Plum Island (John Corey Series #1)

Plum Island (John Corey Series #1)

by Nelson DeMille
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mike_p_80 More than 1 year ago
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.
Donald More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally went back to the beginning with John Corey and haven't been disappointed after reading books later in the Corey series. I find myself laughing out loud at some of Corey's comments and the positions he finds himself in. Regardless of the humor, these are well written dramas with true to life situations and relationships. I would recommend readers follow up with the additional stories, as they only get better. DeMille is a classic true crime writer with a lot of heart.
T-Bones More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book to anyone that likes a thrilling and very creative story filled with solid characters. Nelson Demille has thought this one out very well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Wow...I finished this book in four days, partly b/c u can not put it down! Its so0o funny,witty,cool and colective,yet at the the same time consisting of plots and twists on every page. Plum Island is truly a page turner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I jove John Corey's smart mouth and wit. Great book could not put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simply put, this book is a fun read. It starts off fast then the storyline gets introduced and the book drags a bit then speeds up and the reader finishes about 200 pages, in a sitting, to conclude another great Demille book. I have personally read only 2 other Demille books (Nightfall and Lion's Game) and with these 3 books Demille really makes the reader think. His knowledge and extensive research on the topics that he is writing about is amazing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite of the series. Engaging, humorous and I like the locale. I know I've enjoyed a book when I think back on it years later.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the book that got me started on all DeMille books! Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love his character humor
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I usually do not go for mass market paperbacks, but his mass market paperbacks are amazing--interesting, fast paced, adventurous with interesting subject matter. His descriptions cause vivid imagination from the reader. I have read more than 8 books by this author, and I find them all quite excellent. You can reread them after a year or so, and enjoy them like a rerun of a favorite film.
vet63 More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. and very touching in one part. John Corey is a smart-alec but in a very funny way. I thouroughly enjoyed this book and I reccomend it highly.
tommy007 More than 1 year ago
John Corey is definitely one of the wittiest and most original characters I've ever come across. I love his irrelevant attitude. I was totally knocked by the plot twist toward the end of the book. highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Demille keeps you off guard throughout and compels you to keep reading. It didn't turn out the way I expected, which was a great surprise. I stayed up several nights just to finish.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was nice to have a story that wasn't predictable. I also really enjoyed the sense of humor incorporated into the story . It was a book I just couldn't set down. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.
LemonZest More than 1 year ago
I had to force myself to finish this book. I found the main character, John Corey, to be an extremely unlikable character and I had a very hard time relating to him. The plot was unbelievable in several places and predictable. The momentum of the plot also dragged a few times. I am the type of reader that can greatly enjoy reading "fluff" books and I can overlook unbelievable scenarios if the adventure is fun, but this book just annoyed me. I found myself wondering why no one ever told Corey to shut up ... I like sarcastic characters, but he was too constantly juvenile in his actions and words. I didn’t believe that Corey could ever be a top notch homicide detective in a major metropolitan city acting as he does. Also, I didn’t feel I was solving the mystery with Corey; often Corey came to conclusions about people he met or facts he was told, seemingly from out of nowhere, with very little detail or information given to the reader so that s/he could come to the same conclusion. I think this was a failure on the part of the author to make sure the reader was really along for the ride.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As the title suggests, this is the first DeMille book I've read and I plan to continue with all the Corey books! A great read that is held back from 5 stars only because one part of the book slows down with TOO much about what is actually on Plum Island. Otherwise, it is a rapid page-turner to the very end. Corey is one obnoxious guy - but you root for him all the way through.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! The main character, John Corey, is just so hilarious that he offsets the seriousness of the deadly situation at Plum Island just right. Not only do you get a great thriller, but laugh-till-you-cry wit- a perfect combination!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely one of the best books I have ever read. This is my first Nelson Demille book and I couldn't wait to go buy up all others that I could find. John Corey is great. His character is superbly developed, and very believable. The storyline and Demille's way of conveying the story makes it very hard to put down. I really appreciate the fact that nothing was 'over the top' or unbelievable. I recommend this book highly to anyone. Great job Mr. Demille! I just started reading The Lion's Game and am hoping that Corey is not killed off. Keep him coming.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved Plum Island! It actually made you feel like you were in the mind of a homicide detective! I will absolutley read it again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Plum Island is definitely a mystery/thriller. We start off by meeting the main character, John Corey. He’s a New York City homicide detective who’s currently convalescing at his Uncle Henry’s home on Long Island. He’d been shot 3 times in the line of duty and was waiting to see if he could continue working or not. While kicking back on the house’s deck, watching the boaters, his friend Sylvester Maxwell, more commonly known as Max, came to him. Max was the area’s chief of police and he needed John’s help. A couple had been murdered and Max didn’t know too much about homicide. The area he was in charge of was small and murder just wasn’t done. So John decided he was bored and tagged along to help him. The couple turned out to be scientists who worked on the famed Plum Island where an animal biological research site that was also rumored to be a site for biological warfare research. They also happened to be two people John had become friends with while he was staying on Long Island. In looking into Tom and Judy Gordon’s past, workplace and friendships, John eventually decided things weren’t all that they appeared. They had done odd things like buy useless land and had a high speed boat they were barely able to handle. We also meet Detective Elizabeth Penrose, a Suffolk County homicide detective. She was a very strict, by-the-book kind of detective. It was her first big case and she wanted to prove that she could do it, even if her perfect body (of course) seemed to say otherwise. She actually disappears off the radar, so to speak, partway into the book, but reappears near the end. John likes coming across as a bumbling idiot. He loves to crack stupid wise ass remarks at anything that might be important to the case. As the book progresses, all 574 pages of it in the paperback version, it gets a little old. However, what’s interesting is the author had other characters in the book call him on it. At the beginning of the book, there were a few point of view changes that caused me to stumble. It’s mainly written from John’s point of view in 1st person, but it would periodically slip into 3rd person. The author apparently decided the reader needed some important bit of information and slipped it in. It wouldn’t be so bad (I stopped noticing later on in the book) if the POV changes hadn’t happened in the same paragraph for a single sentence. A lot of times, I’d have to go back and re-read that section and see what just happened. Not good when you’re trying to get a reader hooked into a book. I did laugh out loud several times and found the book amusing. As I neared the end, I couldn’t put it down because I was excited to find out what would happen. I honestly did not see the end coming. That’s fascinating in the world of mystery/thrillers because I’ve long been able to figure it out. I would definitely recommend this book to others. The author has a fun way of writing and John Corey is quite the character. It won’t make it on to my shelves, but I’ll remember this book long after I’m done with it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the story and the twists but did not enjoy the main character. He was arrogant, full of himself and had an attitude problem. I was annoyed by the constant use of "whatever", "and so on", "and so forth", " and stuff ", "and all that". If all of this authors books are like this I will not be reading anymore of his work. It is hard to like a story where you can't stand the main character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is my first John Corey novel and I have to say, I'm torn. It's definitely a good story, but it drags and is repetitious. I often found myself saying, "OK, we get it, let's move along." But my biggest complaint is the John Corey character. Now, I like cynical characters, and did chuckle at some of John's quips and even at some of his self-admitted male chauvinism (tho that's a bit old -- yawn. .), but his boring opinions about every female character he encounters (legs, thighs, butt, breasts, blah- blah) and his seeming inability to "keep it in his pants" I found distracting. Maybe this is a female reader thing, but it appeared that John conducts his sex life by whoever will get their panties off for him first, didn't seem to matter if it was Beth or Emma or ?. I guess he does develop some actual feelings later on. The other thing that's too unreal is all the busting up of things that John does, like during the hurricane; it comes too much out of the blue; this kind of quiet guy who's known that the Tobin character is guilty for a long time, all of a sudden starts breaking in everywhere and comes out swinging a fire axe at everything. This guy's a cop, and makes this statement earlier in the book that cops can't be vigilantes, and vigilantes can't be cops, hmm, distracting. For a more 3-dimensional character who admits he's a vigilante, is not a cop, and who I find just generally more likeable, read the "Repairman Jack" series by F. Paul Wilson, which also has a spiritual/sci-fi twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great book in a great series. You will not regret getting started!
sweetdonna More than 1 year ago
John Corey is a wonderful character with a New York attitude. He is smart, cynical, and self-assured. My kind of guy!