Five stars (of five)
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 member of Russia’s UN delegation. When the target slips away at a scandalous dinner party, the worst Corey expects is a runaway colonel seeking a little more fun, although this cannot be taken lightly. While pondering his next move to reacquire surveillance, Corey is pulled in by State Department Intelligence and alerted to chatter surrounding a suitcase nuclear weapon, brought stateside by the Russians. Now the race is on to discover the target as well as the delivery method, both of which baffle Corey and the rest of the Intelligence community. Meanwhile, the Russians have crafted a plan to diffuse the nukes with the most damage, both physical and political. Hijacking a yacht, they work to complete their task on the morning of September 12th, putting the blame on the Saudis and instilling fear in 300 million Americans before obliterating Manhattan and the memory of the Twin Towers. With a resurgence of US-Russian animosity, DeMille tells a story in his unique style, peppered with dry wit that keeps the reader laughing and gasping in the same breath. Not to be missed by series fans and new readers alike.
Having followed the John Corey series for years, I was pleased to devour another instalment, chock-full of drama, sarcasm, and fast-paced action. DeMille steers away from other authors’ cookie-cutter plot that pits the United States against the Islamic world, highly overdone these dozen plus years later. Instead, he addresses the issue of the autocratic regime emerging in Russia, with Putin at its helm. Using not only New York, but the high concentration of Russian ex-pats, DeMille can craft a wonderful story while also ensuring that Corey’s numerous contacts and past storylines weave themselves into the narrative. Not only is DeMille entertaining, but he remains highly informative as he tells of the past historical clashes during the Cold War and predicts future issues in a second Frigid Aggression Movement. Utilising strong dialogue and a story that never slows, DeMille pulls his readers in and keeps them turning pages well into the night.
Kudos, Mr. DeMille for another great novel. Don’t water down the Corey character one iota, as he makes these novels even more enjoyable.