfilled novel of massacre. 3 of 10 stars
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
John Corey is back and this one flows better than #6.

Russians, a terrorist nuclear attack and a wise-cracking John Corey who doesn't trust his superiors.

What's not to like?

Jun 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found Radiant Angel to be slightly better than the previous John Corey installment The Panther, it didn't drag and it was right to the point, and it was like 300 pages shorter than The Panther, HAHA! I finished it in less than a week.

Radiant Angel had a different feel to it than the rest of the series, John Corey has left the ATTF (Anti-Terrorist Task Force) after the Yemini terrorist The Panther, and has taken a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group. For the first time Kate did not
May 03, 2015 rated it did not like it
Holy crap, I am seriously considering DNFing a Nelson DeMille book and John Corey specifically.

What the hell am I reading, it's not the John Corey I love or the MC that this author built over several books. John Corey (back in the day) was a confident, in your face, sarcastic and brilliant SOB. He had cogliones!

This John Corey is whiney as hell, jaded beyond repair, and the "woe is me and my Wife has a better job than me" attitude is grating. As soon as things in a marriage get a bit tough he
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Having been a fan of Nelson DeMille since the '80s, I was delighted to have the opportunity to read an advance copy of his latest book, Radiant Angel. I love authors who can be relied upon to consistently provide a great read. DeMille's books are entertaining, yet intelligent and thought-provoking. I also like that his books appeal to both men and women; so many of the books I read can't be recommended to men I know. I particularly like his witty and sarcastic main characters like John Corey in ...more
Susan Arnout Smith
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Former FBI agent John Corey is always a treat, the smart-mouthed smart guy with just enough ragged tender spots to make him wildly appealing when you don’t want to kill him. In Radiant Angel, Nelson DeMille reliably delivers a fast paced thriller with fully realized characters. Corey has a dead-end job ticking surveillance boxes following Russian diplomats at the UN Mission. Until the dip of the day he’s assigned to watch, Vasily Petrov, wanders far outside his designated 25-mile electronic ...more
Dec 31, 2015 rated it liked it
Vasily Petrov, a colonel in the Russian SVR and son of a famous general, is masquerading as a diplomat with the Russian U.N. mission waiting to wreak havoc on the archenemy, U.S. His watcher from the Diplomatic Surveillance Group is ex-NYC detective John Corey, now in semi-retirement after his stint with the Anti-Terrorist Task Force. John is on duty with an FBI trainee, when Petrov and two colleagues head to a party in the Hamptons hosted by a Russian oligarch. The two jump into the catering ...more
Robert Gad
I preferred the earlier books in this series

There was not much going on in this plot. Pretty straight forward from beginning to end. The character development and interest was more superficial than before. If I had not read earlier books I would have said this was great, it's a pretty good thriller, but was a little disappointed after waiting a year for it, after reading every other book written by the author.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“I suppose you could say that the Russians had a big appetite for life, or you could say they were dissolute and decadent, which was the opposite side of the same ruble.”

“Use a gun that works every time. As George Washington said, ‘All skill is in vain when an angel pisses in the flintlock of your musket.”

The seventh book in the John Corey series by Nelson Demille sees Corey go up against a Russian operative named Vasily Petrov who means to level New York City with a suitcase nuke disguising
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Courageous or crazy, cowboy Corey rides again! John Corey is back again to save the world in Nelson DeMille's newest thriller, "Radiant Angel". As this story begins, Corey has been relegated to surveilling foreign diplomats, a quiet job that will keep him out of trouble...NOT. He has a new female partner Tess Faraday and there's something about her he just can't figure out. Looks like he can't figure out his wife Kate either, because she's MIA, working in Washington. Looks like there's some ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Dissapointed. If action and shallowness appeal to you this is your book. I have read Demille for years and have loved much of his work, but there is more reality in Harry Potter and the Wizard of Oz than there was in this novel. I don't care if John Corey can stay underwater for a month or if he can disarm a nuclear bomb with his teeth or has to publicly get rid of his wife for some literary reason. Wore me out.
Alfred Haplo
Diehard fans, you may like this book. Oh, sorry, I meant fans of Diehard the movie starring Detective John McClane, smart-ass, egotistical, sarcastic, terrorist-fighting walking slab of machismo. Radiant Angel reads like fodder for a Hollywood guns-ablazing action thriller, needing only digital actualization.

As for diehard fans of Detective John Corey, the smart-ass, egotistical, sarcastic, terrorist-fighting walking slab of machismo of Demille’s Corey series, you may still like this latest book
Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
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Benjamin Thomas
John Corey is back, but alas, no longer a member of the Anti-Terrorism Task Force. He has long realized that while that agency may have good use for his skills, his approach to solving problems is not often a good fit for that bureaucracy or its leaders. He’s returned to New York City to take a job with the Diplomatic Surveillance Group which is an organization with the mission to watch foreign diplomats who may actually be spies. In essence, they spy on spies.

John Corey, well known eliminator
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Nelson Richard DeMille was born in New York City on August 23, 1943 to Huron and Antonia (Panzera) DeMille, then moved with his parents to Long Island. He graduated from Elmont Memorial High School, where he played football and ran track.

DeMille spent three years at Hofstra University, then joined the Army where he attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned a Lieutenant in the United

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