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Most Helpful Favorable Review

33 out of 36 people found this review helpful.

Better late than never

Talk about being late to the party. I saw this book everywhere in the bookshops when it first came out years and years ago and I thought "What a lame title, I won't read that." Then I saw it again on a friend's bookshelf and was forced to borrow it after I disparaged th...
Talk about being late to the party. I saw this book everywhere in the bookshops when it first came out years and years ago and I thought "What a lame title, I won't read that." Then I saw it again on a friend's bookshelf and was forced to borrow it after I disparaged the book based on the title and my friend said I'd eat my words. And boy did I ever. Not only was the plot was dizzyingly fast and intriguing, De Mille has created a fantastic character in John Corey. I loved his wisecracking, jaded view of the world, which is unusual because (1) I don't usually like cynical characters and (2) I can't remember the last time I read a "summer blockbuster" sort of book like this one that was narrated by a character this memorable. I think I've found a new author whose back catalog I'm going to have to work my way through.

posted by mike_p_80 on August 13, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

62 out of 93 people found this review helpful.

A SUREFIRE INTRIGUE HIT

DeMille always does one thing right as a writer: he entertains. Over the course of 15 books (not including ones written over 30 years ago and under the name Jack Cannon) DeMille has consistently maintained a bestseller status, because he can write. As a reader you are...
DeMille always does one thing right as a writer: he entertains. Over the course of 15 books (not including ones written over 30 years ago and under the name Jack Cannon) DeMille has consistently maintained a bestseller status, because he can write. As a reader you are pulled into his stories seamlessly and read 100 pages without even blinking. No other writer can keep this reader more engaged and surprised than DeMille. But this is undeniably true with PLUM ISLAND. The cover alone is a sneaky clue to the plot. The action and intrigue are fresh and revitalizes the thriller. With an almost KEY LARGOesque endgame and a realized way at defining characters, this is truly a BOOK TO BE A SUMMER BLOCKBUSTER FILM. But beyond all of that lies at its heart one of the most engaging heros ever conceived: John Corey. His manners are scratched and his jokes are annoying to everyone (except to himself and the reader), but still comes off as an intelligent and competent vacationing cop who gets embroiled in the mystery involving a couple who worked on Plum Island- an animal disease compound that hides more than Ebola and Anthrax. After reading all of his work this remains my favorite, mostly for giving readers what so many authors try for but never pull off - the perfect thriller.

posted by Donald on November 30, 2008

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