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American Vendetta (John Corey #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  20,629 Ratings  ·  973 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 November 6th 2006)
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Ellen Peterson
Jun 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mikey B.
Dec 31, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
Aug 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Jul 31, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Dec 18, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
J Stanley
Aug 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-mystery
This was some of the best dialog I have read, or listened too, in a while. The off the wall comments the main character had kept me rolling on the floor laughing. Scott Brick reading this for audio has to be the other reason. With his voice and accent he threw in, that was good New York twang, made it even better.

I would say listen to the book on audio. You will not regret it.
Kelly ...
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
Although I liked Night Fall better than this installment it is still a really great book. John Corey continues to make me laugh and make me think. He is a diligent detective who is smart and funny and sarcastic. I just read a few other reviewers and one of them compared him to the character Hawkeye Pierce from the television show M*A*S*H, and I could not agree more. Another reviewer compared Nelson DeMille to Robert Ludlom, which, if accurate, means I need to go buy a Ludlom book.
Intense, fast-paced, heart thumping, and scary!
Steven Z.
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nelson DeMille’s WILDFIRE continues the raucous adventures and career of former New York Police Department homicide detective John Corey. DeMille’s latest scenario takes place a year after 9/11 with newspaper and cable news blaring headlines that President Bush is about to launch an invasion of Iraq. Corey, who retired on disability after being wounded three times is a special contract agent who is attached to the Federal Anti-Terrorist Task Force (ATTF). The ATTF is an amalgam of FBI agents, NY ...more
Rex Fuller
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Corey, the character in DeMille’s main series, caught my eye in the 2017 collection of short mysteries entitled Matchup. His basic humanity, in part veiled by and in part revealed by his wisecracking attitude, anti-PC attitude, and lightning quick mind struck chords with me. Reading the first book of the series, Plum Island, sold me and I then read straight through all of the Corey books.

Wild Fire (Corey Book 4). This is not quite as good as the first three books in the series because it re
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
Pete Grondin
Nov 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Foi o primeiro livro de Nelson Demille e da saga de John Corey que li no original inglês e adorei. As piadas e sarcasmo da personagem estavam mais do que presentes, o que torna a leitura muito aprazível. A história foi muito bem desenhada, em torno da teoria da conspiração de um lunático, que resolve bombardear duas cidades americanas com mini-bombas atómicas para que, em retaliação, o governo americano bombardeie várias cidades do Médio Oriente.
Mais uma vez a inteligência e sagacidade de John C
Trish Jackson
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a crazy person making plans to detonate a nuke in the USA.

This is what detective John Corey and his FBI agent wife discover when investigating the murder of a friend and colleague.

But how can they stop it in time when the whole world seems to be against them?

It kept me on the edge of my seat and I enjoyed it.
While all Nelson DeMille's John Corey books are good, this one, I feel, is the weakest in the series. Perhaps I'm too much of a realist or not imaginitive enough to buy into the overall premise behind it: a group of powerful American men about to unleash nuclear devastation on their own country. I think DeMille could have done better. But it's still a good book.
Jun 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Detective John Corey is amazing and this book had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. Fantastic!!
Mar 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fast suspenseful read. Almost as good as the original John Corey, Plum Island.
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 31, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 31, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Amanda Patterson
de Mille introduced John Corey in Plum Island. The Lion’s Game and Night Fall, followed. Corey drives his superiors wild with his off beat sense of humour and inability to follow orders.
The first anniversary of 9/11 passes. The national security level remains heightened, on Orange.
No-one knows that the biggest threat to the USA, and the planet, are a group of highly placed, powerful men who meet at a hunting and fishing lodge. They call themselves the Custer Hill Club. They would like to see the
Oct 02, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
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
Kevin Allmaras
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

Sheila Cheasbro
Mar 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  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
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
Gonçalo Almeida
Compreendo a necessidade de uma pequena/média editora ter de fazer dinheiro.... mas as complicações que vieram da compra dos direitos de autor desta série que fez com que já tenham sido publicados livros posteriores é algo que faz muito pouco sentido. Este é o 4.º livro da série, acabadinho de sair, e já li o sexto e o sétimo. De resto, uma história bem imaginada, com humor irreverente à mistura, mas nada de especial.
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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 S
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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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“Women need a reason to have sex; men need only a place.” 28 likes
“I continued, “The painting shows this fish with a big eye and a halo, floating in air, and underneath the fish are all these Native Americans having sex.” “What? What does that have to do with Custer’s Last Stand?” “Well, the painting is titled, Holy Mackerel, Look at All Those Fucking Indians.” 17 likes
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